Quite a lot of Cirrus plane will fly to Kalamata’s army airport on Could 26 to attend town’s first aviation tourism occasion, held on the event of the 14th Worldwide Convention of Cirrus House owners and Pilots Affiliation (COPA) to happen in Messinia, the Peloponnese, by way of Sunday, Could 29.
Going down for the primary time in Greece, the European COPA Migration, Fly-In and Expo occasion will probably be held underneath the group of the Hellenic Pilots Affiliation (HPA), with the collaboration of the Area of the Peloponnese and iForce Communications and underneath the auspices of the Greek Nationwide Tourism Group. The Municipalities of Kalamata, Messini and Trifylia are additionally supporting the occasion.
“This occasion goals for the promotion of aviation tourism in Greece, which is at the moment underdeveloped”, mentioned COPA Greece’s consultant and president of the Greek aviation membership Flight Expertise, Christos Leontopoulos, throughout a press convention on Monday in Athens.
Mr Leontopoulos underlined that aviation tourism is developed in different nations and boosts native economies since “aviation vacationers”, who personal personal plane, are high-end travellers.
In keeping with the HPA, greater than 45 personal Cirrus plane have already confirmed their participation within the occasion. COPA members will fly in to Greece for the primary time from throughout Europe, with their households, to attend the occasion and on the similar time get to see the great thing about Messinia. Reception and departure occasions will probably be held within the Kalamata army airport (120 AIR TRAINING WING). COPA members will probably be hosted on the Costa Navarino luxurious resort.
The European COPA Migration occasion will probably be attended by COPA President Andy Niemeyer and COPA Europe consultant, Dr Timm Preusser and embrace seminars and updates on Cirrus plane and excursions in Messinia. The final day of the convention will embrace a fly out occasion for the Cirrus plane.
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“That is the primary time such a global assembly will happen in Greece, a proven fact that locations the nation on the worldwide normal aviation map”, Mr Leontopoulos mentioned and burdened the obstacles that till now haven’t allowed this type of tourism to develop in Greece.
“There’s a lot paperwork for a pilot to fly to Greece in a non-public plane. For instance, Greece’s regional and island airports are open throughout particular hours and whereas it’s allowed for personal plane to land in an airport that’s closed, in Greece that is prohibited”, he mentioned including that one other drawback is the dearth of gasoline stations on the airports on the islands.
COPA has greater than 4,000 registered members worldwide and collaborates with the Greek aviation membership Flight Expertise and the HPA.
Cirrus plane is taken into account some of the technologically superior single engine, personal gentle plane on the planet and the one plane with a whole-airplane parachute for emergency vertical touchdown as customary gear.