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Stanstead-Weller Fly-In and Barbecue CTQ2, 9 September, 2012

Charles Martel and his wife arriving in their RV-9A
Charles Martel and his wife arriving in their RV-9A

Luc Thibault's Hummelbird arriving
Luc Thibault's Hummelbird arriving

And Then the RV-8's Arrived
And Then the RV-8's Arrived

Spectacular View
Patrice Houle and friends enjoy a spectacular view

By Ian Brown, Editor - Bits and Pieces, EAA 657159

The Saturday schedule for this fly-in was canceled because of poor weather, but the Sunday afternoon turned out to be a marvelous, fresh, clear day. The place in question was a private grass strip just outside Stanstead, Quebec. Your editor's aircraft's flip-over will be part of a separate article in this issue. Suffice to say, "This is where it all happened."

George Weller and his lovely wife, Tonie, produced masses of the sweetest, freshest organic corn, all hand-weeded, and delicious homemade beefalo burgers grilled over an open wood fire. Beefalo is a cross-breed between bison and domestic cattle with a genetic mix of 3/8 female bison and 5/8 bovine. The Wellers have the only beefalo farm in Quebec, and the burgers were very lean and delicious. Apparently, cross-breeding bison and domestic cattle went on for about 100 years until finally two fertile animals were produced.

As George said, "We do everything from scratch." Along with raising their own organic corn, veggies, potatoes, and beefalo, they make their own apple juice, carrot wine, have a lumber mill on the property, and raise golden retrievers. After a very dry summer, they just finished a major pond building project which is just now filling up. As if that wasn't enough, they're also into modern western square dancing where the individual calls are randomly done by a caller and standard around the world, and of course, flying their 1946 Aeronca 7AC Champ, C-GKWK.

George's son Tony demonstrated his skill at flying remote-controlled model aircraft, and the following people flew in or drove in:

Robert Phillippe

Glastar II

C-IHVN

Luc Thibault

Hummelbird

C-FJXQ

Patrick Gilligan

RV-8

C-GUSZ

Michel Boucher

RV-8

C-GERV

Charles Martel

RV-9A

C-GGXY

Patrice Houle / Henri-Louis Biron / Louis D'Arcy

C-172

C-FZIL

This is a spectacular spot to have an airport, just a couple of kilometres north of the U.S. border and surrounded by the most beautiful terrain.

Apparently there is no shortage of space for additional hangars if anyone is interested in setting up. Simply contact George Weller at gweller@ctq2.org.

Many of the pilots knew each other, but as always, there were those of us delighted to make new acquaintances and talk about flying. A good day was had by all, and the weekend finished with everyone returning home safely, having enjoyed great food and good company.

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