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!
The Annual General Meeting of the Midnight Sun Fly-in Association will take place on Wednesday, November 18, 2015, at 7:00 pm, at the Northern Frontier Visitors Centre. The meeting will include an opportunity to purchase memberships, a full financial report of the Association for the fiscal year ending October 15, 2015, and the election of officers where terms expire this year.
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. It's never too soon to start planning the next Fly In!
Every fly in needs aircraft... here's a glimpse at some of the visiting and local aircraft from the 2015 Midnight Sun Fly In. We look forward to seeing new and returning planes at the 2017 event.
Great entertainment and good food ensures a successful event! The Midnight Sun Fly In Association thanks the entertainers and caterers who participated in the 2015 Fly In. Friday evening entertainment presented racy skit and dance numbers by Brrrlesque. Saturday evening entertainment was sponsored by Viking Air and included performances by Leela Gilday and the Gumboots. Sunday evening featured a live auction featuring aviation art. Evening meals included a burger concession, fish fry and bison dinner.
The 2015 Midnight Sun Fly In was a spectacular success! As in previous years, most events were held at the historic Wardair dock on Yellowknife's picturesque Back Bay. Special thanks is extended to Max Ward and family for permitting the use of their property. Here are a few shots of the event site, including one taken from the air during a ride in a brand new Viking Air Twin Otter.
We've had some really interesting and unique planes attend the Midnight Sun Fly In over the years. Here's a look at a few of our favorites. We can't wait to see who shows up this year!
Parking is available at the YZF airport for wheel planes attending the Midnight Sun Fly In. Parking is permitted on taxiway KILO or on a large gravel area adjacent to the FBO. Parking fees will be waived during the fly-in. Pilots must bring their own tie-downs. Camping is not available on the airport property but the Fred Henne campground is located nearby. The campground has tent sites which must be reserved online through the NWT Parks reservation website.
Fly In volunteers will be operating a shuttle service from the airport for participants arriving on wheels. Contact us on arrival at 867-446-8126 and we will dispatch a vehicle.
Intermittent smoky conditions have returned to Yellowknife due to forest fire activity throughout the Northwest Territories and western Canada. Visibility, both horizontal and vertical, can change rapidly in smoke, creating conditions unsuitable for VFR flight. Pilots are advised to exercise caution in flight planning and to obtain current information as to prevailing conditions and forecasts.
Pursuant to CARS, no unauthorized person is permitted to operate an aircraft over a forest fire area, or over any area located within 5 nautical miles of a forest fire, at an altitude of less than 3,000 feet AGL. NOTAM’s may be issued when a particular fire requires an abundance of aviation resources to support suppression efforts. Additional information can be found in the Wildland Fire Airspace brochure published by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. A copy can be downloaded from the link appearing on our pilot resources page.
One of our most popular events from previous fly-ins has been the fly-out picnic hosted by the Northwest Territories Floatplane Association. The Association is planning to host this year's picnic on Saturday, July 11, 2015. Fly-in registrants are invited to fly out from Yellowknife to a nearby wilderness lake and enjoy an afternoon BBQ on the beach with our local members.
Association members are currently scouting potential picnic sites, looking for a long beach with plenty of float parking. Water levels in the area are low this year, so finding a suitable location is proving to be a challenge. Keep your fingers crossed that we can repeat this fun event!
The hottest show in Yellowknife is returning to the Midnight Sun Fly In on Friday, July 10, 2015. Our opening evening meet and great event will feature entertainment by Brrrlesque!