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Our 15th Year of Service to Central Ohio Aviation!

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Our Next Event:

Tuesday May 9th
Mr. Richard Wetherald
Aircraft Ownership Cost

Lane Aviation,
Media Room, Second Floor
4387 International Gateway
Social Gathering 5:30,
Dinner 6:00

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Recent Events

Tuesday April 11th
Dr. Mike Stretanski AME
BasicMed 3rd Class Medical Changes

Future of COPAMA discussion

Thursday, March 16th
2017 Ohio Aviation Maintenance Symposium
CSCC Main Campus

Tuesday, February 14th
John Glenn International
ATC Controller Dave Neff
CMH Air Traffic Control
Tower Operations

Tuesday January 10th
Topic: NDI -'Principles of Eddy Current'
Nate Chicon
Aircraft Inspection Services, Inc.

2016 Holiday Dinner
December 13th
Speaker: Mr. Bill Albers
Champaign Aviation Museum
Villa Milano Banquet & Conference Center

November 1
"FAA Enforcement Policy"
Inspectors Mark Harden and Kevin Tyree

October 11
MMS Aviation
Mr. Dwight Jarboe

Meeting Information            Current News and Information


Meetings and Events!            2016 Events


April 11th Topic: BasicMed Medical Changes

Our April meeting featured a presentation by Dr Mike Stretanski AME on the upcoming changes on May 1st to alternate 3rd Class Medical Certification called Basic Med. 27 people attended the meeting which included portions of two Power Points to show what details are available on the upcoming rule change.

Dr. Stretanski noted that with 20 days remaining from the night of our meeting to the May 1st date, the training and other details for obtaining a BasicMed Certificate are still not available on the FAA's BasicMed website. He then presented known changes in the forensic examination the doctor will perform in comparison with the current 3rd Class Medical Certificate. There also are limitation related to past health issues and medical certification that determine if a BasicMed Certificate may be obtained.

He also expanded on prescribed drugs and drug abuse that will cause special handling or outright denial of even a BasicMed certificate for flight operation of an aircraft. We want to thank him for spending the evening with us after a long day of personal medical attention.

There was a short organizational meeting after the event to discuss the future of COPAMA. 9 people including 1 Member, 6 Board Members and 2 Visitors stayed to help plot our future course. Those plans will be finalized and announced at next month's meeting.


May 9th Topic: "Aircraft Ownership Costs"

Our May meeting will feature a presentation by Mr. Richard Wetherald on "Aircraft Ownership Costs". It will be held at Lane Aviation's Media Room, 4387 International Gateway on the second floor. The social gathering will start at 5:30 with a light dinner at 6:00 and Mr. Wetherald's presentation immediately following. Please check back as FAASTeam registration opens later this month.

Please mark your calendar and plan to attend this final informational meeting!

2017 Ohio Aviation Maintenance Symposium - March 16th

MS2017 Banner

This year's Maintenance Symposium had 321 in attendance, with 21 vendor booths and 15 speakers. Proceeds from the COPAMA Raffle raised $625.00 for the COPAMA Scholarship Fund and we want to thank those vendors who provided the prize items for the raffle.

We also want to thank those who gave the presentations, Mark Harden and the other FAA Inspectors and representatives, the staff of Columbus State and the volunteers who helped with the Symposium. Please check the Columbus State Aviation Symposium website for other details and thank you to all who attended!


COPAMA / GE District 7 Science Day Awards

District 7 Science Day Logo

On Saturday, March 18th, Earl Redmond, Gene Sprang and Lowell Dowler of COPAMA attended and judged 5 aerospace related entries for this year's GE/COPAMA Science Day Awards. Our 2017 winners received a crystal diamond shaped award from G.E., a certificate and a monetary award from the COPAMA Scholarship Fund. Jim Kulp of General Electric was unable to attend this year's event but we wish to thank him and G.E. for their continued support of this annual event.


First Place: Logan Overman, 6th Grade, Madison Christian School
"What Shaped Wing Produces the Best Lift?"


Second Place: Samson Gurgiolo, 5th Grade, Emerson Elementary School
"Just Winging It!"


2017 3rd Place Award

Third Place: Jagger Walraven, 7th Grade, Our Lady of Perpetual Help ES
"Don't Be A Drag!"


Honorable Mention: John Protz, 8th Grade, St Paul Elementary School
"The Effect of Drag on the Distance a Model Plane Flies!"


