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Harry Morse's Stearman - The Time Machine - Berwick, Nova Scotia (photo-Dave McMahon)



The 44th Annual Stanley Fly-In

Labour Day Weekend

(September 4,5,6)

See Program Below (TBA)

Stanley Aerodrome (CCW4) is located at the following coordinates.
N 45 06 02, W 63 55 14
Elevation: 95 feet
UNICOM: 122.8
Fuel: 100LL available.

Note details about Stanley at page bottom.


Fly-In Director: Don Ledger

H: 902-832-1962 C: 902-229-9504



President Kevin Layden: H: 902-462-5813


Fly-In Sponsors





Very preliminary program

Expect Changes


September 4-6

Friday Sept. 4

1900-2030 Registration Building Opens

1900 ERT Meeting at Clubhouse

2030 Corn Boil around the campfire.

Live music!! provided by Mike Stefura and his band.

Saturday September 5

0700 Canteen opens

0900 Registration Booth opens

1000 Displays open - Hangar 2
305 Hangar opens - crafts, bake sales,
sweatshirts, videos, children's events.
Aircraft and glider static displays

Forum: Engine Maintenance

Presented by: Jason Crowell President/Director of Maintenance

Aerotec Engines Limited

1200 Hay Ride (meet at clubhouse)

1300 Kiddies Cake Walk (in clubhouse)

1400 Ladies Cake Walk(in clubhouse)

1400 Forum: COPA Update - Kevin Psutka President/CEO

Canadian Owner's & Pilot's Association

Listen for PA announcement

1530 Forum: Mike Oxner, air traffic controller(Moncton Center) /columnist.
Airspace (controlled vs uncontrolled, transponder airspace, and some structure)
some discussion about communications. Listen for PA announcements

Glider Familiarization Flights? (TBA)

1650 Hayrides followed by Candy Drop (meet at clubhouse)

1700-1800 Break- free time, evening meals etc.

1900 - Auction in Hangar 1 followed by
Campfire, Fireworks and Socializing

Sunday Sept. 6

0730 Canteen opens

0900 Registration Booth opens

1000 Displays open - Hangar 2
305 Hangar opens - crafts, bake sales,
sweatshirts, videos, children's events.
Static Displays opens
Aircraft and glider static displays

1030 Forum: Brian Eisner (weather specialist)
Weather and Maps- weather briefings (reading weather)

1200 Hay Ride

1300 Kiddies Cake Walk (in clubhouse)

Forum: TBA

Hayrides followed by Candy Drop (meet at clubhouse)

1600 Awards and Presentations in Hangar 1 followed by evening meal and
Note: This year the awards ceremony has been moved forward to allow
pilots who's aircraft have been awarded a plaque to take it with them.

1900 Bonfire and socializing.

Food Wagon Menu

*Please note that the canteen will be offering the usual breakfast fare such as bacon, eggs, toast etc.

The afternoon and evening menu will include burgers and fries, fish and chips...and back by popular demand

"pulled pork".


*This program is a guideline only and is subject to change without notice.

*All pilots are responsible for tying down their own aircraft and we encourage each owner to do so.

* Camping - there is limited water and electrical hook-up, so campers are requested to govern their use accordingly.

*All Pilots are encouraged to register their aircraft. You can not win any prizes or awards unless the aircraft is registered. There is a nominal fee and it is used for the upkeep of our facility.


The helicopter shown below - a Eurocopter EC 120 - from the Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources will be at the Stanley Fly-In from 12 Noon until 5 pm on Saturday August 30th. The crew will most likely do a demonstration that afternoon. (Photo courtesy NS-DNR)

2011 Stanley Fly-In Video on YouTube

Click on additional YouTube link below for video of the 2011 Stanly Fly-In

contributed by Mark Campon


Each year, Stanley Sport Aviation hosts two major Fly-Ins

at its aerodrome in Stanley, Nova Scotia.

The first (see below) occurs on Saturday and Sunday during Victoria Day Weekend.

The second, the Annual Stanley Fly-In is held each year on Labour Day Weekend.

This year will be Stanley's 41st Annual Fly-In.

Hope we will see you there.

More YouTube Flights at Stanley

(Note: If you see a yellow star behind Chris Purcell's YouTube video when you click on it; right click and click on 'open in new tab' and it will open in your menu bar.)

