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2019 Ohio Aviation Maintenance Symposium
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Recent Events

2018 Central Ohio Aviation Golf Outing
September 7th, 2018
Willow Run Golf Course

Vote on Proposed Changes to the
COPAMA By-Laws Meeting.
Monday, April 23rd at
CSCC Bolton Field.
5355 Alkire Rd.
Columbus, OH 43228
Phone: (614) 287-7100

2018 Ohio Aviation Maintenance Symposium
March 15, 2018
CSCC Center for Workforce Development

Event Information

2019 Ohio Aviation Maintenance Symposium - March 14th

This years Symposium will again be held at the Columbus State Conference Center on their downtown campus. Registration is open at the FAA Safety Team website and you may sign up by following the link above.

More information is available at the Columbus State Aviation Maintenance Technology site.

22 Vendors have signed up to attend and provide information about their products and services. We want to thank them for their participation and list their names below.

Aero Battery Haltec Corporation
Aero Performance Lycoming Engines
Aerospace Services and Products Inc. Pan American Tool Corp
Aviall Poplar Grove Airmotive
Barry Controls - Hutchinson Aerospace Stevens Aerospace and Defence
Champion Aerospace, Inc. Stewart Systems
Cleveland Wheel and Brakes Tdata Corporation
Concorde Battery Corp Tempest
Dallas Airmotive Tritex Corporation
e2b Calibration UTC Aerospace Systems
G&N Aircraft, Inc. Zip-Chem Products


The image below is a portion of the FAA Form 8610-1, Block 10, Mechanic’s Application for Inspection Authorization. This information should be placed in both of the FAA Acceptance Course/Seminar No. blocks for those individuals who use the symposium as their renewal basis.

Form 8610-1 insert



2019 COPAMA Scholarship Award Recipients

 2019 CSA recipients

L - R  Andrew Callendar, Pablo Lazu, Antony Sivixay, Justin Nelson and William Rioch

The COPAMA Scholarship Committee would like to announce this years recipients of the COPAMA Scholarship Awards. We wish them well as they complete their training and testing for their Airframe and Powerplant certificates. Good luck as you enter our aviation industry!


AMT Community Morns the Passing of Terry J. Huff.

Terry J. Huff

Terry J. Huff, a 1983 graduate of CSCC AMT and member of the Central Ohio Aviation Maintenance community passed away on January 20th after a long battle with cancer. Please click on the link above for more information!



COPAMA Baord Meeting, November 15th 2018

The Board met at the C.S.C.C. Aviation Maintenance Technology facity at Bolton Field and selected to following officers for 2019.

President - Joe Lippert
Vice President - Charles Jenkins
Treasurer - Earl Redmond
Secretary - Gene Sprang

Board Member Dave Fragale asked to be replaced on the board and Stephen Brown was asked to be nominated, accepted and was elected to serve the final year of Dave's term. Stephen was included in the 2016 Election Ballot and we thank him for his williness to serve on the COPAMA board.

Many thanks to Dave for his time on the COPAMA Board and his many years of service as the COAGO Chairperson.

Scholarship Report

There are 5 applicants for the 2019 COPAMA Scholarships and the board agreed to fund all those requests. There are still a few 2018 and 2017 awards to be paid out as those technicians complete their training and complete their FAA testing.

2019 Maintenance Symposium

The Ohio Aviation Maintenance Symposium (OAMS) will again be held at the Columbus State Community College downtown camps on Thursday, March 14th. Notices will go out for the 23 Vendor Booths during January and the price will  not change from last year ($175.00).

Central Ohio Aviation Golf Outing 2019

Friday September 6th at the Willow Run Golf Course, Rt 161 and 310 near Pataskala, Ohio


COPAMA Baord November Meeting Date Change

Dear COPAMA Members and Friends,

There were no volunteers or nominations for Board Member Candidates received by the October 13th deadline. Given that fact, the current Board members with expiring terms have agreed to continue their service.

The November 12th meeting date for election of those four board members has been changed due to scheduling conflicts with one or more of the the group. We now will meet on Thursday, November 15th at 7:00 pm at the Columbus State Aviation Maintenance Facility, 5355 Alkire Road, Columbus, Ohio 43228.

 The evenings agenda will be the following and you are invited to attend.

