A Journal, with Pictures

COPA Hilton Head Fly-In Saturday

by on Oct.25, 2015, under Flying

Another beautiful fall day on Hilton Head Island. COPA members start their day with either a great flight in or for the Friday arrivals breakfast overlooking the beach at their hotel. Around 9:30 our van and locals with SUV’s converg on the airport for the days activities. In total there were over 60 participants for the days activities. For the spouses there is a tour of Hilton Head Island to see this gorgious place and learn about the history. For the pilots it will be the COPA University Command and Control course. Brian Turrisi is the lecturer and provides a two hour intense presentation on the subject.

The tourist get a end to end view of the island on the Hilton Head trolley with guide.

After the morning activities COPA members moved to an ajacent hangar for a Southern Bar-B-Que lunch, including bar-b-qued pork and chicken, beans, cold slaw, corn bread and Ice Tea, yummmm! The lunch was sponsored by Avionics Source.

During and after lunch members were treated to a demonstration of a unique art form of the Gullah people of the area sweet grass basket weaving and some took home one of these treasures. In additon Mike Mathews, Cirrus Regional sales rep joined us and displayed his G5 demo. In addition Cirrus sponsored the spouses tour, which was much appreciated.

After lunch and the demos, most of the attendee’s took the Gullah tour, which introduced them to this unique people and their history on the Island. They took two air conditioned coaches with guides and saw the sites, learned about the history of the Gullah people and the first African American town to be formed after the Civil War, Mitchellville. Some of the COPA group choose to chill out on the beach and others traveled to nearby Sanannah for exploring and then dinner,

To cap off the day, most of the group were treated to dinner at the Old Oyster factory. This restaurant was built on a site where oysters from the nearby marshes were gathered and shucked. A beautiful sunset view, from the private room, with time for cocktails, dinning and lots of socializing. Perfect way to end the day, before the flight home tomorrow. Some attendees stayed over Sunday to do the COPA/Cirrus landing clinic put on by Brian and Chuck.

Everyone seemed to enjoy their COPA weekend on Hilton Head Island, learning, experiencing new things and a beautiful place, making friends and socializing with fellow members. The weekend was made possible by Rick and Joyce Dawson (COPA SE Governor and wife), Brian Turrisi and Chuck Copley great COPA volunteers. Also a big THANKS to Cirrus who sponsored the Spouses tour and as usual gave great support to the event and Avionics Source who sponsored the Saturday Southern Bar-B-Que lunch. Becuase of our COPA volunteers and generous sponsors along with great members, life is good in COPA land.

Hilton Head Flight line Sunday morning as recorded by Chuck Copely, out giving instructions early. According to Chuck, ” Cirrus as far as you can see”.

Safe Flight Home.

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