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 from coast to coast.  I recently reached out to all the COPA Flight Captains and they’ve started to send me updates on what is being planned for 2017.

Besides a few extended weekend trips throughout Ontario and Quebec, I’ve decided on at least two major trips – one west and one east.  The western trip will coincide with the COPA convention at the end of June in Kelowna BC (http://copaagm2017.ca).  The eastern trip will aim for the annual fly-in at Stanley NS at the beginning of September (http://www.stanleysportaviation.ns.ca).

I’ll hope to put some videos on YouTube of some of the flight during the year.  You can search “FlyCanada150” on YouTube to find them.  Here is a link to one I recently did flying over downtown Toronto (https://youtu.be/EKOvLgniFTo).

Besides my “Fly Canada 150” adventure there is the Canadian Arctic Aviation Tour 2017.  A large group of pilots are planning a series of airshows at airports across Canada’s north.  It should be an exciting opportunity for our northern communities to see some pretty special airplanes that they wouldn’t otherwise normally get to see.  You can find more information at: caat2017.com

Weather permitting, I hope to visit my first airport on my adventure on January 1st to bring in the New Year.  I’m still deciding on where to go first, but given I live in Ontario it will likely be nearby.  You can follow along with my travels on this website (www.FlyCanada150.ca), but also on tweeter at @FlyCanada150 and #FlyCanada150.

Please remember to donate to Hope Air and COPA’s Flight Safety Foundation.  You can make these donations through my FlyCanada150 Fundraising page on Canada Helps (www.canadahelps.org/en/pages/fly-canada-150).

Enjoy the ride!