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  1. First met him at Grimsby in the UK when we worked for Bristow. A true gentleman who always took the time for people. Met him a few times in Canada after we returned but after going our separate ways, never ran across him again. Such sad news which seems to be happening more often these days. Always a true gentleman! Gerry
  2. ..KAPUSKASING, Ont. - Three people were killed Wednesday when their helicopter crashed in a remote area of northern Ontario. There were no survivors in the crash about 25 kilometres south of Kapuskasing, said Chris Krepski, a spokesman with the Transportation Safety Board of Canada. Two of the agency's investigators were on their way to the site, he said late Wednesday afternoon, adding they will be starting their work Thursday morning. The helicopter pilot was identified as Greg Sawyer, 39, of North Bay, Ont. Also killed were Dan Simis, 47, of Val Rita, Ont., and Chad McQuade, 37, of Kapuskasing, Ont. Both men worked for Tembec Inc., provincial police said. The forest products company has a regional office in Kapuskasing. Provincial police from the James Bay detachment were called to the scene near Clear Lake at about 11:45 a.m. on Wednesday. Emergency services workers were also dispatched. The Transportation Safety Board said the helicopter, a Bell 206L LongRanger, was owned by Sunrise Helicopters Inc. A person who answered the phone at the company's office in North Bay, Ont., would not comment and referred questions to the Transportation Safety Board. Provincial police planned to remain at the scene to assist the TSB investigators. ...
  3. Grasshopper and alouette; Good to see that you guys are still on the go. Don't know if you remember Ron Tekano but he was Ralph's brother-in-law. Just so sad thinking of the hand Ralph was dealt. Remember the days in Norman Wells, Gerry. It seems a lifetime ago when you were beating the skies with the Alouette 11. Remember Rocky Rochfort and the Gazelle? Sad to hear of his recent passing. Haven't seen or heard of Dave (Hemmaroid) in years. Terry; Other than the years at Rivers, haven't seen you since the last time I was out with Cap on the 205. Hope all is well with both of you. Regards Gerry Whalen
  4. I am sure a few of the older guys on here will remember Ralph who had his hangar out at Delta Airpark next to Don Crowe. Hancock, Ralph Edward ARRIVAL: Jan. 14, 1937 DEPARTURE: Mar. 13, 2011 The calm after the storm came when our beloved husband and father departed on March 13, 2011 following a lengthy illness that hindered his quality of life. Ralph is now at peace and we as a family find great comfort in that thought as he is now free to "fly". Predeceased by his mother Alice and brothers Jim and Claire. Ralph is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Verna; daughters Gina and Carla; grandsons Austen and Jarad; sisters Thelma, Marjorie and Merle; brother in law Ron; as well as nieces nephews and many dear friends. Ralph was a well respected pilot, engineer and businessman who was a pioneer in the Aviation community since 1960. He loved the water and spent many joyous hours boating, scuba diving, ocean and fly fishing. His love of life and adventure as well as his unique sense of humour will forever be cherished and fondly remembered by all those who knew him. In true pilot form an Alternatives Event/Celebration of Life will be held in Ralphs hanger at Delta Air Park 4189 104 Street in Delta on April 2, 2011 at 2pm. A special thank you to all those at Delta View Enrichment Center and Delta Hospice, for your kindness, care and respect shown to Ralph throughout his journey with you. Should friends desire, donations in memory of Ralph may be made to the Alzheimers Society of BC. Gerry
  5. First worked with Rocky in the early '70s when he brought the Haida Gazelle to Norman Wells. He was truly one of the great gentlemen of the business and I am sure the echoes of his stories are still rolling up and down the river. Take care my friend. Gerry
  6. As Pottsy said, "Oh those Fridays at the Crossroads". Wonderful times and great people. Godspeed Howie, A legend in your time. Say Hi to Terry C., Grant W. and John and Jerry Gerry Whalen
  7. Stretch; Very sorry to hear of your loss. Bob and Alvin together provided some great times and laughs. Why does the word "spincker" come to mind? Take care Rick, you still doing time with Jimmie? Regards Gerry
  8. Don; I am sure Jim will be waiting with a full glass. Losing too many lately and it probably reflects our age. But what a time we have had! All the best, Gerry
  9. Lord Alfred Tennyson Sunset and evening star, And one clear call for me! And may there be no moaning of the bar, When I put out to sea, But such a tide as moving seems asleep, Too full for sound and foam, When that which drew from out the boundless deep Turns again home. Twilight and evening bell, And after that the dark! And may there be no sadness of farewell, When I embark; For tho’ from out our bourne of Time and Place The flood may bear me far, I hope to see my Pilot face to face When I have cross’d the bar. The call finally came Dave, Godspeed and clear skies. Condolences to Val and the kids. Regards Gerry Whalen
  10. Latest from TSB re the Cougar S92: http://www.tsb.gc.ca/eng/medias-media/maje...mi-a09a0016.asp carholme
  11. Some great guys who are gone: Ed Pruss John Leslie Donnie Roadhouse Terry Churcott Derrick Ellis Bill Myers Quentin Fitch Chuck Taylor carholme
