Colin Craddock stands beside his 1941 Stearman. A Tiger Moth (1941), Cornell, and possibly a Harvard will attend the Carman Airport Day this year, courtesy of the the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum. Rides will be available, although the seats are going fast. The annual Airport Day is set for June 10 this year at the Carman (South) Airport. (SUPPLIED PHOTO)
The Carman Flyers Group is hoping to welcome even more community members to the Carman Airport Day this year.
Each year, the group hosts residents from Carman, Dufferin and the surrounding area at the Carman (South) Airport located just off Highway 3 south of Carman for breakfast and a chance to see what the airport is all about.
The aviation enthusiasts in the Carman Flyers Group, along with support from the Town of Carman and Municipality of Dufferin, work diligently to provide a year-round airport to serve the aviation needs of our region. And they look forward each year to sharing their passion with their neighbours in the community.
Organizer John Carley said the group is always hoping to reach more people.
“Our main idea is to get people around to realize that this is not just our aiport – it belongs to the community,” said Carley. “And it’s here to serve whatever aviation needs the region has.”
The annual Airport Day is set for June 10 at the Carman Airport between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
The morning always includes a brunch with pancakes, sausages and more, as well as various flying-related activities.
“Besides visiting and fresh air the day is filled with things to do such as kids’ activities, trying a real flight simulator, and viewing sophisticated model aircraft,” said Carley. “Full-size aircraft displays will include a Roland Air Spray plane (experience close-up just how big those planes are!) [and] a Jantar glider courtesy of the Winnipeg Gliding Club.”
The Airport Day also brings together aviators from across the province. The number of planes that fly in to Carman each year varies according to weather. Last year, 35 planes made the trip. Carley is hoping for at least as many this year.
The British Commonwealth Training Plan Museum will be providing a few antique aircraft: a Stearman, a Tiger Moth, and a Cornell. A few lucky people will be able to take a ride in the Tiger Moth and the Cornell – which both date back to the 1940s.
Most of the available rides were booked quickly, but Carley said anyone else who is interested should contact him to put their name on a waiting list, or to find out about other opportunities to fly.
To sign up for rides or for further information regarding the Airport Day contact John Carley at 204-745-3122 or Charl Vermeulen at 204-312-8863.