August 5, 2020

Ontario’s Trillium Aviators Growing in Numbers


The loose-knit group of Southern Ontario-based flyers have been organizing fly-outs to various airports in the region, paying close attention to applicable social distancing regulations and guidelines. A few events were organized in June of this year with growing attendance.

On July 4, for example, the group gathered at Wiarton Keppel airport (CYVV) in a celebration of Canada Day. Over 40 aircraft showed up.

Last week the fly-out destination was the Gore Bay-Manitoulin airport (CYZE), located on Ontario’s Manitoulin Island.

“I’m sure excited to see so many people here today,” said organizer Ivan Kristensen to attendees. “I am from Guelph and I have to admit when it was suggested to me that we should visit the Gore Bay airport I was unsure as it would be beyond a 180-mile radius from Kitchener, but I’m sure glad we did this with all the support and enthusiasm we see here today.”

Most people flying out to Trillium Aviators’ destinations are from Ottawa, Windsor, Sudbury, Hamilton, Elliot Lake and Ottawa. “I am absolutely flabbergasted at the response we have had to this visit; we even have one couple from Vancouver, and another couple from Victoria,” Kristensen added.

Thirty-six aircraft participated at the Gore Bay fly-out, where brown-bag lunches were consumed while staying two metres apart.

“We would like to welcome everyone to this great place called Manitoulin Island and welcome to our airport,” airport manager Robby Colwell told the attendees. “It is great to have all of you here today. I see many faces that I recognize and many new faces here today.”

Contact organizer Ivan Kristensen by email to be added to his email list.

Photos submitted. Aerial photo: Pat Hanna