Welcome to Mike and Gail's web home

We are the Shaws of Vars


I was the captain of COPA Flight 8 in Ottawa for over 15 years, the Ottawa chapter of Canadian Owners and Pilots Association (COPA). It was a fun experience being around other pilots and aviation enthusiasts. I arranged speakers for 9 monthly meetings. Our meeting subjects included topical issues like the privatization of Canada's Air Navigation System, fees and charges, safety and security topics and just plain fun things to do with an aircraft. We also arranged events to take young people on flights in our members aircraft. This was aimed at encouraging them to become pilots in the future.


I quit being captain in 2015, and hoped that someone else would volunteer to take on the role. That hasn't happened, hence COPA Flight 8 is inactive now, but our website is still maintained by Adam Hunt. You can check it out at Flight 8.