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The first Fly-In at the High Level Airport in a number of years was a big success as hundreds of area residents came together to get up close with the planes and helicopters that frequent the facility.
The High Level Airport Fly-In Event took place last Thursday, July 4, and the event allowed the airport to act as a stopover for pilots on their way to the Norman Wells Airport, in Normal Wells, Northwest Territories, for a three-day fly-in event which was held over the weekend.
“We decided to piggyback off that event and have people stop in here rather than at other locations on their way up to that event,” said Luke Colatorti, High Level Airport Manager.
A Fly-In turns a stopover into a full-community event, as the host community can tie it to local community events such as golf tournaments, galas, or even fundraisers. On Thursday, local residents were treated to a free barbecue served up by the 2979 High Level Army Cadets and invited out onto the tarmac for a closer look at some of the planes and helicopters that frequent the High Level Airport.
In an effort to encourage pilots to take part in the Fly-In, the Town of High Level partnered with local hotels and car rental agencies in order to arrange deals for pilots if they decided to stay for the evening.
“If they wanted to stay here, they had that option,” Colatorti said. “Others were coming in just for the evening and then flying out.”
The event was a way for the Town of High Level to use the airport to encourage economic activity in the community while providing a fun, free family event.
“A good way to bring the community together and show them a little bit of what we do out at the airport is to have an event like this,” said Colatorti.
He added he was “very pleased” with the way the event turned out.
“I hope everyone had a good time,” he said.
The event would not have been possible without the assistance of the airport operators, the 2979 High Level Army Cadets, Budget Car and Truck Rental and National Car Rental, Canwest and Delta Hotels, and Alberta Agriculture and Forestry.
“I also want to encourage anyone who has any questions or would like to tour the airport in general to please give the airport a call or come visit us,” said Colatorti. “We’re happy to show you what the airport is all about.”
To contact the High Level Airport, please call (780) 926-3659.