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  1. I just got word today that another Canadore classmate passed away after a short illness. A short while ago we lost our classmate Hugh Andrews, this morning it was Herb Johnston. Here is a note his wife sent me today. Herb could make us laugh like no other in college. It's pretty evident his son Brook has the same sense of humour as the old man!: "Hello, this is Angella . We have some sad news to share about Herb... He passed away early this morning . I have attached the lovely note our son Brook composed to honour Herb's memory. Herb Johnston passed in his hometown of Almonte on November 19th, with his wife and best friend Angella close beside him following an aggressive case of cancer. Herb was one cool customer. He flew helicopters and planes, sailed boats, played guitars, travelled the world with his family, and selflessly dedicated his life to providing for his eternally grateful wife Angella and son Brook. He was a hard-working, deeply funny and loving man who, outside of a few questionable fashion choices, always did the right thing and constantly put the people he cared about ahead of himself. He and Angella met in Uranium City. She was a geologist and he was her pilot with “the same number of takeoffs as landings”. A couple years later he proposed in Nepal, followed by a mountaintop wedding outside Canmore; a fittingly unorthodox beginning to a beautiful 30 year marriage, highlighted by the birth of their tremendously good looking and suave son Brook. Herb's love will forever be felt by all of us: his parents Marina + Herb, siblings Heather + Paul, and a coast-to-coast network of family, friends, and fellow pilots. Instead of flowers or donations, you can best honour Herb by living with his same sense of adventure: get outdoors, take that trip, listen to some Bob Marley and pursue the passions that give you the most joy out of this life — the same way he always did. " One love, Angella and Brook, this is Angella . We have some sad news to share about Herb... He passed away early this morning . I have attached the lovely note our son Brook composed to honour Herb's memory. Herb Johnston passed in his hometown of Almonte on November 19th, with his wife and best friend Angella close beside him following an aggressive case of cancer. Herb was one cool customer. He flew helicopters and planes, sailed boats, played guitars, travelled the world with his family, and selflessly dedicated his life to providing for his eternally grateful wife Angella and son Brook. He was a hard-working, deeply funny and loving man who, outside of a few questionable fashion choices, always did the right thing and constantly put the people he cared about ahead of himself. He and Angella met in Uranium City. She was a geologist and he was her pilot with “the same number of takeoffs as landings”. A couple years later he proposed in Nepal, followed by a mountaintop wedding outside Canmore; a fittingly unorthodox beginning to a beautiful 30 year marriage, highlighted by the birth of their tremendously good looking and suave son Brook. Herb's love will forever be felt by all of us: his parents Marina + Herb, siblings Heather + Paul, and a coast-to-coast network of family, friends, and fellow pilots. Instead of flowers or donations, you can best honour Herb by living with his same sense of adventure: get outdoors, take that trip, listen to some Bob Marley and pursue the passions that give you the most joy out of this life — the same way he always did. One love, Angella and Brook, this is Angella . We have some sad news to share about Herb... He passed away early this morning . I have attached the lovely note our son Brook composed to honour Herb's memory. Herb Johnston passed in his hometown of Almonte on November 19th, with his wife and best friend Angella close beside him following an aggressive case of cancer. Herb was one cool customer. He flew helicopters and planes, sailed boats, played guitars, travelled the world with his family, and selflessly dedicated his life to providing for his eternally grateful wife Angella and son Brook. He was a hard-working, deeply funny and loving man who, outside of a few questionable fashion choices, always did the right thing and constantly put the people he cared about ahead of himself. He and Angella met in Uranium City. She was a geologist and he was her pilot with “the same number of takeoffs as landings”. A couple years later he proposed in Nepal, followed by a mountaintop wedding outside Canmore; a fittingly unorthodox beginning to a beautiful 30 year marriage, highlighted by the birth of their tremendously good looking and suave son Brook. Herb's love will forever be felt by all of us: his parents Marina + Herb, siblings Heather + Paul, and a coast-to-coast network of family, friends, and fellow pilots. Instead of flowers or donations, you can best honour Herb by living with his same sense of adventure: get outdoors, take that trip, listen to some Bob Marley and pursue the passions that give you the most joy out of this life — the same way he always did. One love, Angella and Brook
  2. I was doing the same kind of work in 1984 (inertial nav), my last gig in the business. I was wrenching with Lakeland back in those days. I got to work all night since the chopper flew from sun up to sun down. A 500D on the Prairies. Some 'big-***' gyro operated box in the rear compartment that use to take an hour to get spinning before you could lift off. I'm betting an iPhone could do the job of all those gyros now
  3. Then I might have met you coming through Regina in the early 80's with a 500D (Lakeland). You worked for Trans Canada?
