Aviation event connects Drumheller with local aviation community

Fly Drumheller hosted an aviation event on Saturday August 28 with Elevate Aviation, an Edmonton-based nonprofit that supports awareness and presents women and youth with various aviation career opportunities.

The air tour by plane was initiated by Dina Jammaz, Industry and Indigenous Relations with Elevate Aviation, professional air racer Scott Holmes of Outlaw Air Racing and Lac Ste. Anne-Parkland MP Shane Getson as a way to connect communities across the province to general aviation and to educate the local aviation community.

“I’m really happy with the community’s participation,” Jammaz said at the event on Saturday. “And what a beautiful day for that!

The air tour began as a ‘poker race’ hosted by the trio around Edmonton in 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions that forced the cancellation of several aviation events last year. After a successful tour of Mayorthorpe, which Jammaz says has brought benefits not only to the local airport but also to the region, Getson contacted several municipalities to challenge them with the question “Why is your airport? the best ? ”

Fly Drumheller announced on Facebook a total of 51 planes, of which 39 were registered with the air tour, including two helicopters.

Jammaz says the Mail Drumheller was chosen as the final stop on the aerial tour “to recall the beauty of the valley”.

Among the spectators at the airport was Drumheller Mayor Heather Colberg, who gave a brief speech. There was a concession and live music for guests, as well as a small market with information kiosks from Elevate Aviation and the Alberta Aviation Council.

The flight was originally scheduled for August 7, however, smoke from the BC wildfires caused vision problems for the pilots and the event was postponed.

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