Our newest NWTFA member is Charles Christenson of Kent, Washington, USA. Charlie flies a 1967 Cessna 182 on Aerocet 3400 amphibious floats with over 40 modifications including an 86-inch prop and 300 hp engine. He describes it as a great seaplane that gets into the best fishing spots while providing for easy access to fuel.
Charlie has been flying professionally for over 40 years. He started pumping gas at a flight school in Minnesota at age 15 and worked his way up to flight instructor by age 18. He obtained a Canadian commercial license at age 19 and started his bush career flying a standard Beaver on floats for a fishing lodge in Ontario. He headed north to Alaska at age 21 to fly C-185, C-207, turbine Beaver and Twin Otter aircraft.
After 5 years in Alaska, Charlie returned south and flew for commuter and major airlines, working up to captain on the 737-200. He eventually turned to contract flying with gigs including captain on a 737-400 in Turkey and flying a 737-800 in England. For the past 14 years, he has been an instructor/line training pilot with Boeing, where he flies the B737, B777 and B787.
Charlie is counting down the days to retirement, so he can return to his passion of flying his C-182 around Alaska and into the Northwest Territories. He’s been to Yellowknife and loved it so we’re hoping to see him back here soon, perhaps for the 2019 Midnight Sun Fly In!
Annual membership dues for NWTFA/COPA108 are $35 and cover membership for the calendar year. All memberships are individual and are now payable for the 2018 year. Membership dues help cover the cost of our annual Rust Remover, social programs, AGM and spring BBQ, and COPA for Kids. Strong membership is essential in building our recognition as a significant voice of general aviation in the Northwest Territories.
Members can look forward to exciting developments in 2018. NWTFA has already helped to provide floatplane parking for itinerant aircraft at Plummer’s Lodges and will be developing more at Ahmic Air this summer. We will be spreading the word through our website and other COPA flights that Yellowknife is a floatplane friendly destination. Our efforts in promoting aviation tourism also extend to wheeled aircraft. We have recently commenced discussions with the Airports Division on new ramp parking facilities at YZF and other airport improvements.
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NWTFA has become aware that Parks Canada recently released its report on public consultations respecting establishment of the East Arm (Thaidene Nene) National Park Reserve. This report fails to accurately portray the concerns and positions advanced by NWTFA and various other organizations respecting proposed boundaries and permitted uses. In particular, it overlooks the specific input provided by NWTFA and fails to acknowledge the proposed Reliance Adjustment. NWTFA is following up with Parks Canada to request that the report be amended appropriately.
Joyce Dunphy, a long-time friend and supporter of NWTFA and general aviation in the North, passed away recently. NWTFA members will remember her positive outlook, keen interest in aviation, and enviable navigational skills.
Joyce's cherished Cessna 170 C-FHJD is still going strong. Joyce sold the plane to Hal Logsdon in 1990 on his solemn promise to take good care of it. Joyce was a frequent guest at NWTFA events and at the Midnight Sun Fly-In and always enjoyed special flights with Hal in C-FHJD.
Congratulations to Len Smith on his victory in the 2017 Chili Cook-Off. Len is a repeat winner with his secret recipe for moose meat chili. The 2017 Cook-Off was well attended by members and family and boasted a record number of chili entries.
The site cleanup scheduled for Saturday, September 16, 2017 at Fishing Lake is cancelled due to tomorrow's weather/wind forecast and an insufficient number of interested/available members. We're hoping to revisit this initiative next summer.
NWTFA/COPA 108 hosted its annual COPA for Kids event on July 29, 2017 at the Wardair Dock in Yellowknife. Seventeen kids were introduced to general aviation and treated to flights in floatplanes piloted by local volunteer pilots. Appreciation is extended to Max Ward for use of the Wardair property, to Ahmic Air for sharing its docking space and participating with its Beaver and pilots, to Bassett Petroleum for its contribution of avgas, to Fran Hurcomb for her superb photography, and to all of our dedicated pilots and volunteers.
NWTFA/COPA 108 members share a common interest in supporting improvements of the Yellowknife airport facilities to promote the Northwest Territories as an aviation-friendly destination and to encourage general aviation. When comparing the YZF airport to airports in other cities of similar size, it seems that other cities often offer better facilities and support for general aviation. At many other airports, general aviation maintenance, flight training and land for private hangars is readily available at a reasonable price. Such facilities and supports are desirable but are not currently available in Yellowknife. For example, our parking area is unpaved without proper tie-downs and there are no electrical services for winter operations.
The Government of the Northwest Territories will soon begin collecting substantial revenue generated through the new airport tax. NWTFA/COPA 108 believes that a portion of this revenue should support improvements which will encourage the growth of general aviation, including private aircraft used for pleasure and business. We have positive signals that our ideas will be considered by the GNWT in its development of new airport infrastructure and policy. We need to articulate our concerns and formulate recommendations so that we can make our ideas known. NWTFA is therefore is forming a working group to discuss issues and suggest recommendations for our directors to consider and forward to the GNWT.
Interested members should contact Steven St. Amand at 446-7689 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please get involved!
NWTFA has a fresh supply of T-shirts and ball caps. Both will be available at the annual freeze-up party in early November, but if you just can’t wait to show off this fashionable attire, contact Hal Logsdon at 867-873-5569. Caps are embroidered and sell for $25. T-shirts are silkscreened and also sell for $25. Mail-order can be arranged for out-of-town members for the cost of postage.
NWTFA wishes to advise members and visiting pilots of wharf development currently underway on Back Bay near McMeekin Causeway. Piles are being placed in the water adjacent to the property opposite Plummers floatbase. This work will narrow the entrance toward the causeway. Caution should be exercised when manoeuvering in this area.
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. NWTFA members are invited to join Fly In registrants at the lake any time after 11:00 am for smokies and great conversation. Sign up at the Fly In registration desk on the Wardair dock to obtain coordinates for the site and to let us know that you plan to attend.
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 not associated with the Northwest Territories Floatplane Association/COPA Flight 108. YZF airpsace will be restricted from 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm local time during this airshow, as detailed in the NOTAM reproduced below.