Weller In­ter­na­tional Air­port gets vis­its

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Vic­to­ria Vanier Stanstead East

Well,Ge­orge Weller’s plane has gone to the United States once in a while, al­though not for many years, so our lo­cal air­field, named CTQ2, can be called in­ter­na­tional. Of­fer­ing one of the best views of the re­gion, last Satur­day, lousy weather not be­ing an ex­cuse for air­plane en­thu­si­asts, it was the host of its an­nual meet.

“We had an in­ter­est­ing crowd. New this year was an Air Canada pilot, who lives in Man­sonville, and we were also vis­ited by the per­son in charge of air traf­fic con­trollers in Que­bec and On­tario,” said Mr. Weller. “We had a Hum­mel­bird, a plane that was de­signed by a Mr. Hum­mel to be the small­est and most ef­fi­cient air­plane pos­si­ble.”

Ap­par­ently, the home-built air­plane move­ment is grow­ing, a fact that Mr. Weller, who built his own plane, is happy about. “Cer­ti­fied com­mer­cial air­planes must have each piece, even ev­ery screw, cer­ti­fied. But a home-built plane, be­cause of a ‘loop­hole’ in the law, just has to pass a test, fly­ing for a to­tal of 40 hours within 25 miles of its air­port, doc­u­mented.” Th­ese ‘prac­ti­cal’ reg­u­la­tions have en­cour­aged much in­no­va­tion. “It was a home-built plane that re­cently went to space and back, win­ning a $10 mil­lion prize,” said Mr. Weller.

Photo Stanstead Jour­nal

Seen here is a Hum­mel­bird, a VW engine-pow­ered plane. Com­pared to the Cessna in front, it shows its size. It is owned by Luc Thibault of Saint-Jérôme.

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