Two Great Winter Flyins

If you are near the area of Montreal, QC,Canada or Oshkosh, WI and have wings … and are ski equipped …. here are two not-to-be-missed annual winter fly-ins.

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6Th ANNUAL SKI FLY MEET LAKE MEMPHREMAGOG

from G Weller

Saturday February 15, 2014 (NOT SUNDAY AS IN THE PAST)

Canadian and US pilots to meet each other at our common border line on the ice of international Lake Memphremagog, part in Quebec and part in Vermont.

2012 The  border cut line looking east

2012 The border cut line looking east

Planes should plan to arrive between 11 am and 1 pm. We will finish by 3. Bring some lunch and a lawn chair or something to sit on to be comfortable while we walk and talk across the border with each other and see each others airplanes. There will be a BBQ set up on the border to cook stuff, if you bring it. Most of the time the ice is nearly 2 feet thick with many pickups and ice fishing buildings. Most snow blows west to east off the ice toward the island.. THERE IS A SMALL THIN ICE OR, OPEN WATER AREA NEXT TO THE ISLAND ABOUT A THOUSAND FEET NORTH OF THE BORDER WEST OF THE ISLAND.

2012 Georges Bluebird left and American plane right

2012 Georges Bluebird left and American plane right

The meet location is due north of the Newport, VT airport EFK on the 45th parallel on Lake Memphremagog just west of Providence Island in the middle of the lake whose southern tip is in the US. The border is easily seen as there is a line about 20 feet wide cut across the island and continuing from coast to coast, about 3,000 miles.

2013 LAKE MEMPHREMAGOG Border Guards

2013 LAKE MEMPHREMAGOG Border Guards

EVERYONE FLYS AT THEIR OWN RISK. IF YOU DO NOT PAY ATTENTION TO ICE CONDITIONS, PEOPLE, SHACKS, PICKUPS, SNOWMOBILES, ETC ON THE ICE, YOU WILL HAVE TO DEAL WITH THE CONSEQUENCES YOURSELF. THERE IS NO INSURANCE OR UMBRELLA ORGANIZATION.

I started this activity to promote Canadian and US aviation get togethers without having to have passports or go through Customs. I find many small plane pilots refusing to cross the border either way since 9/11 because of the hassle. It is a unique event for pilots and their like and I hope it can continue. The general public is not invited.

Lets hope for good weather.

G Weller

http://ctq2.org

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EAA Skiplane

This happy note was sent in by Carri Hoagland.

“Hi all. Looks like I am #10 in the registration for my first ski fly-in at OSH. I am sure the traffic won’t be as bad as Air Venture. Hope to see some of you there. Tailwinds, Carri Hoagland”

Join Us for EAA’s Skiplane Fly-In
Free admission to the public  |  Complimentary chili and cake 
Saturday, February 8, 2014  |  10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.  |  Pioneer Airport 

One of the area’s most colorful events, the annual EAA Skiplane Fly-In, will be held on Saturday, February 8, at the EAA AirVenture Museum’s Pioneer Airport.

This special winter event, which has welcomed more than 30 skiplanes in the past, celebrates the unique flight segment of skiplane flying as well as the anniversary of the first-ever meeting of the Experimental Aircraft Association on January 26, 1953.

Pilots who wish to participate must receive approval and flight briefings from EAA prior to landing at Pioneer Airport. Contact EAA’s Olivia Rasmus at 920-426-6599 or at orasmus@eaa.org for more details. View more information >> 

If you’re lucky enough to attend either of these flyins, please email your stories and pictures to www.LadyTaildraggers@gmail.com to share with our group!

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