NWTFA will be hosting a fly-out beach day at Chedabucto Lake on Sunday, August 28, 2022 (weather permitting). Members are invited to join us for a day of swimming, kayaking, water frisbee and relaxation at the beach! For more details, click on the snip below to download the informational flyer.
NWTFA has just learned that YZF airport management has changed its process for arranging escort of floatplanes between the airport property and Long Lake. YZF airport management is now requiring that paperwork be completed and the escort fee paid at its office in the terminal before fire hall personnel provide escort services. The new process is causing delay and considerable frustration to pilots who are following the established procedures for floatplane launching at Long Lake.
This change was made unilaterally without notice to NWTFA or aircraft owners. NWTFA has submitted written protest to the GNWT Department of Infrastructure requesting that the escort fee be discontinued immediately, refunds be issued for any fees already paid, and the fee not levied again unless properly authorized.
One of the many objectives of NWTFA/COPA 108 is to introduce youth to general aviation and the joys of flight. We were recently excited to hear that members of a STEM Club were learning about aviation and found our website to be a helpful resource! They suggested that information about the Wright Brothers would be an interesting addition to our website. The Wright Brothers are credited with invention and flight of the world's first motor-operated airplane. To learn more about their accomplishments and contributions to aviation, visit the Wright Brothers Aeroplane Co., which is a virtual museum dedicated to pioneer aviation.
Thanks to 11-year-old Dakota from the Lyndhurst STEM Club for reaching out to NWTFA with her appreciation and suggestion for our website. We hope to see her flying someday!
NWTFA branded items are now available for purchase online. Our ball caps and T-shirts feature the NWTFA logo and make the perfect gift for any floatplane pilot or general aviation enthusiast. These items are very popular with both local and visiting pilots.
Ball caps are available in two colors and T-shirts are available in a variety of sizes. Caps are embroidered with the NWTFA logo and are available in a natural canvas color with either navy blue or forest green brims. T-shirts are silkscreened with the NWTFA logo and are available in heather grey only. Both ball caps and T-shirts are in limited supply so order soon!
Flat rate shipping through Canada Post applies to orders from Canada and the United States. Free local pick-up can be arranged in Yellowknife only.
The 2021 Annual General Meeting and BBQ is scheduled for July 22, 2021 at Fred Henne Park. The AGM will be conducted after the BBQ and will include a report from the board of directors, year-end financial statements, and election of officers. For further information and to RSVP, please refer to the AGM Notice.
Parks Canada has now implemented procedures for aircraft access to Thaidene Nene National Park Reserve. An aircraft access permit is required for all take-offs and landing within the reserve. The permit is available at no cost and can be valid from April 1 through March 31. The Aircraft Access Permit Application is available on the Parks Canada website. Review of applications is expected to take 3 to 5 business days. In addition to holding an aircraft access permit, anyone visiting the reserve must register with Parks Canada prior to entry.
Activities within Thaidene Nene National Park Reserve are subject to various rules and regulations managed by Parks Canada. Fishing requires a Parks Canada fishing permit; although the same catch limits apply, a Northwest Territories fishing licence is not valid within the reserve. Berry picking for personal use and gathering firewood for campfires and shelter are allowed. Firearms may be carried for defence against wildlife only. Subject to certain exceptions, hunting is prohibited.
For more information, refer to the information sheet entitled "Thaidene Nene National Park Reserve Information for floatplane owners and pilots" as provided by Parks Canada to NWTFA on July 2, 2020 or refer to the Parks Canada website.