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Canadian Owners and Pilots Association turns 60 years old 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.
At the time no one was looking after the small operators and individual aircraft owners in Canada. One of the issues that sparked Carson’s initiative was the application of highway tax on aviation gasoline.
As a result of that informal discussion, interested local Ottawa pilots chipped in $5.00 each to pay for printing and mailing of notices. An organization meeting was held on Friday, Dec. 12, 1952, at 1:30 p.m. in the Ottawa Flying Club lounge. Bogie acted as chairman of the meeting and Carson acted as secretary. From those humble beginnings COPA grew to be the largest Aviation Association in Canada.