The Mile Zero Flying Club (COPA Flight 183) is a non-profit society incorporated under British Columbia's societies act. Originally formed in 1961, by a group of local aviators, we are Dawson Creek's Regional Airport's oldest resident organization, existing even before the runway was paved.
Through hosting fly-ins, dances, bingos, raffles, and the like, the original founding members of the club and local pilots raised enough funds to purchase aircraft, and build the original (still standing) T-hanger. Club aircraft have come and gone, however, have previously included Piper Super Cubs, Piper Tri-pacers, Cessna 172's and 182's. Our club owned fleet has been as large as four aircraft, and today our mandate remains unaltered, to promote and foster aviation awareness and growth.
Our members and other local pilots have been supporters and proponents of Aviation, and have organized large air shows in the 1970‘s, constructed the adjacent man-made floatplane base, and even were instrumental in the terminal expansion of the early 1990's.
In our attempt to be proactive, we have recently converted our remaining C172 aircraft to commercial category, formed a Transport Canada recognized Flight Training Unit,, and begun training the next generation of aviators. As a non-profit society, we believe in providing the best possible training program, and mentoring students with the experience of the higher time members. We are grassroots aviation in its simplest form.
Having previously hosted a large float plane fly-in in conjunction with the anniversary of the Alaska Highway, we look forward to welcoming all who attend 2013's COPA Convention.
We would be remiss if we did not thank the other local contributing organizations working with us on this event, including the RAA, Air Cadets, nearby COPA Flights, and Northern Lights College AME Training Program and numerous individuals.
To commemorate this gathering, the Mile Zero Flying Club will erect as a legacy project a memorial monument to local aviators who have made a significant contribution to the community and the airport. Look for a display on this project amongst the exhibitors.