Weller International Airport gets visits
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.
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.