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Our Next Event:

May 10th , Lane Aviation
FreeFlight Systems
Ashley Kelley
"What is ADS-B?"

Coming up on the Calendar

June - August:  Summer Break

Friday, September 9th
Central Ohio Aviation Golf Outing

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 out in February. 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 If not, the email address we have for you is probably outdated.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 08/15/2015 OSU Aircraft Maintenance
2nd Shift Maintenance Supervisor

OSU Airport

Job Posting 04/12/2016
Aerospace QRD
Liaison/Aerospace Engineer
in Lincoln NE Area
Junior Aerospace Engineer
in Dallas TX Area

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

Recent Events

April 12, Lane Aviation
GE Honda Aero Engines
Mr. Steve Shaknaitis
"The Introduction of the HF120 Engine"

2016 Ohio Aviation Maintenance Symposium
CSCC Conference Center
Thursday, March 17th

February 9th Meeting
FAA Inspector John Welsh
Topic: "UAS : Unmanned Aircraft Systems"

January 12th Meeting
Port Columbus ATC
Mr. David Neef, ATCT Operations Manager
Topic - CMH Airspace Review

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

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

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"

Meeting Information            Current News and Information


Meetings and Events!            2015 Events


May 10th Meeting topic: FreeFlight Systems "What is ADS-B?"

Ashley Kelley from FreeFlight Systems   May Presentation

Our May 10th meeting featured a presentation by FreeFlight System's Ashley Kelley and included a review of the 2020 mandate, the equipment requried for the various types of aircraft and a showcase of FreeFlight Systems equipment offerings.

Ashley started her program with a history of their company which started as Trimble Navigation. Founded in 2001 through the acquisition of Trimble Navigation’s Avionics Products Division, FreeFlight Systems is an international supplier of quality avionics at affordable prices. With a focus on safety, simplicity, and reliability, FreeFlight Systems offers a broad array of GPS navigation systems, GNSS/SBAS sensors, radar altimeters, and ADS-B components and systems worldwide.

She spoke of their equipment lines from the simplest units capable of meeting the mandate requirements to units TSO certified for up to Part 25 aircraft and Helicopters. She explained the ADS-B cell tower based ground stations and ADS-B Our and In capabliities.

Their website not only features information about their equipment and the Approved Modification Lists (AML) for STC installations but also features ADS-B University for information on the subject.  Their  Equipit2020 Site  lists equipment and costs for the various units. A price increase is due this July so contact them for information on purchasing now or locking in a serial number for your future installation.

We wish to thank Ashley and FFS for her informative presentation. Those who registratered through the FAASTeam website and will receive credit toward AMT Award and WINGS program. This was the last regular meeting before the summer break. See you in the fall for COAGO 2106 in September and our first meeting of the fall in October!


April 12th Meeting: "Introduction of the HF120 Engine"

GE Honda HF120 Engine


Our April meeting featured a presentation by Mr. Steve Shaknaitis, President of GE Honda Aero Engines, on their HF120 engine for the new HondaJet aircraft. Steve's presentation began with a history of General Electric and his background as an aerospace engineer in their GE90 engine development program for the Boeing 777. He also reviewed General Electrics other product lines and their Joint Venture with Honda to create GE Honda Aero Engines.

The HF120 turbofan was developed from the company's original HF118 design. The engine produces 2050 lbf of takeoff thrust and is being built in their Burlington North Carolina plant. They are looking beyond the HondaJet platform to use the it to power other light weight jets in both twin and single engine installations.

The HondaJet recently received FAA certification and now is pursuing certification for Flight Into Known Icing. The aircraft leading edges and engine inlets are heated by bleed air from the twin HF120s. The engines have achieved over 23,000 hours of ground and in-flight testing with the first four HondaJet aircraft being dedicated test beds for certification.

We want to thank Mr. Shaknaitis for the insight on their new engine, Mr. James Kulp of GE Aviation for arranging this presentation and standing in reserve to back up and Lane Aviation for use of their facility.


