There is enough bad news going around these days and I think we are entitled to some positive information as we navigate our way through the hurdles placed before us.
To our pilots who are finding ways to safely get in some flying time, congratulations. Of course, right now it is limited to flying with family members only. However, I am optimistic that there will be better times ahead.
There are several ways to keep in touch with our aviation community through the various “zoom” meetings being hosted by club supporters. Wednesday Dutch Lunch and TGIF, hosted by Devin Campbell, are available to all interested parties. IMC meetings are also a good way to stay involved and to talk about the myriad of issues relating to flight safety. Warren Le Grice hosts these meetings and would be happy to add you to his list of regular visitors. Contact Devin if you wish to be added to the list of invitees for either of these options (email@example.com).
Someone once said they manage by “walking around”. It’s amazing what you learn by doing so. I discovered that there is an active community in our hangars which I wish I had known when I still had my Mooney. The amateur-built aircraft guys have a lot to share and you would learn a lot by visiting them as they engage in plying their craft. They are there most evenings but certainly on weekends. See what they have to offer.
I am pleased to announce that the vacant SBS hangar slip has been walled off and leased out by YXX Hangars on a 90-day notice to vacate. We are now receiving revenue from this lease that produced nothing in the past.
That’s all for now. In the meantime, stay safe and healthy and keep positive when it seems such a challenge these days.
The idea of circumnavigating the state of Alaska, British Columbia, and the Northwest Territories in a single-engine aircraft is the last thing I imagined doing when I started working on my pilot’s licence five years ago.
The Give Hope Wings Northwest Expedition I joined was made up of eight pilots in three aircraft. We took off from Pitt Meadows on June 15th, 2019. Over the next three-weeks we visited thirty-six remote towns and villages and raised $250,000 which funded one thousand flights for Canadian families in need.
Some of my highlights were:
– Virginia Falls: where we discovered waterfalls twice the height of Niagara’s.
– In Inuvialuktun, N.W.T.: the mayor Natasha presented each of us with an honorary Arctic Circle Certificate of Passage.
– Denali National Park: where we witnessed an avalanche for the first time.
– The day we flew out into the Bering Sea. We went as close to the Russian boarder as we
could—without causing an international incident. The snow-capped Siberian mountains were visible in the distance. Below us were two small islands, Little Diomede—in Alaska and Big Diomede—in Russia. Only 2.5 miles apart they straddle the dateline, creating a twenty-four-hour time difference.
While the expedition was an adventure it was the warm-hearted people I remember the most. In one remote outpost a radio operator shared her deep sadness over the sudden loss of her young nephew. She asked me for a hug. Deeply touched, I obliged.
Along the way we received countless words of thanks and appreciation from people who have used Hope Air’s services before. On our last night in the little town of Sandspit, on Moresby Island, a waitress wouldn’t take our money when she found out who we were and what we were doing. Her family and several friends had used Hope Air a number of times.
All Canadians enjoy universal health care. However, many people living in remote communities cannot afford access to that care. Hope Air bridges the gap between home and hospital.
Give Hope Wings Coast to Coast 2021
Next June a fleet of fifty planes will fly across Canada—twice—and raise $1 Million as a part of the Give Hope Wings Coast to Coast Expedition. The money we raise will fund four thousand flights for families in need. This expedition will be broken up into three separate tours; Southern, Eastern, and Northern. You can fly one, or all of them, the choice is yours.
Hope Air’s services are always needed but have become especially necessary during the COVID-19 crisis. Mark your calendar and join the team now.
For more information feel free to contact me, or Hope Air directly –