COPA Saskatchewan

Flight 182 Melfort


Members come from all walks of life. If you are interested in aviation, come out and join COPA Flight #182 in Melfort.

If you are ever flying by Melfort and need a fuel stop or “pit”’ stop, drop in and help yourself to some fuel from our card lock. (100LL or JetA).  The terminal building is a beautiful spot to wait out the weather or use the washroom facilities. 


Coordinates: N52°51.87′ / W104°42.05′



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3rd Tuesday of the month@ 7:30 pm in terminal building

People/pilots/former pilots and aviation enthusiasts?

No anyone interested in aviation can join.

  1. Host a Rust Remover to allow pilots to stay current.
  2. Host a COPA for kids events where we introduce youth to aviation and offer free plane rides

Flight Crew

Trent Rae


I was born in Imperial, Sk.  I finished High School in Imperial and attended the University of Saskatchewan and University of Waterloo where I finished my Doctor of Optometry degree in 1991.  I am married with 3 grown children and have been practicing Optometry in Melfort since 1991.

I began my aviation adventure in 2008 and finished my PPL in 2009.  I have owned a 172L and now own and enjoy flying my 172RG.  I obtained my IFR rating in 2017, my CPL in 2020 and I am currently taking my Instructor Rating.  I am also a pilot and navigator for the Prince Albert Casara organization. 

I am also the captain of our Local COPA Flight #182 and actively involved in the local airport board.  I have enjoyed organizing our annual Rust Remover along with the COPA for kids event that we host annually in June.  I was able to fly to Oshkosh Airventure in 2018 and 2019 and enjoyed camping under the wing along with attending all the other events.

cel: 306 921-7926

Chad Vanderbyl


cel: 306 921-7977

Ron Nielsen


I live on a farm in the Melfort area. In my earlier years I had some involvement with an areal spraying operation and help with airplane maintenance.

Years past and then in 2005, I began building a Challenger II ultralight. I took my flight training from Vern Rees at Corman Park airport. I had a farm strip and enjoyed several years of flying around the local area. It was great and I started interacting with other pilots in Melfort and Tisdale.

This led me to being involved with some Melfort pilots as we worked together to restart a local flying club. This became the “Melfort Regional Aircraft Association”. Later we became a COPA flight as well — “COPA Flight 182” of which I am presently acting as Navigator (secretary).

cel: 306 921-7794

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