Mike Nash sends us this information and memory -
Regarding ‘Readers Feedback’ in the NetLetter #1387 of March 25, 2018 from Hugh MacCallum concerning the Catalina Canso which had planned to fly across Canada. In his summary of NetLetter readers who had responded to his original article, Hugh incorrectly stated that I “worked for either CPA or PWA at the Prince George airport.”
He was correct that I have an interest in, and have written about aviation. I had contacted him to inquire whether the Catalina’s itinerary would include YXS, but I have never worked at the airport there. I have been a resident of Prince George for 40 years this month, having previously worked for Air Canada in the 1970’s as Supervisor of Communications Software in Toronto.
I was interested in your historical article about Harbour Air under ‘Odds and Ends’ in the same issue of Netletter.
I happily flew with them many times in recent years between the YVR floatplane base and Victoria Harbour during a six-year tenure as a part-time board member with BC’s Forest Practices Board, sometimes in the right hand seat when the opportunity arose.
But Harbour Air has a lesser known connection to BC’s interior:
I have a very fond memory of chartering a Harbour Air Beaver out of Tatogga Lake for a 12-day backpacking traverse of the Spectrum Range through Mount Edziza Provincial Park in August 1996. We were flown into Arctic Lake, just south of the park (taking advantage of a narrow and unexpected weather window late in the day) by an older bush pilot (the best kind) whose business card said simply “Murray Wood, Canadian Bush Pilot.”
Twelve days, 110 kilometres of rugged backpacking, two tense grizzly bear encounters, and several mountain ranges later, Murray made several tries in marginal weather before successfully picking us up at Buckley Lake just south of the Stikine River. If you’ve never flown at treetop height in the remote back country in a Beaver, it’s pretty exciting!
I'm wondering if someone has a little bit of history about the 12 B767-200s that were purchased early in 1980s that they would be willing to share. I have been collecting aircraft parts related to Air Canada's B767-200s for some time and would enjoy reading some facts behind each of the aircraft.
Perry included this information in a later e-mail –
Jack Schofield sends this information -
I am currently designing a book written by retired TCA/AC captain Jim Griffith paralleling his flight experiences with the history of TCA / Air Canada. Details will be in the NetLetter when available. Jim Griffith sends us a copy of the book cover.
As a matter of interest, there are many aviation would be authors out there. Canadian Aviator magazine is receiving submissions from writers who believe they have a story worth telling and publishing. This is not a self-publishing deal but a traditional publishing program.
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And check this out: issuu.com/coastdog2/docs/catalogue_2