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Our Next Event:

Tuesday, December 1st
2015 Holiday Dinner
Villa Milano Conference Center

Columbus Historical Society
"Original Terminal and Hangar One Restoration Project"

5:30 - Social Hour with Cash Bar
6:30 - Dinner


Email Address Book Update

You may have noticed our email Newsletters going out in HTML format. This allows us to replicate what's on the website for your review. If you would prefer to receive that information in TEXT format, please reply with "Text Only" in the Subject line and we'll send your messages in that way.

Our last group email was sent on August18th. Did you get it? If not, the email address we have for you is probably outdated. Send an email to mail@copama.org and we'll get you back on the list!


Current News:

Job Posting 10/15/2015
Aerospace QRD
Aerospace/Liaison Engineer

in Columbus Area.

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This is a collection of aviation related videos and web links for your enjoyment.

Recent Events

November 10th Meeting
Inspector Mark Harden - FAASTeam
"FY 2014-15 Accidents/Incidents of CMH District"

October 13th Meeting
Mr. Bob Maroldy
"Maintenance Tracking Made Easy"

September 11th
Central Ohio Aviation Golf Outing 2015
Kyber Run Golf Course

YAA Hangar Fest
August 22nd at OSU Airport

May 12 - Lycoming Engines
Mr. Dennis Coulbourn
Topic: Engine Care and Maintenance

April 14 - Hartzell Propeller
Mr. Alex Krauskopf
"Hartzell Propeller Basic Maintenance and New Technologies."

March 19th, 2015
Ohio Aviation Maintenance Symposium
The Center for Workforce Development
315 Cleveland Avenue,
Columbus, Ohio 43215
FAASTeam website

CSCC AMT Symposium Page

February 10th, 2015
Mr. Brad Primm
President - Lane Aviation
"Avionics Mandates and What's New at Lane Aviation"

January 13th, 2015
Mr. Andy Doll
Ohio Department of Transportation

"Are you aware of your Airport's Environment?"

September 5th, 2014
COAGO 2014
Kyber Run Golf Course

Meeting Information            Current News and Information


Meetings and Events!            Fall 2015


Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving image

Whether you're working to keep air travelers safe, traveling yourself or just enjoying the Holiday, we wish you a safe and Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at COPAMA!


2015 Holiday Dinner - December 1st at Villa Milano

Holiday Dinner at Villa Milano

Ticket Sales and Sponsor Drive are now open for this year's aviation Holiday Dinner at Villa Milano Conference Center , 1630 Schrock Road. Our entertainment speaker for the evening will be Mr. Scott McComb, Chairman, President and CEO of Heartland Bank with a presentation about "The Original Terminal and Hangar 1 Stabilization project" at Port Columbus International Airport. He will be accompanied by Mr. Jeffrey LeFever, Mr. Dick Barrett and Mr. George O'Donnel from the Columbus Historical Society to help track the history of these two buildings.

The social gathering starts at 5:30 pm with a cash bar and appetizers. Dinner will be served around 6:30 pm. Tickets may be purchased online by selecting the link above and will be held in will-call at the door.

Columbus Historical Society currently has a program at "The Center of Science and Industry" (COSI) entitled "Reaching for the Sky: The History of Columbus Aviation" through spring of 2016.

Mark your calendars and make plans to attend the Holiday Dinner to hear about or rich aviation history here in Columbus and that corner of CMH Airport where it started! Please visit the 2015 Holiday Dinner page for Sponsor Drive and Ticket Sales or for more details about the event!

Please help us publicize the Dinner by downloading the Holiday Dinner Flyer, print and post on your public bulletin board for others to view.


Ticket Sales open until 8:00 pm (20:00) Sunday, November 29th.


November 10th - "Accidents and Incidents of CMH District"

FAASteam Presentation at November meeting.

Our November meeting featured Inspector Mark Harden, FAA Safety Team with a presentation on "Fiscal Year 2014-15 Accidents and Incidents in the CMH District". It was held in the Lane Aviation Media Room and had a good turnout of around 58 people in attendance. Before Mark's presentation, we conducted a short business meeting to elect next year's board members.

