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Our Next Event:

April 14 - Hartzell Propeller
Lane Aviation Media Room
4387 International Gateweay
Second Floor

Social Gathering 5:30
Dinner                6:00
Presentation       6:30

Coming Up on the Calendar

May 12 - Lycoming Engines

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 January 15th. 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 If not, the email address we have for you is probably outdated.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:

2/26/2015 New Jobs Posting

L Brands - 2 A&P Technicians

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Recent Events

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?"

December 9th, 2014
2014 Holiday Dinner

Villa Milano Banquet and Conference Center
"Missionary Maintenance Services"
By Dwight Jarboe :
MMS Aviation
Coshocton County Airport I40

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

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

September 5th, 2014
COAGO 2014
Kyber Run Golf Course

Meeting Information            Current News and Information


Meetings and Events!            Spring 2015


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.



Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Christmas Ornaments

Wishing you a joyous Holiday Season and a Happy 2015 from all of us at COPAMA!

2014 Holiday Dinner -

This year's festive Holiday Dinner was held Tuesday, December 9th at Villa Milano Banquet and Conference Center. The evening was marked with a social hour, buffet style dinner and a light aviation related topic for all who attended.

Our entertainment speaker was Mr. Dwight Jarboe from MMS Aviation at Coshocton County Airport (I40). Mr. Jarboe's presentation outlined his years in the missionary vocation and providing Missionary Maintenance Services to those engaged in missionary work around the world.

Please click on the Title link above to go to the Holiday Dinner page for other links and information. Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


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!


November 11th Meeting Topic: Icing Awareness

Dr Judy Van Zante - NASA Glenn Engine Icing Lab

Dr. Van Zante November COPAMA meeting

Our November meeting was held at Lane Aviation and featured a presentation by Dr. Judy Van Zante of the NASA GLENN Research Center on "Icing Awareness". The evening began with a short business meeting to vote in four board members who will serve two year terms. Returning board members are Lowell Dowler, Jeff Gruber, Earl Redmond and Gene Sprang.

Brad Primm, President of Lane Aviation, lead the group in a remembrance of Veteran's Day, including a review of all the Service Flags on display in the Media Room, Pledge of Allegiance, and applause for the many Veterans that were in attendance. Lowell Dowler gave an update on the health of board member Richard Cady and proposed that those present send him emails of friendship and encouragement as he continues his battle with cancer.

Dr. Van Zante's presentation started with examples of ground icing, an emphasis on clearing the aircraft of ice, snow and frost from exterior surfaces and a checklist to help in winter preflight activities. She next discussed in-flight icing by type, the danger areas in the U.S., of which Lake Erie and surrounding states are right in the bulls eye for winter icing events. Her presentation included simulator reenactments of recent accidents where icing and pilot's response were main factors in the loss of lives and the aircraft. She noted that changing altitude of plus or minus 3,000 feet can most time minimize the icing event and, if all else fails, declare an Emergency to get out of icing. NASA has developed a new on-line De-Icing Training Course for Pilots for those who may not be able to attend. The FAAs ADDS website is also a great resource for helping with those winter preflight weather considerations.

She finished with a discussing new Engine Icing Research to investigate Super-cooled Droplets causing ice formation in the inlet and low stage compressors of turbine engines, causing effects from a reduction in thrust to engine internal damage and flameout, in extreme cases. The photo above shows her with an engine in the wind tunnel being staged for icing tests. The NASA Glenn facility has the only tunnel in North America that can test all the parameters including altitude for this engine research.

We wish to thank Dr. Van Zante for driving to Columbus and giving such an informative and timely presentation as we enter the winter months! The meeting was posted on the FAASTeam website as topic GL075817 and those who attended will received credit toward their WINGS or AMT awards. The meeting ended with a raffle drawing to support the COPAMA Scholarship Fund.

We hope to see everyone and the Holiday Dinner on December 9th and invite you to purchase your tickets and/or Sponsor the event buy using the link below!


Celebrating Veteran's Day!

The World War I Memorial Washington DC

World War I Memorial - Washington D.C.

We hope you'll stop from your busy schedule this Memorial Day to remember those who have served our country so valiantly over the years. This year's focus is the troops from World War I that fought in the trenches of Europe and engaged in aerial combat for the first time in history.

Special thoughts of our own Eddie Rickenbacker from Central Ohio who won the Medal of Honor for his 26 victories and the Rickenbacker International Airport that bears his name in the southeast corner of Franklin County.

This war was the nursery for modern aviation as this new technology was advanced by those first engagements in the skies over Europe. Today, all the branches of our U.S. Military have some form of aircraft to accomplish their missions of protecting and defending our country around the world. Thank you Veterans for your dedication and service!


October 14th Meeting - Safetech USA

Tom McClelland of Safetech USA

Our October meeting featured a presentation by Tom McClelland of Safetech USA on "Cylinder Repair, Maintenance and Certification". Safetech's closest facility is located just east of the Indianapolis International Airport and they offer free pickup and delivery of life vests, rafts and cylinders for their customers here in Central Ohio.

Our evening started with a short business meeting to open nominations for next year's replacement board members. Current board members running for re-election are Lowell Dowler, Jeff Gruber, Earl Redmond and Gene Sprang. The election will be held at November's meeting.

Tom's presentation included cutaway bottles to show construction and possible hidden damage along with a PowerPoint with photos of bottles, their identification markings, DOT and FAA guidance documents and Hazmat shipping procedures. Tom elaborated on units they had received for recertification that had to reluctantly be condemned due to marking errors, damage in critical areas and internal corrosion.

We want to thank Safetech and Tom for traveling to Columbus and providing an informative and safety related topic. We finished the evening with a raffle drawing to support the COPAMA Scholarship Fund.


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.


"Ride for Richard” Lunch Follow-up

The bicycle enthusiasts at Limited Brands Flight Department invited everyone to a fundraising lunch July 29th for the local Pelotonia 2014 Event completed August 8th through 10th. 100% of all funds raised by Pelotonia Riders, Virtual Riders and Volunteers directly supports cancer research at the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center- James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC-James). Pelotonia dollars support four key areas at Ohio State’s cancer program; The Pelotonia Fellowship Program, Idea Grants, Tools for Discovery and Bringing the Best to Ohio State.

The BBQ plate lunch was held in Lane Aviation Hangar #4, with 165 people in attendance. The flight department provided the lunch so all of the $10.00 donations go to Pelotonia. Richard Cady, a member of their flight department and a COPAMA board member, was in attendance and met by attendees wearing their "Ride for Richard" Tee Shirts which were on sale to help support the event.

Richards was diagnosed earlier this summer with Adeno Carcinoma and is currently receiving chemotherapy treatments. He enjoyed the support and well wishes of those who attended the lunch and tried to see and greet everyone. The members of the flight department should be proud of their efforts to bring everyone together and a few even shaved their heads to display unanimity with Richard. We sent our best wishes for good weather and safe travel to the Pelotonia Riders who pedalled the many miles over Ohio that weekend.

Limited Brands gathering with Richard

Ride for Richard 2 Ride for Richard 3

Ride for Richard 4


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


View of COPAMA's 2014 events

Please click on the link above to see what was on the COPAMA calendar for first half of 2014.


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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