Tundra tires just waiting for spring break up and gravel bars! Thanks to new member Mason Elwood for contributing this shot of his 1990 Christen A-1 Husky excitedly waiting for summer adventures. Break up in the Yellowknife region typically occurs around the last week of May or first week of June, so it shouldn't be too much longer.
In the meantime, local pilots are invited to attend our annual Rust Remover scheduled for May 14, 2022. This seminar will be approved by Transport Canada as satisfying the 2-year recurrent training requirement for private pilots. Registration is free for paid-up NWTFA/COPA Flight 108 members and $35 for non-members.
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.
Congratulations to Carol Van Tighem as the winner of the 2019 Chili Cook-Off! In a break with tradition, and thanks in part to a limited number of chili entries, Carol emerged triumphant with her pecan-mandarin-spinach salad.
NWTFA members spent a sunny day at Fishing Lake on July 22, 2019 for our fly-out picnic and work party. Members cleaned up a considerable amount of garbage littering the beach and shack areas and removed it from the site in their floatplanes. Junk included beer cans, bits of food wrapping, a broken toilet seat, shredded tarps, and beat up metal pipe. Many hands made for quick work and the site is now safer and tidier for all to enjoy. Thanks to those members who participated! We plan to choose another site for similar improvement next summer.
Fishing Lake is a popular fishing and camping destination for many NWTFA/COPA 108 members and is frequently visited by Yellowknife residents and tourists wishing to enjoy the pristine wilderness of the Northwest Territories. Unfortunately, a significant amount of junk and debris has accumulated on the northern beach over recent years.
NWTFA/COPA 108 is planning a fly-out to Fishing Lake on July 20, 2019 for the purpose of a general site clean-up. We'll combine it with a cookout and some relaxation. Plan to attend and lend a helping hand. Please RSVP by clicking here so that we can assess food requirements.