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Our Next Event:

May 13th, 2014
Mr.Stephen Farkas
EPIC Aviation LLC
Topic: "Aviation Fuels - MX/Inspection/Safety"

Coming Up on the Calendar

June thru August
Summer Break

September 5th, 2014
COAGO 2014
Kyber Run Golf Course
Registration opens in June.

October 14th, 2014
Mr. Tom McClelland
Topic: "Inflatables and Cylinder Recert."

November 11th, 2014
Dr. Judy Van Zante
NASA GLENN Research Center
Topic: "Icing Awareness"

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 March 1st. 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 If not, the email address we have for you is probably outdated.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:

Visit our On The Web page

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

New Jobs posted on our Careers page

New Job opening posted on February 23rd.

Recent Events

April 8th, 2014
Mr. Greg Heine
Flightdocs, Inc.
Topic: "Flightdocs Tracker System and Mobile Apps"

March 13, 2014
Ohio Aviation Maintenance Symposium
Single Day Event,

CSCC Main Campus
Workforce Development
Conference Center

February 11, 2014
Mr. Bill Knauf
Constant Aviation

Topic - "Autopilot 101"

January 14, 2014
Mark Harden - FAASTeam

"Aviation Safety Meeting"
"2014 Performance Plan"

December 10, 2013
2013 Holiday Dinner

Villa Milano Banquet and Conference Center
"Antarctic Air Operations"
By Mike Kent USAF MSgt Retired

Meeting Information            Current News and Information


Meetings and Events!


April 8th Flightdocs Maintenance Tracker System

The topic for the April Meeting was "Flightdocs Maintenance Tracking and Mobile Apps" presented by Mr. Greg Heine, Flightdocs' Director of Business Development. He started with an overview of their corporation which was started in 2003 in New York, with just a few corporate operators utilizing their system. Today, Flightdocs tracks over 3,500 aircraft worldwide, and is based in Fort Myers, FL.

Greg then talked about their upcoming product named Flightdocs Enterprise that will include optional modules used by flight departments, allowing them to gather data from their maintenance and operations to generate reports and documents for internal and corporate use. Their goal is to reduce paperwork and replace paper with “Glass” applications. They also are engaged in creating applications that work on all electronic platforms from mobile devices to mainframe computers. This includes research into future apps using hardware such as the “Google Glasses” and “Microsoft Kinect” to provide worksite viewing of task cards and manipulating document images for viewing.

He next spoke about Flightdocs Voice for customers and operators to view new software under development and give feedback as features are completed. This process includes solving Workflow Problems such as, where is the most time spent, errors most common, data missing and duplicate work being performed. They’re also reviewing where maintenance teams have the most trouble understanding the functions of the program and where there might be a lack of transparency or communication.

Greg finished by encouraging current customers to sign up for Flightdocs User Voice, allowing them to stay in touch with software development, participate in Beta Testing and be advised of new Live Releases as they become available. We want to thank Greg and Flightdocs for their presentation and sponsoring the dinner for the meeting.


YAA Spring Event - April 26th at OSU Airport

Several COPAMA members will be part of the volunteers to help with the Spring YAA Event at KOSU. President Joe Lippert will present a check for $1,000 to YAA to help support their program that provides aviation training for central Ohio youth.


May 13th topic: “Aviation Fuels – MX/Inspection/Safety”

Our May meeting will feature Mr. Stephen Farkas from EPIC Aviation LLC with a discussion of Aviation Fuels – Maintenance, Inspection and Safety. We'll meet at Lane Aviation's Media Room on the second floor, 4387 International Gateway, Port Columbus International. The social gathering will begin at 5:30 with dinner around 6:00 and the presentation immediately following.

The meeting will be posted on the FAASTeam website and you may register there. You may also RSVP by replying to the COPAMA Newsletter Email or send an email to mail@copama.org with the number attending. This helps us with the setup of food. This will be the last meeting before the summer break so please mark your calendar and invite a friend! Hope to see you there!


National AMT Day!

Each year, May 24th is celebrated as National Aviation Maintenance Technicians Day! We hope you take a bow in observance of the anniversary of Charles Taylor's birthday to acknowledge AMT's and their contributions to safety in the aviation industry!


COAGO 2014 Moves to Kyber Run Golf Course

This year's Central Ohio Aviation Golf Outing will change venues and be held at Kyber Run Golf Course on Friday September 5th. We have contracted with the Golf Digest Tournament Planner website for Sponsor and Player registration which will open around June 1st. Sponsor Letters will be sent out in May to advise of sponsorship opportunities and guidelines to using the website.

Dave Fragale is the 2014 Golf Outing Chairperson and has been negotiating with the course and planning the highlights of this year's event. You may learn more about the course by clicking on the hyperlink above and information about COAGO 2014 will be broadcast through our monthly newsletters and the website as details become available.



