Meet COPA Flight 10’s Directors

The COPA Flight 10 directors submitted personal biographies and photos in the spirit of building relationships within our aviation community.  We hope that our sharing may inspire more members to add their profiles to our blog.

Harold Fast – COPA10 Captain

Harold Fast (Co-Captain)

Harold Fast, Spiritwood Sask.  Veterinarian turned pig farmer.  Founder of Fast Genetics (  Was fortunate to be able to use my plane for some business travel. Most flying is done in the three prairie provinces and into a NWT fishing lodge. Have made several trips to Mexico, one to Chile, a flying safari in a rented C172 in Australia, another planned this May around the UK ( Also planned, early in 2018, to circumnavigate South America, (, that one will be a major fund raising effort for Hope Air.

Connie Peterson – COPA10 Finance

Connie Peterson (Navigator) with Glasair Sportsman

 Connie was born and raised in Saskatoon and worked for Gregg’s Plumbing & Heating for 23 years. She married Doug in 1986 and they have two wonderful boys. Connie has become involved in the flying community through Doug, who is the pilot’s license and Connie is his favourite navigator. They owned a Taylorcraft for a few years when they were first married and lived in Nipawin, but the move back to Saskatoon and two young boys forced them to sell the plane and give up flying. In 2011, they took a two week vacation and together they built their airplane through the 2 week to taxi program, and were now the proud owners of a shiny red Glasair Sportsman. They have made numerous trips to the mountains, a couple to Vancouver Island and lots of trips to northern Saskatchewan. Connie looks forward to her involvement with COPA Flight 10.

Len Sharp -COPA10 Co-Captain

Marc DeGirolamo -COPA10 Recording Secretary

Bill Garnett -COPA10 Director

Shawna Atkinson  -COPA10 Director

Shawna Atkinson, Assistant Chief Flight instructor at Mitchinson Flight Centre in Saskatoon.  Shawna started flying in 2013 when her kids bought her a discovery flight for her birthday…… she was hooked!  By the end of 2016 she had obtained her CPL, Multi Engine, IFR and Instructor Rating.  She started her instructing/flying career in southern Ontario.  Family has brought her home to Saskatchewan.

Cory Cox -COPA10 Director

Paul LeBlanc -COPA10 Director


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