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!
The Twin Otter has been a familiar aircraft in the Northwest Territories over the past 50 years due to its ability to provide reliable service under challenging northern conditions. Viking Air is the type certificate holder for the DHC-6 Twin Otter and is manufacturing new updated versions of this aircraft.
To honour the 50th anniversary of the Twin Otter, Viking Air is embarking on a celebration tour travelling to communities in Nunavut, Northwest Territories, and Yukon. The Yellowknife stop on the tour will coincide with the 2015 Midnight Sun Fly In and Viking Air is generously sponsoring our Saturday evening dinner and entertainment.
Planning is underway for the Midnight Sun Fly In 2015. Anticipated events include a fly-in picnic hosted by the Northwest Territories Floatplane Association, tours of the Buffalo Airways hangar, live entertainment by Brrrlesque, dockside barbeques hosted by local celebrities, and great bush pilot story telling and conversation.
Save the dates and plan to join us in Yellowknife from July 10 - 12, 2015.