By Tito Zannella
On Oct. 4, 2009, Flight 82 held its fall fly-in pancake breakfast event. The event was to have taken place on September 13, but due to unforeseen circumstances was postponed to the later date.
Postponing it made us wonder if we would get the attendance due to most fly-in breakfasts at other flying clubs were over for the season by then. On the other hand our skepticism on attendance was somewhat curbed knowing that we were going to serve eggs with our breakfast this time round.
In the past, we had traditionally not included eggs with our famous pancakes and sausages breakfast but having heard that it would be a good idea if we did, we decided to do so.
The morning of October 4, was one of those nice sunny days but cold. The bitter westerly wind blew merciless against the west side of our club house where we normally operate our grills, making it extremely cold and frustrating trying to keep the grills going. I don’t know the exact temperature with the wind chill factor but believe me, it was cold!
They first began to arrive one, two planes at a time and then a lot more came. By 11 a.m. we had more than 30 aircraft and about 60 people arrive for the event. The high numbers well exceeded our expectations.
They came from far and wide from places such as Langley, Abbottsford, Delta, Pitt Meadows, Qualicum Beach, Quesnel, Williams Lake, Clinton and Salmon Arm BC.
Whatever the reasons for the great attendance and despite the cold weather, everyone seemed to enjoy the breakfast and the socializing. We enjoyed serving everyone and thank them all for their support and for making it one of the more memorable fly-in breakfasts for us in a long time.
To top it off, we also had the opportunity to fly one young person in the COPA for Kids Program.
At the end of the day it was all good but we all went home still wondering, did the eggs actually play a role in the great attendance?.