The Spirit of Carleton Place -Shotgun with the Sky Pilots of Carleton Place PT.1




Yesterday through the graciousness of the Sky Pilots of Carleton Place, Bill and Carole Flint, Steve and I got to see Carleton Place first hand through the skies. The uncontrolled skies that is. I had no idea that the air above is regulated into classes. Smaller planes fly in uncontrolled airspace. What is that?

Uncontrolled airspace is airspace where an Air Traffic Control (ATC) service is not deemed necessary or cannot be provided for practical reasons. According to the airspace classes set by ICAO both class F and class G airspace are uncontrolled. It is the opposite of controlled airspace which the big guys fly in.

ATC does not exercise any executive authority in uncontrolled airspace, but may provide basic information services to aircraft in radio contact. Flight in uncontrolled airspace will typically be under VFR. Aircraft operating under IFR should not expect separation from other traffic: however in certain uncontrolled airspace this might be provided on an ‘as far as is practical’ advisory basis.




They fly a Cessna 172. The Cessna 172 Skyhawk is a four-seat, single-engine, high wing, fixed-wing aircraft made by the Cessna Aircraft Company. First flown in 1955, more Cessna 172s have been built than any other aircraft.

Measured by its longevity and popularity, the Cessna 172 is the most successful aircraft in history.  As of 2015, Cessna, and its partners, had built more than 43,000.

Bet you didn’t know that. Well, neither did I-thank god for Wikipedia— I am not that smart LOL.


So this is the other Sky Pilot of Carleton Place Carole Flint, or better yet, the First Officer of Air Flint.


They fly out of Russ Beach- the Smiths Falls/ Montague airport. I thought that airport was run by a bunch of rich muky mucks. Well, it isn’t. This airport is run by volunteers (mostly pilots) –and Smiths Falls-Montague Airport Commission is entrusted to the control and management of the landing grounds at the Russ Beach Smiths Falls/Montague Airport.


It is also home to Car Show and Top Speed Runway Challenge-Race the Runway which my son won last year. Okay, a mother does what a mother feels she has to do when she loves her kids, and Perry is probably shaking his head right now. But, if you have never been to this–better come on down August 13th–it’s fun for the whole family!

It’s not too often two members of a family get to ride down this runway–so, thanks to Bill and Carole for letting me experience what my son feels racing down this runway. Only this time, my hair did not turn grey going down it with Bill– like it does when I watch my son race.



Did you now Search and Rescue also drops in and says hi and does some training at the airport? So why am I telling you all this? Because like writing history every day, you need some background about our Sky Pilots of Carleton Place. So now on with the show as they say…



And we are off…

I know it’s a vertical video. I keep telling people to hold their iPhones sideways and I keep making the same mistakes. Blah!!




Want to see what I saw? Stay tuned..

Isn’t that mean..:)



Saturday in Carleton Place Photographed by our Sky Pilots Bill and Carole Flint

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Spend the Day at Race the Runway – General Admission Only $7 at the Gate!

  • Gates open at 9am and close at 4pm, August 13, 2016
race the runway
  • See some of the worlds fastest cars up close
  • Hear them as they roar down the runway
  • Get an excellent view of the runway as the cars hit top speed almost directly in front of the viewing area
  • Bring you lawn chair, and your binoculars for a great day of sun and speed
  • General admission is just $7 at the gate, kids under 12 free
  • A limited number of VIP passes are available. These must be purchased in advance 
  • Food and drinks will be sold by the Lion’s Club chip wagon and the Monague Volunteer Fire Fighters in support of their respective charities 
  • Gates open at 9am and close at 4pm, August 13, 2016

About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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