March 13th 2014 Maintenance Symposium

Training Session in Conference Center Ball Room

The site of the 2014 Maintenance Symposium moved to the Columbus State Community College Conference Center, located in the Center for Workforce Development Building, on Columbus State's main campus. The format changed to a One Day, Single Session event held on Thursday, March 13th. The session was developed by the FAASTeam Program Manager, Inspector Mark Harden with registration made through the FAA Safety website, www.faasafety.gov.

This year’s event was free of charge but did not include lunch as in years past. For the first time, new technology was included by means of three teleconferenced presentation which appeared on the main screen of the Conference Center Ball Room.

Registration took place on the second floor and the vendor displays were positioned throughout the areas of the forth floor. We'd especially like to thank those vendors that provided refreshments for the morning and afternoon breaks.

For all information and updates about the Symposium, please visit the CSCC AMT Symposium website.


District Science Day Judging included GE Aviation

COPAMA volunteers gathered on Saturday, March 15th, to help judge the aviation and space related entries in the District 7 Science Day competition . This year we had the pleasure of having Mr. James Kulp of GE Business and Commercial Aviation co-sponsor and attend to help in judging. The event took place at Columbus State's downtown campus off Spring Street and Cleveland Avenues.

This year's winning selections were...

First Place Andrei Proca

First Place: Andrei Proca, 7th Grade Worthington Kilbourne Middle School
"Relationship of Helicopter Rotor Speed to Aircraft Lift"

Pictured with Andrei are Judges Ralph Graves, Joe Lippert and James Kulp


Second Place Deepthi Thumuluri

Second Place: Deepthi Thumuluri, 10th Grade Dublin Coffman High School
"Projectiles in Space"


Third Place Joseph Crump

Third Place: Joseph Crump, 8th Grade Metro Middle School
"The Effects of Dimples on a Golf Ball in Flight"


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


MMS Apprentices Receive Testing Scholarship Awards

Dwight Jarboe receives scholarship check from Joe Lippert

On March 19th, COPAMA President Joe Lippert presented a Testing Scholarship Award check for $900.00 to Dwight Jarboe of Missionary Maintenance Services Aviation. The award will provide funds for two MMS apprentice technicians to pay their computer testing fees to become A&Ps Their training at MMS not only provides the necessary skills to become A&Ps to support missionary aircraft around the world but also allow Mission Organizations to have their support aircraft repaired and overhauled at the MMS Aviation facility in Coshocton, Ohio.

MMS Aviation is a non-profit missionary organization offering experience-based aircraft maintenance training and is supported by contributions from interested churches, businesses and individuals. COPAMA is glad we could help support these students as they enter the aviation industry in support of missionary aircraft and wish them well in their careers.


Job Opening at Castle Aviation in Akron

Click on the link to view the job posting on our Careers Page.


February 11th Topic -
                "Autopilot 101" by Bill Knauf of Constant Aviation

Mr. Bill Knauf, Avionics Technical Support Manager for Constant Aviation gave our February presentation on basic autopilot features and operation. The meeting took place at Lane Aviation's Media Room on the second floor, 4387 International Gateway, Port Columbus International Airport and included a social gathering and light dinner.

President Joe Lippert welcomed members and visitors which included Mr. Brad Primm, President of Lane Aviation who replaced Tom Deuber in 2012. Joe's PowerPoint included information about COPAMA, our website, upcoming events, a thank you to Lane for the use of their facility and the introduction to Bill's presentation.

Bill Knauf talks about Constant Aviation    Bill Knauf gives February presentation on Autopilots.

Bill started with a review of his aviation career and his many years in support at Honeywell from which he retired in 2010. He then took on his current position for Constant, providing free help and guidance in problem solving for Constant customers who are only being billed if technicians or engineering support is required. He noted the MRO facilities that Constant has spread across the U.S., highlighting the one located at Cleveland Hopkins Airport which is the largest MRO in Ohio. He discussed their many areas of support including major engineering and structural repair of several airframes.

He then focused on the Autopilot and it's components, basic Flight Director systems and the many sensors that provide inputs and feedback to those systems. The presentation which was created long ago to give mechanical support technicians at Honeywell an overview of autopilots elaborated on the function of the main units including air data sensors, servos, gyros, AHRS and IRS units.

He finished with some helpful tips on operating techniques to minimize data errors and problems that pilots may experience while airborne. We want to thank Bill and Constant Aviation for his presentation and purchasing the catering for dinner. The evening concluded with the drawing of raffle prizes.

This meeting was posted on the FAASTeam website and attendees who signed up received either 1 hour of credit toward their WINGS or AMT Awards.