  12. Maybe it is time to look back and see another point of view, especially when we think we have all the answers and are so quick to judge. Cap and others will understand as this was written in 1973 and no matter how much things change, they often remain the same. A TRIBUTE TO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA The Good Neighbor Widespread, but only partial, news coverage was given recently to a remarkable editorial broadcast from Toronto by Gordon Sinclair, a Canadian television commentator. What follows is the full text of his trenchant remarks as printed in the Congressional Record: "This Canadian thinks it is time to speak up for the Americans as the most generous and possibly the least appreciated people on all the earth. Germany, Japan and, to a lesser extent, Britain and Italy were lifted out of the debris of war by the Americans who poured in billions of dollars and forgave other billions in debts. None of these countries is today paying even the interest on its remaining debts to the United States. When France was in danger of collapsing in 1956, it was the Americans who propped it up, and their reward was to be insulted and swindled on the streets of Paris. I was there. I saw it. When earthquakes hit distant cities, it is the United States that hurries in to help. This spring, 59 American communities were flattened by tornadoes. Nobody helped. The Marshall Plan and the Truman Policy pumped billions of dollars! into discouraged countries. Now newspapers in those countries are writing about the decadent, warmongering Americans. I'd like to see just one of those countries that is gloating over the erosion of the United States dollar build its own airplane. Does any other country in the world have a plane to equal the Boeing Jumbo Jet, the Lockheed Tri-Star, or the Douglas DC10? If so, why don't they fly them? Why do all the International lines except Russia fly American Planes? Why does no other land on earth even consider putting a man or woman on the moon? You talk about Japanese technocracy, and you get radios. You talk about German technocracy, and you get automobiles. You talk about American technocracy, and you find men on the moon -! not once, but several times - and safely home again. You talk about scandals, and the Americans put theirs right in the store window for everybody to look at. Even their draft-dodgers are not pursued and hounded. They are here on our streets, and most of them, unless they are breaking Canadian laws, are getting American dollars from ma and pa at home to spend here. When the railways of France, Germany and India were breaking down through age, it was the Americans who rebuilt them. When the Pennsylvania Railroad and the New York Central went broke, nobody loaned them an old caboose. Both are still broke. I can name you 5,000 times when the Americans raced to the help of other people in trouble. Can you name me even one time when someone else raced to the Americans in trouble? I don't think there was outside help even during the San Francisco earthquake. Our neighbors have faced it alone, and I'm one Canadian who is damned tired of hearing them get kicked around. They will come out of this thing with their flag high. And when they do, they are entitled to thumb their nose at the lands that are gloating over their present troubles. I hope Canada is not one of those." Stand proud, America! carholme
  13. Skidz; Thanks for being responsible enough to answer some of the questions. I wish your organization every success. carholme
  14. Heliguy has hit the nail on the head. All through these threads, anytime someone has asked what HEPAC is going to do, they have been told that you have to join so that a group of people will be able to present ideas, create the ruling structure, etc., to get this off the ground. Yet, unilaterally you have submitted a proposal to TC regarding SMS. licensing etc. Who gave you the right to do this and what if HEPAC fails to attract enough members to become a viable entity? On what strength did HEPAC make this proposal without a proper board of governance and the capacity to support such an objective? What credibility do you think this gives HEPAC in the infancy stage, presenting a major undertaking like this? As much as I am against HAC taking over, they can at least claim to have a qualified and historic organization, with credibility in dealing with major issues of our industry. For sure, at this time any credibility that the idea of HEPAC may have has been seriously damaged by certain individuals who claim to represent it. People jump all over Twisted Spar for his comments but he puts the truth right there to be examined. He may be blunt but the measure of the organization is the response it provides to prospective members. How have you affected the credibility of the people in this industry by pre-supposing to have the authority to even submit such a proposal to TC without the organization to support it? Though the association may have merit, joining should not be a pre-requisite for information. Quite frankly, anything that has been offered to date is about as much information as any of the other internet scams offer. carholme
  15. You have to remember that many of the new guys being checked out on the mediums are younger than the a/c itself. Speaking of MQN. we had it in Norman Wells and Inuvik in the early 70s, flown by guys like Jimmy D, when he wasn't dreaming about his cement sailboats. The first 212 course I attended was 1970 for Bow Helicopters for their first 212. BHF. The guys I was on course with were Jake the Snake, Jack L. and Russ S. carholme
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