The board members up for reelection were Joe Lippert and Charles "Chuck" Jenkins. Dave Fragale was nominated and elected to fill the board position vacated by Richard Cady's passing last January. Board members will meet on November 23rd for an organizational meeting and to choose officers for 2016.

Mark's presentation featured PowerPoint slides of facts and statistics of the accidents and incidents from Columbus District, many still under investigation by the NTSB. Loss of Control was a major factor in many of the accidents after power failure or various other component failure. His message to CFIs and Maintenance instructors in attendance was to re-emphasize to students those flight control skills during training or bi-annual flight reveiws.   

The meeting was a SPANS event listed at the FAASTeam website to receive WINGS and AMT Award credit. The meeting concluded with a prize raffle and we wish to thank Jim Kulp of General Electric and Jeff Hannie of Flying Colours Corp for contributing the prizes.


Veteran's Day - 2015

The USS Airzona Memorial - Pearl Harbor

Seventy years ago, the United States and other countries observed Veteran's Day during a long-awaited time of peace. Our entry into World War II began here with the attack on Pearl Harbor and ended with the signing of the "Instrument of Surrender" aboard the USS Missouri on September 2nd, 1945. The other WW II Memorials we may visit today weren't built yet but the Pearl Harbor attack laid the foundation for this, The USS Arizona Memorial, pictured above.

This November 11th, we wish to thank our Veterans, past and present for their service to and sacrifice for our country.


PAMA National Call for Candidate Nominations

PAMA is announcing a call for nomination for our annual elections. As a regular member of PAMA, you have the opportunity to be considered for any open Board of Directors position. As a non-profit organization, PAMA relies on the knowledge and support of its members. Serving on the Board of Directors gives members the occasion to directly impact the direction and operations of the only association serving aviation maintenance technicians.

If you are interested in being considered for the slate, please complete the form located at: http://pama.wildapricot.org/page-18125 . If you prefer to receive a form you can print and mail please contact the PAMA office at 877-901-5410 or nominations@pama.org.

An individual running for a board seat must be nominated by another individual and cannot be self-nominated. Be sure to complete the form and return it by December 7, 2015.

Click here to view the positions that are open this election cycle!
Information on the responsibilities associated with each position can be read at http://pama.wildapricot.org/Board-Job-Description-and-Responsibilities.

If you have questions about serving on PAMA’s Board of Directors, please contact Christina Davis at 877-901-5410 or nominations@pama.org.

Andrew Willingham Chair, Nominations Committee


October 13th Meeting featured Bob Maroldy of T-Data!

October Meeting Bob Maroldy of T-Data


Our first meeting of the fall was held on Tuesday, October 13th in Lane Aviation's Media Room on the second floor, 4387 International Gateway. With shifting of topics over the last month, we want to thank Mr. Bob Maroldy of T-Data for presenting the topic "Maintenance Tracking Made Easy".

This month had a short business meeting to open nominations for the upcoming Board of Directors election in November. Joe Lippert and Chuck Jenkins have decided to run for re-election to another two year term. Dave Fragale was nominated to fill the vacant position from Richard Cady's passing. Elections will be held at the November meeting.

Bob's T-Data presentation provided a review of their wide variety of software and web services to support IA research and aviation technical data. He focused on their M-Track program and demonstrated the many functions and points to enter aircraft, engine and accessory data. The software can track multiple aircraft and is stand-alone software. Once purchased, you receive technical assistance for one year with future upgrades being available at your option.


Nat Geo's "Living in the Age of Airplanes" now at C.O.S.I.

On Oct. 14, 2015, COSI’s National Geographic Giant Screen Theater premiered “Living in the Age of Airplanes.” The film is narrated by Harrison Ford and highlights rapid advancements that have led to a world in which 100,000 flights take off and land daily.

