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Low wing kit plane – SKI Flying?! YES Please!

Thanks to the Canadian Owners and Pilot’s Association for this one!

In this episode we travel to Montebello Quebec for the annual Winter Fly-in hosted by COPA. See this special event from the inside and check out the very awesome RV-8 on skis!

Thanks to COPA for the invite to tell this story!

Working to Advance, Promote and Preserve the Canadian Freedom to fly since 1952. A proud member of the International Aircraft Owner and Pilot Associations (IAOPA), COPA will be hosting the 30th world assembly of IAOPA this summer, in Montreal. Check it out!

A note from Patrick regarding the Free RV-8 Wheel/Skis drawings:

You must provide proof that you donated to a Canadian Aviation Association in year 2020. Membership dues are not a donation Such as: EAA Canada, COPA, UPAC, Aviation Quebec (APBQ), BC General Aviation, BC Floatplane Association, Ontario Seaplane Association, to name a few.

Send me your email address through Facebook messenger and I will get back to you. Contact through Facebook messenger.

Additional photos and footage thanks to:

Hélène Lavigne And Jean-Pierre Bonin

More information about the Winter Fly-in in Montebello hosted by COPA here.


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