  4. Canadore Bush Camp, White Lake. 1984..........some good times had there as well.
  5. I finally found this shot from our Canadore days back in '83/84. RIP Hubert!
  6. Now that's funny..........it was me that had to go so we had to cut it short!
  7. Don't give up Pott's. It's all good. Look forward to the segments. I had lunch this past weekend with an old colleague that gave me my first stick time (back in Churchill Falls Labrador back in about 83). Andre Vandrie...............we sat around Denny's this past Sunday for three hours while he told stories of stuff he'd done since I'd seen him last 20 years ago. Some guys got the talent for telling about their lives. You're one of those Potsy! Andre is one of those guys too. Keep it up.
  8. Never knew that Wayne had passed. Great guy, as they all were. http://www.yourlifemoments.ca/sitepages/obituary.asp?oid=802833
  9. Thought I had a hydraulic oil leak on my 407.....it was just the red liquid they use to coat my AFS leaking on the deck, then making its way outside and down the fuselage...... Now I need to look in m compressor???
  10. Personally, in my business I promote great ideas. Kudus to you for sharing. As much as I use velcro in a few areas, the heat kicks the crap out of adhesives. Keep the great ideas flowing and thanks for sharing the process. Thanks Saifan! Don't let negativity bring you down or prevent you from sharing ideas.
  11. Yeah, I know. A bit of a stretch there. Cheers
  12. We're planning a trip with clients in early June beginning from Calgary and on to Inuvik/Tuk then down the coast through Skagway/Juneau and the BC coast. There may be 3 helicopters in tow here (407, L3 and a R44). I'm just looking for some insight from the guys on the board who have experience in the areas of the Yukon and Northwest Territories. Given that we may need both Jet A and AvGAs, what routing would be best. Anything more than 250nm in the Robinson is pushing it should you have a headwind, the L3 isn't good for much more than that. Personally, my butt in the seat of a 407 has even less range before I could use a break 😉. High Level to Ft Simpson, 225 nm-should be good. Ft Simpson to Norman Wells, 260nm......gets a little tighter. NW to Inuvik, 243 nm. I'm sure you can see where I'm going with all this. I'd be ok in the 407, but any head wind would kill the other two. Carrying along some jerry cans is an option, but I was hoping to avoid carrying too much. I have a basket for the 407, and will be flying slower anyways to say with the pack, so that may be the answer to my question right there. Heading south from Inuvik, does Wiley (Eagle Plains) have fuel? I've been told they do, but I've also been told that you needed to arrange for it in advance. I could do Inuvik-Dawson no problem in the 407, but I worry about the others.I think once you hit Dawson, the fuel stops are more predictable I got some great help from some of the folks on this board the last time I did a trip. Some great info on where hidden fuel cache's are etc. Hoping to have that help again here. As well, if you have any "must see" stops along this route, I'm listening there as well (I've been searching Google Earth for some of these tourist stops. If you have a great restaurant stop, also interested in that. I've attached a screenshot of the route we are planning, but we are flexible. As well, the plans could change again if the R44 Owner wasn't able to join us, but at this point, I'll start planning for the chance that all three of us would be doing the trip. As well...........if you have places we should avoid (for whatever reason) I'd like to hear that as well. As well, you will see on the attached route, I've Googled "helicopter operators" and pinned their location on the route (more so in the Yukon). If you have any that I've missed, I'd certainly appreciate it. Especially on the route coming up fro Ft Simpson/Norman Wells.
  13. I may have found the solution. I didn't realize Ascent had a base here. Message sent.
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