Thank you everyone who attended Chics Take Flight 2013 (especially those of you who persevered through Google Maps’ incorrect location information of the Innisfail Airport! Central Alberta Gliding Club has already contacted Google about revising the listing for the airport.) Although drop-in traffic declined from last year, we saw a whopping 70% increase in paid flights, and any event where we can get more people in the air is a success in my books. Chief Flight Instructor John M. expressed satisfaction yesterday evening with the safety of the event as well – no small accomplishment given how busy the airspace was. We had the Stearman biplane, 4 gliders, 2 towplanes, a jump plane, and dozens of skydivers per hour all sharing the same area and using runways just feet apart. Thanks to the professionalism and skill of all the pilots, we observed no conflicts.
Thanks again to attendees, vendors, sponsors, and of course volunteers – Chics Take Flight is becoming a major event in the Alberta soaring world, and it wouldn’t be possible without all of you.
Stay tuned for event photos soon.