Chris Purcell flies his homebuilt Cubby at Stanley http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FgQLjN-aTw0
Video by Rejean Godin Stanley Fly-In, Stanley Airport, Stanley NS, September 1986 http://youtu.be/po82WuCV_2M

Stanley Airport's Legacy

During World War Two Stanley Airfield was E.F.T.S. No.17 a training airfield built in 1941 to train pilots, navigators and aircrews under the British Commonwealt Air Training Program. Stanley celebrated the 70th anniversary of the BCATP along with Wintage Wings in Gatineau, Quebec. That organization supplied a Harvard as part of their cross coutry tour from west to east during the summer. They made their final flight to what was once Elementary Flight Training School (EFTS) No.17. The pilots there trained on Fleet Finchs and Tiger Moths.

A copy of a painting courtesy of Paul Tuttle depicting a Tiger Moth

climbing out from runway 27 at EFTS No.17, Stanley.

After the end of World War Two the field was turned over to the provincial government. A private flying school operated there for a few years but was shut down due to the lack of students so far away from the metro area of Halifax.

The Dartmouth Experimental Aircraft Association came across the airport in the mid 1960s and received permission from the Provincial government to try and bring back one of the runways which had been neglected for nearly twenty years. Since that time the airport has been rescued from the encrouching forest with all three runways being recovered to service. In the early 1980s the name of the organzation changed to Stanley Sport Aviation Association and has turned ino what one pilot referred to as 'every pilot's dream' an airfield for grass roots pilots who come up Friday night and go home Sunday night.

Most of the pilots fly older model factory airplanes, homebuilt and kitbuilt aircraft and ultralites. They are not the "rich" pilots that you so often hear about. Some keep a trailer at the field to use for overnighting on the weekends.

The Labour day Fly-In each year at Stanley is looked forward to by many pilots in the maritimes.

Photos from the 40th and 41st Annual Stanley Fly-In on Labour Day weekend, 2011-12.

Photos by Dave McMahon.

The RCN generouslysupplied a Sea King and a volunteer crew for Saturday and Sunday. We can't thank them enough for attending on their days off.

Bob Erdos piloting the Vintage Wings' Harvard departs for Gatineau, Quebec ahead of bad weather building to the west.


C-130 Hercules from CFB, Greenwood does a fly-over just to lets us know we haven't been forgotten.

We had no room to park him.

Luscomb BC

Fleet Cornell Vintage Wings

Partial Flightline at Stanley Fly-In 2012

Lens filter makes the sky more ominous than it was


Vintage Yellow Wings Cornell and Harvard departing Stanley for Gatineau, Quebec



NOTAM & Advisories


Those flying to the Stanley Fly-In on Labour Day Weekend should be aware of the following:

Stanley Aerodrome (CCW4) is located at the following coordinates.
N 45 06 02, W 63 55 14
Elevation: 95 feet
UNICOM: 122.8
Fuel: 100LL available if you are caught short.

CONTACT: Stanley Unicom on 122.8 for advisories.
Clubhouse Phone: (902) 632-2251

There is now a communications tower SE of Stanley-CCW4- which is now noted in the
most recent Flight Supps. The tower's location in Centre Rawdon is:
N 45 02 46.9
W 63 50 12.22
Check your Flight Supp.

The tower is a guy-wired tower, unlighted, 250 feet AGL, 4.2 nautical miles Southeast of Stanley in Centre Rawdon. Centre Rawdon is 470 ASL. Adding the 250 tower presents an obstacle at an altitude of 720 feet above sea level. Those aircraft approaching from that direction and over the tower should make their altitude at 1,720 feet, however the base of the Halifax Control Zone (Mode C)is now at 1,700 feet. Pilots should stay below that and laterally clear of this tower.

IMPORTANT!! It now appears that Stanley's airspace-a 5 mile radius from Stanley-is back to 2,900 feet. So says the VNC Charts and more importantly so does Publications for Transport Canada. The latest VNC Chart ( as of June 3) was issued in November of 2009 and obviously was printed well before that. Though there was a NOTAM -issued in October- which took away the old ceiling of 2,900 feet, this NOTAM must have been recinded.

Note however that Stanley Unicom is legal only to 2,900 feet reflecting that clearence.

There is no longer a glider club at Stanley, consequently, all circuits are now LEFT HAND circuits on all three runways.
The airfield should be dry at Stanley for the Fly-In, however caution in the parking areas is recommended particularly after a couple of days of heavy rain fall.
Because this is a social event with drive-in as well as fly-in traffic, pilots taxiing are advised to watch out for the curious walking around parked aircraft.

Children should be accompanied by an adult and all animals on a leash.