Airport Day will take place on July 4 at Pitt Meadows Regional Airport (Contributed photo)

Free flights for kids at Pitt Meadows Airport Day

COPA will arrange for 160 short plane trips for young flight fans at annual event

Up to 160 local youth will get a chance to fly high above the Maple Ridge – Pitt Meadows area during Airport Day at Pitt Meadows Regional Airport this summer (July 4).

The organizing committe has arranged for Canadian Owners and Pilots Association to take some young flight enthusiasts for a quick zip around the sky.

“It’s going to be volunteer pilots from local airports,”said Zannet, “A lot of them come from our club and they donate their time, their aircaft, pay for their own fuel and they take kids up for free.

“It’s an amazing opportunity.”

Flights will be handled through pre-registration only, which will start at the end of February.

READ MORE: Airport Day runs alongside Pitt Meadows Day

While this year’s event will not feature an airshow there will still be plenty to do and see for airplane admirers of all ages.

“We’re very open to letting the general public in to see what the airport has to offer, so it’s an exciting thing for us and we hope to keep doing it for years to come,” said event coordinator Amanda Zannet.

In the meantime, the event will be looking for about 30 volunteers to help them make the day go smoothly. Parking lot attendants, Kids Zone supervisors and security personnel are all necessary. Zannet said they can be slightly flexible for duties.

“If someone wants [to volunteer in a] specific area we’ll try and thrown them in there because it’s neat,” she said.

They are also aiming to take on some more sponsors in the coming months. Airport Day will have a tiered system which will range from $100 for a company to have a booth on the day, to $2,500 for a full package that includes a booth, large banners prominently placed at the event, and logos place on marketing materials and in many different forms of media.

Each year the organizers choose a charity to focus on. In 2019, Airport Day gave to Give Hope Wings, which raises money for Hope Air, a national charity that arranges flight for Canadians who must travel far from home for their health care. This year, they will be accepting donations for Ridge Meadows Search and Rescue.

“They are also a volunteer organization, so they need as much help as possible,” Zannet said.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Pitt Meadows pickleball pro wins pair of medals in Toronto

Steve Deakin switched to the sport from tennis a couple years ago and never looked back

Maple Ridge wrestlers dominate provincials

‘Truly amazing,’ said Maple Ridge coach Bill McCrae

Looking Back: Student and youth protests go way back

Nothing new when it comes to carrying signs

LETTER: Pitt Meadows prof locks himself away to learn more about today’s budget

B.C. budget risks reducing life expectancy by over investing in medical care: Kershaw cites study

LETTER: ICBC changes a ‘breath of fresh air’

A Maple Ridge resident welcomes the new changes and impact on rates

VIDEO: 7 things you need to know about the 2020 B.C. budget

Surplus of $227 million with big spending on infrastructure and capital projects

Trees Cannabis director fined $1.5M for selling marijuana

Fine follows provincial crackdown on popular dispensary

World Cup skier from Okanagan dies suddenly at 19

Kuroda, who made his World Cup debut earlier this year, passed away suddenly Monday night.

Coastal GasLink pipeline investor committed to closing deal despite protests

Developer TC Energy Corp. — formerly TransCanada Corp. — is to remain the operator of the $6.6-billion pipeline

New highway proposed between Alberta and B.C.

The route would connect Red Deer to Kamloops

What’s in a name? The story of Revelstoke’s Mt. Begbie

It’s likely the iconic peak had several Indigenous peoples’ names before settlers arrived

Budget 2020: B.C. Liberals blast ‘Netflix tax,’ lack of economic plan

ICBC rates still go up, except in election year, Shirley Bond says

Teen snowmobiler from Kelowna found after air force’s overnight search

The teen had been missing since just after 6 p.m. on Monday

Two law enforcement trucks ‘deliberately’ set on fire in northern B.C., RCMP say

Police say they have video evidence of a person in the area of the truck fires

Most Read