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  1. YVR 1979, I was transiting across YVR headed for Pacific Avionics when the controller asked me if I could hover over the Canadian Airlines hangar, which I did at about 500 AGL. I was facing the runway and I observed a rare sight - an Air Canada 747 lined up for departure behind a Cessna 150. Once the Cessna had lifted off and flown the length of the runway - which took forever - the controller then says "Air Canada 121 Heavy cleared for takeoff Runway 08, caution turbulence departing Cessna 150." A classic! Chirp
  2. "Disco Dean" was well-loved by his 77-78 classsmates, and I am proud to be one of them. Dean was also Enbridge's Chief Helicopter Pilot and we have that company in common as well - I transitioned into Occupational Health and Safety several years ago. You'll be missed, Dean. Fly on, Silver Fox!
  3. You're right, it was a great time. It was busy and congested but because, as expected, all the pilots and engineers worked well together, the operation remained safe and fun. Apart from several head-scratching radio freq choices, I thought the overhead team did an excellent job. I notice that most of the pics I uploaded to photobucket have disappeared. I'll upload them again. :-) BB
  4. Hi Boys: I don’t profess to know everything. None of us ever will. Armed only with the Allison Turbine Course and 5 hours/week of maintenance instruction at Canadore College, I got hired in 1978 and spent the summer as an apprentice. I wobble-pumped for two 500Cs, which were flying a total of 16 hours a day. At first I thought I was screwing up because most of my classmates had flying jobs. But later on I realized that I was getting a great education watching how other pilots performed on the job. Decisions on weather and, loading, how they (Danny Sitnam, CEO of Heli-Jet was one of them)
  5. Hi All: Here is a link to some photos I took last week at North Bay fire base (Pelican Narrows). Hopper and Mirond Fires It was much fun. We laughed. We Cried. Timexed in 19 days. Chirpyboy
  6. Nice to hear from other members of the the class of '78! Remember the Ice Camp video of our formation flying? I wonder if anyone's kept it. Just tonight I was telling a friend about The Parkview.... Fox on the Run! chirp
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