Biplanes to soar over Kanata

The popular biplane rides offered at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum are also heading to the suburbs this summer.

This is the first time the rides are being offered out of the Carp airstrip and it's all part of a bid to make the entire experience a little more vintage.

Residents will be able to see landmarks like the Canadian Tire Centre from hundreds of feet above in the open cockpit of a Second World War era WACO biplane.

"It's kind of like being in a convertible car, but you're up in the air and you get a lot of fresh air blowing through," said pilot Greg Reynolds with Central Aviation Inc. "You can look around and there's nothing between you and what you see. It's a completely different experience."

Reynolds said part of the reason they're offering the rides from there is to pay homage to the First World War.

"The pilots came back from the First World War and they were looking for something to do, so they ended up going to county fairs, farmers' fields, that kind of thing, and hopping rides to the general population," he told CFRA. "We can't actually land in farmers' fields anymore and do rides, but Carp kind of gives you that feeling."

The flights from Carp are offered Saturday mornings between 8 and 11 through July and August. Flights cost $85 per person. The fare includes a free family pass to the Canada Aviation and Space Museum.

Flights must be reserved. They can accommodate up to two passengers.

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