Can’t wait for the weekend to have some aviation fun and good food? Paul and Jim Dyson, along with Steve Robson, have been holding a fun barbecue every Thursday evening this summer at the Tiger Boys hangar at the Guelph Airpark in Guelph, Ont.
The aircraft start arriving after 5 p.m., and you never know what you will see: from Pietenpols to Stinson V-77s and everything in between. The Tiger Boys often fly their aircraft, and Canadian aviation legends such as Fern Villeneuve are frequent visitors. All are welcome to come out, have fun and talk aviation. The event is very child-friendly and free to attend (proceeds from food sales will fund work on a Piper J-3 Cub).
The Guelph Airpark (CNC4) is located 1.5 miles northeast of the town of Guelph and was built in 1954 by Len Ariss. The Ariss family ran the Airpark until 2011,when it was sold to local businessman Inglis Berry. CNC4 consists of two paved runways: 14/32 with lights, and 05/23 (a popular restaurant now operated at the terminal offers great views of both). Along with the Tiger Boys there are several private owners who operate vintage aircraft on the field, so there is always something interesting to see and photograph. Resident WWII era training aircraft include several Tiger Moths, two Fleet Finch biplanes and a Cornell.
If you can’t make the Thursday evening fly-ins, the Tiger Boys host an annual fly-in that is to not be missed. Vintage aircraft from across Ontario regularly attend the event. This year, the event is scheduled for Sept. 20-21.