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KFC Newsletter

We welcome you to the NEWSLETTER section of our club’s website. This initial piece provides a summary “State of the Union” of the Kelowna Flying Club at the close of the 2017 summer season. .

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Kelowna Flying Club

A monthly Fly In/ Drive in Pancake Breakfast

On the third Sunday of every month:

July 15th

August 19th

September 16th

October 21st

09:00 - 12:00

CYLW - Kelowna Airport

6135 Airport Way -  Apron 3

$10 for large   ( 3 pancakes, 3 sausages, scrambled eggs )

$  8 for small   ( 2 pancakes, 2 pancakes, scrambled eggs )

unlimited coffee and tea

Here are but a few images from the Kelowna Flying Club's Pancake Breakfast fly in on Sunday July 15th.


Best breakfast served by any Flying Club in BC.  If you don't believe that come see for yourself at our next one 09:00 - 12:00 Sunday August 19th.  If you don't agree, Breakfast is free.  Signed Anonymous."

COPA for Kids event takes flight 2018

200 Okanagan youth took to the skies this afternoon as part of the Kelowna Flying Club and the Canadian Owners and Pilots Association's COPA for Kids Event.

Private pilots offered up their Saturday afternoon and aircraft to take kids ages eight to seventeen for a rip around the valley with a bird's eye view.

McElroy New COPA Chair

McElroy New COPA Chair

Russ NilesJune 29, 2018


An adventurous B.C. pilot who uses his wanderlust to raise money for non-profit groups is the new chairman of the board of directors of the Canadian Owners and Pilots Association (COPA). Dave McElroy, of Kelowna, was elected chairman by his fellow board members at the organization’s convention and trade show in Saint John, New Brunswick, June 23. “I am humbled and I am honoured,” said McElroy, a retired forest industry executive and RV-6 owner who is also the president of the Kelowna Flying Club. McElroy was one of six new directors elected to the board in the hotly contested election held in February. Other executive members selected at the convention were Shane Armstrong, of Saskatchewan as western vice chair, Bill Mahoney, of Newfoundland as eastern vice chair. Jim Bell, of  Manitoba will remain secretary and Jonathan Beauschene, of Quebec, will continue as treasurer.

McElroy conducted his campaign for election to the board from South America. He and two other pilots circumnavigated the continent in January and February, raising more than $5,000 for Hope Air. The Give Hope Wings effort raised individual and corporate donations and also sold six individual legs of the trip to people who wanted to experience the rare flight. McElroy had earlier circumnavigated the planet in a Piper Comanche, raising money for a children’s hospital and Scottish air ambulance service (he was living in Scotland at the time). McElroy wasted no time setting an ambitious goal for COPA. In his acceptance speech in Saint John he noted that COPA has proportionately less participation by pilots in Canada than AOPA in the U.S. and said he would like to substantially increase membership in the coming year.

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The Kelowna Flying Club is excited to announce the purchase of its first club aircraft, a 1979 Grumman Tiger!!!

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.



The Kelowna Flying Club is self-sustaining, member-driven organization that promotes civil aviation in the Kelowna and district area  through education, awareness, advocacy and fellowship activities * self-sustaining, member-driven organization offers preferred pricing for events and merchandise, priority of access for ticket sales, access to book and video lending library, participation in the tool-lending program, and access to the Members' Only area * hosts events such as BBQs for visiting aviators, including the Buffalo Air 'Ice Pilots, annual COPA for Kids Jr. Aviation Event, fly-ins, education sessions, presentations, and socials * provides ease of access to the general aviation and itinerant parking for members and visiting pilots.



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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