There is a W.W. II era hangar still standing its ground at the Regina Airport. That building is home to the Regina Flying Club and that was where I sat down with Flight #4 Captain Ken Etter and some of his Flight members – Jim Goldie, Carl Luhvaning, Malcom Mclean, and Wayne Runyon. March 12th was a very warm and sunny Saturday afternoon, and not a regular club meeting date so the membership turnout was small but very welcoming. It was an opportunity to have a great”round table” discussion.
The issues that came up with this group are pretty much the same as I have heard around the province – the “graying” and shrinking population of GA aviators, with smaller number of club members. However, the Regina Flying Club and associated COPA Flight #4 members is a dedicated group and there is nothing that shows that more than the money raising and effort made for the upkeep and repair of their “golden oldie” hangar.
Another aspect to the Regina scene is that there is an active EAA Chapter with some exciting news – they are planning to bring in on tour the EAA’s B-17 “Sentimental Journey.” Date of that event is tentatively set for June 27th this summer. If elected Sask. COPA director, part of my plan is to make aware, promote and support events of all the other COPA Flights in Sask. Why not make that day an “air rally” and have a static display of GA aircraft while the expected crowds wait to see the B-17? It can be another opportunity to promote GA!
What other events do you have that we can support?
Until next time,