Fly-in at Grand Forks Airport draws pilots from all around Western Canada

The Grand Forks Airport played host last weekend to a well attended fly-in/airport appreciation event.

Military training pilots (from left) Mark Bowering and Adam Bobchuk flew into Grand Forks Airport in their Harvard 2 Canadian Trainer plane on Sunday.

The Grand Forks Airport played host last weekend to a very well attended fly-in/airport appreciation event.

Hundreds of local residents and tourists alike flocked to the airport to see dozens of different aircraft and shop a variety of vendors.

“The fly-in is open to anyone that wishes to come down and have the experience of landing here,” said Ann Gordon, president of the Grand Forks Flying Association.

Gordon said the draw for the pilots is the always popular Elks pancake breakfast as well as the farmer’s market and the lovely area.

“It’s just been excellent,” she said. “I’m thrilled at the number of airport that have decided to come in. A lot of the local fly-ins have been cancelled for whatever reasons. This has provided an opportunity for people. People with private airplanes really enjoy these.”

On Saturday, the group played the movie Top Gun.

“One of the marshallers here is a graduate of the Top Gun Flight Academy in the United States,” she said. “He spoke to the audience and told them what the top gun school is all about. It’s to test the capabilities of various aircraft. It was very interesting.”

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