Storm damp­ens sum­mer Fly-in

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eight planes at­tended the an­nual sum­mer Fly-In at Ge­orge Weller’s lo­cal run­way last week­end, a lot fewer than last year’s to­tal of al­most thirty. “We had sched­uled the Fly-In for Satur­day, so when we had to post­pone it to Sun­day be­cause of the bad weather, many couldn’t at­tend,” com­mented Mr. Weller from his home in Stanstead East.

The eight planes that flew in were all home-built planes ex­cept for one, and came from ei­ther Quebec or On­tario. “One man ar­rived in a Hum­mel Bird, a plane that fits only one per­son and has half of a Volk­swagon engine in it. It has two cylin­ders, thirty horse­power, and can go up to 95 miles an hour,” ex­plained the fly­ing en­thu­si­ast. Ac­cord­ing to Mr. Weller, RV kit planes are now the most pop­u­lar air­planes in the world. “They are not ex­pen­sive and they can be built in one and a half years.”

The pi­lots and their fam­i­lies en­joyed an af­ter­noon on the Weller Farm and were treated to a beefalo burger cook-out, thanks to the Wellers’ own herd.

The small yel­low plane, seen here at Ge­orge Weller’s FlyIn last Sun­day, is a “Hum­mel Bird”, a plane that only one per­son can fit in!

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