Record numbers attend Mont Tremblant fly-in

It has been a wet spring in the province of Quebec with record rainfall and widespread flooding.

That’s hardly ideal weather for recreational flying, but the last weekend in May proved better than most, and resulted in record attendance at the fifth annual HeliClub private helicopter fly-in at the Mont Tremblant resort north of Montreal.

At first, low cloud threatened to dampen the fly-in near the popular 2,871-foot high ski hill, but as the ceiling lifted dozens of helicopter enthusiasts converged at the nearby airstrip at St. Jovite from as far as 200 miles to the north.

Flying helicopters in Canada is generally a solitary activity, but French-speaking Quebec is now home for the largest concentration of private helicopters in Canada–260 certified and 30 experimental aircraft–and the enthusiasm of the owner-pilots is contagious.

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