By Harold Fry, Co-Captain
At our regular December meeting, much discussion was generated by our members on the direction of, or rather lack of, our fine Wiarton/Keppel Airport.
It was 10 years ago, May 1996 that Transport Canada turned over the airport to the two municipalities it is located in, then known as Keppel Township and The Town of Wiarton (93 per cent of airport land is in part of Georgian Bluffs, formerly Keppel Township, seven per cent is in part of The Town of South Bruce Peninsula, formerly the Town of Wiarton).
It was decided at out meeting we would invite the service board and the two new mayors to a joint meeting in February 2007, where COPA Flight 68 would do a presentation of the airports history from its creation in 1947 until present, and where we would like to see it tomorrow and in the next 10 years.
"Our Jenn" and I spent many hours researching the history of the airport at the local library, then compiling and condensing the data which we put into a PowerPoint presentation. Getting together was difficult due to weather conditions in our part of the country - we received about
Despite the weather, we had a good turnout of 17 members, all of the service board and both mayors. Thanks to everyone who braved the squalls! We were able to present our case and were pleased with the dialogue that followed. We are optimistic that with our new mayors, we will be able to work together and map out a positive 10-year plan of action for our airport.
While we are proud of our group's accomplishments thus far (more than 16,000 hours of volunteer time in work around the airport/on behalf of the airport), we would like to be included as an equal partner in assisting the airport in becoming a more active facility.
We will keep you posted on our forward progress!
I would like to express my appreciation to "our Jenn" who performed miracles in the PowerPoint presentation, new member Ted Davey who provided outstanding posters for the wall, Lorne Schroeder for his help with room setup, and last but certainly not least, Danielle Paterson, owner of the Gadd-About B&B, who provided the goodies for the mid-morning coffee break!!
If you did not attend Guy Doherty's Rust Remover on Feb. 21 at Owen Sound Billy Bishop Airport (CYOS) then you missed a well-organized, informative event!
Speakers Wayne Juniper, Lindsay Cadenhead (Transport Canada), Greg Mansell (Leavens Bros. Aviation) and John Moore (Aviation Unlimited) were well received by the 48 individuals in attendance.
As usual, Guy had plenty of coffee, soft drinks, water and snacks to keep everyone satisfied until the pizza arrived! By 1730 everyone was well fed, informed, and on their way home, a lucky few with a great door prize.
Guy, on behalf of all of us who attended, thanks to you, your speakers and your sponsors for a fine afternoon!