Unique U.S.-Canada Ski Fly Meet Set for February 17
Canadians and Americans can meet and greet one another on Lake Memphremagog with no customs requirements.
January 31, 2013 - Frozen Lake Memphremagog will host an international event when skiplane pilots from the U.S. and Canada land there on February 17 for the fifth annual U.S.-Canada Ski Fly Meet.
The large (30 miles long) lake is situated along the United States/Canadian border in both Vermont and Quebec, and organizers have worked it out with U.S. and Canadian border agencies so pilots can land on their respective side of the border and have limited access to the other side.
Weather and ice conditions permitting, pilots will fly in and land on the ice on their respective sides of the border. The meet location is due north of the Newport, Vermont, airport (EFK) on the 45th parallel on Lake Memphremagog (pronounced "Mem-free-MAY-gogg"), just west of Providence Island.
The border is readily apparent - a 20-foot-wide east/west swath is cut through the trees from the Atlantic to the Pacific. Planes should plan to arrive between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., with a planned conclusion of 3-4 p.m. at the latest.
George Weller, EAA 185481, of Stanstead, Quebec/Derby Line, Vermont, organizes the event.
"We have permission to walk around and look at each other's airplanes and mingle together as long as we do not pass stuff around or enter the other country and continue into it," he wrote in an e-mail. "This is a unique opportunity for Canadian and American aircraft owners to get to see each other without having to get passports or special aircraft permissions."
Canadian RCMP and U.S. Border Patrol officials are usually on hand.
Participants are encouraged to bring some lunch and a lawn chair or something to sit on while they talk across the border with each other. Weller stressed that flying and event activities are at your own risk.