Fly Canada 150

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In celebration of Canada’s 150th Birthday, my goal is to attempt to fly my small airplane to over 150 airports throughout Canada. I hope to visit at least one airport in each of the provinces and territories.

This is a tribute to the importance that aviation and airports have played in keeping Canada vibrant and prosperous.

You can help celebrate and make a difference too.  I hope you make a donation to two remarkable aviation charities – Hope Air and COPA’s Flight Safety Foundation.  You can make donations through the Fly Canada 150 page on Canada Helps.

The Adventure Begins!

It’s January 1st marking the start of 2017 and Canada’s 150th Birthday.  And, it’s the day the Fly Canada 150 adventure begins.  The goal is to land my aircraft at 150 different airports.  Today I got two completed. It was a nice sunny day out today and the temperature was …

In the news…CityTV Dec 30, 2016

I was out at the airport today with Amanda Ferguson from CityTV News.  She did a news segment covering my plans for “Fly Canada 150” for 2017.  It can be seen on both CityTV and 680 News websites, or just click the link below. Click Here for Video  

On your mark…get set…

The journey begins in a couple of days! It’s now nearing the end of December and the planning continues for visiting 150 airports in Canada to celebrate Canada’s 150th in 2017.  There are a lot of activities going on next year across the country, many of them in small airports …

The Excitement is Building!

This is quickly becoming a thrilling project.  It’s only early in the planning stages, but is getting lots of interest and generating new ideas. I’ve been talking about it with some pilots to see how “crazy” they think it is.  Their thoughts have been really encouraging.  As pilots, they know …

Getting Ready

Here I’ll give you a very brief feel of the things we do throughout the year, up to and on the day of flying to make sure we fly safe and have a great experience.  As pilots, we do this all the time as part of our routine.  But for …

About Myself

Up to this point I haven’t told you who I am and what drives someone to try to take on this significant challenge.  It’s time to fix that.  My name is Darin Graham and I own a Piper Cherokee 140 registered as CF-GJB.  With that information you can Google the …

The Joy of Flying

There is a joke about pilots that goes:  “How do you know there is a pilot in the room?”…and the answer is:  “Don’t worry, they’ll let you know!”  Pilots love to brag a little…okay, some like to brag a lot.  Flying is fun…it’s very exciting.  Pilots are passionate about what …

Which Airports

So, where do you start when you’ve decided on such an ambitious challenge of flying to 150 different airports in Canada? Imagine this as being just like a road trip in your car would be a good way to think about it.  You’ll think about things like:  What cities to …

Fanciful Thought

Recently I saw an on-line news article about celebrating Canada’s 150th Birthday next year, 2017.  I remember being in kindergarten in 1967 and being part of the 100th.  As a kid it was hard to imagine what 100 years old meant, but it felt special none-the-less.  Now, being more then …