Children invited to fly for free


by Stephen Dafoe

Area families are being given a unique opportunity in Westlock Sept. 26. Children between the ages of 8 and 17 have the chance to learn more about airplanes and aviation at the Westlock Airport. The event includes a short flight in a small aircraft at no cost.

The Canadian Owners and Pilot’s Association (COPA) are hosting the event. Sturgeon County resident and organizer Dan Charrois said pilots will be donating their time, aircraft, and fuel costs to share their passion for aviation with area children.

“Every pilot I know has one obvious thing in common — the love of flying. And there’s nothing better than sharing this love with others — particularly kids,” Charrois said. “For many kids who have never flown before (and even those who have, but have never had the incredible experience of doing so in a smaller plane), there really can be no greater reward or honour than being a part of their memory of something they will likely never forget.”

The event starts at 10 a.m. Sept. 26 and runs on a first-come-first-served basis. Pre-registration is not required, but organizers ask that people touch base ahead of time so they can ensure proper resources are available.

Parental waivers must be signed and sent with children travelling without their legal guardian.

For more information visit or call Dan Charrois at 780-961-2213.

The Westlock airport is located east of Westlock on Highway 18.

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