6Th ANNUAL SKI FLY MEET LAKE MEMPHREMAGOG
(This meet was cancelled due to deep, light snow for safety sake.)
Saturday February 15, 2014
Canadian and US pilots to meet each other at our common border line on the ice of international Lake Memphremagog, part in Quebec and part in Vermont.
Planes should plan to arrive between 11 am and 1 pm. We will finish by 3. Bring some lunch and a lawn chair or something to sit on to be comfortable while we talk across the border with each other. There will be a BBQ set up on the border to cook on if you bring it. Most of the time the ice is nearly 2 feet thick with many pickups and ice fishing buildings. Most snow blows west to east off the ice toward the island.. THERE IS A SMALL THIN ICE OR, OPEN WATER AREA NEXT TO THE ISLAND ABOUT A THOUSAND FEET NORTH OF THE BORDER WEST OF THE ISLAND.
The meet location is due north of the Newport, VT airport EFK on the 45th parallel on Lake Memphremagog just west of Providence Island in the middle of the lake whose southern tip is in the US. The border is easily seen as there is a line about 20 feet wide cut across the island and continuing from coast to coast, about 3,000 miles.
EVERYONE FLYS AT THEIR OWN RISK. IF YOU DO NOT PAY ATTENTION TO ICE CONDITIONS, PEOPLE, SHACKS, PICKUPS, SNOWMOBILES, ETC ON THE ICE, YOU WILL HAVE TO DEAL WITH THE CONSEQUENCES YOURSELF. THERE IS NO INSURANCE OR UMBRELLA ORGANIZATION. I started this activity to promote Canadian and US aviation get togethers without having to have passports or go through Customs. It is unique and I hope it can continue.
These events are a unique opportunity for Canadian and American aircraft owners to get to see each other without having passports or special aircraft permissions. Canadian RCMP and US Border Patrol officials are usually on site. With the constantly increasing restrictions at the Canada–USA border, it is a unique opportunity for us to show authorities that small aircraft are not a big threat, and can even be helpful in discovering a threat.
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Information is also on the EAA events calendar within 50 miles of Newport, VT (identifier EFK)