Aviation (CW4) - (N45-06-02 W63-55-14)
Stanley is located
approximately 15 kilometers East of Windsor, Nova Scotia
on Highway 236. The airport was formed around
1941 as part of the British Commonwealth Aircrew Training
Plan (BCATP) #17 Squadron. It trained several thousand
aircrew members over the next few years until the war ended. For
several years the airport was abandoned. Around 1968 the
Dartmouth Aircraft Association moved to Stanley .
The founding members built several hangars to store their
aircraft and did upkeep on the runways to make them useable.
The membership raises money for maintenance, taxes, insurance,
etc. by holding fundraising activities such as our annual
fly-in breakfast on Victoria Day weekend, and our Annual
Stanley Fly-In held every Labour Day weekend.
particular fly-in is the longest standing and largest of
its kind in Canada. Several aircraft from across Canada
and the eastern United States enjoy our fly-in. All
registered aircraft get judged for several categories, such
as best homebuilt, best antique, best production model ,
etc. On Saturday evening we hold our auction which is a
great fundraiser for our club. All items are kindly
donated by our membership, friends, guests and sponsors.
On both Friday and Saturday evening we also have entertainment
lined up, usually a local band. Sunday evening is
our awards banquet, where we have our "wind up" for the
fly-in. We have several awards for pilot skill, judging
of aircraft, along with many draws - candy jar (for kids),
50/50, etc. Over he last few years the Air Cadet League
has bought a glider and tow plane to our airport and offered
free rides to the general public.
SSA plans several fly-outs
to other airports are organized to locations around the
Maritimes, Quebec and the Northeastern United States. Besides
Stanley Sport Aviation, which operates powered aircraft
at the airfield, the Bluenose Soaring Club operates a separate
operation on the west end of the field.
If you haven't been
to Stanley there was a large green hangar that was built
during the war for aircraft maintenance. After the
war the hangar was used by the Department of Lands and Forests
and DNR. It was turned over to SSA for their use in
later years. Approximately 65 years have taken their
toll on the old building to where it had to be condemned
a few years ago. The building has since been torn
down, leaving few remaining pieces of infrastructure from
the "old" Stanley .