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Don McTighe

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  1. Thanks for the Info Keith, Good to hear that everything worked out well.
  2. Hi Lee,

    We've had some changes out West. We moved to kelowna in March for my wifes medical issues, Havent flown since Feb 21st. still am promised a position with Alpine to return to, but time will tell what happens. My email is [email protected], and I am on Facebook.

    Hope all is well with you and yours


  3. Hi Don,

    Hope all is well out west. My brother tells me you take him hiking once in a while.

  4. My most sincere Condolences to Waynes family, his Co-workers and Friends. I had the privilege of meeting Wayne in the early 80's when he was with Midwest, skiing in Golden. A true gentleman!
  5. Wayne and Linda, My thoughts and prayers are with you. I just don't know what else to say, other than to echo the thoughts have been alreay posted, Don
  6. from www.Castanet.net Some of you may remember Fred from the old OK days .... ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- BAIRD, Fred BAIRD, Frederick Charles Born September 3, 1922 at Lake Saskatoon, Alberta, passed away peacefully in Penticton, BC on October 31, 2009 with his family by his side. Fred is survived by his beloved and devoted wife of 60 years, Donella Laura Baird and a large loving family – his eldest daughter Leah and her husband Greg Humphreys (Vernon, BC), their family – Jesse Humphreys and Erin MacNamara, and children Tuula and Marley (Cumberland, BC) and Caitlin and Neil Schwartz (Ottawa, ON); his eldest son Jamie Baird (Abbu Dhabi, UAE) and his son Sam (Victoria, BC). His youngest son Cecil Baird, and his wife Jill and their children Rachel Lynn and Carson Charles (Vancouver, BC); and his youngest daughter Emily Baird and her daughter Isley (Edmonton, AB). Fred is also survived by Alan and Pauline Baird (Revelstoke, BC), Arnold Baird and Gay Nichols (Antigua/Passmore, BC) and sisters Carolyn Sharon (Nanaimo, BC) and Voy Clay (Stockton, CA). Fred is predeceased by sister Francis Fraser and grandson Spencer Mantley. The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the staff and volunteers of Village by the Station in Penticton, BC, for the love and care they provided Fred for four years. Donations in Fred’s memory can be made to Village by the Station, 27 Hastings Avenue, Penticton, BC, V2A 2V6. Condolences can be sent to Donella Baird [email protected] The Funeral Service will be held on Friday, November 6th at 10:00 AM at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.springfieldfuneralhome.com, 250-860-7077.
  7. I first met Dave when I was assigned to the OKanagan Chetwynd Base as an Engineer ( about 1977). Terry Mooney was away on Vaction. I returned to Chetwynd to fly in 79. Dave was the ultimate mentor and I learned a lot from his experience and wisdom. To Dave's family and friends, I offer my most sincere condolences to this great loss. The industry has lost a great one ! I broke out my oldest Scotch in memory of you Dave, and as a true Scot, you know how deep that cuts ! To you CAP ! Don
  8. Tom, Congrats ! It's nice to see a Base guy to finally get some recognition that you deserve !
  9. Bravo Walter, the best way to quell the inevitable ugly rumor mill is with ..... the facts ! I wish that more companies had the foresight and guts to post as you did. I sincerely hope that everyone involved has a speedy recovery.
  10. Thanks Guys, but any praise over this incident should be directed to others.... The Comox Buffalo crew who gave us a pinpoint map location to search, which they determined from an IFR altitude of 16,000 overhead that afternoon. Well done gents ! The Two SAR Techs, Bruno and Scott who ran down through the bush and waded down the creek to reach the wreckage, extricated Kate, and carried her up the 200 meters to the waiting helicopter. The Golden SAR crews who volunteer to help all persons who are in need in the Golden area, regardles of the personal hardships they may encounter. These guys and gals stood in ankle deep freezing water until 11PM extricating the remaining victims, after packing all of the Jaws-of-life apparatus down the hill in the dark. They are a truly dedicated and talented bunch of people. Capt. Aaron Twa and the others in RCC Victoria who made the fast decision to hire a commercial aircraft when their Cormorant could not reach Golden in time. These are the reasons that we had a successful outcome. My job was easy. The weather was poor, but still about 3 mi/1000 ft when leaving Golden at 530 PM. These deep mountain valleys tend to trap fog, so we had to work a bit at exiting the main valley, nothing that we don't see on any ordinary winter day. When entering Redburn Ck, the weather actually picked up to about 5 miles - 7500 ovc. We narrowed down the search area with the use of a hand-held DF unit that Golden SAR had just received. Thankfully, the ELT signal was good. The aircraft was found in Redburn Ck on the 3rd pass of the valley, laying upside down in the water. Although we had the HETS system available to insert the SAR Techs on a fixed line, we were able to land close by. The Radio call from Bruno, saying that he was bringing up one survivor will be a moment that I will not soon forget. Positive outcomes in these situations are far too rare. We are fortunate to have so many talented and dedicated SAR professionals watching over us in Canada. The Military crews do not get the appreciation or recognition that they deserve. I flew a mere 0.7 in daylight conditions, they are available 24/7/365 in any weather conditions and anywhere in Canada. Well done guys from 442 in Comox !
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