2014 Events

The following are the meetings and events of 2014.

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Our 2014 Calendar

January 14th Inspector Mark harden - FAASTeam Program Manager - "Aviation Safety Meeting"
February 11th Mr. Bill Knauf - Constant Aviation  -  "Autopilot 101"
March 13th Maintenance Symposium at CSCC Conference Center
March 16th District 7 Science Day at CSCC
April 8th Mr. Greg Heine - Flightdocs - "Flightdocs.com Overview"
May 13th Mr. Stephen Farkas  -  EPIC Aviation LLC - "Aviation Fuels"
September 5th COAGO 2014 at Kyber Run Golf Course
October 14th Mr. Tom McClelland  - Safetech USA - "Cylinder Repair/Maintenance and Certification"
November 11th Dr. Judy Van Zante - NASA Glenn Research Center  - "Icing Awareness"
December 9th 2014 Holiday Dinner - Villa Milano
Guest Speaker - Mr. Dwight Jarboe - President of MMS Aviation
Topic: "Missionary Maintenance Services"


Link to 2014 News and Information


2014 COPAMA Calendar

January - "Aviation Safety Meeting" - FAA Safety Inspector Mark Harden

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.


February  -  "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.



Ohio Aviation Maintenance Symposium, March 13th CSCC Conference Center

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.


COPAMA Takes Part in 2014 District Science Day, March 15th.

District 7 Science Day Logo

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!


April 8th - Greg Heine -Flightdocs Maintenance Tracker System

Greg Heine of Flightdocs, Inc.

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.


May 13th topic: "Aviation Fuels - MX/Inspection/Safety"

Stephen Farkas of Epic Fuel at May meeting

Our May meeting featured Mr. Stephen Farkas from EPIC Aviation LLC with a discussion of Aviation Fuels – Maintenance, Inspection and Safety. The topic covered avgas and jet fuel production, transport and storage from the refinery to the fuel truck or fueling station where aircraft are serviced.

Stephen discussed the differences in quality control and monitoring between aviation fuel and “mo-gas” used to fuel automobiles and trucks. Aviation fuel goes through 20 to 30 tests for specification match and performance before it is released from the refinery for distribution. That monitoring continues as it is transported and stored at airports. He also made note of 100LL fuel which is produced by only 7 refineries, down from 40 in the 1980s. Since it has a high lead content relative to auto fuel, it can’t be shipped by pipeline and travels only by barge, railcar or truck.

The discussion continued with features and maintenance of storage tanks and fuel trucks. He provided checklist handouts to detail their daily, weekly, monthly and yearly inspections. He reviewed differential pressure gauge operation and what the readings indicate about the health of the fuel filter media. His presentation included photos of various foreign objects that have been found in filters on disassembly.

We want to thank Stephen for providing an informative topic for our last meeting of the spring session. The meeting was posted on the FAASTeam website and those who attended received credit toward their WINGS or AMT awards.


"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

COAGO 2014 Report! - Held Friday September 5th, 2015!

The 2014 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.



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.


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!


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.


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!


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!


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 News and Information

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.


Champaign Aviation Museum Gala - April 26, 2014

Champaign Lady Gala Event, April 26 2014

COPAMA became a Table Sponsor at this year's Champaign Aviation Museum Gala held at Grimes Field in Urbana. Shirley and Ralph Graves, Joe Lippert and Lowell Dowler were in attendance to support the fundraiser and listen to the night's main speaker, Amanda Wright Lane, the Great Grandniece of Orville and Wilbur Wright.

The evening also included dinner, a flyover of the B-25 bomber "Champaign Gal" and a silent auction. The aircraft of the museum were available for view with the focus on the reconstruction of the Champaign Lady B-17 seen in the background of the above photo.


YAA Spring Event - April 26th at OSU Airport

YAA check transfer

Several COPAMA members were part of the volunteers to help with the Spring YAA Event at KOSU. President Joe Lippert presented YAA Co-Commander, Tim Beech with a check for $1,000 to help support their program that provides aviation training for central Ohio youth. Over 165 youth attended and enjoyed the day of nice weather and aviation education.

Lane Aviation Holds Open House - June 21st

Lane Aviation hosted an Avionics and Maintenance Open House on Saturday, June 21st. Activities included Free Pan Cake Breakfast, Barbeque Lunch, Avionics Seminars and Display Area with numerous Avionics and Maintenance providers in attendance.

The event also had a silent auction with proceeds going to the Sam Dodge Memorial Fund, an endowment of the Columbus State Community College Development Foundation.

70th Anniversary of D-Day - Omaha Beach Memorial

Normady American Cemetary Memorial

War Memorial on Omaha Beach

We paused on Memorial Day, May 26th to remember all those who have fallen in service to our great country and are now only days away from the 70th anniversary of D-Day, June 6th, 1944. Ceremonies will be held with thousands in attendance to remember those who crossed this, Omaha Beach and the other beaches on that day. Many will travel from around the world to be a part of this historic event.

Today, the carnage on both sides of the invasion is replaced with a tranquil shoreline looking out on the calm of the English Channel. In the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, the crosses, bleached by the sun, stand witness to a portion of the lives given that day in the quest for liberation and peace.

Please remember those members of the greatest generation as you perform your normal activities on June 6th!


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!



August 23rd,  6th Annual HangarFest

2014 YAA HangarFest Invitation

Saturday, August 23rd, 2014
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Spirit Aeronautics
4808 E. Fifth Ave.
Columbus, OH 43219

The aviation community joined YAA for a night of food, fun and airplanes, all to benefit Youth Aviation Adventure (YAA). They enjoyed delicious Hors D’oeuvres; beverages; displays of interesting aircraft; live music featuring hits from the 30's & 40's and a Silent Auction featuring great aviation related items, as well as gift certificates to local restaurants & attractions. They met the Leadership Team and volunteers that make YAA one of the fastest growing youth aviation programs in the nation, with 28 Partner Programs in 17 states!

YAA introduces young people to the exciting world of aviation, unraveling the wonder and mystery of flight, in a high-quality, engaging and educational program. YAA is working to bolster the ranks of young people learning to fly and/or choosing careers in aviation, helping to keep the United States as the world leader in aviation technology, training and manufacturing.


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.


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