Jim is traveling with Tom Inglis and his wife Ann from Wingham ON, heading for the COPA convention in Dawson Creek and joining host Bram Tilroe on an Alaska Highway flight to Fairbanks. According to Bram there are 40 aircraft and 78 people registered to make the trip sponsored by COPA.
Throughout the trip Jim will be communicating to us all through this blog.
It should be a great adventure.
This part of the blog shows the first few days of the Trip
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This is half our luggage from the 2 Rebels, the camping gear is still stored. Feels great to be here and I’m getting pretty excited about the next phase of our flight. We’re going to be airborne about 6:30am on Sunday morning for a trip to Watson Lake about 400 NM north west just inside the Yukon. It will be our first camping of the trip. Saturday we have a couple of COPA seminars, Alaska Highway briefing, and steak dinner and dance. Should be fun!
Grand Prairie Road into Grand Prairie, I was surprised by the farming this far north and as Gloria said, “Now you know why it’s called Grand Prairie”! Pretty country. We did have to fly around some CB’s on the way.
Another shot between Brandon and Yorkton.
I just love the lines and shapes
The Rebel was welcome inside Executive Flight Centre’s hangar in Edmonton. We’re getting ready to fly to Dawson Creek.
They made us feel like some of the “Big Boys! We had many helping hands to help us put the Rebels away for a couple of days in one of their hangars.
It’s a very busy place for private operators servicing the north with 30 to 40 scheduled flights per day. Very impressive.
On the instructions of the controller we dove for the button so we could give space to the larger traffic at Edmonton International. 02/200 was closed so there was only 12/22 available for all traffic, small and large.
We circled for about 15 minutes north of the airport while we waited for a landing spot, without being too close, to the 737 and Dash 8 traffic.
On final for 06 at North Battleford SK. Lots of aerial spraying and 24 hour fuel.
You can see Tom in the upper right. North Battleford is just behind the showers.
Yorkton SK. Lounge and washrooms.
Leading Edge Aviation in Yorkton were again very helpful.
A couple of phone calls and there was a crew car available to us so we stayed the night. You have to love the aviation community!
I was flying low and it reminded me of an IMAX movie, as the landscape rolled under our wings.
The only thing missing was the music!
I really don’t know what all the shapes are? Does anyone?
It was great that the guys from the Brandon Flying Club stayed to give us fuel and open their facilities to us.
Very friendly and helpful! They had a crew car that we could use but we still wanted to get to Yorkton for the night.
Some people think the prairies are boring…but as you can see some of the shapes are great!
The weather is gradually getting better as we go. Still a little bumpy but no more showers.
Next stop Brandon.
13 Piney is very unique. You land and go to the Customs office depending on which direction your'e flying..
The runway is half in Canada and half in the US.
I was flying along with the window open and as Tom said on the radio “Have I told you how happy I am to be here today!” Just great!
Still northern Minnesota, straight road, railroad, with another shower in the distance
Isolated thunderstorm in northern Minnesota, it was a little rough but still beautiful.
An almost perfectly round lake, you can only think that it might have been a meteorite.
Crew car with Tom adding some Mogas in the BG
You know it’s an amazing community when you can phone ahead and get this type of ground support and access without ever seeing anyone.
Just east of Ashland WI.
South shore of Lake Superior Tom looks good!
Rained after we landed.
Houghton MI, great town and we think worth visiting again. You can see the weather in the distance.
Big copper mining area as early as 1750’s
Small grass strip 40NM south of the shore of Superior. There was no services or support so we moved on.
It looks like we are going to be in for some weather.
Flight monitoring in Minni was very helpful with updates.
CYAM airport. Nice facilities but not much support for the small plane pilot and a $40 cab ride from downtown. Cheaper to rent a car.
But a short hop to Sanderson field to clear US customs.