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Old 26th Jan 2019, 10:59
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Ice flying near Sudbury ONT

Can anyone point me towards a flying school or other organisation that could get me flying off frozen lakes in the first week of February?

I did my float endorsement with Sudbury Aviation but they are currently without an instructor, I have a Canadian private and a valid medical.

Thank you for any suggestions that you can offer.
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Old 31st Jan 2019, 22:09
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The National Bush Plane Museum in Sudbury may have some useful contacts.

(Ice flying is GREAT fun! First time I tried it, we touched down on a large lake where the weight of the ice had forced water up onto the surface. On touchdown, water sprayed everywhere - I thought we'd broken through the ice!!! Oh, and watch out for frozen snow machine tracks too - it's like hitting concrete. Have fun! )
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Old 1st Feb 2019, 01:19
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Lake Country Airways near Orillia offers float plane training. I wonder if they offer flying on skis in the winter? [email protected]
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Old 1st Feb 2019, 02:21
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Ask at Elmhirst Air in Keene Ontario (near Peterborough), they may have a ski plane available. I'm pretty sure that Lake Country Airways is not ski flying, but you can inquire there, Jeff may know someone else who is. Ski flying is not a common rental opportunity, too many variables. Ski planes are typically either working planes, or privately owned.
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Old 1st Mar 2019, 12:23
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I did convert to Ski with Bill in Stewart Lake Airways east of Kenora in the fall of 1992, just before I left for Norway.
Now that was fun, but nothing I would rent out to an average Private Pilot , with all due respect.
It was a C185 that we used on floats in the summer.
BTW interesting how soon it came to a stop on cold frosty ice. And according to Bill , if wet ice he had a trick were he kicked it into a groundloop and added power going backwards to stop. Not sure if that was just a good story, but knowing him I suspect he did it . Worked like a charm until he hit a rut, according to his son!!
Try Kenora, a great place for any stuff like this!
Happy Skating
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Old 1st Mar 2019, 19:00
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Thanks for the input, in the end I couldn’t find an alternative, so I’ll try again next winter and will also try and get out to do a little more float flying this summer, in the meantime back to the day job and the 737����
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Old 3rd Mar 2019, 20:07
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I suppose Sudbury is a bit of a distance from Kenora, I did not read the big print!
And You are , I suppose , fare from an average Private pilot.
Good luck next season.
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