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  1. The Canadian Xpress® USA Capitals Tour consists of 50 legs that must be flown in alphabetical order from Alabama to Wyoming where you will explore the capital cities of the 50 United States of America. The USA Capitals tour is a 50,000 nautical miles journey where you will visit airports with runways as short as 2,500 ft and legs that consist of distances as far as 3,900 nautical miles requiring you to carefully choose the aircraft you will fly and the amount of fuel to take on board. Join Canadian Xpress today by visiting http://CanadianXpress.ca and fly the USA Capitals Tour!
  2. Edmonton is the capital city of Alberta. Edmonton is on the North Saskatchewan River and is the center of the Edmonton Metropolitan Region which is surrounded by Alberta's central region. The city is a staging point for large-scale oil sands projects occurring in northern Alberta and large-scale diamond mining operations in the Northwest Territories. Edmonton is home to North America's largest mall, West Edmonton Mall (the world's largest mall from 1981 until 2004). Victoria is the capital city of the province of British Columbia and is located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island off
  3. Castlegar is located within the Selkirk Mountains at the confluence of the Kootenay and Columbia Rivers. It is a regional trade and transportation center with a local economy fueled by forestry, mining, and tourism. Castlegar was recently cited as one of the Top 8 Places in British Columbia for most promising growth. It is home to Selkirk College, a regional airport, a pulp mill, and several sawmills. The population of 7,259 people includes many Doukhobors, who were largely responsible for much of Castlegar's early development and growth. Your mission is to fly from Hope (CYHE) to Castleg
  4. Winnipeg is the capital and largest city of the province of Manitoba, Canada. It is centered on the confluence of the Red and Assiniboine rivers, near the longitudinal center of North America. The city is named after the nearby Lake Winnipeg; the name comes from the Western Cree words for muddy water. The region was a trading center for Indigenous peoples long before the arrival of Europeans. Winnipeg is the seventh-most populated municipality in Canada, with a resident population of about 778,500. Being far inland, the local climate is extremely seasonal even by Canadian standards with averag
  5. Vancouver is a major city in western Canada located in the Lower Mainland region of British Columbia. As the most populous city in the province, the Greater Vancouver area had a population of 2,463,431 in 2016 making it the third-largest metropolitan area in Canada. Vancouver has the highest population density in Canada with over 5,400 people per square kilometer which makes it the fifth most densely populated city in North America. The approach into Vancouver is like few others in the world. Coming in from the east you will cross over peaks reaching nearly 10,000 feet into the sky. From
  6. This month, we switch to Central Canada as part of our Capitals Fly-In tour. Starting in Quebec City, we head west over the Nation's Capital of Ottawa before landing in Toronto. Quebec City is the capital city of the Canadian province of Quebec. It is the eleventh largest city in Canada. The Algonquian people had originally named the area Kébec, an Algonquin word meaning "where the river narrows", because the Saint Lawrence River narrows proximate to the promontory of Quebec and its Cape Diamant. Explorer Samuel de Champlain founded a French settlement here in 1608, and adopted the Algonq
  7. Something has come up and I am unable to depart CYYC to LSZH at 14h07z it would only be about 2 hours later. I logged on to the dashboard and there is no button or anything to release my slot. It would be a shame to let my slot go unused. Can someone release my slot so someone else can take it?