Beautifully filmed in 18 countries, across all 7 continents, the film renews our appreciation for one of the most extraordinary and awe inspiring inventions in the modern world. Produced and directed by Brian J. Terwilliger (One Six Right), “Living in the Age of Airplanes” features an original score by Academy Award® winning composer James Horner (Avatar, Titanic).

The link above takes you to the movie website which includes two trailers, photos and other information. Please visit this page on the COSI website for all the National Geographic Giant Screen Theater listings which includes show times and Ticket Purchasing. The Vimeo Site features other movies from the director's "Terwilliger Productions".



COAGO 2015 - Beautiful Day, Not So Beautiful Ending!

COAGO 2014 briefing

The 2015 Central Ohio Aviation Golf Outing (COAGO) was held on Friday, September 11th At Kyber Run Golf Course, just outside Johnstown, Ohio. This was the 13th year that the Outing has been co-hosted by COPAMA and the Professional Pilots Association (PPA) to raise funds for the COPAMA Scholarship Fund.

Roughly 128 players attended this year's Event. After a moment of silence to observe the 14th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the golfers started off with flags adorning their carts on a spectacular morning.

An oncoming storm front forced an abbreviated lunch, award ceremonies and prize raffle. Due to the haste, an unintentional clerical error occurred during the determination of 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams. The issue was resolved before the end of the outing but the storm made retakes of the award photos impossible. The raffle was concluded under the course's shelter with golfers, volunteers and raffle prizes all trying to keep dry.

COAGO 2015 webpage is now available for viewing Sponsors, Team Starting Hole positions and other event data. The final revision is coming soon which will include winning teams and player awards, so please check back.


YAA HangarFest, Saturday August 22nd! One Great Event!

YAA conducted this year's HangarFest at OSU Airport's Hangar #8. The weather was perfect and lots of people turned out to share in the auctions and fanfare of this year's fundraiser. Entertainment was provided by the CBUS Big Band, a group of Swing dancers who danced to the music, Catering by Cameron Mitchell and static display aircraft on the ramp.

Admission was free and you may find more information about YAA and the event at www.youthaviationadventure.org. If you weren't able to attend, please consider making a donation at their website above.

COPAMA President, Joe Lippert made a $1000 donation from the COPAMA Scholarship Fund to help them provide training for youth interested in aviation. We send our congratulations to Rick Ochs, Tim Beech and all the HangarFest Committee and volunteers that helped make the event so memorable!


FAA Requests 2015 General Aviation Awards Nominations!

It’s that time of year again when we solicit applicants for the annual General Aviation Awards. Click on the link above to be taken to the General Aviation Awards website. This is your opportunity to nominate someone who made significant contributions to the aviation community.

Award Categories are
Aviation Technician of the Year, FAASTeam Representative of the Year, Avionics Technician of the Year and Flight Instructor of the Year.

The deadline for your submittal is September 30, 2015. Please call Mark Harden at 614-255-3014 if you have any questions.


God Speed, Roger Olson!

Inspector Roger Olson presents Charles Taylor Award to Cliff Marr.

FAA Inspector Roger Olson (right) presents Charles Taylor Award to Cliff Marr on March 8th, 2005

I'm sorry to say that another brother in aviation, Roger Olson, passed away on Friday July 24th. He was a past member of the Ohio Army National Guard and an FAA Inspector in both the Louisville and Columbus FSDOs. He last served as Safety Inspector for Ohio and retired due to serious health reasons.

Our thought's and prayers go out to his wife Martha, daughter Rebecca and son Douglas as we mourn his loss with them, their families and friends. The obituary is due release in the Columbus Dispatch on Wednesday July 29th, with visitation on Friday the 31st and a memorial service on Saturday. Please click here to view the obituary.


Justin Siak Charles Taylor Award

Justin Siak CTA

NetJets Sales Inc. extended an invite to all on Friday, August 14th for the Charles Taylor Award presentation to Aircraft Maintenance Technician, Mr. Justin Siak. Congratulations, Justin, on this 50 year career accomplishment.


