The fall season for the Ottawa Flying Club is also synonymous with Fly Day! Saturday September 28th to be exact was a very important date for our club. Not only does it demonstrate our flawless operations, it also showcases our club, our volunteers and The Rotary Club of Ottawa which once again was our sponsored charity.
The day broke with some fog in the outlining areas which prevented a few visiting and participating aircraft to fly-in but that did not hamper the start of Fly Day as scheduled with our first flight just after 9 AM. The sky was blue till the eye could see with a CAVOK forecast for the entire day! A total of 16 aircraft and +40 volunteers helped make Fly Day one of the best on record. As the last flight touched down at 17:15 pilots had taken up 313 people and helped raise over $11,000 for The Rotary Club of Ottawa!
Hundreds of hours were spent organizing this event but in the end it would not have been such a success without all of the volunteer pilots, marshallers and passenger escorts. Special thanks also go out to the MacDonald-Cartier International Airport Authority, Nav Canada, Ottawa Flying Club Management, OFC Dispatch, Frank Schilder (Fly Day Load Master), Rob Schwartz and team (Fly Day Air Bosses), Paul Wagner (Lead Marshall), Peter Luff (Lead Passenger Escort), Charlene Mathias who surveyed the patiently waiting public, and also the numerous Algonquin College students who participated.
Enjoy the remainder of the fall flying season. Stay tuned for news of next year’s event!
Julie Marion and Marc Desjardins
Fly Day Event Coordinators
A flight over Ottawa for only $40!!! WOW!!!!!! And all going to a great cause… weather promises to be fall spectacular..Come enjoy!!!!! http://weather.gc.ca/city/pages/on-118_metric_e.html
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Hope to see you there!
Sarah Freemark of CTV Morning Live did a great job in doing promos for Fly Day which aired on Tuesday September 23rd. Here are the YouTube links to those promos!!
September 28th, 2013
Only four more days until Fly Day 2013 – this Saturday at the Ottawa Flying Club. Though Fly Day is a weather-dependent event, there is no reason to believe at this point that it won’t go ahead. Weather so far promises to be great…… http://weather.gc.ca/city/pages/on-118_metric_e.html
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Hope to see you there!
The 55th Annual Fly Day is just a week away. Next Saturday, September 28th, the Ottawa Flying Club and the Ottawa Rotary Club are hosting the annual Fly Day charity event. At Fly Day, people from the Ottawa area can take 20-minute sightseeing flights over the city. The cost is $40 per person, and the flights are provided by Ottawa Flying Club, Rockcliffe Flying Club and other local pilots. Fly Day is a wonderful opportunity to see the nation’s capital from the air and is a popular event for families, with proceeds benefiting the Ottawa Rotary Home, long known for offering short-term respite care to families who have children with disabilities.
What’s Fly Day like? Click to check out this video.
(please note that Fly Day is a weather-dependent activity. No rain date is scheduled)
Ladies and Gentlemen Aviators
It’s just a few weeks until the first vintage aircraft touches down here at Gatineau for the Wings over Gatineau-Ottawa en vol Air Show. Just a few weeks to prepare and there is still lots to do. We are looking for volunteers of all ages to move mountains, spread the word, impress guests, inspire children, look good, escort veterans, secure aircraft and show lines, put up signs, park cars, pick up trash, sing songs, sell swag and share smiles. WE NEED YOU! You’ll get a cool shirt, new skills, lasting memories, lots of sun, and a heart full of pride. Follow this link to learn more and to sign up to become part of our family:http://www.vintagewings.ca/
At Fly Day 2013, this year to be held on September 28th, people from the Ottawa community can take 20-minute sightseeing flights over the city. The cost is $40 per person, and the flights are provided by Ottawa Flying Club pilots. Fly Day raises funds for the Ottawa Rotary Home, which provides respite care to families of children with physical disabilities.
Fly Day is a wonderful opportunity to see the nation’s capital from the air and is a popular event for families. Check back for more details and features as the site develops.
For updates, visit this site or follow us on Twitter at ottawaflyday or, if you’re not on Twitter, you can still receive Fly Day updates via SMS by texting follow ottawaflyday to 21212 in Canada.
After the fog lifted the skies over Ottawa were sunny and clear and it was a beautiful day to go flying. In all, 250 people took rides in aircraft from the Ottawa and Rockcliffe Flying Clubs as well other regional airports. Many thanks to all those who took rides and supported the Ottawa Rotary Home. We hope to see you at Fly Day 2013.
While planning continues for this year’s Fly Day at the Ottawa Flying Club on Saturday, September 29th, Vintage Wings of Canada is once again holding the Wings Over Gatineau Airshow next weekend. With its increasing popularity among aviation enthusiasts of all ages in the national capital region, this year’s show is being held on both Saturday and Sunday.
The 2012 edition features breathtaking aerial demonstrations by the famed Canadian Forces Snowbirds, the CF-18 Demo Team, the F-86 Golden Hawk Sabre, and wing-walking phenom Carol Pilon. There will be legendary Second World War aircraft such as the Spitfire, the FG-1D Corsair, the Avro Lancaster bomber, and more than 100, beautifully-restored, vintage aircraft from Canada and the United States.
There’s also a special focus on Warbirds of the Med, marking the 70th anniversary of many of the major air and land battles in and around the Mediterranean Sea during the Second World War.
· September 15-16, from 10 am to 4 pm
· Gatineau Airport, Highway 50 – 15 minutes from downtown Ottawa
· Tickets are $20 (free for children 12 and under) at the gate or in advance online
· A free “Park and Ride” lot will be available on-site with a shuttle service provided