Into the great wide open

The Nelson Pilots Association is inviting people to take flight this weekend as part of their annual Flightfest.

The Nelson Pilots Association is inviting people to take flight this weekend as part of their annual Flightfest.

The Nelson Star received a sneak peak on Wednesday of the sights you will be able to see from the sky. There will be two helicopters and three planes taking people out towards Balfour.

“This truly is paradise,” said Case Grypma of the pilots association. “I’ve flown a lot of places, but there really is no place like the Kootenays.”

Grypma who got his pilot’s licence in Victoria, was a commercial pilot for many years.

For those who are more comfortable with their feet on solid ground, there will be acrobatics in the sky near Pulpit Rock and above the water near the soccer fields at Lakeside Park.

Aviation enthusiasts will also get to see some antique aircraft including a Cold War jet, and World War II era planes.

Flightfest begins at 8 a.m. tomorrow morning with a pancake breakfast. For more information visit nelsonpilots.ca.


8.a.m. Gates open to the public (admission by donation)

8 to 11 a.m. Pancake breakfast, Hanger 10

8 to 11 a.m. Fly-in aircraft arrivals

8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Static aircraft displays

11 a.m. Opening ceremonies with Mayor John Dooley

11 a.m. Airspace closed for airshow

11:15 a.m. BILL CARTER: Pitts special aerobatics

11:45 a.m. PAUL HAJDUK: Sailplane Magic airshow

12 noon Lunch by local food vendors

12 to 12:30 p.m. Early departures available for fly-in aircraft

12:45 p.m. JOHN MRAZEK: Harvard “Pussy Cat II” airshow

1:45 p.m. PETER HERZIG: T-28 Trojan aerobatic show

2 to 2:30 p.m. Afternoon departures available for fly-in aircraft

2:45 p.m. Vintage military trainer fly-by

3:45 p.m. MRAZEK AIRSHOWS: L-29 Delfin jet demo

4 p.m. Closing ceremony

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