  8. [center][img]http://events.canadianxpress.ca/images/CXA_Nove_2020_Challenge.jpg[/img][/center] For our next series of challenges, we fly some of the most scenic approaches in the world. Now scenic does not mean easy, scenic normally means interesting landscapes, mountains, water, and weather. Kelowna is a city on Okanagan Lake in the Okanagan Valley in the southern interior of British Columbia, Canada. It serves as the head office of the Regional District of the Central Okanagan. The name Kelowna derives from an Okanagan language word for grizzly bear. Kelowna is British Columbia's thir
  9. [center][img]http://events.canadianxpress.ca/images/CXA_Octo_2020_FlyIn.jpg[/img][/center] This month, we continue our monthly fly-ins around Canada with part 2 of our 2-part fly-in tour of the Canada’s East Coast. Fredericton is the capital of the Canadian province of New Brunswick. The city is situated in the west-central portion of the province along the Saint John River, which flows west to east as it bisects the city. The river is the dominant natural feature of the area. One of the main urban centers in New Brunswick, the city had a population of 58,220. It is the third-largest ci
  10. [center][img]http://events.canadianxpress.ca/images/CXA_Octo_2020_Challenge.jpg[/img][/center] For the final leg of our World’s Most Remote Airport Challenge Series, we head to the bottom of the world to the southernmost airport in the world to operate public flights. The Teniente Rodolfo Marsh Martin Airport on King George Island, is part of Chile's Antártica commune in Antarctica, and is the northernmost airport on the Antarctic continent. The airport serves the nearby village of Villa Las Estrellas and the Base Presidente Eduardo Frei Montalva. The airport has five small buildings (h
  11. This month, we continue our monthly fly-ins around Canada with part 1 of our 2-part fly-in tour of the Canada’s East Coast. St. John's is the capital and largest city of the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador. It is on the eastern tip of the Avalon Peninsula on the large Canadian island Newfoundland. The city spans 446.04 square kilometers and is the easternmost city in North America. The city has a rich history, having played a role in the French and Indian War, the American Revolutionary War, and the War of 1812. Italian inventor Guglielmo Marconi received the first transatl
  12. Eareckson Air Station, formerly Shemya Air Force Base, is a United States Air Force military airport located on the island of Shemya, in the Alaskan Aleutian Islands. Eareckson Air Station is located on the western tip of Alaska's Aleutian Islands near the larger island of Attu, and is located approximately 1500 miles southwest of Anchorage. The airport lies on the south side of the 2-mile by 4-mile island and is 98 feet above mean sea level. Shemya Island has been the scene of two major earthquakes. The Rat Islands earthquake, measuring 8.7 on the moment magnitude scale, occurred on Febr
  13. Yellowknife is the capital and largest community in the Northwest Territories, Canada. It is on the northern shore of Great Slave Lake, about 400 km south of the Arctic Circle, on the west side of Yellowknife Bay near the outlet of the Yellowknife River. Yellowknife and its surrounding water bodies were named after a local Dene tribe at one time known as the Copper Indians or Yellowknife Indians, today incorporated as the Yellowknives Dene First Nation, who traded tools made from copper deposits near the Arctic Coast. Its population, which is ethnically mixed, was 19,569 per the 2016 Cana
  14. Yelizovo Airport is an airport located in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Kamchatka Krai. Its 3,400 m (11,155 ft) runway is long enough to accommodate a fully loaded Ilyushin Il-96 or Boeing 707 aircraft. The main apron contains 34 parking spaces, 18 of which can service large wide-body airliners, such as Ilyushin IL-96; additional 8 paved spaces for smaller aircraft and 12 unpaved parking spaces. With its moon-like landscape, snow-capped mountain and remnants of volcanic activity, landing on the Russian peninsula of Kamchatka will provide any pilot with an unbelievable experience. Petropavlovsk-Kam
  15. Thunder Bay is in the Thunder Bay District, Ontario, Canada. It is the most populous municipality in Northwestern Ontario and the second most populous (after Greater Sudbury) municipality in Northern Ontario. Its population is 107,909 according to the 2016 Canada Census, Located on Lake Superior, the census metropolitan area of Thunder Bay has a population of 121,621 and consists of the city of Thunder Bay, the municipalities of Oliver Paipoonge and Neebing, the townships of Shuniah, Conmee, O'Connor, and Gillies, and the Fort William First Nation. European settlement in the region began
  16. Saint Helena is more than 2,000 kilometers (1,200 mi) from the nearest major landmass. Prior to the opening of the airport, the island was only reachable by sea, making it one of the most remote populated places on earth, measured as travel time from major cities. Sea journeys used to take five days from Cape Town, with departures once every three weeks. The first consideration of an airport on St Helena was made in 1943 by the South African Air Force, which undertook a survey on Prosperous Bay Plain from October 1943 until January 1944, but concluded that, while technically feasible, an
