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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. Our first fly-in for 2020 takes us up and over the Rocky Mountains and down into the Okanagan Valley. Departing from Vancouver (CYVR), we will take in the breathtaking views of the west coast and Rocky Mountains on our way to Kelowna (CYLW) in the heart of the Okanagan Valley. Canadian Xpress would like to invite all pilots to join us on Saturday, January 25th from 10h00est (15h00z) to 13h00est and from 21h00est (Sunday 02h00z) to 24h00est (Sunday 05h00z) for our January 2020 fly-in where we will fly from Vancouver (CYVR) to Kelowna (CYLW). This is an open invitation to all pilots no m
  4. This month, we visit the farthest most northernly airport on the North American mainland, Barrow, Alaska. Barrow is a small community on the artic sea which is accessible by air or sea when weather permits. Even with a 7,100 ft runway, Wiley Post-Will Rogers Memorial Airport is closed to aircraft with more than 30 seats, unless special written permission has been granted. Your job is to fly personal and equipment from Deadhorse (PASC) to Wiley Post-Will Rogers (PABR) with either the Canadian Xpress® BAe JetStream 31, Beechcraft B1900D, Cessna C208B Grand Caravan, or DeHavilland Dash 6-Q300
  5. Happy New Year… Well Almost. This month, we are heading to the Big Apple for the world's biggest New Year's party. Canadian Xpress would like to invite all pilots to join us on Saturday, December 28th between 10h00est (15h00z) & 13h00est (18h00z) and between 21h00est (Sunday 02h00z) & 24h00est (Sunday 05h00z) for our December 2019 fly-in where we will fly from Toronto Billy Bishop (CYTZ) to Teterboro (KTEB). Billy Bishop restricts operations to prop aircraft only, so aircraft such as the Beechcraft Duke, Cirrus SR20 or your favorite prop aircraft are recommended for this one.
  6. Located just over 1,000kms off the east coast of the United States is the island nation of Bermuda. The most populous overseas British territory at 71,000 people, makes Bermuda the 6th most densely populated nation in the world with just over 1,700 people per square kilometer. As a reference Canada is the 187 most densely populated nation in the world, at just 4 people per square kilometer. This month, your challenge is to fly from Dulles International (KIAD) to L.F. Wade International (TXKF) with either the Canadian Xpress Airbus A320-200, Boeing 737-900NG, Boeing 757-200F or Boeing C-17
  7. It's that time for the annual Canadian Xpress® fly-in to Saint-Martin. This year, we depart from the turquoise waters of Lynden Pindling Int'l (MYNN) on the island of N[Mod - Happy Thoughts]au and head for Princess Juliana (TNCM). Remember to wave at the beach goers as you fly over Maho Beach and Beacon Hill Rd. Canadian Xpress would like to invite all pilots to join us on Saturday, November 30th from 10h00est (15h00z) to 13h00edt (18h00z) and from 21h00est (Sunday 02h00z) to 24h00est (Sunday 05h00z) for our November 2019 fly-in where we will fly from Lynden Pindling Int'l (MYNN) to Prince
  8. Kilimanjaro, with its three volcanic cones, Kibo, Mawenzi and Shira, are an inactive stratovolcano in the north-eastern Tanzania. It is the highest mountain in Africa, with its summit about 4,900 meters (16,100 ft) from its base, and 5,895 meters (19,341 ft) above sea level. The first people known to have reached the summit of the mountain were Hans Meyer and Ludwig Purtscheller, in 1889. The mountain is part of Kilimanjaro National Park and is a major climbing destination. The mountain has been the subject of many scientific studies because of its shrinking glaciers and disappearing ice f
  9. This month, your job is to fly the shortest scheduled flight of 211nm for the Airbus A380 between Dubai (OMDB) and Muscat (OOMS) with either the Boeing 747-400 or the Airbus A380-800 which are available to all pilots regardless of rank, but only for the challenge. Emirates operates 2 daily flights which surprisingly enough, was just launched in March of this year. Join Canadian Xpress today in order to participate as there are some great prizes to be won including: Any Aerosoft Download Product from: http://www.aerosoft.com/ The September 2019 Challenge is open to all Canadian
  10. The Alaskan Cruise Ship season is in full swing. More than a dozen ships are making the weekly trips between Seattle and Vancouver for a taste of some of nature’s beauty along the Alaskan Coastline. For the ship and her crew, it’s a round trip, however for the p[Mod - Happy Thoughts]engers its only one way before they have to climb back aboard an aluminum tube and head back for reality. Canadian Xpress would like to invite all pilots to join us on Saturday, August 24th from 10h00edt (14h00z) to 13h00edt (17h00z) and from 21h00edt (Sunday 01h00z) to 24h00edt (Sunday 04h00z) for our August
  11. For the August and September monthly challenges we will be flying the shortest regularly scheduled flights with the two heaviest airliners; the Boeing 747-400 and the Airbus A380-800 which are available to all pilots regardless of ran, but only for the challenge. These flights are single leg scheduled flights and not a stopover or short hop as part of a longer route. This month, we fly the shortest scheduled flight for the Boeing 747. The 250-mile flight between Tokyo (RJAA) and Osaka (RJOO). This flight operated for many years with the 747 running at max p[Mod - Happy Thoughts]enger capa
  12. On July 20th, 1969, Neil Armstrong, commander of Apollo 11 walked on the Moon, successfully achieving the goal set by President Kennedy in 1961. This historic event showcased the engineering prowess of more than 400,000 people who worked tirelessly on three different space programs: Project Mercury, Gemini and Apollo. For the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing, we will provide air transport for Canadian astronauts to Neil Armstrong’s birthplace in Wapakoneta, Ohio. Canadian Xpress would like to invite all pilots to join us on Saturday, July 20th between 10h00edt (14h00z) & 1