  • Election of Board Members

  • Selection of Officers for 2019

  • Discussion of 2019 Maintenance Symposium

  • Review of COAGO 2018 and discussion of the 2019 COAGO Event

  • COPAMA Scholarship Fund and 2019 applicants

  • Any other items that are submitted for Board consideration.

FAASTeam "Cordless Drill" presentation  

Inspector Mark Harden and the FAASTeam have sent out this safety notice for the 1st Quarter of 2019 on Cordless Drill operation around aircraft. Please take time to review and be aware of the dangers of operating Cordless Drills and Tools in a flammable and/or explosive environments. 


Call for COPAMA Board Member Candidates!

Dear COPAMA Members and Friends,
As a 501(C)(3) Non-Profit organization, COPAMA is guided by a Board of Directors comprised of 7 people. Governed by our by-laws, we elect 3 directors in odd years and 4 in even years.

This November, 4 members are up for re-election having served their 2 year term starting in December 2016. They are Jeff Gruber, Earl Redmond, Gene Sprang and Lowell Dowler. If you are interested in continuing the mission of COPAMA and care to run for one of the 4 board positions, please let us know so your name can be added to the ballot.

Board members serve for a two year term and take a minimal time commitment. If you like what COPAMA is doing in supporting the AMT students from Central Ohio, please consider running for board member or volunteering at one of our events during the year.

Elections are in November and we will have a special meeting for that process. Nominations will be open until October 13th which is 30 days prior to a November 12th meeting for voting. A meeting notice will go out with candidate names and location details.

Please send an email with questions or comments to mail@copama.org or on the COPAMA Facebook Group.

Thank you,

Your Friends at COPAMA!

COAGO 2018 - Another Great Day of Golf!

COAGO 2018 Banner

This year's Central Ohio Aviation Golf Outing was held Friday September 7th at the Willow Run Golf Course. The rain earlier in the week made for some extra hazzards but the weather on game day changed from a foggy morning to a sunny warm afternoon.

This year's event entertained 120 golfers and made $8,110 with all proceeds going to the COPAMA Scholarship Fund. It's primary goal is providing help paying for certification testing of new AMTs. Thanks to all the Sponsors, Players and Volunteers that participated and Willow Run Golf Course and their staff that provided the venue!


This year's Sponsors!

Lunch - Lane Aviation

Lunch Sponsor - Lane Aviation

Trophies - West Star Aviation

Trophy Sponsor - West Star Aviation

Breakfast - Gogo Business

Breakfast Sponsor - GOGO Business Aviation

Snack at the Turn - Dallas Airmotive

Snack at the Turn Sponsor - Dallas Airmotive


Beverage Cart Sponsors

Duncan Aviation and Support Air

Duncan Aviation Beverage Cart

Support Air Beverage Cart


Hole Sponsors

Aero Battery, Aerospace Services and Products, Bombardier Aerospace, Constant Aviation, FlightSafety International, Global Jet Services,
GE Aviation, Gogo Business Aviation, The Immaculate Touch,
Rockwell Collins, Spirit Aeronautics, Stevens Aviation,
Textron Aviation, Tritex Corporation, Turbine Engine Specialists
The Richard Cady Memorial Hole


First Place Award Jet Select First Place Team photo - Jet Select

First Place Team - Jet Select (55)
Mike Limbert, Kevin Redifer, Gordon MacSwain and Greg Marcussen


Second Place Team

Second Place Team - Team Lovatt - Aerospace QRD  (59)

Third Place Team TES

Third Place Team - Turbine Engine Specialists (TES) (60)
Dave Rassett, Lucy Rassett, Tom Buhr and Joe Tulowitski


Longest Drive & Closest to the Pin - Tom Buhr




Thanks to our Volunteers
Joe Lippert, Jeff Gruber, Erick Hildebrandt, Chuck Jenkins,
Earl and Carol Redmond and Gene Sprang!


Special Thanks to George O'Donnel - Columbus Historical Society - Old Terminal Update


A word from COAGO Chairperson - Joe Lippert

To All of You,

I want to thank all of you who sponsored and participated in COAGO2018 today. It turned out to be a great day for all of us. I was skeptical as I drove into the course this morning at 0545 with rain on my windshield, but it all turned out great!

This was our 16th year holding this event and year after year, you all step up and support COPAMA's effort to raise funds for FAA airframe and powerplant testing for Columbus State Community College students and the other philanthropic endeavors we pursue. 

