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by on Aug.12, 2015, under Flying

The first group left for the airport at 7:30 AM Mondy with an eye toward the low ceiling. We pre-flighted our aircraft and by time we were done the ceilings were above our minimums and we called for our clearance. Churchill radio did a good job of getting us qued up and after delays for spacing we were airborn and on our way to Thompson above the clouds. Others flew to Redlake, or Gilam or west then on to their destination. We landed in a little over an hour due to a nice tailwind, refueled, called US Customs and were on our way to Duluth. We were in the clear, then scattered clouds, then build-ups with rain sometimes heavy. When we were out of the clouds we saw miles of desolation and thousands of lakes. We touched down in Duluth in three hours and twenty minuets on a beautiful clear day.

We overnighted in Duluth and had dinner with other Churchill adventurers plus some other COPA friends. Tuesday we launched at 9:30 AM CDT and enjoyed a beautiful day with tail winds the whole way. We arrived in Dayton arround two PM EDT. Great way to finish a great trip, that included 22 hours of interesting and sometimes challenging flying, great COPA people, new and renewed friendships, new sights and experiences.

Our hats off and thanks to Peter Storer North Central Region Governor who did the organization to set up the trip. Most importantly Thanks to Gary Black the COPA volunteer event coördinator, the instigator and great trip leader.

 

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