Show Circuit Shifts North

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A week after Sun 'n Fun wrapped up in Florida, the focus shifts north to Anchorage for the Alaska Airmen's Trade Show and to Hamilton, Ontario, for Canadian Aviation Expo. The annual Alaska gathering will feature 250 exhibitors and hundreds of aircraft at Ted Stevens International Airport May 1-2. Canadian Aviation Expo will be held on the same dates at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum near Hamilton, which is about 40 miles west of Toronto. The Anchorage show is Alaska's biggest and Expo is Canada's largest aviation trade show.

As might be expected, the Alaska show emphasizes bush flying and, for the third year in a row, the grand prize in the fundraising draw is a PA-18 Super Cub rebuilt by Dan's Aircraft repair and decked out for bush flying with Tundra tires, Landis Airglas skis, and Aerocet floats. An ultralight helicopter, the new Gweduck composite amphib from Washington State and a host of aircraft from various manufacturers will be there. In Hamilton, there's a lot of big piston engine noise as the museum sets the scene for the show with rides for hire in its impressive collection of warbirds. The museum operates a Lancaster bomber featured in an AVweb video shot at last year's AirVenture Oshkosh, among other classics used during armed conflicts. The museum's spacious hangar will be filled with vendors and exhibitors.