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COPA Churchill Adventure August 2015

by on Aug.12, 2015, under Flying

Gary Black, COPA member and Cirrus sales executive, traveled with his daughter in 2014 to Churchill at the top of Manitoba . He was so impressed he wanted to share the experience with other COPA members. Gary contacted Peter Storer, Governor of the COPA North Central Region, and volunteered to be the Event Coördinator and lead the trip. Peter did the organizing and when the registration was open it sold out in a few days. The trip started August fifth with most of the participants gatherning in Duluth. Two planes from Calgary, Alberta choose to fly direct. Cirrus Aircraft gave a tour of the Jet production line and sponsored a dinner at the Inn on Lake Superior, that included a welcome by Pat Waddick. Cirrus President. Everyone appreciated Cirrus sponsorship and a chance to meet our fellow adventurers. Andy Niemyer, COPA President, attended the cocktail reception and pre-trip briefing so it was a auspicious beginning to the trip. Joyce and I taveled from Dayton, Ohio, but we had attendees from across North America as far away as Arizona and Texas.

 

The next morning an area of precipiatation and imbedded thuderstorms lay between Duluth and our first stop Winnipeg, where we would clear customs. This called for a new route, west then north. Our arrival in Winnipeg was at IFR minimums with lots of traffic, mainly us. We landed and took a break, then set out for Thompson in upper Manitoba. The weather improved as we went north and we saw some big lakes. Lake Winnipeg and Manitob surprised us at their size. There was also lots of desolation and smaller lakes, in the end we had to do an approach into Thompson. We refueled, had lunch and then were off to Churchill. Again, it required an approach, but in this case it was more for traffic control. We landed, tied down and were off to the Lazy Bear Lodge.

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