Stanley Fly-In Page
Harry Morse's Stearman - The Time Machine - Berwick, Nova Scotia (photo-Dave McMahon)
42nd Annual Stanley Fly-In Labour Day Weekend
(August 30 - September 1)
Aerodrome (CCW4) is located at the following coordinates.
N 45 06 02, W 63 55 14
Elevation: 95 feet
Fuel: 100LL available.
Note details about Stanley at page bottom.
Fly-In Director: Don Ledger 902-832-1962 firstname.lastname@example.org
President Kevin Layden 902-462-5813 email@example.com
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.
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
42ND ANNUAL STANLEY FLY-IN
NOTAM & Advisories
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
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.
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.