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  1. Condolences for your loss


    - Howie was about as direct as anyone could be - which was refreshing in an industry where far to many are worried about being politically correct.


    I was one of Jasons' instructors back in my BCIT days and like any of my students who showed some promise I worked him pretty hard.


    One day Howie showed up at the hangar and we had a long talk about his sons' progress - guess he wanted to see who was making Jason work!!! Long and the short of the discussion was that he was checking to make sure I wasn't giving Jason a hard time because of who he was related to. Once he was sure I was treating him the same as everyone else he relaxed a bit and said keep the pressure on - actually he said if I had to whack him up the side of the head to teach him it was OK with him!!!

    We had a good laugh about it all and Jason did alright by me!! :)


    Howie was a great supporter of the schools and his input and donations were always good - He will be missed on many levels.


    Sincerest Regards,


    Mx Trainer

  2. After 36 years in aviation you think it would get easier - but it doesn’t!!!


    Like you I have lost way too many friends and co-workers in accidents and it is never easy to explain the “Why”. I think that for the majority of us the first feeling is that of the wrenching gut - then the inevitable - OMG - Who??? Where??? When??? and then the “How”. We all want the “Why” immediately - but sometimes it never comes.


    We all deal with loss differently - some of put on a brave face - get hard and unemotional - while inside we are goo - We know to let it bubble to the surface at the time would render us emotional wreckage - which is what we really are at that moment. It is only later when the emotional roller-coaster has departed that we can look at the loss in a mature way.


    I don’t think there is a lack of respect from the members of this forum in general - possibly some could use a bit of sensitivity training. Respect presents itself in many forms - some are very tangible. I work for one of the companies that provide flight services for the barge loaders involved in the West Coast Goose accident. When I came into work on Tuesday there was a single long-stem red rose under the windshield wiper of their vehicles in the parking lot!!! Someone cared enough to do a simple act - out of respect.


    Whenever someone posts in an insensitive manner I have the option of reacting to it in a positive or a negative way - or in some cases - an ambivalent way. The spoken word in communication has so much more going for it - many of us are handicapped when using the written word as so much is lost - especially for those who do not write well. So I have to cut them some slack - try and see what it is they are trying to say - and probably most importantly - try and figure out what they really mean to say.


    When it comes to offering words regarding a loss we instinctively know that nothing we could ever say or put down in words can ease the immediate suffering - but for many it is the only way we have to express some kindness and support - and it never seems to be enough. We do it anyway, knowing that it is never enough, because we have no other means to deliver a message from the heart.


    Every year my circle grows with the introduction of new faces - and every year my circle diminishes as some of those faces vanish. Does that mean that I think less of them?? Not at all - in fact many times as I hear more about them, they grow in stature. Does that mean I have forgotten them? - Not a chance!!! Does that mean that I am not going to live my life because something bad happened to someone good?? Of course not. We grieve some losses more than others - but we do grieve them all - because to do so is in our humanness - and under the deepest most callous of us, is still a human being in pain.


    For some that pain is so great that we refuse to go to funerals and gatherings - they only bring out the overwhelming sense of loss as each one accumulates until the load is just too high. The emotional burden reaches a breaking point and we need to find another way to cope - so we don’t go to the funerals anymore. It is an action that those of us who have got to that point understand and respect.


    For others newer in this game - the losses haven’t mounted, the lives cut way too short, and the people left behind that are suffering, have not yet registered - but as they grow older it will. Give them a break - for they are simply without the experience to know any better.




  3. Looks like the photo is from the Muncho Lake area - at least according to an old truck driver friend that spent a lot of time on the highway!!


    Here is a shot of the mountain in the background that is from a bit different angle but looks like it could be the same area.


    This would make sense as the negatives are with the trip north that would have taken us past Muncho Lake - I don't remember - was only 5 or 6 at the time!!! - so my memory is of no use!! :blink:






    So it looks like a Bell47 G2 - from Associated Helicopters at Muncho Lake in 1957 or 1958. Can't ask for much more than that with the limited info!! :rolleyes:


    Thanks to all!! :up:



  4. TQN


    Picture puzzles can be a lot of fun as they open up some pretty interesting dialog!!


    In the end this is probably just an old photo of a machine doing some work up the Alcan - could be for any variety of companies that would have a need for it.


    The history of many helicopter companies is at best obscure - try a google of Associated Helicopters and you get almost nothing - yet they were a larger operator in the 50s, 60s, and 70s. It seems once the companies have been absorbed into the Hummingbird that they seem to become almost invisible.


    I worked for a Twin Otter operator that had one machine with a bullet hole in it - found out later that it was the one involved in the Jonestown Massacre. You just never know what will turn up when you start looking!!



  5. There is an interesting article on this event in the June 2008 "FLYPAST" magazine - starts on page 42.


    Air America flight delivering ordinance came upon 2 AN2s bombing and strafing a position "Lima Green". They tried to contact fighters - but to no avail. They had an AK-47 or an Uzi machine gun on board, dumped their load and managed to shoot both aircraft down!!!


    Quote from article!!


    "They had been flying in a civilian 'unarmed' helicopter, to supply a US base that did not exist and had managed to destroy two military aircraft from a neighbouring country in technically neutral airspace"


    As expected it was hushed up and only later did the crew get a pat on the back.


    Keith Woodcock an artist did a painting of the event that hangs in the CIA gallery at Langley, Virginia.


    Registration of the Bell 204 in the artwork is XW-PFH - would be interesting to see if she is still around.


    Worth a read if you can get it!! or --


    More info on AA website and painting can be purchased as well!!




    It is a bit out of the Canadian helicopter airspace, but I know some of the AA and military guys worked up here as well.


    MX Trainer

  6. Here is one for you B.C helicopter history buffs!!!


    In my Dads' stuff I came across a bunch of photos taken when he worked up the Alaska Highway. In them were 3 Bell 47 helicopter pictures taken from quite a distance with his old 120 film camera. This gave me a negative about 21/4 x 21/4 inches to scan - there was no print to be found but that is not unusual as he often developed his own film - and if he didn't think the shot was good enough he wouldn't print it.


    It looks like it is from a trip we made to Whitehorse in 1957 or possible 1958 as it was with the negatives from that trip so this dates it pretty well - but with old negatives one never knows for sure.


    The best I could do with my scanner gives me a registration that looks like CF-INX or possibly CF-IVX.I have tried to sharpen up the image to get the helicopter operators name off the tanks but can't get enough definition. The other shots don't show the registration or other markings.


    Anyone out there have an identity on the machine?




    MX Trainer




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