The national organization, COPA, turns 60 this year!
"The idea to form COPA was born in April, 1952. Laurentian Air Services pilot John Bogie was having lunch in the Ottawa Flying Club lounge with Spartan Air Services pilot Bill Peppler and Paul Saunders when Ottawa pilot Margaret Carson came storming in and declared that something had to be done about the way small aircraft owners and operators were being mistreated by the government."
That got it all started. The COPA Flights (local chapters) were started in 1964 and Flight 8 was initiated in 1967, making it 45 years old this year!
Keep an eye on the national website for information on celebrations.