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Gatineau Fever

By Jack Dueck

The much anticipated “Wings over Gatineau” approaches fast – the first annual convention for Canadian EAA Members is scheduled for weekend September 17-19. 

A website has been established for the event at www.eaacanada.webs.com  giving a full run-down of the event schedule, along with details to assist with registration, camping, accommodations, flight planning, etc.

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Bill Beaton from Calgary (reportedly the party capital of the world) offered an “Old West”-style invitation to all his aviation buddies in his e-mail last week:

Fellow Flyers,

Earlier this year, I planted the seed of crossing the country at a beautiful time of year to take part in the inaugural Vintage Wings/EAA event at the Gatineau airport.

Well, pardner, the pilot posse is forming up and it won’t be long before the “Gatineau Gang” is airborne.

The weekend air show of vintage aircraft and fly-in program is promising to be a landmark event. An EAA welcome B-B-Q will kick things off on Friday 17:30 to 21:00. Mr. Potter’s collection of Vintage Aircraft will be flying on Saturday, and the event is attracting some of the most notable flying classics from across North America. The world-class event is expected to be over-subscribed. [See www.VintageWings.ca events calendar and click on September 17 to 19 dates.] As described in the event NOTAM draft, PPR [prior permission request] is required and slot times will be assigned. Since it is a first-come-first-served protocol (and filling fast), I need to send a list of aircraft idents, pilots and aircraft types to Gatineau organizers ASAP. Everyone is welcome, but we need to get registered or risk not being able to attend…

…This is a great opportunity to support the beginnings of a truly Canadian aviation event and to make the trek across Canada by small aircraft.

Let’s take our Western hospitality (and maybe a few gunslingers in Western attire) to add to the spirit of aviation.

Safe journeys and blue skies,
Bill Beaton, EAA 830995

In addition to Bill’s comments, consider the following:

Saturday: Vintage Wings Classic “Victoria Cross” Air Show

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Sunday: The Battle of Britain re-enactment with the Lancaster, two Spitfires, and two Hurricanes (eight Merlins!)

Sunday: A tour of the Canada Aviation and Space Museum

And all the time in the company of like-minded EAA folks from across our nation.

P.S. Might this be the beginnings of Oshkosh North? In which case, might it be Noshkosh? Or even Goshkosh?

We hope you can join Bill and the whole “gang” from all over Canada (and south of the border) for possibly the last but perhaps the best air show of the season. See you there!

 
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