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PROVINCIAL AIR TOUR
Can you believe this is year 9 of our Interprovincial air Tour.
This years tour started at Ottawa Rockcliffe, and then on to Quebec - Mont Tremblant (those who's birds like the grass landed at St. Jovite), alternate is Tremblant International; then Trois Riviere and Drummondville. Tour date was May 26-29.
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Submitted by Carol Cooke
INTERPROVINCIAL AIR TOUR – YEAR 9
Ottawa CYRO – LaMacaza CYFJ – Trois Rivieres CYRQ – Drummondville CSC3
Thursday May 26 had a forecast of reasonably good weather in most of Ontario – so 40 aircraft landed at Ottawa Rockcliffe CYRO to start the 9th IPAT. 41 aircraft were registered, but weather caught up with one pilot and he was stranded in Collingwood Thur, and the next morning he had mag problems, so he travelled back home - pouting I am sure. 2 aircraft arriving from the USA had their departure delayed due to weather, so they arrived at Rockcliffe at 5:00pm. Speaking of US registrants – we had 5 US aircraft from Michigan on this years Tour, and one from Tennessee. Normally a complimentary room is allocated by draw, but complimentary room at Tremblant was given to John and Linda Haynes from Knoxville, in that it took them 3 days to get to Ottawa.
After refuelling at Rockcliffe Flying Club, all aircraft taxied over to the Museum where arrangements had been made for them to park overnite. The Aviation Museum is a great venue for any aviation event and this was no exception. Catered lunch was served in the Theatre followed by welcome by COPA President Bernard Gervais. Carol Cooke presented appreciation plaque to COPA for the years of supporting the IPAT; then Jeff Page outlined the procedure for departing Ottawa and arrival at La Macaza (Mont Tremblant). Jeff had spent many hours researching the intricate airspace around Ottawa and NavCan helped out by supplying transponder codes by email early Friday morning so there was no delay in departure. After check in at the Lord Elgin – there was time to explore downtown Ottawa and dinner on your own (or with a group of friends you might not have seen since last year). Friday morning Kevin Psutka provided weather briefing (we were good to go!!) and departure from CYRO was uneventful. We all enjoyed the scenic flight north to Mont Tremblant – followed by equally long scenic drive from airport to Tremblant Village where we stayed at the base of the Mountain. Catered traditional Quebec lunch (including duck pate and sugar pie) was served at the Holiday Inn after we checked in. Gondola lift tickets were part of our package, so all were able to enjoy the “view from the top”. A half dozen hardy souls WALKED down the mountain (875 metres or 2871 ft) instead of taking the gondola – which was even more impressive because of the heat (+30) and the blackflies. Saturday morning brought another good VFR flying day and after safety / weather briefing, the group departed for Trois Rivieres for delicious spaghetti lunch at the airport restaurant. After plaque presentation we then departed on the short leg to Drummondville. Richard Sylvain (a/p mgr) had chairs and cold water and apples available in the hangar adjacent to the water. It was the first +30 degrees temp eastern Ontario had enjoyed, so all were glad to get inside the cool hangar. A scrumptious buffet dinner was served to the 80 participants later that evening at Le Dauphin hotel. After dinner, the socializing continued as some really good friendships have been made during the past 9 years. For some, the IPAT is the kick off to the summer flying season, so there was lots of time to make plans for the next flying adventure. Sunday morning all departed for home – or PEI.
32 attended the briefing for the IPAT extension to PEI – but it was not to be. Only 7 (IFR pilots) ended up making the flight to Summerside.
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A NORTHERN LIGHT
Day or night, the Canadian North holds forth in natural spectacle—a unique and story-telling backdrop for an aviation photographer like Stephen Fochuk. Follow this link to see some of his images of bush flying in and around Yellowknife, Northwest Territories:
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