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  1. Hey Ray...they probably were Ranger ships by then...they ...2 ships both painted red with big white maple leafs..can't remember the reg of the other one...RGY and RG? I was flying a jetbox for Midwest and was based in Red Lake almost all summer. I think Whiskey had gone to T-Bay by that time.
  2. The last time I saw RGY was at the fire base in Red Lake...she was being run by MapleLeaf...a pilot/eng was driving her...this would have been 88 vintage.
  3. The latest that I have read said that the helicopter was hovering next to the boat before it crashed...ok...first thing the military said was the helicopter went missing somewhere within 2 miles of the ship...then it was ...oh it was doing a flyby to take photo ops...then it was ...oh it was hovering close by the boat to take photos...lets get it straight ... bullshit from the beginning!
  4. Hey slings..My buddy Mike worked for those folks before going with Midwest in YTH! Probably the same time!
  5. You have a couple of kids driving a $30 million dollar rocket and someone asks them if they could buzz the boat...what do you expect...would love to hear the cockpit voice recordings....probably was very short...OH SH$T! or the other one ..F$$K!!
  6. I did 4 yrs there...had a he## of a time with Eddie and Jim....we had a few bubblies in the Trappers Inn in YTH just before Christmas...probably 1997!
  7. My buddy has the book...he said when the banks wanted to shut him down and repo the ships he said fill your boots...ships were all over the world and no Canadian pilots would be available to drive them out off the boonies or tell anyone where they were...they gave him more money!
  8. Lots of Boyd's in NB...I tried calling a dozen or so yesterday...not our guy from North Bay.
  9. Hey Matt...I worked with Doug Whiting at Custom...not sure if he is still around...had a horse ranch east of Selkirk.
  10. Thanks for that matt...fills in a lot of blanks...there was two Jim Boyds around North Bay...the first one I met was flying 500's for Ontario Hydo...he gave me my first ride in Bell 47 at Canadore....the other Jim was out of Toronto...I ran into him up in Baker Lake in 1979...think he was connected to Toronto Heli...again thanks...Pottsy
  11. Now on the subject of how Canadian got started...well this may be way off base but who was Don Plant and how did he fit in to the Heli business...I thought he was the one trying to buy up all the companies...or maybe he was Dobbin's competition...
  12. Thanks for that buddy...got a few more cobwebs out of the old brain! I drove by there many times going from Winnipeg to southern Ontario.
  13. What was the name of the outfit along highway 11 between Hurst and Kap...was it Northstar?
  14. I'm pretty sure it started in Northern Ontario and then it spread across Canada...I rememeber some folks coming into the hanger in Wpg and was told they wanted to buy out Midwest...which they did not!
  15. Can anyone remember how that Canadian thing came about...did it start at Ranger Heli and then spread?
  16. Hey Iceman...Max would have been 80 in 98...probably not doing much flying.
  17. Does anyone know what happened to Max Sandersen...he was working for Turbo West summer of 89...met him on a fire near the Pas ...he was 70 at that time...probably long gone!
  18. Hey Don...were does SkyRotors fit into the story...my buddy Ray Gilstorf told me he worked for Autair before he went to SkyRotors...he said when they locked the doors there he went with Viking...had some good stories about Viking....Mostly about Larry C.Ray did time in Africa with Viking....after Jimmies Lagoon.
  19. Was that the same Ernie Grant that runs a few ships down east now? Midwest was running 6-8 204 from Eagle back in the 80's...I worked on them all...we used to get a couple of boxes of booze every christmas from Russ. Nice guy...loved chewing on that cigar!!!
  20. Didn't really know the guy but I had coffee with him a few times at the airport in Saskatoon...Midwest ran a base out of there...I did my 206 checkout there with Bill Abbott...Bill was ex airforce....flew F-86's...got heli endorsed when he was getting out.
  21. Anyone put Lambair in yet? What was Allan Johnsons's company called...was it the original Provincial?
  22. Al Lang was doing summer work for Echo Bay...came thru Midwest hangar back in the early 80's.
  23. I got an hour on VEG up in Norman Wells back in 1984?....Brian Klegg was driving her and Robin Ostertag was wrenching on her...
  24. Hope he is still with us...nice guy...did my PPC in 1996.
  25. Is that the same Jim Grey that was working for Custom and then I heard was working medivac out in portage la Prairie? The old hangar that I worked in in Calgary was shared with Pan Arctic Oil...it burnt down....probably was the same one.
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