Wishing You A Happy 4th of July!

4th of July



Happy Memorial Day!

Happy Memorial Day 2015

Wishing you a Happy Memorial Day from all of us at COPAMA.

May 24th - National Aviation Maintenance Technician Day

Charles E. Taylor This weekend marks the celebration of two National Events. Foremost is the Memorial Day Weekend but it just so happens that so does National AMT Day and Charles Taylor's 147th Birthday.

Charles Taylor, also known as the "Third Wright Brother", built the engine and other parts that powered the Wright Flyer from the hills of Kitty Hawk. The Charles Taylor Award is the FAA's highest honor to those Aircraft Technicians that have given 50 years of service in keeping the aviation industry safe.


We hope you take time on Sunday to think about the Aircraft Technicians around the United States that help keep our industry one of the safest forms of transportation.



May 12th Meeting - Lycoming Engines

Dennis CoulbournMay Meeting with Dennis Coulbourn of Lycoming

Our May meeting was held in Lane Aviation's Media Room with the topic of the night "Engine Care and Maintenance" presented by Mr. Dennis Coulbourn, Regional Sales Manager of Lycoming Engines. The evening weather was great as we gathered for this last meeting of the Spring.

Dennis started his show with a little history about Lycoming and their factory in Williamsport, PA where they've been building engines for 99 years with their first aircraft engine, the R680 radial coming off the assembly line in 1929. Early photos of the factory revealed the transition to the current manufacturing facility as they continue the tradition of producing light powerful powerplants for aviation.

He showed the many engines that they have produced over the years and expanded on their latest technology that includes electronic controls to produce more power and fuel efficient regardless of which fuel is being used. Their goal is to provide engines that will run on upcoming fuels and automotive gasoline as aviation grade 100 low lead is nearing it's end of production.

He discussed Lycoming's product support and some of the issues they see at their repair facility. Oil grades and analysis, tips on keeping the engine running cool and starting techniques for hot engines. He drew on his 8 years on the production line to answer questions and show the web based resources that Lycoming has for it's customers around the world.

We want to thank Dennis and Lycoming for his travel to be with us in Columbus and his informative presentation. The meeting was posted on the FAA Safety website and those who attended received a 1 hour credit toward the AMT/WINGS awards. We now break for the June through August summer break and hope to see everyone at the Central Ohio Aviation Golf Outing on September 11th.


April 14th Meeting - Hartzell Propeller

Alex Krauskopf of Hartzell Propeller       Alex before the meeting.

Hartzell Propeller presentation at the April COPAMA meeting.

Our April 14th meeting featured a presentation by Hartzell Tech Rep Alex Krauskopf titled "Hartzell Propeller Basic Maintenance and New Technologies". The evening started with a social gathering at 5:30 with a light dinner around 6:00 and the presentation immediately following. The meeting was posted on the FAASTeam website and attendees who are registered there will receive AMT Award credit.

COPAMA President, Joe Lippert, had a short presentation on next month's meeting, the 2015 Golf Outing and upcoming events over the spring and summer. Those events included the Champaign Lady Gala at Grimes Field on April 18th, the Youth Aviation Adventures Spring outing on May 23rd and their Hangar Fest fundraiser on August 22nd. The Central Ohio Aviation Golf Outing will be held Friday September 11th at the Kyber Run Golf Course in Johnstown, Ohio. More information will be posted as details become available.

Alex's presentation included documentation included with every new propeller purchase, an overview of the data available on the Hartzell Propeller website and many photos showing examples of common damage, corrosion, repairs and conditions that can cause the scrapping of blades, hubs and the whole propeller. He also presented how to identify the features of each prop from their part number and explained the benefits and features of their offerings of composite blade. He discussed items that can be performed by an owner /operator, an A&P technician and some defects and conditions that require the prop to visit a certificated propeller shop.

