Meet the 26-year-old airline captain and her 19-year-old co-pilot
(Source - CNN)
Their combined ages are just 45. But that didn't stop 26-year-old captain Kate McWilliams and her 19-year-old co-pilot Luke Elsworth from flying hundreds of passengers to their destinations this week.
The young pilots manned a flight from London to Malta, after McWilliams earlier passed a course ascending to the rank of captain. Their employer, the British carrier EasyJet, believes McWilliams has become the world's youngest commercial airline captain -- with co-pilot Elsworth also one of the country's youngest co-pilots.
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Fokker F28 Fellowship
The Netherlands built F28 is a regional jet that was operated by several airlines in Canada from 1986 to 2004. I have not been able to confirm which airline was the first introduce this fleet but it was probably Time Air which operated a fleet of 10 of the aircraft domestically and on transborder routes.
C.A.I.L acquired Time Air in the early nineties and rebranded it as Canadian Regional Airlines. Canadian Regional continued to add to the fleet and at one time was the largest F28 operator in the world.
My attempts to track them down has been quite challenging. RZJets.net list 34 aircraft that at one time were registered to Canadian Regional. I count 15 of which that had been sold to Quest Aviation Holdings of Saskatoon shortly after the merger with Air Canada.
I found an image of twelve of the aircraft parked at Saskatoon airport at Vitualglobetrotting.com and a gallery of images in an article in the Saskatoon Star Phoenix from June 25, 2013.
Can any of our readers confirm that these aircraft are still parked in Saskatoon?
Frank Pedder has sent us this photo of a Pionairs Coffee Group meeting of P & F Stores and Purchasing at the Manoir in Lachine on October 6th, 2016.
In our photo of the dozen attendees from the left are: Bhisham "Kumar" Sindhwani, Julian Ireland, Jamie Palmer, Real Dufort, Denis Leduc, Gary Porter, Marcel Dionne, Joe Nagy, Frank Pedder, Robert "Bee-bob" Gagnon, Frank Dominick and Danny Sup.
Thanks again to Marcel Dionne for the great photos.
ACFN Obituary site nearly completed.
We have made great progress on the ACFamily Obituary web site and plan to announce its opening in the next NetLetter (#1354). We have some final adjustments to make and also need to finish importing nearly 300 obits from the old site. The site will be completely searchable and will be funded using donations made to the ACFN. (more on this later as well).
We know that not everyone is "into" obits, but as we all age many of our airline friends and colleagues will pass before we do. The most important aspect of the site is to be aware of the passing of former colleagues in a timely manner so you can attend their service if desired.
We also found a need to build a permanent (at least as permanent as the internet can be) site to honour the past and present airline employees who have contributed to Canadian aviation. There's no need to be inducted into any "Aviation Hall of Fame" *** to be recognized in the ACFN Obituary area.
After many requests to post obits in the past year, we have been busy creating the new site to replace the old one which was obsolete and difficult to maintain.
Subscribers to the NetLetter (and anyone else), will be invited to post obituaries for their loved ones that were Air Canada, TCA, Canadian, CP Air, etc. employees. More info next week.
Alan and the NetLetter Team
*** This is not meant to be a slight against the CAHF which can be found at: www.cahf.ca, we realize that not everyone can be a hero, leader or innovator.