Airport day in Pitt Meadows on Sunday

The airport is offering free trial flights all day.

The airport is offering free trial flights all day.

If you are into Spirfires, or a Lancair is more up your alley – or maybe skydiving – then a visit to the Pitt Meadows Regional Airport this Sunday for Airport Day is a must.

More than 40 businesses that operate at the airport will open their doors to the public, displaying everything from aircraft parts and manufacturing, air taxi, helicopter, floatplane and charter services, as well as flight traning, hangar rentals, aircraft maintenance, pilot supplies and accessories, sport and recreational aviation, skydiving, and sky advertising.

Vintage aircraft will also be on display for families to board and take pictures of, along with floatplanes, helicopters, gliders and hand-made aircraft.

Steve Foley of Aerspace Aviation Services will be displaying one Lancair, a small but fast modern airplane, and two replica Spitfires.

Foley said the Spitfire is his favourite airplane. He has built 21 replicas of the British single-seat fighter aircraft.

“It’s very manoeuvrable. It’s very fast and a hell of a lot of fun to fly,” said Foley, who test-flies each on the Spitfires before they are shipped off to buyers.

A 10-passenger Kodiak STOL aircraft will also be on display by the non-profit organization Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF). The organization uses the aircraft for humanitarian and vital air transportation services to remote locations across the world, including First Nations communities in northern Manitoba.

Children can look forward to free flights all day, as well as take rides on an airplane train.

A car show-and-shine exhibition will be part of the event for those who would like to stay on the ground.