He also advised the group of Hartzell's technical support group, their in house repair shop and the chance for visitors to their Piqua, Ohio manufacturing facility to take the factory tour that takes about an hour. Call ahead and pre-arrangement is appreciated but drop-ins during their normal working hours are also welcome. We wish to thank Alex and Hartzell for his presentation and the handouts and items he provided for the evening raffle.


2015 Maintenance Symposium - March 19th!

The site of the 2015 Maintenance Symposium was the Columbus State Community College Conference Center, located in the Center for Workforce Development Building, 315 Cleveland Ave. in Columbus, Ohio. The format was a one day, multiple session event with presentations arranged by the FAASTeam Program Manager, Inspector Mark Harden and registration through the FAA Safety website.

This year's program included a selection of presentations by video teleconference and vendors. Jay Wilkins, manager of the Columbus FSDO, introduced his staff and inspectors from the Cincinnati FSDO were in attendance to handle their technician's IA renewals.

Our keynote speaker was Greg Feith, retired NTSB Senior Air Safety Investigator and television news analyst for several cable new channels. He stressed several ways of breaking the chain of events that usually lead up to every aviation accident. He pointed out we should not be bystanders when we see something dangerous or someone performing an incorrect or careless act.

Mr. Greg Feith, retired NTSB Senior Air Saftety Investigator.

His presentation included highlights of his career beginning with a Cessna 210 crash on a Colorado mountain top when he was an Embry Riddle COOP with the Colorado NTSB office. He said that was the event that changed his path from aviation maintenance to a career in accident investigation.

In 1985, he was chosen for his relative youth to the other inspectors in his NTSB office to go to Bolivia and investigate the crash of an Eastern Airlines Boeing 727 that flew into Mount Illimani on the arrival to La Paz. The crash site was at 19,600 feet and prevented access for an initial assessment of the wreckage except by aerial photography. An estimated 50 feet of snow fell on the debris field before Greg's team of investigators and Bolivian Sherpas made the lengthily climb to the site. He almost lost his life when an ice-bridge broke through on the climb and they found the tail section but the FDR and CVR had broken loose and have yet to be found.

His presentation continued with other cases and accident investigations where some of the causes were obvious and preventable by using using documented and accepted procedures and practices. In one of his final slides he asked us to count the 3 rabbits then showed us the slide. The slide appeared and then was replace by another as he told us the importance of an investigator to not have preconceptions on what they'll find. He then showed us the slide again and said you could also see 3 ducks!

We want to thank Mr. Feith for his informative slide show, Mark Harden and the other FAA representatives and presenters for the information they shared and all who attended the 2015 Maintenance Symposium.

We also want to thank the Vendors at the Symposium for providing the snacks for the morning and afternoon Breaks and raffle prizes for the COPAMA raffle. Please support them through your patronage. For other information and updates about the Symposium, please visit the CSCC AMT Symposium webpage.

And last but not least, many thanks to our volunteers that helped make the symposium happen. Carol and Earl Redmond who handled the COPAMA booth along with Chuck Jenkins and Joe Lippert. Earl also ran the vendor sponsor fees and transacted the break refreshments from those funds.

We'd like to note two long time members who weren't there this year. Shirley and Ralph Graves who had a heart attack on March 7th. Ralph is recuperating and Shirley understandably had more important things to do. We wish them well on the path to recovery!

This years list of Symposium Presentations.

New Operator’s Manual for Human Factors in Maintenance,  Electronic Research Simplified
PT6A & PW 500 Engine Series Maintenance Practices,  Spark Plug Design and Maintenance
The Pilot’s Bill of Rights… Not Just for Pilots, What to do When the FAA Comes Knocking
A GA Guide to NextGen, Slick Mag 500 Hr. Inspection, Plugs, Harnesses, SBs, and Manual Changes
Lead Acid Aircraft Battery Airworthiness,  GA Aircraft Accidents Associated with Maintenance
Understanding Tool Calibration and Certification, Approved Parts – What you need to know
Aircraft Corrosion Prevention,  Care & Maintenance of Cleveland Wheels and Brakes
Repair Station Meeting w/ CMH FSDO Inspectors 

This years list of Symposium Vendors.

