served as the Administrator of the NetLetter from 2010 to 2018 and developed this website and the current design of The NetLetter.
You can review Alan's contributions to the NetLetter in the Article Archive under Alan's Space at the left.
Alan's Bio in his own words
I was born in Hamilton, Ontario and lived there until I joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1968. I didn't really know what I would be doing there, I just wanted to learn a trade. Seems that my aptitude tests had me slated to be a "photographer" or an "Airframe Technician. I was mechanically inclined as I had been fixing bicycles, motorcycles and cars for many years. So an "Airframe Technician" it was.
I look back on it now and figure that was the best single decision that I ever made as it led to becoming an AME a few years later at "Peninsula Air Service" in Mt. Hope Airport (near Hamilton) and then led to a job with Nordair in Montreal. After a short time with Nordair, I was hired by Air Canada in 1974.
I worked in Line Maintenance in YUL from 1974 to 1986 when I transferred to Vancouver (another wise move). In 1989 I received my B727 license as a Certificated Aircraft Technician followed by a A320 license and then a Boeing 747 license. Again working on Line Maintenance which I enjoyed as everyday was different.
I started my company called Real Magic Online in 1995 and started a BBS (Bulletin Board System)
I took early retirement after 28 years in 2002 and being a Nerdy type guy, I joined a company called Nerds On Site as POD Leader for Vancouver. That led to expanding my own business (Real Magic) as well as the ACFamily Network, the NetLetter and others. We currently have over 80 clients including the Pionairs and the CAHS.
(last updated April , 2019)