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Airport Work Sessions Build Community

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Canadian pilot, George Porter, flew his 1946 Cessna 120, CF-JFI into Del Bonita for the work session from his strip near Cardston, Alberta. George has flown this airplane from coast-to-coast across Canada, and enjoys flying into back country strips in Montana like Benchmark..

More than 60 pilots, 14 airplanes, and two helicopters gathered at Whetstone International Airport (H28) on the U.S.-Canadian border on Thursday, June 15th for the annual fly-in work session. The airport, also known as Del Bonita for the town located two miles north, is situated on the international border 30 miles northwest of Cut Bank, MT. A large contingent of the Alberta chapter of the International Fly-ing Farmers (IFF) were on hand to work on gopher control, with support of the Montana Department of Transportation Aeronautics Division. Volunteer work sessions like this one at are a valuable means of maintaining general aviation airports. Pilots on both sides of the border find the strip a convenient, no-hassle location to clear with customs and immigration offi-cials when heading north or south. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection Air Wing in Great Falls uses the airstrip as a refueling point for their operations.

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Montana State Aviation System Plan Update Video.

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