Based on the increased volume of flights at the Nanaimo Airport in July, it seems Central Vancouver Island is the place to be this summer.
Two huge flying events will be taking place in July at the Airport. First is the Century Flights Cross Canada Flight. The Century Flight Club, formed in 2009 on the 100th anniversary of flight in Canada. The club’s mandate is to immerse private pilots in aviation for a solid week with the goal to develop a better and safer pilot. Besides learning, the 5 day conference is great fun; almost like a summer camp for “adults with airplanes.”
This is the first time the event has been hosted in Nanaimo. As it’s a flying event, on Saturday, July 12 the delegates will arrive by 100 private aircraft from across Canada. 10-15 private aircraft will arrive per hour starting about 10:00 am and finishing about 6:00pm. Smaller groups of 20-30 aircraft will be taking off each day to do day tours and the entire group of planes will depart for home on July 17.
The other aviation event that may impact area residents is the arrival and departure of the BC Summer Games athletes. Although the majority of the young athletes will arrive by bus, those from the further parts of the Province will arrive by charter flights Wednesday, July 16th and depart on Sunday, July 20th. That will mean an additional 22 arrivals/departures each day beginning in the early evening and going until approximately 2:00am. The charter flights will include a mix of aircraft including 737, Q400, CRJ and Dash 8s.
“We realize this increase in aircraft volume may impact neighbours closest to the airport,” shares Mike Hooper, President and CEO of the Nanaimo Airport Commission. “This will be a once in a life time experience for many of the young athletes, and we wish them all the best in their competitions.”