From Fredericton to Halifax
The YW fleet is now repositioned at Halifax Stanfield Int’l Airport, NS. We got in late last night after waking up to depart Fredericton early in the morning. Why so long to go 180miles you ask? We may go slow, but we are not THAT slow!
In Fredericton we had to put some air in a soft rear Cornell tail wheel, but of course life is never that simple. We required a valve stem extender, which required some searching to find. Meanwhile while pushing the Tiger Moth out of
the hangar we discovered a grabby right brake. After an hour and a half of troubleshooting, we departed for Moncton, our first fuel stop.
The winds in Moncton were gusty, but right down the runway. For those of you who have seen the Tiger Moths crazy reversing ailerons, or who know the meaning of “light wing loading,” you will understand why this is important.
We did some serious “mission planning” in Moncton, as the winds in Halifax, our next destination, were gusting out of the NW, but runway 32/14 was NOTAM’ed closed until 1900local. We decided to head to Debert, an old BCATP base and current active cadets glider base on the way to Halifax. Going into Debert the guys had to do that stick and rudder stuff again. We then spent an enjoyable few hours catching up with instructors and cadets. The ensuing flight to Halifax was stunning, one of those calm, clear evenings when flying is at its most beautiful.
Today was a media day, with a little added cleaning for good measure (Anna would be proud!).
Many thanks to our good friends at Forest Protection Ltd. in Fredericton and to Shell IMP in Halifax for hangar space, and also to engineer Geoff MacEachen and Atlantic Avionics for their help today.
Tomorrow, Sat, July 20th, is our big open house event with rides in Halifax at Shell Aerocentre. It runs from 11-4pm. Sunday we will also be offering rides from the Shell hangar.