2016 Ohio Aviation Maintenance Symposium - March 17th

OAMS 2016 01

OAMS 2016 02

Inspector Scott Fohrman from Chicago ACO gives presentation on Field Approvals.

The FAA Columbus and Cincinnati FSDOs organized this years Ohio Aviation Maintenance Symposium and set up some notable FAASTeam presentations for training at the event.  The venue was once again the Conference Center at Columbus State's downtown campus .

Twenty two Booth Vendors were onsight to provide information for the symposium attendees with over 200 technicians and visitors attending the event. The booth fees provided  refreshements for the morning and afternoon breaks and many provided prizes for the COPAMA prize raffle.

The $451.00 proceeds from the raffle went to the Dennis D. Grossman Memorial Scholarship, an endowment fund at CSCC Development Foundation. Dennis performed aircraft maintenance at Marysville Airport (KMRT) and passed away unexpectedly in 2008.

You may download the list of Symposium Topics here. Thanks to all who attended and participated in the symposium and hope to see you at next year's renewal event!


COPAMA / GE District 7 Science Day Awards

District 7 Science Day Logo

On Saturday, March 19th, Joe Lippert, Jeff Gruber, Gene Sprnag and Lowell Dowler of COPAMA attended and judged 4 aerospace related entries for this year's GE/COPAMA Science Day Awards. Our 2016 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 Electrice was unable to attend this year's event but we wish to thank him and G.E. for their continued support of this anual event.

First Place Siddharth Rajagopal

First Place: Siddharth Rajagopal, 7th Grade, Henry Karrer MS, Dublin
"Parachutes: It's all in the Fall."



Second Place Tyler Gambill

Second Place: Tyler Gambill, 9th Grade, Metro Institute of Technology
"Transportation of the Future"


Third Place Alayna Boyer

Third Place: Alayna Boyer, 5th Grade, Big Walnut Intermediate
"Which Paper Airplane Design Goes Farther After 10 Trials"


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


COPAMA Mourns the loss of past Treasurer, Donna Bricker

Donna receives COPAMA Award from President Gene Sprang at 2009 Holiday Dinner.

It is with much regret we need to advise you that Donna Bricker passed away. She had just went to The James hospital for dialysis on Monday when she unexpectedly suffered a stroke. Sometime over night she slipped into eternity and leaves her husband, family and friends to mourn her loss.

Donna was one of the founding officers of COPAMA and served as Treasurer for many years. Please keep her family in your thoughts and prayers as they deal with these days of sorrow.

Visitation will be held Saturday, February 6, 2016 from 1 p.m. until the time of Funeral Service at 3 p.m. at the Southwest Freewill Baptist Church, 1542 Greenleaf Rd., Columbus, - See more information at her obituary on The Columbus Dispatch.


February Meeting Topic "UAS : Unmanned Aircraft Systems"

February 2016 crowd in attendance

The February meeting was well attended on Tuesday the 9th with members of the pilot, maintenance and remote control modeling groups filling the room. Around 60 people came to hear FAA Inspector John Welsh give a presentation on UAVs and the recent FAA regulations concerning them.

COPAMA President Joe Lippert started with a PowerPoint that showed upcoming meeting topics, a note about our loss of past treasurer Donna Bricker and information about next Month's Ohio Aviation Maintenance Symposium at Columbus State's main campus. Joe then introduced this years COPAMA Scholarship recipients with photos taken of those in attendance.

2016 COPAMA Scholarship Recipients

This year's Scholarship Awardee's are L-R, Pablo Cortes, Matthew Thomas, Jacob Galliher, James Andersen, Gregory Churchill, Megan Kimbler, Wilfredo Ortiz, Stephen McGirr and Byron Bruno. Unable to attend were Nathan Fellrath and Sean Peters. We congratulate them and wish them well as they finish their studies and start their careers in aviation.

