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Havelock hosts holiday hoop-la

By Steve Eastwick

 

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The Havelock Flying Club/COPA Flight 27 held its 17th annual fly-in on Aug 4-5. The weather played tricks on Saturday and offered a mixed bag, however, we persevered and all scheduled events were completed.

Arrivals trickled in Saturday morning for breakfast and our radio station C-103 special events cruiser was on hand when the lumbering TBM Avenger made a demo water bomber drop at 13:00.

New this year was an interesting display of radio controlled helicopter and fixed wing flying. Pilots representing "Great Hobbies" of Stratford, PEI , flying raptor 50 helicopters, hovered inverted mere inches above the grass, flew backwards, looped and rolled to the delight of spectators.

A slideshow presentation highlighting a Cessna 172 cross country marathon from Dawson Sett. N.B. to Dawson City, Yukon was presented by member Pat Rogers. His wide array of spectular aerial shots kept viewers in awe of our beautiful country for more than an hour.

Our yearly auction got hopeful bidders going at 16:00 with club president/auctioneer Lee Alward overseeing the sale of more than 50 donated items. We sincerely thank all of our faithful sponsors who make this event so enjoyable.

After a full day of "aviation" our steak supper was well received. The ladies of our club brought all the details together along with strawberry shortcake for desert. Wow.

Topping the day off, our evening entertainment was a local group of musicians who entertained into the wee hours, but hey...our cooks were back on duty for 08:00 breakfast.

Sunday brought great weather and the desire to do it all over again. Our overnight visitors both fly-in and trailer-in were soon hangar flying with the morning fly-in crews and it became apparent that "aviation" is alive and well in Havelock.