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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.

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  • Guest - ricky

    Hey Guys,

    Great pics! just curious if you have any more pictures of the runway conditions or opinion on the runways/obstacles. I have a King Air 90 with some clients that live in town and I would love to use this strip. Looks great from the aerial pics.

    Thanks

  • I recall that one of the runways was in rough shape (the comments in ForeFlight suggest that RWY 05-23 is the worst one). We used RWY 10-28 and it was in reasonably good shape (that was over a year ago, so this info is out of date). There were some pot holes on the taxiways and main ramp, so you would need to keep your eyes open.

    I recommend you contact the Prince Edward Flying Club, Tel.: 613-476-5579 - they would have more up to date info, and could probably take a few pictures to send you. Also, it is a private airport, so you must contact the owner to get permission: 613-476-3064.