Photos from the 2017 Midnight Sun Fly In have been posted in our photo gallery. We're also working on a special digital photo collection for sponsors and registrants.
The Northwest Territories Floatplane Association will be hosting a fly-out picnic for the Midnight Sun Fly In on Saturday, July 8, 2017. The destination will be Desperation Lake, which is 56 nautical miles east of Yellowknife. Fly In registrants are invited to join us there any time after 11:00 am for smokies and great conversation. Sign up at the registration desk to obtain coordinates for the site.
The 2017 Midnight Sun Fly In is almost here and the host committee is in the throes of last-minute preparations. We couldn't pull off this exciting event without the generous support and assistance of our sponsors, so we'd like to thank them all in advance and invite them to join in the activities over the weekend.
Shaw Direct, a generous sponsor of the Midnight Sun Fly In, will have special deals and giveaways at its tent at the Fly In this weekend. Remember to stop by!
The Canadian Arctic Aviation Tour 2017 plans to present an aerobatic airshow over Back Bay in Yellowknife on Sunday, July 9, 2017. This event is being coordinated with the schedule and activities of the 2017 Midnight Sun Fly In but is not organized or produced by the Midnight Sun Fly In Association. It looks like an exciting spectator event!
Pilots attending the 2017 Midnight Sun Fly In should be aware that YZF airpsace will be restricted on Sunday, July 9, 2017 from 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm local time to accommodate this airshow, as detailed in the NOTAM reproduced below.
The program of activities and events for the 2017 Midnight Sun Fly In has now been finalized. Activities include a fly-in picnic hosted by the Northwest Territories Floatplane Association, a fish fry with live entertainment by Brrrlesque, a dockside steak barbeque with music by Tracy Riley, free lunchtime smokie barbeques, the memorial fly-past and great bush pilot story telling and conversation.
Tickets to Saturday and Sunday evening events at the 2017 Midnight Sun Fly In are now available for purchase! Everyone is welcome, but get your tickets early as space is limited and these events are hotsellers. Just click on the graphics below to be redirected to EventBrite for online purchase of tickets.
The success of the Midnight Sun Fly In depends on the effort and enthusiasm of the members of the Midnight Fly In Association and its dedicated volunteers. The organizing committee begins preparations far in advance but additional volunteers are always needed to assist during the Fly In weekend.
Please complete and submit our Volunteer Application to indicate interest in volunteering for the "flight crew" at the 2017 Midnight Sun Fly In. Areas in which volunteers will be required include site preparation, registration and greeting, ground transportation, beverage service, site security, entrance gate and ticket collection, site clean-up and general errands. A volunteer orientation session will be conducted shortly before the Fly In to familiarize volunteers with the event and their assignments.
The Midnight Sun Fly In Association is grateful for the support of the City of Yellowknife as a title sponsor of the 2017 Midnight Sun Fly In. Grant funding provided by the City is vital to the viability of the event and is greatly appreciated. All Yellowknife residents are welcome to participate in public events throughout the Fly In weekend.
We recently stumbled across a blog article that truly captures the essence of the Midnight Sun Fly In. In "Hug a Bush Pilot Today", Kathryn Birchwood of FrozenTrini features the 2015 Midnight Sun Fly In and acknowledges the bush pilots who helped open up the Canadian North.
In her words, "Without the bush pilots of the early 20th century, there would probably not have been a city of Yellowknife, a large-scale Northern mining industry, nor would the North have become as accessible as it is today. These days they still fly people and cargo to and from the bush, whether it be geologists on an exploration trip, or hunters to bush-camps or cabins, or taking supplies for crews battling wild fires."
The Annual General Meeting of the Midnight Sun Fly-in Association will take place on Tuesday, November 22, 2016, at 7:00 pm, at the Northern Frontier Visitors Centre. The meeting will include an opportunity to purchase or renew memberships, a president's report and financial report for the fiscal year ending October 15, 2015, and the election of officers and directors.
It is important that that we try to expand the membership and bring new volunteers and ideas into the Association. Everyone is welcome to attend the AGM and join the Association. Planning for the 2017 Fly In is already underway!