January 14th meeting - FAASTeam P.M. Mark Hardin

Inspector Mark Harden presents the January Topic Inspector Harden answers questions from group.

Our first meeting of 2014 featured a presentation titled "Aviation Safety Meeting/FAASTeam 2014 Performance Plan" by FAA Inspector, Mark Hardin, our FAASTeam Program Manager for the Columbus F.S.D.O. It included an overview of local accidents/incidents and the FAASTeam targeted approach to address known and perceived risks associated with the General Aviation Community.

The presentation, which was posted on the FAASTeam website drew a group of 53 attendees which included 38 who had signed up to qualify for WINGS and AMT award credit. The initial slides of the presentation gave statistics on the 69 accidents that occurred in the Central Ohio area from 2007 to 2013. Although 2013 was the safest of those years with only 4 accidents, the total number of operations has declined from those in the years before the 2008 economic downturn. Landing was the most dangerous of the seven Phases of flight with 35 or 50%.

Part 91 operations accounted for 94% of the accident total with only 3 Part 135 and 1 Part 137 events. The 22 fatalities were comprised of 18 Private and 2 Instrument Part 91 events and only 2 from Part 135 operations. Only one person lost their life in 2013 from an accident in a Sport category aircraft.

Mark emphasized that the FAASTeam's mission is to stress "Prevention of Accidents" by presenting topics on the safe operation and maintenance of the full spectrum of aircraft from light sport to heavy transport vehicles. The FAA Safety website provides a collective source of information and a calendar of topics and locations to get the information out to all who are engaged in aviation. We're lucky to have many volunteer FAASTeam presenters in the Central Ohio region.

The next FAASTeam event in the Columbus area will be held Monday, January 20th starting at 6:00 pm at OSU Airport's Hangar 5. The topic "Aircraft Icing Safety Meeting" will feature Dr. Judy VanZante from NASA's Icing Research Lab and is sponsored by EAA Chapter 9.


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.




View of COPAMA's 2013 events

Please click on the link above to see what was on the COPAMA calendar for first half of 2013.


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


Chuck Paul received Charles Taylor Award, Sept 6th, 2013

Chuck Paul of AirNet receives Charles Taylor Award.

L to R: FAA Inspectors Mark Harden and Jay Wilkins, Chuck Paul and AirNet CEO John Dupuy.

Mr. Chuck Paul of AirNet received the Charles Taylor Award on September 6th for his 50+ year career in aviation maintenance. The award was presented by FAA Inspectors Mark Harden and Jay Wilkins with AirNet Systems CEO Mr. John Dupuy in attendance.

We at COPAMA congratulate Chuck and thank him for his contribution to aviation safety. He joins a long line of  Charles Taylor Award recipients that call Central Ohio their home.


Jerry Peer received Charles Taylor Award, July 25th, 2013

Jerry Peer receives Charles Taylor Award at his home.

On Sunday, July 25th, Jerry Peer, a long time member of the Central Ohio aviation community received the FAA Charles Taylor Award. The ceremony took place at his home with Inspectors Mark Harden and Jay Wilkins representing the FAA. There were 25 attendees, which included family and friends. Mr. Peer was pleasantly surprised and grateful. Many thanks to Matt Drenten, who play a major role in bringing everything together.

COPAMA congratulates Jerry on receiving the award and thanks him for his long time commitment to aviation safety!


Spitfire 944 Short Documentary Video

Watch the look on this old pilot, when he see's himself on film 70 years ago crash landing. If you like WWII history, this is a must see. If you like this, please visit our "On the Web" page for more links to aviation sites! Our thanks to Nelson Brown for sharing this link!

What's on FAA TV?

Did you know that there is a host of aviation videos about safety, trending news items, training, NextGen and administration policy, right at your fingertips at http://www.faa.gov/tv/ ? Links on the main page allow you to share the content via your favorite media platform, or you can download the videos as an MP4 for future use.


AirSatOne announces 2013 Air Time Price Guide on their website

Jo Kremsreiter, President of AirSatOne, has notified us that their 2013 Air-Time Price Guide is now available on their website. We've posted this information for our members and visitors who may need such data for their 2013 budgeting process. Thanks, Jo, for this link submission!


Local A&P sets up Columbus Model Rocketry School.

Pete Bricker, a local Airframe and Powerplant technician, has changed his hobby of model rocketry into a training opportunity for students in Central Ohio. His classes range from beginner rubber-band launched rockets to large Level 1 and Level 2 Certification.

If you or your child have an interest in Model Rocketry as an individual or group event, check out the schools website by clicking on the link above.

Pete works for one of the regional airlines at Port Columbus and is the husband of Donna Bricker who was a long term board member and past treasurer of COPAMA.


This page was last updated on 04/09/14.