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21 minutes ago, DGP said:

I have pics of their ships in Ft Smith...1979...one of the Alouettes was upside down in a swamp...and the Gazelle and I had a close encounter in the smoke over the airport!

GOCA was the gazelle... I had a ride down the river and we either hit or were **** close to Vne...

 

1 hour ago, DGP said:

Did Bob Ough work for Hughes back in the 70's...if so I think I know the other guy.

I believe he did.... and Tony someone sold the original 520N to calgary police....

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I remember Dave very well, when he was the engineer for Northern Helicopters in Norman Wells and Gerry Nel was the pilot. That would have been the late 60s or very early 70s.I was the base engineer fo

When the Allouette first arrived in Canada, in 1958 I believe, my father, Jack Charleson, who was working for Okanagan Helicopters at the time, arranged for my two sisters and me to have a short ride.

I'm writing a history presentation for the upcoming Vertical Flight Society (www.vtol.org) Forum 78 in May 2022 on the early history of Aerospatiale (Sud Aviation) and MBB Helicopters in North America

Tony Brown sounds about right...the guy I know is Richard Airlie...pretty sure they both worked for Hughes Heli before going with EuroCopter...Richard then went with Bell and has retired.

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I was at Great Lakes Helicopters(GLH) from 74-78, we operated 2 Gazelles (C-GDUG - light/dark orange was one, can't recall the other registration was red/white).  Dave Dunstan was our Aerospatiale rep - great guy.   Not the same GLH in Cambridge, Ont.  My time at Kenting/Klondike we had 2 Alouette III's.   

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21 minutes ago, highbladedown said:

I was at Great Lakes Helicopters(GLH) from 74-78, we operated 2 Gazelles (C-GDUG - light/dark orange was one, can't recall the other registration was red/white).  Dave Dunstan was our Aerospatiale rep - great guy.   Not the same GLH in Cambridge, Ont.  My time at Kenting/Klondike we had 2 Alouette III's.   

Wasn't any EuroCopters at Klondike when I was there in 1974...Bell and Hillers and a couple of Sikorsky S-58...must have just missed you buddy!

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Anyone still around from the Bullock Wings & Rotors or the early days of Alouette II operations use at James Bay?

I remember Gaspar and Ian Powick were Aerospatiale sales reps in the 1970s and early 1980s. Ian has passed away.

Anyone know where Gaspar might be ... or Dave Dunstad?

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Hey there carholme...from one ex kenting guy to another...Our buddy Grant flew Kentings twinstar up until they pulled the pin in Canada and went to T-land...with Andy A and the two 412's.

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