Local flyers start the season off right


COPA Flight 177, Exeter’s fly-outs usually start with a text message “There’s a few of us thinking about flying out tomorrow.” That’s how 11 airplanes from Sexsmith, Stratford, Exeter, Lucan and Strathroy arrived at Wiarton (YVV) on Sunday, April 20. It was a beautiful spring day in southern Ontario, but there was still snow on the ground and in banks alongside the apron at the airport.

We enjoyed lunch at The Flying Diner, a new restaurant operated by Janice and Greg Morrison. Their menu comprises simple home-cooked food, especially soups, salads and sandwiches. When there’s sufficient people, they offer an all-day breakfast buffet. The food was excellent, and they were very welcoming. The Flying Diner is one of the few airport restaurants around that are open weekdays until 5 pm.

While our airplane was being fueled, we talked with the airport manager Gaurav Sharma about the business development opportunities at the airport. We also visited with the Nav Canada weather observer who works in the terminal building. It was a great day. We are fortunate to be able to fly.

Check out the airport’s website, complete with a link to The Flying Diner: skyvv.ca.

Michelle LaPointe, COPA 177