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EAA Chapter 266 50th Anniversary

By Bill Evans, President – EAA Chapter 266

  • Montreal’s EAA Chapter 266
    Burgers - the standard for fly-ins
  • Montreal’s EAA Chapter 266
    Jump-starting the flat battery of a visitor from Bromont
  • Montreal’s EAA Chapter 266
    Montreal’s EAA Chapter 266 celebrated a very special birthday, its 50th. Aircraft flew in from as far away as Bromont and Brockville.
  • Montreal’s EAA Chapter 266
    Montreal’s EAA Chapter 266 celebrated a very special birthday, its 50th. Aircraft flew in from as far away as Bromont and Brockville.
  • Montreal’s EAA Chapter 266
    Montreal’s EAA Chapter 266 celebrated a very special birthday, its 50th. Aircraft flew in from as far away as Bromont and Brockville.

August 12, 2014 - Montreal’s EAA Chapter 266 celebrated a very special birthday, its 50th. Aircraft flew in from as far away as Bromont and Brockville.

Despite being event organizer and chef at the barbecue lunch, I flew in my Bakeng Deuce in black and gold to Valleyfield, Quebec, about 9:30 am. The flight from Lancaster to Valleyfield doesn’t take long - just 10 miles. The chap who flew in the front seat was Mike Halle, 87 years old, 60 of them as a pilot. I have known Mike for more than 40 years. I flew the Deuce from the rear seat. The air at 3,000 feet was calm, so that was nice. Here is the video Mike Lustig took with his cell phone.

The aircraft flying over with the V-wing is an ultralight similar to a Challenger. The second aircraft taxiing in is my Bakeng Deuce. The red aircraft is a gyrocopter, similar to the Bensen gyrocopter though probably made by someone else.

The green and white aircraft is a Bellanca Citabria with the 115-hp engine. I believe Bellanca is one of three companies that produced this aircraft.

Next in the video is a White Titan Tornado with a Jabiru 2200 engine flown by Roberto Cea-Campo with his daughter Daniella. She is just about old enough to say her name. I was sure Roberto would get there before we did.

Ross Turner of our club raises red angus cattle and sold me about 20 pounds of lean ground beef for the barbecue. I also ordered 10 pounds of special sausages, though they are not quite up to the standard of the bratwurst we have become used to at Hawkesbury Windover.

All told, perhaps 40 people flew in. A few drove in, and it’s always a benefit to have someone who can jump-start a flat battery!

We were delighted so many people bought our anniversary hats. Thanks to all who came. We hope you enjoyed the event.

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