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Fly-In 2017: Lake Champlain

Elevate Your View of Conservation

We’re saving the earth through conservation aviation and we want you to join us for our biggest celebration of the year.

Join us at the gorgeous Basin Harbor set at the edge of stunning Lake Champlain in the middle of the New England fall for our annual athering of our passionate community of pilots, conservation partners, supporters and donors from Oct. 20-22, 2017.

While it’s called a Fly-In as a recognition of the hundreds of volunteer pilots who make our conservation initiatives possible, anyone may attend. You can fly-In, drive-in, bike-in or even walk-in if you'd like! You’ll hear from our lineup of speakers, celebrate how our work is protecting endangered natural resources, meet the passionate people that drive our mission and discover how you can help contribute in the year to come. Basin Harbor is 45 minutes south of Burlington on Lake Champlain and has a grass airstrip.

View our final schedule here.

Important: On Sept. 29th our previously reserved rooms were released to the public - reservations made after this date will still receive the discounted rate, but availability is not guaranteed. We advise that you check room availability at Basin Harbor at (800) 622-4000 or (802) 475-2311) before registering with us.

Fly-In Details



All lodging will be provided by Basin Harbor. Room rate is $165 a night for up to two guests. Additional guests will be billed at $25 a night. Rooms are subject to additional 9% service fee and 9% tax.

To book a room: calling Basin Harbor at (800) 622-4000 or (802) 475-2311 and tell them you are attending the LightHawk event (if you do not tell them this, they may tell you they don't have room). Our discounted block rates are valid for Friday Oct. 20th, and Saturday Oct. 21st. (If you wish to stay longer, you may request extension of these rates.)

Important: On Sept. 29th our previously reserved rooms were released to the public - reservations made after this date will still receive the discounted rate, but availability is not guaranteed. 

The following amenities are included as part of your room reservation: Fitness  Center, Tennis Courts, Heated Swimming Pool, Beach / Pool Chairs, Beach / Pool Towels,  Wi-Fi, Self-Parking, Complimentary airport landing and tie-down. Golf, boat rental and fishing licenses are available at the resort at a user rate. The resort can provide further information on pricing.


Preliminary Schedule

Friday, Oct. 20

  • 4 - 6 p.m. — Registration & Welcome
  • 6 - 9 p.m. — Hosted Reception & Dinner

Saturday, Oct. 21

7 - 8 a.m. — Hosted Breakfast
8 a.m. - 12 p.m. — Conservation Presentations

  • Phil Huffman, The Nature Conservancy - Vermont
  • Rebakah Webber, Conservation Law Foundation, Lake Champlain Lakekeeper
  • LightHawk Conservation Portfolio
  • Listening Session

12 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. — Hosted Lunch 

1:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. — Occasional Pilot Awards

1:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. — Aviation Presentations

  • Stephanie Wells
  • Tom LeCompte
  • Steve Kent

5 p.m. - 6 p.m. — Social Hour

6 - 7 p.m. — Hosted Cocktail Reception

7 - 9:30 p.m. — Hosted Banquet Dinner, Awards Ceremony

Sunday, Oct. 22

  • 7 - 9 a.m. — Hosted Breakfast
  • Informal activities around airstrip to be determined

Phil Huffman

Director of Landscape Conservation & Policy, The Nature Conservancy - Vermont

Phil Huffman is Director of Landscape Conservation and Policy for The Nature Conservancy in Vermont. He leads the Chapter’s work on landscape-scale conservation initiatives, federal and state policy advocacy, and emerging efforts to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and slow the pace of climate change. His large landscape conservation work includes a leadership role the Staying Connected Initiative, an innovative bi-national partnership of nonprofit organizations and government agencies in the U.S. and Canada working to sustain and enhance landscape connectivity in the Northern Appalachian-Acadian region for wildlife and people. Phil holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Middlebury College, and Master’s degrees from Yale University in both Environmental Studies and Public and Private Management. He has the great fortune to live with his wife, two sons, and the family dog in Vermont’s Mad River Valley, in the heart of the Green Mountains.


