Flying free in Carcross

If most people’s idea of flying is security checkpoints, stale air, bad movies and uncomfortable seats, last weekend’s COPA Fly-In…

If most people’s idea of flying is security checkpoints, stale air, bad movies and uncomfortable seats, last weekend’s COPA Fly-In Breakfast gave a little taste of what aviation’s wild, fun beginnings must have been like.

The Yukon chapter of the Canadian Owners and Pilots Association took over the Carcross airport on Saturday, with pilots flying in from as far away as Fort Nelson and Fort St. John.

Piper Cubs, Van’s RVs, Cessna’s and even a 1946 Ercoupe drew lots of local families to the gravel airstrip for free rides and flying demonstrations.

Pilots were taking off and landing as they pleased, flying side-by-side, buzzing the crowd and dropping flour bombs on the runway to test accuracy.

COPA’s aim is to promote and protect personal aviation and small community airports across the country – surf to www.copanational.org for more information. See slideshow.

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