International Ski Fly Meet on the Ice of Lake Memphremagog

7Th ANNUAL SKI FLY MEET LAKE MEMPHREMAGOG

Seventh International Lake Memphremagog SKI FLY MEET
Saturday February 14 (bad weather alternate Sunday  February 15), 2015

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. The ice is usually 2 feet thick then with many pickups and ice fishing buildings. Most snow blows west to east off the ice toward the island.  Many times the ice is blown snow free and very slippery.  THERE IS USUALLY A SMALL THIN ICE OR OPEN WATER AREA NEXT TO THE ISLAND ABOUT A THOUSAND FEET NORTH OF THE BORDER WEST OF THE ISLAND.  Stay away!

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.

Please pass this message along to all interested aviators. It is not intended to be open to the general public.  If too many come, the Border officials may not permit this event to happen again. It is not an official border crossing point, but for this special aviation event, you do not need your passports as long as you play by the rules.  It is also the only event where you may bring a plane that is not normally able to cross the border, visit with aviation enthusiasts from the other country, and let them see your plane.

Last year the fresh snow was too soft and deep and I canceled the event.  Three years ago there were 41 planes on the ice and three flybys.  As the ice was nearly bare, there were quite a few only on wheels.  Two did not pay attention to the thin ice warning and sank-one about one foot and the other about two feet as luckily the water was shallow, but it took a lot to get them out.  About four years ago a plane taxied too fast downwind, hit a snow drift and flipped over in slow motion.  If you have trouble, you are responsible to fix it!

Event activities are at your own risk. For our mutual benefit and to avoid trouble, the rules are:

-CANADIANS LAND ON THE CANADIAN SIDE- BE SURE

-AMERICANS LAND ON THE U.S. SIDE- BE SURE

-DO NOT LET ANY PART OF YOUR PLANE ENTER THE OTHER COUNTRY AT ANY TIME IN THE AIR OR ON THE GROUND.

-NO EXCHANGE OR PASSING OF ANY ITEMS OF ANY KIND, except sharing food, ACROSS THE BORDER.

-EVERYONE FLYS AND OPERATES AT THEIR OWN RISK

-THE AUTHORITIES WILL ALLOW US TO MINGLE WITH EACH OTHER AND HAVE LUNCH TOGETHER ACROSS THAT LINE AND TO SEE EACH OTHERS AIRPLANES DURING THIS EVENT ONLY.    This is a unique opportunity for Canadian and American aircraft owners to get to see each other without having to get passports or special aircraft permissions. Canadian RCMP and US Border Patrol officials are usually on site.  With the constantly increasing restrictions at the Can/US border, it is a unique opportunity for us to show authorities that small aircraft are not a big threat, but can even be helpful in discovering a threat.  You are encouraged to report any suspicious activities to authorities.

Organizer:  George K. Weller  -owner CTQ2  ( space to build more private hangers available, 2,600 feet of good grass runway, large off grid event room ).

For current information go to:  CTQ2.ORG
To be put on emailing list for this event, send an email to: gweller@ctq2.org
Info. on EAA events calendar within 50 miles of Newport, VT  (identifier EFK) and in COPA’s Events on the Horizon.  Also you can call me at 819-876-2528

I only set up this event and am not responsible for attendee’s actions.  Be careful. Be safe.  Have fun.

Event update notices only by email!

6Th ANNUAL SKI FLY MEET LAKE MEMPHREMAGOG

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.

To join the mailing list to keep up to date with any new information, please contact:   gweller@ctq2.org

Information is also on the EAA events calendar within 50 miles of Newport, VT  (identifier EFK)

Past events and pictures

We held our fourth annual Ski Fly Meet on Lake Memphremagog on Sunday February 19 2012 where we flew onto the ice on our respective sides of the border and met at the border line.

Attendee Pictures

The border cut line looking east

Looking east-border cut line straight ahead, US fishing shacks on right

Georges bluebird left and american plane right

My Canadian plane Bluebird on left, US plane on right of border cut line

Shaking hands across border obelisk

Attendees planes and some officials

Attendees, aeroplanes, and border officials

We had special permissions from the border authorities:

Good day Mr. Weller,

I am glad to learn that you are organizing another event.  I have consulted Fernando Beltran, Patrol Agent in Charge of Newport Station United States Border Patrol and Miguel Begin, area Ports Director for the Canada Border Services Agency.  Both are in agreement with your request and Mr. Beltran is comfortable with you having minor contact across the line.  There must be no exchange of goods and no crossing the line with intent to enter the country to stay without reporting.

I have requested Pierre Fortier from our Integrated Border Enforcement Team to be your contact and to take care of any further coordination that is needed.  Please feel free to contact Pierre at tel: 819-876-2372.

All the best for a successful event!

Greg Bishop, Sgt.
SOR EIPF / Nco/Ic
Eastern IBET/ ÉIPF de l’Est
Stanstead/ St.Georges

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