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"Westebello" 2007 Archive

First Annual Western Canadian Challenger Rendezvous

June 23 and 24, 2007: Wetaskiwin, Alberta - A Great Time was had by all!


Challengers on the Flight Line - As a Prairie Storm Rolls In
(Photo by Tracy Hughes, ChallengerWest)

Approximately 70 Challenger enthusiasts attended the inaugural western Challenger Owners event at Westaskwin on June 22 - 24, 2007.  We had some sun, and MUCH rain, but enough sun to get some flying in.

Our thanks to all who came, and special thanks to Mike and Doris and their staff at the Reynolds Alberta Museum, Brett and Sandra from the Wetaskiwin Airport, and Alderman Dave Anderson and his wife from Wetaskiwin.  You made us all feel so welcome, and everyone is commenting on the excellent BBQ steak dinner!

Photos from the event will begin popping up here over the next few days, and we'll be in touch with the Challenger community over the next few months to begin planning next year's event.


Westebello 2007 Awards

Furthest Traveled
Brent from Orillia, Ontario


Furthest Driven

Bill and C-IPET - from Whitehorse, Yukon Territories.  Bill showed up with one cool Challenger, in one cool Trailer.  Bill built the trailer to safely haul his brand new Challenger which was custom-built for him by John McDermott in Salmon Arm, B.C.

Honourable Mentions - Rob from Yellowknife, NWT, and Al from Taylor, B.C.


Furthest Flown in a Challenger

Jason and C-IGXI, Medicine Hat, Alberta
Honourable Mentions:

Curtis and C-IFYQ, Invermere, B.C.

Roy and C-IEMF, Indus Alberta
Neil and C-IHTD, St. Albert, Alberta
Best of Show - Jason and C-IGXI, Medicine Hat, Alberta
Best Loved Instructor
Kris Falk, Terrace B.C.

Here, Kris is receiving a custom made pilot's ring from his friend Jason Unrau on behalf of a dozen or so of us grateful  students.  in addition to his role as a Challenger builder and inspector, Kris has helped many of us - both ab-initio and dual conversion pilots learn the playful nuances of the Challenger.

Image and Artwork Copyright 2007 Lauren Hughes and ChallengerWest.
All Rights Reserved.

Image and Artwork Copyright 2007 Holly Hughes and ChallengerWest.
All Rights Reserved.

JBN Rides Again - Anybody Seen her Wings?

With fresh fabric and paint, and just after her engine break-in from a 0-Time overhaul, JBN takes to setting a new land speed record on the ramp. 

This was all the flying she did at Westebello 2007, but she was back in the air not too long afterwards..

!! See you Next Year !!

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