Weather doesn’t dampen Iroquois Fly In

 

“This community always supports us magnificently,” said John Ross, manager of the Iroquois Air Port. “Despite the weather, people turned out for our annual Fly In breakfast. This airport really is part of the community.”

Iroquois held its annual Fly In Breakfast on Sunday morning, July 19, with steady numbers of people coming out and enjoying the big, delicious spread served up by several volunteers from Ross Video, under the guidance of Cherie Scott.

“All our volunteers do great work,” Ross said. “And we had a real stream-lined production this year. We appreciate their efforts.”

Unfortunately, weather con-ditions in and around Iroquois limited the number of aircraft able to reach the community for the popular Fly In Breakfast. In previous years, as many as 70 small planes have made Iroquois the “busiest airport in Canada for a few hours.”

Ross was up often in the night checking weather conditions. There was rainfall around 7 a.m. Sunday, following a week of unsettled weather in the area. Humidity was very high all day. Despite clearing and sun light by 8 a.m.,  excessive humidity in the air can be dangerous for small planes. 

“I got a bit of a shock hearing that fog might even be in the forecast,” Ross said, “but that didn’t happen here. However, I suspect that many pilots were grounded in their home bases, especially around Ottawa, as there were thunderstorms and some lightning all around us.” 

Still a few aircraft did make it to the Iroquois runway, relying on Henry Prins, (“probably in his 35th year of doing this,” Ross said), manning the radio to guide them safely in. 

Jeff Peters, a first timer, and Perry Stacey,  a long time veteran, parked aircraft and helped on take offs. Many visitors got close looks at a variety of air craft.

Ross was also very pleased that the tower at the water treatment plant just east of the runway was made safe on Thursday. 

“Thirty feet of the filtration plant tower was removed, and the warning beacon was re-set. There are no longer any safety issues connected with this around our airport,” Ross said. “And council got it done before the Fly In.”

Joining the Fly In again this year were members of the Golden Gears Car Club. Visitors got to see vehicles dating from the early 20s to the muscle cars of later years, and had the opportunity to talk with owner/exhibitors. The Gears are now regulars at this annual community event.

Funds raised at the Iroquois Fly In Breakfast are used for the care and maintenance of the airport facilities.

“Maintenance costs of running the airport are not paid by taxpayers,” John Ross explained.

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