A.E.R.O Inc. Pan American Tool Corp
Aero Battery Parker/Cleveland Hannifin Corp
Aero Performance Poplar Grove Airmotive
Aerospace Turbine Rotables Preferred Airparts, LLC
Aviall Spec Mask Ohio
Barry Controls - Hutchinson Aerospace Stevens Aviation
Champion Aerospace Tdata Corporation
Concorde Battery Corp. Tempest
Dallas Airmotive Toledo Jet Center
Floats & Fuel Cells Tritex Corporation
G&N Aircraft, Inc. Zip-Chem Products
Lane Aviation



COPAMA / GE District 7 Science Day Awards

District 7 Science Day Logo

On Saturday, March 21st Jim Kulp of G.E. and Joe Lippert, Earl Redmond and Lowell Dowler of COPAMA attended and judged 6 aerospace related entries for this year's GE/COPAMA Science Day Awards. Our 2015 winners received a crystal diamond shaped award from G.E. and a monetary awards from the COPAMA Scholarship Fund. 

First Place Cole Tuckey

First Place: Cole Tucker, 9th Grade, Thomas Worthington High School
"This End Up"


Second Place Liam Coyne

Second Place: Liam Coyne, 7th Grade, Immaculate Conception School
"Aerodynamics at Work"


Third Place Joseph Crump

Third Place: Luke Delbert, 7th Grade, St Michaels School
"Effects of Weight on Takeoff of a Remote Control Airplane"


We want to thank GE Aviation, Mr. Kulp and all our judges for their participation in this years Science Day!



COPAMA Board decides to move to PayPal

After many years of handling credit card transactions, the COPAMA Board has decided to run all credit card transactions through the PayPal secure web portal. The decision was based on costs associated with providing security for those transactions.

Around 2005, COPAMA set up transaction accounts with First Data Merchant Services and American Express for the convenience of our sponsors who wanted to use credit cards for supporting our events. We were charged a 3% to 3.5% fee and considered that to be the cost of doing business with our supporters that needed to use that form of payment.

Shortly after that time, the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council mandated a Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) and our credit card processing computer and internet connections were audited to assure compliance with the new standard for transactions. At that time until the end of 2013, Merchant Services paid the cost of our security charges to meet PCI compliance.

Last year, those charges were passed on to us and we incurred monthly charges regardless of whether we made credit card transactions or not. Those charges along with the 3% to 3.5% transaction fees made the cost of performing our own credit card transaction a major cost to our organization that is based on donations and support from our friends and sponsors. The major fraction of a full scholarship was going to the bank instead of the students we are trying to help.

A few years ago, we set up a PayPal account and encouraged our friends and sponsors to use that instead of our previous credit card process. PayPal provided us a Non-Profit account, reducing our transaction fees to 2.5% and providing our "customers" with a secure web portal, eliminating our need for monitoring and the associated security charges.

With the recent news of Major Organizations both Retail and Commercial being hacked by security breaches, it only made sense for us to get out of performing credit card transactions. This allows us to concentrate on raising and distributing funds to the various students and groups we support and minimize our costs to maximize those proceeds to the COPAMA Scholarship Fund.

We ask for your understanding and will always accept a check or other form of payment from our friends and sponsors who are unable to use the PayPal option. Thank you for your continued support of COPAMA and the COPAMA Scholarship Fund.


February Topic: Avionics Mandates - Lane Aviation

Mr. Brad Primm - President of Lane Aviation

This month's meeting on February 10th featured Mr. Brad Primm, President of  Lane Aviation and a presentation on "Avionics Mandates and What's New at Lane Aviation".

The evening started with a light dinner of subs and chips provided by Lane, then a short update on upcoming events by COPAMA President Joe Lippert. The Maintenance Symposium in March and the possible topics for April and May were discussed.

