The Fifth Annual Ski Fly Meet on Lake Memphremagog was held Sunday February 17, 2013.
Canadian and US pilots met each other at our common border line on the ice of international Lake Memphremagog.
Fly in and land on the ice on our respective sides of the border on the west side of Providence island in the middle of Lake Memphremagog. The border can be easily seen represented by east/west cut lines about 20 feet wide where the trees have been cut from the Atlantic coast to the Pacific coast.
Planes arrive between 11 am and 1pm. We will finish by 3 or 4 at the latest. In 2011 41 planes attended. 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 two 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.
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 with a line a cut from coast to coast, about 3,000 miles
Please pass this message onto to anyone who might be interested.
Flying and 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 US 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 across the border.
- We have permission to walk around and look at each other’s airplanes and mingle together as long as we do not pass stuff around or enter the other country and continue into it.
- By attending everyone agrees to fly and operate at their own risk.
The authorities allowed us to mingle with each other and have lunch together across the line and to see each other’s airplanes during this event only.
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)
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.
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