February 27, 2020

Alberta Fly-in Breaks Attendance Record


A record 108 aircraft showed up at the Lac La Biche Flying Club’s 2020 Ice Fly-in, smashing the previous attendance record of 84 set a few years ago. This surely should qualify it as Canada’s ‘Other Best Winter Fly-In’.

Bright orange pylons delimited the runway and taxiways, making it easily visible for fly-in traffic.

The two-day event was co-hosted by COPA Flight 165-Lac La Biche and the Lakeland Classic Wheels Club, the latter referring to the event as the ‘Winter Festival of Speed’. The inaugural fly-in was held in 2010 and was meant to run annually, but two years saw marginal weather conditions that led to cancellations.

“Saturday was clear but windy, yet 39 aircraft arrived,” founding flying club member and fly-in volunteer Dr. Ken Zachewich told eFlight. “But on Sunday, which was sunny and calm, 69 aircraft flew in. This makes us one of the biggest, if not the biggest, winter ice fly-in in North America.”

Look for a more complete report in the April issue of COPA Flight.

Photo and video credits: Rick and Stacey Skyrpan