Yesterday we met at the Abbotsford Flying Club to head to Tofino. The Abbotsford Airport gave us a send off with a water cannon salute from their fire trucks. That was a real nice touch. Two other club pilots flew to Victoria for breakfast, planning to fly onward to Tofino. The breakfast was good as usual at the Victoria Flying Club. Sad to say the weather did not cooperate and we couldn’t make it in due to fog, low visibility and low ceilings. So the plan now is to have the flag for our trip to Victoria tomorrow and dip the flag in the water in from to the Legislature Building.
This weekend we attended the COPA Convention in Kelowna, BC. Great weather for flying and a real interesting convention. We were able to get a photo with the chairman, Jean Messier, and the president, Bernard Gervais. This was also the debut of our Canada flag that we will be carrying across the country.
Plans are coming together to meet on July 2nd with the Air Cadets that will be training this summer for their Private Pilot Licence. The first group in the morning will be at the Victoria International Airport at the Victoria Flying Club and the second group in the afternoon at Boundary Bay Airport at the Pacific Flying Club. If you are or were an Air Cadet come on out for a very informal meet-and-greet. All are welcome.
The Anniversary Flight Kick-Off is planned for June 29th in Tofino, British Columbia on the west coast of Vancouver Island where we will be gazing across the Pacific Ocean. On July 1st the Anniversary Flight goes to Victoria, British Columbia for the Canada Day Celebrations on the grounds of the British Columbia Parliament Buildings. The evening will end watching a dazzling fireworks show.
After returning to Abbotsford on July 2nd Bob and his wife Valerie will ready their airplane for a planned departure on July 3rd heading east.
If all goes well, a few weeks later the Anniversary Flight will reach St. John’s, gazing across the Atlantic Ocean.
Today we added a Facebook page to help promote our Anniversary Flight. Facebook provides easy access to Photos and Albums and is easy to share as well.
This week the Turbo Arrow had its annual inspection completed at Pitt Meadows Airport. We are all “Good to Go” for our journey across Canada and until this time next year.
Well, we now have our Canada flag to carry with us on our journey. The flag will be on board our airplane and be with us when we visit all the legislature buildings across the country. We also plan to be in Oshkosh for the International Day Parade and our Canada flag will be flying high.
Do you have your flag for Canada Day?
Join the CANADA 150 celebrations for the Canadian Confederation Sesquicentennial Anniversary on July 1st, 2017
As part of the Canada 150 celebrations Bob Leroux intends to fly across Canada, and back, visiting at least 50 airports along the way carrying a Canada flag on the journey from coast to coast. Bob has had a career in aviation with Transport Canada as a Civil Aviation Inspector/Pilot and now, although retired, he still flies and is fortunate enough to own a Piper Turbo Arrow IV based at Abbotsford, British Columbia. You can go on-line and follow his flights since the Piper Turbo Arrow is equipped with a GPS tracker, the Garmin/DeLorme inReach SE.