A move to Canada of­fers the un­miss­able chance for an ex­cit­ing group fly-out to Oshkosh

Pilot - - REGULARS - Words Colin Mcgeachy Photos Stu­art & Colin Mcgeachy, John Weir

When we got the op­por­tu­nity to move to Ot­tawa, from sunny Bas­ingstoke, one of the pos­si­ble up­sides was the op­por­tu­nity to get back into fly­ing. I’d owned a share in a Fairoaks­based Long-ez but the re­al­i­ties of a young fam­ily meant my fly­ing was now lim­ited to the odd hour in a rented C172 out of Popham. In ad­di­tion to Ot­tawa’s in­ter­na­tional air­port (CYOW), the city has a few lo­cal air­fields and the rel­a­tively short dis­tance to Carp (CYRP) may have sub­con­sciously, per­haps even con­sciously, had an im­pact on our house buy­ing. In any event, it wasn’t too long be­fore I’d en­rolled at the fly­ing club and ob­tained a Cana­dian PPL on the ba­sis of my UK li­cence.

Just a thirty-minute drive from the na­tion’s cap­i­tal and nestling un­der the CYOW con­trol zone, Carp is pretty typ­i­cal

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