By Lori Maracle, The Saachem
An opportunity to take a flight in a 1940s Fort Erie built Fleet Finch 16 aircraft does not come around every day, and it might never come around again. Russ Cameron is the owner of the Dunnville airport, and he has signed an agreement with Samsung to erect Industrial Wind Turbines on and close to the airport.
“He hopes that the money generated over 10 years from the turbines could be put back into the $1 million needed for infrastructure upgrades at the Dunnville Airport,” said Frank Collins, airport manager. On May 30, the airport will be closed to flight operations, and although the vintage aircraft is airworthy, they will no longer be housed at the airport but will be replaced with static displays.
Ernie Amadio wanted to fly since he was eight years old and has always been mechanically inclined – interested to see what makes a machine tick, one could say. “I was a machine repairman with General Motors for 33 years and have been flying since 1972,” said Amadio. The Fleet Finch he took up on Saturday, May 4 was owned and restored by Peit Bouthoorn and purchased by Russ Cameron on July 14, 2008. Read article