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Community shows support at fly-in

By Randy Elkins

 

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Photo courtesy Gloria Elkins

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Photo courtesy Dan Groppini "Snap" Sea to Sky

 

 

COPA Flight 151/Pemberton Flying Club was extremely pleased to receive the support of the community on Saturday, July 5, when we held our 2nd Annual Fly-in at Pemberton Airport CYPS.

We were pleased to have Dave Mackenzie, President of the Airport Authority and many other Pembertonians come and welcome our first visit of the Cormorant for display from Canadian Forces Comox. The new Search and Rescue helicopter, a CH-149 Cormorant, was commanded by Captain Rob Mulholland, 442 Squadron, 19 Wing, Comox, B.C. The Cormorant was a real crowd pleaser since the weather failed to cooperate, preventing many other aircraft from attending our fly-in. Two Lucombe's aircraft from Williams Lake and two aircraft,a Citabria and a Cessna 180 from neighbouring Spring House were able to attend. Local aircraft were also set-up for display including a Europa and Cessna 210, 182 & 172.

Pemberton Soaring and Whistler Sky dive, based at Pemberton CYPS, were able to continued giving glider flights and sky diving jumps as a part of their normal business. Good food was provided by the Pemberton Lions Club which provided a BBQ stand with hotdogs, burgers, salad and soft drinks. In spite of the weather we had a good local turn out and we all had a great time visiting and talking aviation.