Young Eagles over Pitt Meadows
I had heard somewhere that the Pitt Meadows Airport was having an open house so I showed up early Saturday morning to find, well, nothing.
Not to be deterred, I went home and checked the website, found out it was actually on Sunday, and having nothing better to do, made a second trip out there the next day.
There were plenty of things there to amuse: a line of vintage cars in the parking lot, games, a mini airshow and a pancake breakfast courtesy of the Fraternal Order of Eagles. Visitors had the opportunity to check out model airplanes and try out flight simulators used to train new pilots.
The hilight of the festivities though was that they were offering free flights for children between the ages of 8 and 18 as part of the Young Eagles program. Young Eagles was created to introduce kids to flying and encourage them to consider becoming pilots themselves. They had six grandparently pilots on duty, and I have no idea how many kids, but needless to say, I managed to get a spot on one of the planes.
We flew around in a circle, over Pitt Meadows, Port Coquitlam, Surrey, Langley and Maple Ridge, as I tried very hard to pick out landmarks. It was absolutely beautiful up there, except for the smog.
After getting off the plane, I went in search of the mastermind behind the whole event, and found him in the airport office:
Concerned that I had found out his secret, he threatened to kill me, but let me off in exchange for a belly rub.