  13. On July 20th, 1969 which is 50 years ago this month, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin went where no one man has gone before, becoming the first humans to land and walking on a foreign spatial body. Michael Collins flew the command module Columbia alone in lunar orbit while they were on the Moon's surface. Collins is the one person that most people forget about as he made history that day becoming the first solo crew of a spacecraft outside of Earth orbit for 21 hours while Armstrong and Aldrin were on the lunar surface. Apollo 11 was launched by a Saturn V rocket from Kennedy Space Cente
  14. This month our fly-in will be joining in on the VatUSA event, Chicago-Cincy Crossfire. Looking back at our previous events, we have never flown into Cincinnati. Ironically Cincinnati Airport KCVG isn’t even in Cincinnati or Ohio for that matter. It is across the Ohio River and Ohio state line in Kentucky near the city of Covington, Kentucky and that is where the airport’s code CVG originates from. Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport is a major hub for regional carriers and is currently the fastest growing cargo airport in North America with DHL and Amazon both operating
  15. This month, we fly to Wellington International airport with either the Canadian Xpress Airbus A320-211, Boeing B737-700 or Boeing B757-200F that are available to all pilots regardless of rank, but only for the challenge. Wellington has a reputation for rough and turbulent landing even in larger aircraft due to the channeling effect of Cook Strait creating strong and gusty winds, especially in prefrontal north westerly conditions. Join Canadian Xpress today in order to participate as there are some great prizes to be won including: Any Aerosoft Download Product from: http://www.aero
  16. This month, we will be joining VATCAN for one of their events, hosted by the Vancouver and Edmonton FIRs for their Cross the Rockies Event. These events are always enjoyable and exciting as the two FIRs fully staff the west coast airports of Canada. The event runs from 22h00z until 01h00z. So, ATC might be a little light for our morning flight, but we can expect full coverage for our evening event. Canadian Xpress would like to invite all pilots to join us on Saturday, May 25th between 10h00edt (14h00z) & 13h00edt (17h00z) and between 21h00edt (Sunday 01h00z) & 24h00edt (Sunday
  17. This month’s challenge takes us from Athens (LGAV) to Alexandros Papadiamantis Airport (LGSK) that is located on the Greek Island of Skiathos which has a narrow 5,341-foot runway due to the uneven terrain of the island and was built using reclaimed land making one island out of two. Local plane spotters call Alexandros Papadiamantis airport the Princess Juliana Airport of Greece due to its proximity to local roads and aircraft are required to make their approach over the sea and touchdown very close to the beach. Join Canadian Xpress today in order to participate as there are some grea
  18. Canadian Xpress would like to invite all pilots & virtual airlines to join us on Saturday, April 27th from 10h00edt (14h00z) to 13h00edt (17h00z) and 21h00edt (Sunday 01h00z) to 24h00edt (Sunday 04h00z) for our April 2019 fly-in where we fly on the east coast of the United States from Newark (KEWR) to Washington (KCDA). The approach in to Reagan Washington National has the visually outstanding River approach, that takes you down the Potomac River, around the Pentagon to Runway 19. If the winds support Runway 19, we suggest you give it a try. This is an open invitation to all pilot
  19. This month, your mission is to fly to Tioman Island in the South China Sea. Tioman Island Airport has a 3200-foot runway that requires pilots to flight directly towards a mountain before making a quick 90-degree turn to final. Because of the surrounding mountains, it’s a one-way approach with no missed option. So, you need to get it right the first time. Join Canadian Xpress today in order to participate as there are some great prizes to be won including: Any Aerosoft Download Product from: http://www.aerosoft.com/ The April 2019 Challenge is open to all Canadian Xpress pilots from
  20. Ten years ago, a small group of dedicated flight simulator enthusiasts, found themselves looking for a new place to call home. Lots of ideas went back and forth and four months later with the simple slogan Fly Virtually Anywhere!™, Canadian Xpress® was born. Looking back, had anyone told the five founding members Marc Wheeler (CXA001), Paul Mercier (CXA052), John Sousa (CXA004), Dave Weese (CXA007) and Robert Versluys (CXA328) that Canadian Xpress® would still be going strong after 10 years, we would not have believed it. To celebrate our 10 years of operation, Canadian Xpress® is goin
  21. This month, we are going to fly the busiest flight route in Canada. The Montreal / Toronto corridor is the busiest travel route in Canada. Over 10,000 people travel between these 2 cities every day over land and air. Canada’s 2 major airlines WestJet and Air Canada each operate hourly flights and on busier days a flight departs every 30 minutes. WestJet uses its fleet of Bombardier Dash 8-Q400s on this route and Air Canada uses the Airbus A320s and Boeing 737s. However, is not out of the ordinary to see Boeing 777s running this route a few times a week as well. On average 160 flights a day ope
  22. This month, we are returning to December 2015 and one of the most popular events we have done. We are running shuttle flights between Saint Maarten and the islands of Saba and Saint Bart’s. Two of the most dangerous airports in the world with either the Canadian Xpress freeware or payware Dehavilland Dash 6-Q300. Join Canadian Xpress today in order to participate as there are some great prizes to be won including: Any Aerosoft Download Product from: http://www.aerosoft.com/ The March 2019 Challenge is open to all Canadian Xpress pilots from March 3rd until March 29th, 2019 so join
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