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COPA Flight 176 - Members who have Gone West COPA Edmonton members we have lost Gene Strilchuk Chris Falconer Gary Sorge
About COPA Flight 176 - Members Gone West
Terry Allen Phil Stuffco Janis Wallace Eugene Strilchuk
Gene Strilchuk In early 2014 we lost one of our own, COPA Flight 176 founder, Gene Strilchuk. Gene was instrumental in getting COPA Flight 176 up and running and was a tireless contributor to our regular events and he was passionate about saving the City Centre Airport.
Canadian Owners and Pilots Association - Flight 176 Edmonton, Alberta
Chris Falconer   On Sep 9, 2018, we lost an Edmonton area aviation icon. Chris was a strong member of our group and was passionate about aviation. His passing is a huge loss for our Flight and Chris will be greatly missed by all who had the good fortune to know him. Gary Sorge   On Jan 12, 2019, we lost long time member Gary Sorge. He will be greatly missed by his wife Katherine and extended family as well as many local aviation groups he was an active member of. There will be a celebration of life later in the spring and we will pass along that information when we receive it.
Keith Kruger It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Keith Krueger on Friday, July 3, 2020, at the age of 72 years. Keith was born on April 11, 1948 and grew up in northern Manitoba. He joined the Canadian Armed Forces and became a member of the Military Police, like his father and uncle, serving in Borden, ON, Calgary, AB, and Germany in the 1960s. After leaving the Military he pursued his dream of being a pilot, working extensively in the Canadian north as a bush pilot on wheels, skis, and floats. Once his family was established and started to grow, he moved on to larger and larger aircraft. He spent the majority of his career flying in the Canadian north, but also around the world flying in Papua New Guinea, the former USSR, Europe, USA, Mexico, South America, Africa, Turkey, Antarctica, Greenland, Iceland, and Australia. In the 1990s he joined the Leduc Air Cadets Squadron 831 Black Knights as a Ground School Instructor and later becoming the Squadron Commanding Officer while also giving of his time at Branch #108 Royal Canadian Legion. LAMP held a very special place in his heart, and he mentored their new Pastor Pilots for many years. Keith loved sharing his experience, knowledge, and passion for flying with any willing pilot he crossed paths with. We will forever remember his improvised lectures when we were missing a speaker for our meeting. He filled our hearts with colourfull stories and pictures of all his adventures.