  17. Alberta Provincial Highway No. 2, commonly referred to as Highway 2 or the Queen Elizabeth II Highway is a major highway in Alberta that stretches from the Canada–United States border through Calgary and Edmonton to Grande Prairie. Running primarily north to south for approximately 1,273 kilometers, it is the longest and busiest highway in the province carrying more than 170,000 vehicles per day near Downtown Calgary. The Fort Macleod—Edmonton section forms a portion of the CANAMEX Corridor that links Alaska to Mexico. More than half of Alberta's 4 million residents live in the Calgary–Edmonto
  18. RAF Ascension Island airfield is jointly operated by the British Royal Air Force (RAF) and the United States Space Force (USSF). The facility is home to the Detachment 2 of the 45th Mission Support Group, part of the U.S. Space Force's 45th Space Wing. It operates a ground tracking station in support of the Eastern Range and rocket launches from Cape Canaveral in Florida. Potholes on the runway led to the suspension in April 2017 of all Ministry of Defense South Atlantic Air Bridge Flights between RAF Mount Pleasant and RAF Brize Norton until at least 2019/2020. An Airbus A330 aircraft op
  19. Svalbard Airport is the main airport serving Svalbard in Norway. It is 5 km northwest of Longyearbyen on the west coast and is the northern most airport in the world with scheduled public flights. The first airport near Longyearbyen was constructed during World War II. In 1959, it was first used for occasional flights, but could only be used a few months a year. Construction of the new airport at Hotellneset started in 1973, and the airport was opened on 2 September 1975. It is owned and operated by state-owned Avinor. In 2014, the airport handled 154,261 passengers. Scandinavian Airlines
  20. This month we are visiting one of the most remote and challenging international airports in the world. Paro International Airport is the sole international airport of the four airports in Bhutan. It is 6 km from Paro in a deep valley on the bank of the river Paro Chhu. With surrounding peaks as high as 18,000 ft, it is considered one of the world's most challenging airports, and less than two dozen pilots are certified to land at this airport. Flights to and from Paro are allowed under visual meteorological conditions only and are restricted to daylight hours from sunrise to sunset.
  21. Easter Island is the most remote airport and the second most remote island in the world and is located in the southeastern Pacific Ocean, at the southeasternmost point of the Polynesian Triangle in Oceania. Easter Island is most famous for its nearly 1,000 extant monumental statues, called moai, created by the early Rapa Nui people. In 1995, UNESCO named Easter Island a World Heritage Site, with much of the island protected within Rapa Nui National Park. It is believed that Easter Island's Polynesian inhabitants arrived on Easter Island sometime near 1200 AD. They created a thriving and in
  22. Telluride Regional Airport (KTEX) is a public airport six miles west of Telluride, in San Miguel County, Colorado. It is owned by the Telluride Regional Airport Authority. At an elevation of 9,078 feet (2,767 meters) above sea level, it is the highest commercial airport in North America with scheduled p[Mod - Happy Thoughts]enger flights. Telluride Regional Airport covers 542 acres (219 ha) and has one runway, 9/27, 6,911 by 100 feet (2,106 by 30 meters). The runway is on a plateau and still dips slightly in the center, although the dip was more pronounced prior to a renovation in 2009. It
  23. This month, we head to Tibet, and Nyingchi Mainling Airport. This is the 3rd airport built in Tibet and cost almost 100 billion US to build, officially opening in July 2006. At 2949 meters above sea level, its actually the lowest airport in the Tibet region. Known as one of the world's most difficult airports for aircraft to reach, Nyingchi Airport is situated in the valley of the Yarlung Tsangpo River in the Southeast of Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, surrounded by over 4000-metre-high (13,000 ft) mountains enveloped by clouds and fog throughout the year. Aircraft have to fly through the narrow
  24. In 1938, an explorer from a wealthy American family from Philadelphia named Joseph Bondurant Ryan came to the region prospecting gold. Accompanied by Harry Wheeler and Lowell Thomas, American journalist, they climbed to the summit of Mont Tremblant with skis wrapped in seal skins for traction. After an exhausting trek to the summit, it's said that Joseph Ryan vowed to transform the landscape into a world-cl[Mod - Happy Thoughts] alpine village. One year later, his dream was realized. On February 12, 1939, Joseph Ryan opened the Mont Tremblant Lodge, which remains part of the pedestrian village
  25. This month, we visit the most northern airport in the world at Canadian Forces Station Alert (CYLT). The village of Alert, in the Qikiqtaaluk Region, Nunavut, Canada, is the northernmost permanently inhabited place in the world is 817 kilometers from the North Pole. The entire population of the census subdivision Baffin, Unorganized is located here. As of the 2016 census, the population was reported as 62, an increase of 57 over the 2011 census. It takes its name from HMS Alert, which wintered 10 km east of the present station, off what is now Cape Sheridan, in 1875–1876. Alert has man
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