Give Hope Wings - Hope Air Epic Flight begins January 2nd - 2018
The Kelowna Flying Club (KFC) says it hopes to attract new pilots with the purchase of its first club airplane, a 1979 Grumman AA5B Tiger.
“People join flying clubs to fly, and we had not been in a position to provide an aircraft for their use until now,” said club President Dave McElroy. “There is great enthusiasm in the club about this aircraft.”
Some of the 92 club members and others loaned the club money to make the purchase. Eighteen members have already signed onto the flying program and paid for 12 hours of flying over the next year.
“We expect this number to quickly grow to 25, which we’ve set as the maximum number of flying members for one aircraft,” said McElroy.
Give Hope Wings is flying to raise $500,000 in support of Hope Air and its noble cause of helping Canadians in need.
The project, which will see two pilots and one co-pilot circumnavigate Central and South America for charity, has brought in about $290,000 in its first seven months. That’s close to its original goal of raising $400,000 for Hope Air, an organization that arranges free flights to healthcare appointments for Canadians in financial need.
In January and February 2018, two aircraft and crew will fly 20,000 miles while circumnavigating Central and South America, stopping in 20 countries. Give Hope Wings is an idea born of the passions of the crew: passions about generosity, flying and camaraderie.
In 2016, Dave McElroy and Russ Airey met when they were part of a six-plane, 6,000 mile epic flight across the Canadian Arctic and Alaskan wildernesses. Soon after, Dave conceived the idea of integrating his love of flight and adventure with the desire to give back. He presented his concept to Russ and Give Hope Wings was born. The crew soon fleshed out when Harold Fast joined in.
In addition to raising at least $500,000 for Hope Air, the crew also intends to increase awareness of this unique Canadian charity and its life-saving work.
Rust Remover Program and Speakers to Follow
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The Kelowna Flying Club is excited to announce the purchase of its first club aircraft, a 1979 Grumman Tiger!!!
KFC - COPA Flight 36 Kelowna YLW plans a Rust Remover each Spring to help pilots brush off the rust from their flying skills and knowledge. The whole idea of the Rust Remover is to help General Aviation pilots comply with the *CAR’s currency requirement. Many GA pilots also fly infrequently during the winter, so this is an excellent opportunity to brush up on some important and relevant knowledge. Pilots who attend receive certification of having met the 2-year currency requirement of *CAR’s
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Throughout the year we host a number of events such as barbeque's for visiting aviators, including the Buffalo Air 'Ice Pilots,' and we host the annual COPA For Kids Jr. Aviation Event each year. We also host other events such as fly-ins, education sessions, share stories and presentations and have fun socials.Happy Flying....
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