We want encourage our awardees to continue their study of science and aviation and thank our judges for their participation in this years Science Day!


February 7th Meeting - CMH ATC - "Ask a Controller!"

Our February meeting was held one week early to avoid any disturbance of St. Valentine's celebrations. We met in the Lane Aviation Media Room at their John Glenn International facility, 4387 International Gateway, on the second floor and feature a presentation by CMH Air Traffic Control Tower on Central Ohio airspace they control.

Gene Sprang Welcome

The beginning of the meeting was filled with Awards and Presentations. Gene Sprang conducted the evenings program starting with the announcement of the 2017 COPAMA Scholarship Award recipients.

2017 COPAMA Scholarship Recipients

2017 COPAMA Scholarship Award Recipients

This year's recipients (L-R) Alexander Krigbaum, Mhamed Igoul, Cohen Fetters, Marvin Neubig Jr, Alioune Diaw, Cole Bryant, Saryn Mayfield, Ali Abaker, Ryan Goddard and Aaron Lehuta. Recipients not in attendance are: Michael Andrews, David Hallmon, Thomas Lahman and Nicholas Liberati.

Earl Redmond receives Master Pilots's Award from Inspector Mark Harden

Next FAA FAASTeam Program Manager, Inspector Mark Harden presented the Master Pilot's Award to Earl Redmond acknowledging his 50 years as an active pilot. Earl gave a brief history of his flying career which included travel with his wife Carol who was in attendance for the award.

ATC Controller Dave Neff

Columbus Air Traffic Controller Dave Neff presented an overview of the airspace that the Columbus Tra-Con controls from East around Zanesville, North to just around Mansfield, West into Indiana and South to the start of Cincinnati Airspace. He gave an overview of the training that controllers go through and emphasized the attrition rate as candidates are weeded out over the many years of different levels of training.

Columbus ATC Airspace

His presentation showed the many arrival and departure gates that separate traffic at the larger airports and called the skill a controller develops as "Fluid Geometry". He spoke of upcoming ADS-B and the new traffic control environment but told us that the surveillance radar would still be in use for years to come. He told us of an event where a VFR pilots was caught on top of a cloud base that went nearly to the ground and the coordination of three controllers to get him to an airport with the best visibility and talk him down to the ground before he ran out of fuel. He finished the story asking pilots to call the tower if they're ever asked to, not to be busted by ATC but to discuss what had happened to help prevent a reoccurrence.

We want to thank Controller Neff and Inspector Harden for the evenings presentation and hope all who attended received some benefit from this informative topic and the question and answer period at the end. We'd also like to extend a big Thank You to Lane Aviation for the use of their facility.


Earl Redmond, Inspector Harden and the Master Pilot's Award


January 10th - "NDI - The Principles of Eddy Current"

January Meeting Jeff Gruber

January Meeting Nate Chicon

Our January meeting was held in the Lane Aviation Media Room at their John Glenn International facility, 4387 International Gateway, on the second floor. Vice President Jeff Gruber stood in for President Joe Lippert this month who was on the road with an aircraft in inspection. Jeff reviewed the Holiday Dinner event and announced the COPAMA Board for 2017.

The officers stay the same with Joe Lippert - President, Jeff Gruber - Vice President, Earl Redmond - Treasurer and Lowell Dowler - Secretary. Dave Fragale, Chuck Jenkins and Gene Sprang fill out the rest of the roster.

The presentation was given by Nate Chicon of Aircraft Inspection Services and those in attendance received FAASTeam AMT credit. Nate's program focused on the Eddy Current technique of non-destructive testing and he started with the training and testing requirements for First, Second and Third Class NDT technicians.

He gave an overview of how eddy current equipment works, detecting disturbances in magnetic field flows by defects in the material being tested. He compared it to the eddy currents created in a stream when rocks or other objects are located in the main current flow or along the shoreline.

He then showed photos of some of the aircraft were problems were found and gave examples of a few known problem areas. He finished up by demonstrating his test equipment on a wheel half and some other aircraft parts. We wish to thank Nate and Aircraft Inspection Services for an enlightening topic.


2016 Holiday Dinner!

2016 Holdiay Dinner at Villa Milano

This year's Central Ohio Aviation Holiday Dinner was be held on December 13th at the Villa Milano Banquet and Conference Center on Schrock Road. We want to thank our Sponsors and Dinner Guests for their attendance.