After dinner, Inspector Welch started his interactive presentation on what has become a hot and dynamic topic. The following is a condensed outline of items discussed and a group of hyperlinks for those who are looking for more information about Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS).

UAS aircraft are categorized by a few different ways that the new FAA regulations address them. Government and Civil (flights for profit) are tighter controlled than the Hobby or Recreational (Model Aircraft) flyers. The latter group will continue on with little FAA interaction unless they are involved in some reported rule infraction.

The new CFR 14 Part 48 specifies the registration and identification requirements for all unmanned aircraft based on weight and operation of the UAS, the nationality (US citizen) and age (13 or older) of the operator and the location and airspace they are allowed to operate in.

Aircraft less than .55 lb (8.8 oz) are not required to be registered. Aircraft above .55 lb to 55.0 lb that are Model Aircraft flown outside must be registered by Feb 19th depending on if it was operated by the current owner prior to December 21, 2015. For all other small unmanned aircraft, compliance with this part is required prior to operation of the small unmanned aircraft. Beginning March 31, 2016, small unmanned aircraft operated as other than Model Aircraft may complete aircraft registration in accordance with FAR Part 48. UAS aircraft over 55.0 lb will need to be registered under FAR Part 47 like manned aircraft.

Since this is new technology with expanding interest in the way these vehicles may be used, the FAA has created a website resource www.faa.gov/uas where the full rules and guidance material may be viewed. There you may find the links for UAS registration ($5.00 for 3 years regardless of category). You may also download the B4UFLY app that provides a checklist of of your proximity to Restricted Areas, Airports, Upcoming Restrictions, National Parks and other Guidance Materials.

The operator must be within line of sight of the UAS with current guidelines of below 400 feet and less than 100 miles per hour. Those parameters are expected to change to match the start of National Air Space (NAS) of 500 ft AGL and clear of groups of people such as stadium. Operation within 5 miles of an airport requires a notification of the Airport Director or Control Tower of time and location of your proposed flight.

UAS aircraft have the lowest priority in the air and must avoid all other aircraft in flight. There is a reporting requirement of any incident or accident that causes damage and offending aircraft can be reported to local police, the FAA or through one of the ways listed on the website above. Since they are registered aircraft, anyone destroying them may be in violation of the FAA regulations and subject to legal action.

FAA Inspector John Welch and COPAMA President Joe Lippert  We wish to thank Inspector Welsh for his informative presentation and discussion of this current topic. We'd also like to thank Lane Aviation for the use of their facility and Media room.

Next month will be the Maintenance Symposium at Columbus States downtown campus and we hope you'll visit the link below for directions and registration information.

We're also looking for judges to help with the District 7 Science Day on Saturday March 19th. Just send us an email and show up around 9:00 to select this years winners of the G.E. COPAMA Awards. No previous judging experience necessary! Hope to see you at the Symposium and the Science Day events!


January 12th Meeting topic: CMH Airspace Review

January 2016 CMH ATC 1  January 2106 ATC 2

The FAA Safety Team provided Mr. David R Neef, Operations Manager of the Columbus Air Traffic Control Tower to give a presentation on CMH Airspace to CFI's, Pilots and Student Pilots at our January meeting. The Lane media room was full, even though the mornings weather brought most local traffic to a crawl.

The Mr. Neef gave an overview of CMH ATC, their airspace operations and procedures. Beside Ground, Tower, Arrival and Departure operations at CMH, Port Columbus ATC is responsible for traffic below 11,000/10,000 to the ground in their eastern and western areas that span from beyond Zanesville in the east to just across the Indiana border in the west.

David discussed the local airports, special operations with air traffic at Dayton and Wilmington airports and the process of becoming an air traffic controller. His question and answer period at the end of the program gave lots of information on how to smooth in-flight operations in National Air Space for all those in attendance. We wish to thank him for his presentation and taking the time to be with us at the meeting.


2015 Events Page

Please click on the link above to see what was on the COPAMA calendar in 2015.



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 05/19/16.