Coldstream Helicopters will be soaring over Armstrong Canada Day. (photo submitted)

Helicopter flights debated

Some Canada Day festivities have experienced turbulence in Armstrong.

In a 4-3 vote, city council narrowly gave permission Monday for helicopter rides to be held during Canada Day celebrations Saturday.

“We have had helicopter rides before and it can make people angry with the noise,” said Mayor Chris Pieper, who opposed the request from Coldstream Helicopters along with Councillors Shirley Fowler and Linda Fisher.

Support, though, came from Councillors Paul Britton, Gary Froates, Lance McGregor and Steven Drapala.

“It’s only for a short time frame and it’s an opportunity to showcase Armstrong,” said Britton.

The helicopter will only be allowed to operate from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

“We will monitor the situation,” said Pieper of potential noise.

A location for the helicopters is still being determined.

“There are multiple locations in the city that would be appropriate to safely stage out ofand would like to work with the city and chamber for best options that suits the common goals of promoting Armstrong,” said Kim Carlson, Coldstream Helicopters operations co-ordinator.

“We would like to celebrate Canada day by giving people the opportunity to view the area by air and promote the beautiful city of Armstrong. We look forward to promoting the tourism business alongside the community of Armstrong.”