A special Thank you to our entertainment speaker, Mr. Bill Albers from the Champaign Aviation Museum in Urbana whose topic covered the WWII history of the B-17 Flying Fortress and the efforts to restore their Champaign Lady Project.

The Ohio Regional Business Aviation Association joined the Professional Pilots Association and COPAMA to host the event. We hope all who attended enjoyed the food, fellowship and presentation at this year's festive Holiday celebration!


November 1st Meeting - FAA's "Compliance Philosophy"

We moved the November meeting to the 1st to avoid conflict with the National Election. Our first winter gathering included dinner and a presentation from the Columbus FSDO Manager, Kevin Tyree and FAASTeam Program Manager, Mark Harden. The two inspectors collaborated to present attendees with the FAA's current "Compliance Philosophy" concerning how compliance can be obtained at the lowest level, while maintaining transparency of safety data.

The FAA has adopted a new strategy toward enforcement that utilizes and focuses on training and remedial training coupled with an examination of procedures. Statistics show that this approach has resulted in more favorable outcomes and the Administrator has fully adopted this approach going forward.

We wish to thank the local FAA FSDO management team for bringing this information to our group. Attendees who registered at the FAASTeam Website will receive AMT credit for viewing the presentation.

The Board Member positions for this year's election will stay the same. Earl Redmond,
Gene Sprang, Jeff Gruber and Lowell Dowler will remain on the board thru November 2018. We want to thank Steve Brown for his willingness to run and have plans to include him in some of our decision making. The new board took office on November 15th and will meet to decide next year's officers.


October 11th Meeting - MMS Aviation - Mr. Dwight Jarboe

Our first meeting of the fall featured Mr. Dwight Jarboe of MMS Aviation presenting an update on Missionary Maintenance Services. Dwight is stepping down as the head of MMS Aviation and you may see more about that announced transition below. His wife has plans for his 2 month sabbatical he's taking, then it's back to the MMS hangar floor to help out as needed.

Dwight's update started with the history of MMS which began in 1975 on a farm near the airport they now call home. In August of 1982, MMS started building their first hangar on Richard Downing Airport (I40) in Coshocton, Ohio and Dwight joined then in 1983. The first aircraft they worked on were fabric covered but that changed when the Heliocourier aircraft came along.

160 Christian Organizations currently use aircraft to provide transportation, food and health services around the world. Their mission is to help with the local needs and in the process also minister and spread their Christian message.

He shared some facts from a book and movie titled "End of the Spear" which tells the story of 5 missionaries that were killed in 1956 and the return 50 years later of Steve Saint, son of Nate Saint who was one of those killed. Dwight also spoke of the Samaritan's Purse disaster relief organization who are one of the first responders to events like the recent hurricane in Haiti and the good work that they do.

MMS performs work on missionary aircraft, only charging for the parts used. Their staff is paid by fundraising by it's personnel and churches who support their work. They worked primarily on fixed wing aircraft until 2 years ago when the first helicopter from Mercy Air in South Africa arrived for some of their care.

The availability of avgas in third world countries has caused some groups to disassemble and moth ball their aircraft until some satisfactory reliable diesel engine is found for replacement.

MMS currently has 9 apprentices in their program with 3 that have A&P certificates and are finishing up their training next year. Dwight extended an open invitation for interested people to come and visit them and their facility. We want to thank Dwight for his presentation and wish him, his wife and the MMS group well in their mission.

At the end of the meeting we presented him with a check to support their AMT apprentices who are working toward A&P certification and service in missionary aviation. We also opened the floor for nominations for the upcoming Board of Directors election at our November meeting. Steve Brown and current Board Members Gene Sprang, Earl Redmond, Jeff Gruber and Lowell Dowler were nominated and will appear on next month's ballot.


COAGO 2016 - Another great fundraiser!

We held this fall's Central Ohio Aviation Golf Outing on Friday September 9th at Kyber Run Golf Course. It was the 14th year for the event co-hosted by COPAMA and the Professional Pilots Association (PPA) to raise funds for the COPAMA Scholarship Fund.

We've posted the COAGO 2016 Report so you can visit the link above, check out the final results and see some of the photos taken by the GE Volunteers and others at the Outing. Team photos are located on the Photo Gallery page. Thanks to all the sponsors and 135 players for their support of the AMT Students who are recipients of the fund.

2016 Events Page

Please click on the link above to see what was on the COPAMA calendar in Spring and Summer 2016.



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.


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.


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This page was last updated on 04/22/17.