Passengers ready to fly.
Pictures of kids, pilots and planes

Discover Aviation

is now open for registration!

Three passengers ready for a flight.
Pilot briefing a passenger.
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What is Discover Aviation?

The Canadian Owners and Pilots Association (COPA) Discover Aviation Program is planned for Saturday August 17, 2024, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. It will take place at the Niagara Central Dorothy Rungeling Airport, (aka Welland Airport). COPA Flight 149 group is hosting the event.

There will be a mini ground school where the prospective aviators will get a chance to go over an airplane to discuss the various components and find out just how a plane is able to fly. 

There will also be a small static display with a couple of planes so the kids can familiarize themselves before they go for their actual flight.

The flights are about 20 minutes in duration, to explore a portion of the Welland Canal, the Lake Erie shoreline and towns in the local vicinity. A light snack will be provided after the flight.

These flights are provided free of charge to all youth ages 8-20 and are conducted by COPA Flight 149 pilots who are volunteering their time and aircraft to make your discovery flight possible, as well as support from the national COPA organization.

Attendees will be arranged in groups of about 15 per hour and will be assigned a specific time to arrive for their adventure.

We had a very successful 2023 Discover Aviation day that saw 96 young people get to experience the joy of flight, up close and personally. We expect August 17, 2024 to be more of the same excitement.

For additional information about the national Discover Aviation program, please visit COPA National

Next Event:  August  17, 2024

Rain Date:  August 18, 2024

Start Time: 10:00 AM

COPA for Kids Coordinator Doug Reilly with young aviators in front of his Rockwell Commander aircraft.

COPA for Kids Coordinator Doug Reilly  with young aviators in front of his Rockwell Commander aircraft..

How Do I Book a Ride? 

Registration starts on June 1. 2024

1. Download the Waiver Form.  We need one form per rider.


Fillable PDF Version

2. Fill out and sign the form at the bottom.

3. Scan and send the form via email to 

Doug Reilly,

COPA 149 

Discover Aviation Coordinator 


Mail the form to

Discover Aviation

c/o V-Wing Venture

4-435 River Rd.

Fenwick, ON

L0S 1C0 

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