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  1. More Canadian planes:  Built for Imperial Esso (on floats), this beauty has been finished by a friend at Langley, BC and is currently airworthy.  The kit is by Roden in 1:48 scale and carries my grandfather's initials in the registration.





  2. Let me give you all some incentive:  CDN designed and built and flown by an old Canadian.  My first lesson was 02 July 1952 and soloed 6 days later.My last 2 student s on the same type in 2003.


    If I could see what I was doing and hold onto the wee bits, I'd scratch-build another truly Canadian aircraft .  Go to it guys.


    The Canuck is scratch-built in 1:32 scale right down to the Sensenich carved prop






  3. Hawk10:  Wrong!  I have operated out  of a large metro area for 30 years , instructing part time and full time at a couple of schools as well as my really full time job as a tower controller at what was 2 of  the busiest GAonly airports in Canada.  Over the period in 1992 , at our busiest time numbers of schools flourished, aircraft movements were 250,000 to 300,000 per year and within 50 mile radius there are still 4 GA airports with hundreds of aircraft...that just sit either outside growing moss or inside a whole lot of hangars.


    There are plenty of shops for maintenance and more than enough wrench-benders to go around,  But the old guys like myself at 81 are dying out and NOT being replaced by the younger digital crowd who grow hair on there thumbs from playing with their toys  


    And when most of the FTUs are owned by Off-Shore money and will not even give you the time of day...well who would spend or even think of spending money on something like flying?


    Happy New Year Guys


  4. I'm now forced to retire from just about everything Aviation due to health, but I spent 65 years flying over 100 different types from basic gliders, SGU-19 to CF-104D...dual of course., and all the while getting kicks out of my primary job of ATC.  I;ve been a flight instructor for nearly 40 years and my last two students are both very successful commercial pilots but I do not see very many young Canadians wanting to step up to the plate and spend the time learning the basics of good "stick-and-rudder" skills.  


    Most of the flying schools in the Fraser Valley are now owned by off shore interests and if you do not speak there language..stay away~you have poorly trained "other-nationals" turning out more of the same!  The costs alone can cripple a person...more than $12,000.00 for a private pilot licence.  Who can afford it.


    Hey Scooby long time no talk!  Traffic for Boundary Bay 234000 take-offs and landings,,,Pitt Meadows, 279,000 of the same but since the invasion from the left side of the Pacific those numbers are down drastically  I worked both places during the good times


    Happy New Year Guys


  5. The bulbs were Grimes P/N A1512-12. The -12 referring.to the voltage application I've changed many over the past 65 years in this business and have run a few commercial operation and NEVER stocked coloured nav lights. They were all CLEAR.

    And those Red and Green lens covers were very expensive.. :deadhorse1:

    Barney with 89 different a/c in the old logbook

  6. Nav lights, whether military or civilian are clear bulbs with coloured lenses. I can give you the part numbers if you like!. After 65 years in aviation and flown more than 80 types as well as worked on a good many, I have never come across anything different.


  7. Hi Tony: I received this print from 414 Sqn historian in 2010 and we may have talked about it previously. The original painting was done for the squadron when it was based at Comox. Somewhere I have a copy of the draft version of the book that was never printed.

    And as for your PS above, :rolleyes: I don't blame you



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