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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.

From Oct. 20-22, 2017, we'll descend on Basin Harbor Yacht Club in Vergennes, Vermont for our annual Fly-In — a gathering of our passionate community of pilots, conservation partners, supporters and donors. 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’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. Vergennes is 45 minutes south of Burlington, VT at the Basin Harbor Yacht Club on Lake Champlain, a resort complete with a grass airstrip but easily accessible from the main Burlington airport.

What’s included:

  • Entry into all conservation and aviation presentations
  • All LightHawk-sponsored meals and non-alcoholic drinks
  • Two cocktail drink tickets for each dinner
  • Resort amenities identified below, as well as access to many more at a pay-per-use rate.

Fly-In Details


All lodging will be provided by Basin Harbor Yacht Club. 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.

Participant rooms may be booked by calling the Basin Harbor Yacht Club (802) 475-7820 and identifying yourself as attending the LightHawk event. Our discounted block rates are valid between Weds 18 October and Sunday 22 October,  If individuals wish to stay longer, you may request extension of these rates. Our block reservation expires on 29 September 2017. 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 - 9 a.m. — Hosted Breakfast
  • 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. — Conservation and aviation presentations (Speakers to be released soon)
  • Lunch provided for participants, lunch on your own option available for guests not attending program
  • 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

We will be releasing our speakers shortly.

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.