Lacombe Flying Club offering sky-high views with fourth annual Twinkle Tours

One of the views those taking a Twinkle Tour could see during the 30-minute flight over Central Alberta. Ashli Barrett / Lacombe Globe

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If you’ve ever wanted to see what Santa’s reindeer might on Christmas Eve when they fly over Central Alberta, or perhaps a little bit of the joy of giving the big elf himself experiences, your opportunity is right around the corner.

The Lacombe Flying Club’s annual Twinkle Tours are returning at the end of the month for a fourth season, offering Central Albertans a chance to take flight, see the lights, and support the Lacombe and District Food Bank.

“It’s a chance to see the Lacombe area in a way most people have never seen it before. It puts a whole new perspective on where we live,” said Jon Fromm of the flying club. “It’s a great way to support a local charitable cause – it makes a great Christmas present. It makes for a really great date night – we get a lot of people doing that now.”

Booking will begin on Nov. 26 – not before – with flights set to begin Friday, Nov. 30, weather permitting.

A view of the Prentiss site from the sky during the 2017 edition of the Lacombe Flying Clubs annual Twinkle Tours. Tours last about 25-30 minutes each. Ashli Barrett / Lacombe Globe

About six pilots will be giving the tours this year, and as always, each tour will last about 25-35 minutes, and begin at the Lacombe Regional Airport. From there, they’ll pass over top of the City of Lacombe, then see the Prentiss and Joffre sites, then circle back over the Town of Blackfalds and back to Lacombe.

Aside from the sights, it’s also one of the best times of year to fly.

“It’s a much smoother flight,” he said. “It’s a really unique experience – except for those who come back year after year because they love it so much.”

The only difference from previous years is the minimum asked donation has gone up slightly this year from $50 per person to $60 per person. While $50 will still go towards the food bank, the other $10 will go towards offsetting some of the fuel costs.

“In years previous, the flying club has paid the fuel bill entirely, but with recent capital expenditures at the airport, the club is no longer in a financial position to wholly pay the fuel bill,” said Fromm. “The $10 we’re retaining isn’t going totally cover it, but hopefully maybe offset it by half.”

There’s no set goal of funds to raise for the food bank this year, but last year the flying club was able to donate $10,700.

For more details, or to book, call Jon Fromm at (403)896-7175.

Lacombe Flying Club President Jon Fromm hands over a cheque for $10,700 to Lacombe Food Bank General Manager Millie Snow following the 2017 edition of Twinkle Tours. Funds were raised through the flying club’s annual Twinkle Tours night time flights. Ashli Barrett / Lacombe Globe