Mr. Primm then started his presentation that was both informative and entertaining with the main topic of upcoming mandates and intermixed "infomercials" about Lane Aviation History, Services and Highlights.

FANS 1/A with CPDLC, ADS-B (In-Out and Contract), TCAS II V7.1, 8.33 KHz Spacing and a sampling of available equipment to meet those mandates were the heart of Brads show.

We'd also like to thank Ed Bannen of Honeywell who helped explain some of the many acronyms that appeared during the PowerPoint presentation and the other attendees who participated in the technical discussion. The equipment review included units from the 978 MHz UAT boxes for light aircraft to TSO certified units for up to Air Transport Category aircraft.

Lane Aviation was incorporated on May 1, 1935 by Foster Lane and will celebrate their 80th year of operations this year. They were around and operated out of Ohio State University Airport during World War II helping train Navy Cadets while Port Columbus was taken over for Military manufacturing. They also were around to witness the creation of the FAA and NASA in 1958 and opened one of the first FAA Repair Stations in 1963.

The Lane ramp was the start of Jerrie Moch's first female solo flight around the world on March 19th, 1964 and finished there 30 days later on April 17th. Our own COPAMA member Cliff Kelling, who served on our Board of Directors, was a big part of preparing her Cessna 180 "The Spirit of Columbus" for that exceptionally long trip. This year's Maintenance Symposium will occur on the 51st anniversary of her departure.

Brad also announced Lanes General Aviation Customs terminal at the east end of their complex, new de-icing trucks entering service and construction of new facilities at the west end near the FAA Control Tower. We want to thank Brad and Lane Aviation for the presentation and use of their facility and to all who bought tickets and provided prizes for the raffle which helps support the COPAMA Scholarship Fund.


Board Member and Friend, Richard Cady Passed Away.

After battling Stage 4 cancer for almost a year, it hurts me to say that sometime around 2:00 pm on January 12th, our brother Richard Cady, passed away. I've included the passionate notice from his loving wife, Teresa, below. Our hearts, thoughts and prayers go out to her, their children and grandchildren. Details will be shared as they become available. Rest in Peace, Rich!

Teresa L Cady's post from Facebook

My heart is broken today as I write this note. I am so sad to report that my beloved high school sweetheart and love of almost 40 years has walked into Gods arms today. He fought the cancer demon for months and God finally called him home. No more pain. No more suffering. Today my Angel got his wings.

The Obituary, Visitation and Funeral hours are posted at the Rutherford Funeral Home in Worthington.

Richard Cady, Family and friends at the Holiday Dinner

Richard and Teresa on the right with their daughter and son-in-law Vicki and Justin Kildoo
 at the Holiday Dinner. Bill Hays and Dave Willis are seated on the left.

January 13th Topic -"Are You Aware of Your Environment?"

Mr Andy Doll of Ohio DOT Aviation divisionMr. Andy Doll of the Ohio Department of Transportation gave an informative and entertaining presentation regarding the environment around Airports in Ohio. He first asked the group about how aware they were of the environment around airports that they operated to and from. He then explained the terms related to clearways, safety zones and other variable when setting up approaches to runways. He also showed photos of some of the aircraft the state uses for the different government departments in Ohio.

The next portion of his presentation involved areal photos of several Ohio airports, both public and private, and pointed out issues that prompted him to take action to maintain safety. Things like tall grass, ditches in close proximity to the runway, sink holes and man made objects in the safety zone that are supposed to breakaway in a runway event but wouldn't.

Sometimes his job involves temporarily closing an airport while corrections are made, helping airport owners with resources to improve their infrastructure and flying state aircraft involved in various mapping operations around Ohio. He showed a badger in a cage that was caught here in Ohio that he had to transport for a study project to track the animals. Their group also helps with discovery and prosecution of poachers and illegal crop growers around the state. We want to thank Andy for a great presentation and being our kickoff speaker for 2015!

The meeting was posted on the FAASTeam website and those attending should receive WINGS or AMT credit.


2014 Events Page

Please click on the link above to see what was on the COPAMA calendar in 2014.


