Category Archives: West

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 – 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 – 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 – West: High River, Alberta

Enjoy Western Canadian hospitality at COPA Flight 81’s Fly-In Breakfast happening this Saturday (September 14) at the High River airport (CEN4) in southwestern Alberta. Visitors are invited to fly or drive – or even ride – to the event.

There will be a trade show and a prize draw. A 50/50 raffle will raise money for the local air cadet squadron. Entry is $10 for adults, $5 for children or $20 for an entire family.

A 4,150 x 75-foot asphalted runway awaits pilots who arrive by aircraft at this 3,431-foot-high airport. Both 100LL and JA-1 fuels are available.

Email the Foothills Flying Club for further information.

Where to Fly – West: Stettler, Alberta

If all-you-can-eat pancakes are your thing, then head for Stettler this coming Labour Day (Monday, September 2).

Breakfast at this annual Labour Day fly-in tradition is served from 08:00 to 11:00 and is hosted by COPA Flight 135 – Stettler Flying Club.

Stettler airport (CEJ3) is located just under 40 nm to the east of Red Deer in south-central Alberta.  Pilots will find a 3000 x 75-foot runway (07/25) upon arrival. Airport elevation is 2,686 feet. 100LL is available.

Contact the Stettler Flying Club for more information.

Places To Fly – West: Maple Creek

Street dancing is just one of the activities being organized by the folks at COPA Flight 206 – Maple Creek Flying Club, located at Maple Creek airport (CJQ4) in southwestern Saskatchewan.

Their Fly-In Breakfast Day on Saturday, August 17 starts off with breakfast (of course) before everyone moves downtown for a car show and other live events. Local merchants and restaurants are all on board to help everyone enjoy the day.

The Club points out that they have only recently become a COPA Flight and want to use the fly-in to celebrate the occasion.

A 3,078-foot asphalted runway (06-24) and a 1,936-foot turf/clay runway (17-35), as well as 100LL, are available.

Further information is available by email.

Places To Fly – West: Abbotsford

The famed Abbotsford International Airshow returns this weekend to British Columbia’s Lower Mainland on Friday through Sunday, August 9-11

The airshow began in 1962 when the Abbotsford Flying Club put on the first airshow at the former military airfield in order to showcase the potential as a civilian airport. The airshow grew in stature quickly, with Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau giving it official recognition in 1970 as ‘Canada’s National Airshow’.

The airshow is now run by a dedicated not-for-profit society.

Today, in addition to exhilarating aerobatics and fly-bys, the airport grounds host dozens of aircraft, from giant military cargo planes to jet fighters to unique light aircraft – and everything in between.

Fly-in attendees are welcome, but during restricted hours only. Check out the show’s website for further information.

Places to Fly – West: Nelson

The folks at COPA Flight 87 – Nelson Pilots Association invite all wheeled and float plane pilots to their annual fly-in in Nelson, located in the Kootenay region of southeastern British Columbia.

With the airport and water aerodrome located right on the riverfront of downtown Nelson, accommodations and restaurants are very convenient. 100LL is available.

A special invitation goes out to those on their way to Oshkosh.

Nelson’s airport (CZNL), with an elevation of 1,755 feet, sports a 3,100-foot runway. See you this Saturday, July 20!

Places To Fly – West: Fairmont Hot Springs

A free pancake breakfast and barbecue await those who arrive at Fairmont Hot Springs airport (CYCZ) for their 8th Annual Fly-In being held from July 12 to 14.

Located in British Columbia’s Rocky Mountain Trench, about 75 nm southwest of Calgary, Alberta, the resort town has plenty to offer with hot-spring pools, spas, resorts and a golf course among the main attractions. Camping is possible and shuttles to the pools will be running. Passes and discounts to the attractions are available.

There will be a 50/50 charity draw, with all funds raised going to the Chris Rose Therapy Centre for Autism.

The elevation of CYCZ is 2,661 feet and the runway length (15-33) is 6,005 feet. 100LL and Jet-A fuel is available.

For more information and discount codes, phone the Columbia Valley Airport Society at 250-345-2121 or send an email.

Places To Fly – West: Oliver

COPA Flight 158 – South Okanagan Flying Club is hosting a fly-in breakfast at their home base of Oliver airport (CAU3) in south-central British Columbia this coming Saturday, July 6 from 08:00 to 11:00. There will be aircraft on display, including warbirds as well as certified and amateur-built versions.

The Oliver airport’s elevation is 1,015 feet and the asphalted runway length is 3,200 feet. Both 100LL and JA-1 are available.

Further information is available by consulting the poster below or by contacting David Forst at 250.488.5710 or via email.

photo by Jack Borno

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