Please know that I speak for the entire COPAMA board when I say that we are very grateful for your support and do not take one minute or one penny for granted. Thank you for your time, your support, and your effort to help make this outing a great success. I hope to see you all again next year, if not sooner. Until then, any feedback to make this event even better is strongly encouraged. Please tell us what you would like to see different, be it the day, the caliber of course(which ultimately means higher prices), or spot on the calendar. We are listening. 

We are always looking for people to join us at COPAMA. If you are looking for an opportunity to give back to the industry that puts food on your table, come join us. We will be taking applications for scholarships this fall. If you would like to see first hand where your dollars are going, join us in screening the most deserving students for scholarship dollars to pursue a career in aviation maintenance. 

Joe Lippert
COPAMA President

Hope to see you all next year!



2018 Ohio Aviation Maintenance Symposium

The Ohio Aviation Maintenance Symposium
Thursday, March 15, 2018

Main Gallery Presentation

The Location same as last year:
CSCC Main Campus
The Center for Workforce Development
315 Cleveland Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215

Many thanks to all those who registered and attended this year's event. Other information may be found at the FAA Safety Team website.

2018 Symposium Speaker Schedule



Thank you to this year's Vendor Booth Sponsors!

Aero Battery Aero Performance
Aerospace Services and Products Inc. Aviall
Champion Aerospace, Inc. Concorde Battery Corp.
Dallas Airmotive G&N Aircraft, Inc.
Hartzell Engine Technologies Lee Aerospace
Lycoming Engines Pan American Tool Corp
Parker/Cleveland Wheels and Brakes Poplar Grove Airmotive
Preferred Airparts, LLC Standard Aero
Stevens Aviation Stewart Systems
Tdata Corporation Tempest
Tritex Corporation TRU Simulation + Training
UTC Aerospace Systems



Symposium coordinator - FAASTeam Program Manager Mark Harden:  mark.harden@faa.gov

Please direct questions about the Symposium to Gene Sprang, Associate Professor, Aviation Maintenance Technology, 5355 Alkire Road, Columbus, Ohio 43228. (614) 287-7101

Thanks for your support in making the 27th Ohio Aviation Maintenance Symposium another success!


UAS Presentation Liberty University


By-Laws Changes passed to Rev3
Special Meeting Monday, April 23rd
at CSCC Bolton Field.

The proposed changes to the COPAMA By-Law were passed by a group of members that met on April 23rd. They will now be submitted to the State of Ohio for recording. Thanks to all who attended this important meeting.

Over the past year, the board has been faced with some changes in COPAMAs ways of doing business. The health of the PAMA National organization that we were a Chapter of and declining attendance to our monthly meetings prompted them to suspend the monthly meetings and the Holiday Dinner event and concentrate on the main fundraising function COAGO, the COPAMA Scholarship program and the outreach program, The Ohio Aviation Maintenance Symposium.

Our original organizational structure involved holding monthly meetings with vendors presentations and topics useful for continuing Maintenance Training and IA Renewal credit. This has been surpassed by the vast amounts of information now published on the internet and the ease that vendors have to disseminate information to technicians in the comfort of their own home. Our topics expanded beyond maintenance to encourage attendance.

We publicized a meeting after the April 2017 meeting to discuss the future of COPAMA and 9 people stayed, 1 member, 6 board members and 2 visitors. The board met after that disappointing turnout and decided to suspend the 6 regular monthly meets pending further discussion.

After several meetings, we have made proposed changes to the associations by-laws and present them here on the website and at the 2018 OAMS Event on March 15th. A meeting will be held in April to vote on these changes by those members in attendance.

The proposed changes accomplish two basic functions. They remove the references to the National Organization and its dues structure and eliminates the monthly meetings, creating a way to elect and sustain the Board of Directors.

The files below are the previous Revision 2 marked to show the areas being removed or changed and the new Revision 3 of the COPAMA By-Laws.

Proposed Changes to Rev 2                          COPAMA By-Laws Rev 3

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 Events

  • The Ohio Aviation Maintenance Symposium is held in March.
  • The Central Ohio Aviation Golf Outing (COAGO) is held in September and is our main fundraising event for the COPAMA Scholarship Fund.
  • November Meeting for election of members to the Board of Directors. Time and place to be announced 30 days prior to meeting date.


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.



This page was last updated on 03/07/19.