Niagara - Canada July 2012
A visit to Niagara Falls is usually a quick stop on a tour of either New York State or Southern Ontariao, Canada. The family holiday this year was to be a couple of weeks actually staying in Niagara.
With the kids fully occupied on the many amusements in Niagara Falls itself, and the wife more than happy to visit the shopping Malls and visitor attractions, I was able to investigate the local Flying Club.
Visitors to the region are usually directed to the helicopter scenic flights over the falls. But these appeared to offer a very quick and short circuit over the Falls, at a not so cheap price, for a seat where you may only see the back of the pilot’s head.
Quite by chance (yes, honestly! the wife chose it) our accommodation was only a few minutes drive from Niagara District Airport where I found the St Catherines Flying Club. In many ways much like Lydd although with a posh tower and their own hangar. With such lovely facilities on hand how could I resist a couple of flights. The first was in one of the Clubs Warriors. I had a good hour for little more than a quick flip in a helicopter and went down the Welland Canal to Lake Erie returning via the Niagara River, a Falls “circuit” (which for uncertified pilots has to be at 3,500ft) back to Lake Ontario and St Catherines.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t fly the plane and take photos at the same time so there was a great excuse for another flight - well, two actually. This time in the right hand seat of a 172, and camera to hand, I was able to take the few snaps below.
With many thanks to local Instructors and Charter pilots, Jordan Gowland and Scott Montean, I can thoroughly recommend this as an alternative method of seeing the Falls and Southern Ontario.