Summer weather has finally arrived in the Ottawa area, and Saturday was pretty much perfect. Not a cloud in the sky, very light winds, and a high temperature of 28°C :)

The excellent weather was especially timely, as Saturday was the scheduled date for the second of the three planned group fly-outs from the Smiths Falls Flying Club. the first one, to Peterborough for lunch on 10 May, was a blowout, as the high winds scared most of the participants off. Terry and I missed that one, as I was on my to Europe on that day.

Saturday’s destination was Picton, ON, with a visit to the Waupoos Estates Winery. Picton Airport is one of the many airports built during WWII as part of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan. These airports typically have three 2500 ft long runways in a triangular shape.


Picton is only 77 nm from Smiths Falls, so it was only a 30 minute flight.


Five aircraft flew down, with a total of 11 people.


Dale, the trip organizer, had arranged for two mini-vans to take us to the Waupoos Estates Winery. We had a very interesting restaurant tour, then the passengers had a chance to taste some of the wines.


We finished up with a delicious lunch in the winery’s restaurant.


Terry snapped a photo of the winery as we ripped back to Smiths Falls.


Terry and I had a great day - thanks to Dale for organizing this super fly-out! We’re looking forward to the next planned event, an overnight trip to Montpelier, Vermont.