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Flight Before Christmas
Twas the week Before Christmas, the bureaucrats frantic.
The whizz bangs in Haines Junction would lead them in panic.
For Santa was coming; he comes by air donʼt you know,
and lands off the runway, “Oh no, what a blow!”
“And what of his cargo, might he not overload?”
“What if he arrives while weʼre plowing the road?”
“I heard he oft carries coal.”, one cried in despair,
“Thats a dangerous good, it must not go by air.”
So with overtime authorized, coffee n donuts ordered in,
Cost was no object, they must prevent such a sin.
And with DM approval, three more were hired,
Just To deal with the emails the mandarins fired.
The more that they huddled, and whispered and schemed,
The more policy they reviewed, the worse that it seemed.
For his sack wasnʼt licensed, nor insured donʼt you see,
One cried; “Whats our Ministers risk from ReinDeer Pee”.
“We could close a runway, and save us a buck.”
“Blame Transport Canada, then run, dodge and duck.”
“We cant let it happen, but a NOTAM will do,
to stop him from landing, and cover butts too”
Yes, the creativity seen in that dark government hell,
Would make any Yukon taxpayers heart swell.
And, in the dark of the evening, by the pale VASIS light,
An accident did occur, but it wasnʼt from flight.
See a Civil Servant collapsed, while jumping conclusions,
She fell off her chair and suffered contusions.
“We knew this was risky” they all shouted, “Hooray”,
“Lets make a law!”.....”Prohibit flying by sleigh!”
“Make Santa responsible for any transgression”,
“Of what ?” “Doesnʼt matter, put our lawyers in session.
So you see, for us pilots or owners, the moral is cruel,
For try as we might to follow their rule,
At YTG it doesnʼt matter if your naughty or nice,
when comes to AVIATION, only NONE will suffice.
I hope everyone sees this with good humour, Merry Christmas and best seasons wishes to all, bureacrats included.
Flying this past summer
Some of us flew up to Dawson City to visit Dan Reynolds, enjoy his hospitality, and learn a bit more about flying light aircraft. It was a tremendous event. I got to fly Helmet Schoeners Storch for a a good demo. Loved it, that Rotax 912 is easy to like. Its hard not to learn something with people like Dan, Rod and Ken Rombough (and Tammy), and all the others with such diverse experience.
When I got back I finally got my SCOUT out of the hanger, got the annual done, and flew it down to Schwatka Lake. Rob and MaryAnn Lewis happened to be on the hill over the dam with a camera and provided the following pictures of the conclusion of that event;
Good job, thanks Rob.
Around the World
I took six months and travelled around the world with the family. I saw countries with almost no light general aviation (most of South East Asia), places with relatively lots (Australia), and some in between (South Africa and France).
While in Australia I stopped at a few museums and airstrips and saw the whole range of recreational aircraft, some builders, and lots of quality military restorations. The best I encountered was at the Southern Australian Aviation Museum in Adelaide. These guys have their act together. Their collection is extensive and their restoration shop was remarkable. Oh, and they are a great bunch of guys, very willing to take time out to show a foreign pilot around. ( Check them out at http://www.saam.org.au/ ).
South Africa was the most memorable, partly because Francois Duval let me fly his YAK-18 while we were visiting him in Howick. Years ago I got to fly a YAK 52 and they are obviouslly the same breed, tough, solid, and roomy. But, the 18 can take 4 people upside down, although we did it with only 2.
Years ago South Africa was the target of complete economic and political sanctions, so technology was denied them. Politics aside, to their credit they became self-reliant and the assortment of light aircraft spread there today was a surprise to me. I didn’t realize they had built their own arms industry including nuclear weapons, conventional weapons, and aircraft like the “Denel Rooivalk” (google it if your into helicopters). In many ways South Africa is a pretty class act, their future will be tough but the strength of the people will see them through.
Yukon in 2014
Reviewing the airport condition I see a few new aircraft on the line this summer, but an equal number have dissappeared I fear. No net gain there. And the economy seems to have cut some of the commercial activity back too. The City of Whitehorse is trying to eliminate float planes on Schwatka lake through increased rules and fees, the implementation of a complex licensing regieme, and trying to force existing and long-time opperators to relocate.
The Yukon Governments promised to have all their construction complete by September 2013, turns out they are nearly finished in October 2014. 13 months late and (rumour has it) $1.9 Million turned into more than $12.0 Million? I see there are a couple of more permanent Government employees down in the terminal building now.
Someone should write a book?
Check out changes in our "Classifieds" page. Send a list of your items and I will post it free.
Finally, here is a good photo from Janet Saunders;
Flying Politics - Editorials & Issues
I think we all feel the next few years will be pivotal in the future of private aviation in North America, including the Yukon. It is my goal to ensure my son can enjoy the adventure of personal flight when he gets older. It would be nice to think that there won't be so many needless rules that it will be impossible. It would be nice too, if the waste of public money (mine now, his soon) was minimized in the process. That is my goal. If you think you may agree , turn to this page have a look around, and maybe then put your politicians on notice of our simple expectations. Don't expect someone else to speak out on your behalf! Organizations by deffinition have many views, hence many competing issues and objectives. All types of voices are needed.
Learn all about Flying on Skis in Yukon
Local Bush Pilot, Trapper, and Surgeon Dave Storey has written a remarkable story on flying on skis in the Yukon Bush. This story is comlete with an excellent collection of photographs.Click HERE to go to this page.
Interested in Yukon Flying History?
Check out Bob Camerons excellent new book; "Yukon Wings", it is the deffinitive work on flying up here from 1920 to 1970. It is full of rare and interesting photos, facts, and anecdotes too. Hopefully he will follow it with a work covering 1970 to now?
Make sure you check out the excellent story about flying helicopters in Northern Yukon in 1962 written by Kit Cain who brings alive the experience of mosquitos, engine failures, and isolation in the pioneering days of Northern aviation. Look at our "History" page for the links.
Yukon Transportation Museum Action;
Yukon Transportation Museum ..... well worth a visit = (l to r) Fairchild, Skis and Engines, Ryan Monoplane, DC3
I still recommend the SPOT beacon in any event. If you are using a SPOT Beacon check out how my alerting is set up at SPOT Beacon.pdf.
If you have news of importance, an issue to raise, advice, or an article of interest please send it along and we will include it.
Looking for COPA Flight # 106 ?
COPA FlIght # 106 is a group of low-key local aviators dedicated to COPA objectives. Check their web-page for meetings or events by Clicking HERE.