PAMA National Opens New Website

After having issues related to hackers and some reorganization, PAMA National turned on their new website around the middle of October for their members and the public. Please visit by clicking on the title link above and check out the features, photos and information.


COAGO 2014 Report!

This year's Central Ohio Aviation Golf Outing was a great day of golf held Friday, September 5th at Kyber Run Golf Course. The report on the outing is now available for view by clicking on the hyperlink above.

The report shares data about the event, acknowledges all our Sponsors, Vendors Players and Volunteers with plenty of photos in our Photo Gallery of the Course and Team Members. Just select COAGO 2014 in the pull down menu and please check back for updates.


Support the COPAMA Scholarship Fund through PayPal!

Last year, when all the State of Ohio Colleges and Universities changed from quarters to semesters, some AMT Students at Columbus State Community College were left without means of funding for their 2013 summer classes.

With all the financial and tax unknowns that loomed over Washington D.C., we decided to create a special Summer Tuition Fund to help them as much as we could. We'd like to thank Colin Campbell and Jet Charters.com for leading off as our first sponsor of the 2013 Tuition Fund.

Although that situation has past, we still have a way to contribute to the Scholarship Fund directly using the PayPal donation button below. Individuals and Corporate Sponsors may contribute whatever amount they wish to give. Corporations who give a donation of $100.00 or more will be added to our Corporate Sponsor page with a link to their website.

Come join us with your contributions to this worthy cause! The full amount of your donations may be tax deductable. Please consult your tax advisor when filling out your annual tax return.


COPAMA Scholarship Fund


COPAMA is a 501(C)(3) Non-Profit Organization. TIN# 43-2013111.




Our Monthly Meetings

  • Monthly Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the following months.
        January, February, April, May, October and November.
        Pre-meeting gathering at 5:30, Dinner at 6:00, Presentation after dinner.  
  • The Ohio Aviation Maintenance Symposium is our March meeting.
  • The Central Ohio Aviation Golf Outing (COAGO) is our September meeting.
  • The Holiday Dinner is our December meeting.

Regular Meetings held in Lane Aviation's Media Room.

Lane Aviation's Port Columbus facility at 4387 International Gateway, Columbus, Ohio 43219 is the location of our 6 monthly meetings. We meet in their Media Room on the second floor.

Thank you Lane Aviation and Staff!

We wish to thank Lane Aviation and their staff for the use of their facility and their continued support.


Features of the COPAMA website!!!

This site was generated from a latest generation template providing compatibility with the main web browsers of today and mobile devices. It features "Flash" type animation and the ability to detect those devices that cannot render "Flash" and provide an alternate means to display those same graphics.

Menus help you navigate through the site and the left border of the page provides a direct link to our Next Event, Current News and Last Event information. Back ground music is available with the new site and features 12 different tunes that loop. If you don't care to listen, just mute your sound system for an easy solution. Give us some feedback and let us know what you like or dislike! Page width and font size are controllable by you regardless of which browser or mobile device you use.

If you're a fan of Facebook or Twitter, we've set up groups on both social networks. We're hoping it will provide a local forum for members and give us another tool to communicate with the group. The links to both are at the top right of this page. Jeff Gruber has volunteered to be our first administrator of the two forums and if they become popular, we may need the help of our younger members to help monitor them for us.

Let us know what features you like and if you have any problems viewing the site. Welcome to the new COPAMA Website!

COPAMA's Mission:

COPAMA, is a Non-profit Membership Organization designed to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas, concepts and techniques through communication, education, representation and support related to the Aviation industry.


News and Information


The following message comes from Gary McCauley of Aero Battery.

Aero Battery would like to let all our friends and customers know of our secretary, Tonya, who passed away on June 30 2014. She worked for us 8 years and enjoyed helping customers, working hard solving problems for both you and us. We will miss her since she was a very good worker and friend.

We were told it was a heart attack; no matter 39 years is much too young. Please say a prayer for her family.

Aero Battery



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