Rebekah Weber

Conservation Law Foundation, Lake Champlain Lakekeeper

In this position, Rebekah advocates clean water and partners with community groups to address challenges throughout the watershed. Prior to CLF, Rebekah was a Fulbright-Clinton fellow in Nepal where she focused on food and water policy. Previously, she served as an AmeriCorps member collaborating with watershed groups in northern Vermont and worked for U.S. Senator Leahy on agricultural and environmental policy. Rebekah holds a M.A. in environmental law and policy from Vermont Law School and a M.S. in conservation biology from Universidad Complutense de Madrid. She lives in Burlington with her pup, Gracie.


Stephanie Wells

"Flying Conservation Flights Safely in Mountainous Terrain"

Stephanie is a retired professional pilot now living in Arvada, Colorado. During her 10 years in the active Air Force, she began as a weather forecaster, and after pilot training, instructed in the T-37, T-38 and C-130. This was followed by 10 more years in the Reserves flying C-5s. Stephanie worked for NASA at the Johnson Space Center for 17 years as a staff pilot supporting the manned space program. She finished her government career with the FAA in the Denver FSDO as an operations inspector. She has always been active in general aviation, and now owns an RV-7 and a 1/4 share in a Cessna 182 which she flies donated missions for LightHawk. She has a strong training and safety background, as well as education in meteorology and climatology. Combining flying and her passion for the environment brought her to LightHawk.


Tom LeCompte

“The Few, the Brave, the Lucky: The Evolution of Fight Training in World War I"

Tom is a Boston-area pilot and owner of a 1962 Piper Comanche, as well as a Lighthawk volunteer since 2009. When I’m not flying, I am a freelance writer, having published in Smithsonian Air & Space magazine and AOPA Pilot, among others


FBO & Tie Down Information

Basin Harbor Airstrip — B06

  • No fuel or FBO service.
  • No cost for landing or staying.
  • This is a grass strip so parking is off strip on grass. Bring your own chocks.
  • Brian Goodyear at Basin Harbor (800) 622-4000) can answer questions regarding the airstrip or aircraft at the resort. 
  • LightHawk will be renting a golf cart to provide transport for luggage and/or passengers needing assistance between aircraft parking and the main lodge registration. It is a 5-10 minute walk without cart assistance.
  • We will also be seeking an early arriving VP who would like to assist other VP’s by providing cart service as board and staff will be in meetings on Thursday and Friday.

Burlington International Airport (BTV)

  • FBO: Heritage Aviation
    • Offers 5-6 tie down spots with enough chocks and space to accommodate 30 airplanes on ramp. Also offers overflow ramp.
    • Heritage has a Part 145 maintenance facility certified to service Cessna, Beechcraft, and Cirrus.
  • Fuel Discount: Heritage Aviation will offer a $0.45/gallon discount off retail prices
  • Fee Structure
    • Piston Singles:
      • $10 Handling Fee (waived with 10 gallon purchase)
      • $15 per night overnight fee
    • Light Twins:
      • $20 Handling Fee (waived with 20 gallon purchase)
      • $20 per night overnight fee
    • Aircraft above 6000 pounds (Pilatus, Medium Weight Twins, King Airs, etc):
      • Landing Fee starting at $10 for a 6000 pound aircraft
      • $75 Handling Fee (waived with 50 gallon purchase)
      • $50 per night overnight fee
  • Rental Cars from BTV
    • Heritage does not have an onsite rental car desk, however, reservations can be made through Heritage or through a specific rental car company.
    • If making a reservation through a car company, it needs to be specified that the pick up location is Heritage Aviation, otherwise pilots will have to arrange a taxi ride to the rental car facility at the terminal to pick up car.
Local Transportation

Basin Harbor is a 55 minute drive south of the Burlington, VT airport.

  • If you’d like a ride from Burlington down and don’t want to rent a car, you can book a ride with Jessica’s Vital Transit by clicking here.
  • If you’d like to try and catch a ride with someone else driving down, you can post on our 2017 Fly-In Facebook page to coordinate the details amongst yourselves.
Ride Sharing

LightHawk is not directly coordinating any flight/ride-sharing for interested parties. If you’re flying in and would like to offer a ride, or would like to find someone to catch a lift with, you may post in our Facebook event page by clicking here.