Category Archives: Places to Fly

Where to Fly – East: Stanley, Nova Scotia

COPA Flight 60 – Stanley Sport Aviation Association (SSAA) is holding its 49th Annual Labour Day fly-in at Stanley airport (CCW4) this coming weekend.

The organizers advise that this year’s format will be very different from past events, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. The event is scheduled for Saturday, September 5 from noon to 15:00, or the following day if Saturday’s weather doesn’t cooperate.

Burgers, hot dogs and beverages will be supplied, with a donation requested.

Unfortunately, the event is limited to Atlantic Bubble residents only. The general public will not be admitted.

Further information is available from fly-in chair Phil Chatterton via email or by calling 902-462-8668.

Photo courtesy SSAA

Where to Fly – East: Wiarton, Ontario

One of COPA eFlight’s favourite features is back. With so many restrictions and tough guidelines discouraging fly-ins and fly-outs this year, none have appeared in eFlight in 2020. Until now.

The Trillium Flyers is a loose-knit group of flyers who have been organizing fly-outs to various southern Ontario airports. They have proven to be very popular in the handful that have been organized in June.

This Saturday, July 4, the group is planning their fly-out to Wiarton Keppel airport (CYVV) to celebrate Canada Day. The Hungry Hangar restaurant, located at the airport, is now open for takeout and outside service at picnic tables. The weather is looking good, so they expect a large crowd.

VERY IMPORTANT: The organizers need to know by 12 noon on Friday the number of attendees to expect in order to plan for aircraft parking (and so the restaurant stocks up on enough food).

RSVP by email before 12 noon ET to organizer Ivan Kristensen is mandatory.

“Bring a flag,” say Ivan.

Photo: Submitted

Places to Fly – West: Vernon, British Columbia

While not an organized fly-in, the arrival of a new on-field eatery at an airport located in the heart of the Okanagan will surely prove to be a great fly-in attraction at Vernon’s airport.

Sky High Diner proprietor Patricia Murdock tells eFlight it took her and her husband two years to get approval to move onto the site on the edge of the main ramp, near the airport’s terminal building and the Vernon Flying Club building (visible in the background).

With tables in front of the diner, and other spots nearby where one can sit and eat, keeping a two-metre distance looks easily doable.

With 100LL selling for just $1.41, the burgers might even cost less than $100!

Places to Fly: Kars, Ontario

The Kars chapter of the RAA (4928) is holding their 11th annual Ski- or Fly- or Drive-In at the Kars airport (CPL3) this coming Sunday (March 7). From 11:00 to 14:00, home-style food is on offer at their clubhouse at the Rideau Valley Air Park.

Located just west of the Rideau River, the aerodrome’s turf runway (08/26) is normally 1,800 feet long by 100 feet wide. Road access is via Dilworth Road just east of Highway 416.

Call 613.296.3391 for further details and runway conditions.

Summertime photo submitted.

Places to Fly: Midland/Huronia, Ontario

COPA Flight 73 – Midland is hosting a fly-in/ski-in/drive-in on Saturday (February 15) at the Midland/Huronia airport (CYEE). On offer: coffee, hot chocolate, pea-meal burgers and chili. Event hours are from 09:00 to 13:00.

The asphalt runway is 3,996 feet in length and 75 feet wide. Both 100LL and JA-1 are available. For those on skis, a snow-packed strip is available on the west side of Runway 16/34.

Call for more details and last-minute conditions: 705-526-8086.

Photo courtesy of Gustavo Corujo

Places to Fly – All Over

The 2019 World Ultralight Fly-In (WUFI) takes place this weekend on October 12 and 13. The initiative aims to get ultralight, advanced ultralight and Light Sport Aircraft in the air at the same time (more-or-less) to celebrate this niche of the aviation world. Participants earn a certificate.

The idea is to go onto the WUFI Facebook page and join their group. You’ll then have the opportunity to place a pin on a ZeeMap showing where you intend to perform your flight. If you see a flight planned for near your location, you would likely want to join with them at their location. Once your flight is completed, you upload to the Facebook page your name, location, aircraft and a date-stamped selfie showing you in your aircraft, preferably while flying it.

Quentin Hegt, a co-ordinator of the 2016 event, is planning to fly his Kolb TwinStar Mark II this weekend at his home airport in Victoria (CYYJ).

“It’s basically an opportunity for everyone to fly together at the same time since it’s not practical for these slow-flying airplanes to travel long distances for a traditional fly-in,” Hegt told eFlight.

It sounds to us like a great community event to participate in, and a great way to network with fellow ultralight aircraft pilots.

Places to Fly – East: Carp, Ontario

Of interest to COPA members may be the Annual EAA Chapter 245 Fly-in/Drive-in Breakfast. It is being held at Carp airport (CYRP) this coming Sunday (September 29). Both amateur-built and certified airplanes will be on display, as well as a classic car display.

The 156th Carp Fair will also be going on just down the road.

Admission to the Fly-in/Drive-in is $8 for adults and $5 for children under 10.

Carp airport has both an asphalted runway (10/28) at 3,936 feet in length and a 2,205-foot turf runway. 100LL and JA-1 fuels are available.

Call 613-791-6267 or contact them by email for further information.

Photo courtesy of Carp Airport.

Places To Fly – West: Kindersley, Saskatchewan

The folks at the Kindersley Flying Club have joined with the Kindersley air cadet squadron to host their annual Goose Festival Fly-In Breakfast this coming Sunday, September 29. Pancakes and sausages will be served from 09:00 to 11:30.

The fly-in coincides with the town’s annual three-day Goose Festival, which begins on Friday and has been held since 1972. Sunday’s events include a skills camp with NHL and Klipper alumni, racing at the Flatlanders Speedway and a threshing wind-up from 11:00 to 16:00 at the town museum, put on by the Antique Threshing Club.

It looks like fun for everyone.

Pilots will find two runways to choose from at Kindersley airport (CYKY): Runway 08/26 is asphalted along its 3,507-foot length, and Runway 17/35 has a turf surface and is 2,281 feet long. Both 100LL and JA fuels are available.

For further information call 306-463-4647.

Places To Fly – North Bay, Ontario

COPA Flight 132 calls on all pilots to attend their fly-in currently underway and lasting until Saturday, September 21.

Advertising it as not your typical fly-in destination, the idea is to hop on a shuttle over to the International Plowing Match in nearby Verner, West Nipissing.

Call 705-662-8242 or email to pre-arrange a shuttle.

North Bay airport (CYYB) sports a 10,004-foot asphalt runway (08/26), a 4,492-foot asphalt runway (18/36) and a 2,000-foot turf runway. Both 100LL and JA-1 fuels are available.

photo credit: IPM