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Flight Chops at the 2017 COPA Convention & Trade-Show in Kelowna BC

Here are the details on this upcoming event.  Hope to see you there!





golf. wine. beaches. mountain flying. scenery like no other!
and did we mention airplanes? Register Here

A sight to behold, CYLW will be the happening place for all Aviators and aviation enthusiasts alike as hundreds of planes are expected to arrive for the COPA national AGM, Convention and Trade Show! There will be plenty to see for the general public as well as special events for the delegate Aviators and Aviation Enthusiasts.

The only decision you need to make is how long to stay!

NOTE: Due to Caterer restrictions we are unable to guaranteee meal tickets for Registrations purchased after June 16th.



Where I’ll be:

(Schedule subject to change)

FRIDAY JUNE 23, 2017

CONCURRENT SESSION E | Exhibitor Hall | 2:00-2:45 PM


CONCURRENT SESSION G | Exhibitor Hall | 2:00-2:45 PM

Discussion Panel: Attracting new pilots and keeping them involved in the aviation community.


Let me know if you plan on attending this event!




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I’m a Private Pilot, doing my best to stay current and learn. I fly for fun and might just be the least cocky pilot on the internet! My self analysis videos can seem self deprecating at times, but I am trying to learn from the small mistakes to avoid making a big one; I’m happy to share and find it rewarding to help other pilots or aspiring aviators in any way that I can. How does the saying go? “Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards”. And in aviation, not all tests are survivable.

My virtual “ride-along” flying videos are aimed and sharing my experiences and giving back to the aviation community which has been so helpful to me. I shoot multi-camera angles, get detailed real time instrument panel shots, and have radio intercom audio. I respect people’s time, so I put a fair bit of work into editing to keep the videos concise and engaging; I add animations and further graphics and voice overs where needed to add context and explanations.

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