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BC Floatplane Association AGM and fly in July 18-20 Northwood Lodge
BC Floatplane Assciation (COPA flight 72) weekend was at Northwood Lodge on Timothy Lake, just a few miles east of Lac LaHache, BC. We had 15 floatplanes and 2 wheel planes in attendance. The AGM was kept short and speakers were kept short so we could enjoy the lodge and facilities. Minutes posted in member section. Photos in Photo Gallery.
BC Floatplane Assciation and BC Parks
May 15 2014 have just finished signing a 5 year extension to the MOU and Parnership agreement. This is great news about our continuing relationship with parks.
Free Membership for new floatplane endorsments!
Yes that's correct - free membership - The BCFA will give pilots who have obtained a floatplane endorsment in British Columbia free BCFA membership for 1 year. Just apply within 90 days of getting your floatplane endorsment and we will get you signed up.
The BCFA Freedom To Fly Floats in BC Scholarship 2014
The BC Floatplane Association (BCFA) recognizes the need to continue our freedom to fly floats in BC. The BCFA is offering one $2,500.00 scholarship towards a seaplane rating. The applicant must be a BC resident currently holding a valid Canadian Private Pilot Licence with a minimum of 200 hrs total time or a valid Canadian Commercial Pilots Licence or higher. The winner of the BCFA scholarship must successfully complete the seaplane training in BC and their Licence endorsed within twelve (12) months of the time the scholarship was awarded. Funds will be paid directly to the flight school of choice. The recipient will be chosen on a basis of merit, career aspirations and dedication, as well as contributions to their community. One of the recommendation letters must be from a pilot you have flown with. The BCFA 2014 Scholarship Guidelines references the additional requirements to be met.
(Scholarship Value: $2,500.00 & One (1) Year BCFA Membership Free)
The BC Floatplane Association represents the interests of floatplane pilots flying in B.C.
The BCFA is a COPA flight 72.
The BCFA works actively to:
- Preserve access to wilderness areas of BC
- Maintain a proactive partnership with BC Parks
- Engage in constructive dialogue with other user groups
- Promote flight safety, environmental responsibility, and awareness of the rights of other users to enjoy the wilderness experience
The BCFA offers free membership to pilots who have recently received their float endorsment through one of the British Columbia flying schools.
BCFA members are kept up to date on new events, access issues and many other items of interest through our website, meetings, newsletters and email.
Aircraft access to BC Parks and Protected Areas is governed by the recently amended Section 27 of the Parks Regulations, which states that ".. a person may use an aircraft to arrive at or depart from a Park or Recreation Area.." subject to Schedule A, where it lists a number of Lakes with access restrictions. BCFA members may obtain seasonal pre-authorization for access to many of these restricted locations through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and Partnership Agreement (PA) between BC Parks and the BCFA. This seasonal pre-authorization is available only to paid up BCFA members, through this website. The majority of lakes in the Park system are now open to aircraft access without any pre-authorization requirements.
In the Members Only Section you can:
- View the BC Parks Regulation (Section 27) including the list of restricted locations which require pre-authorization by a Parks Officer.
- Apply online for Seasonal Pre-Authorization to those restricted locations, and fill out the online End of Season Report to BC Parks.
- View the MOU and PA signed between the BCFA and BC Parks in June 2004.
- View "Places to Fly" section
Don't have your float endorsement yet?