The Ottawa Airport Watch 20/20 initiative first event took place on saturday, 9 February 2019.
The members had the chance to tour the Ornge helicopter facility in Ottawa.
Tour of Transport Canada Hanger, 27 April 2019
On 27 April 2019, OAW volunteers were given an exclusive tour of Ottawa International Airport’s Transport Canada Aircraft Services hanger, which houses air elements belonging to Transport Canada, the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF), and Coast Guard. The group was permitted inside two of 412 (Transport) Squadron’s CC-144 Challenger jets, used to provide air transport to Canadian and foreign government officials. Transport Canada technicians also showcased their extensive maintenance facilities and their ongoing work on a number of utility and SAR helicopters, notably a Bell 206, LongRanger, 407, 429, and CH-146 Griffons.
The volunteers would like to thank personnel from Transport Canada, the Royal Canadian Air Force, and the Coast Guard for presenting to volunteers and for their support of the Ottawa Airport Watch program.
The OAW would like to once again extend their appreciation to Ornge for welcoming us into their home.
Captain Pearson’s Presentation at the Annual General Meeting, 23 March 2019
As part of the Ottawa Airport Watch Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 23 March 2019, Captain Robert (Bob) Pearson provided volunteers with an in-depth presentation on the famous Air Canada Flight 143, known as the “Gimli Glider.” In 1983, Capt Pearson’s Boeing 767-200 ran out of fuel at 41,000 feet, resultant of an error by ground/fueling crew procedures. With 69 souls onboard the aircraft, Captain Pearson and First Officer Maurice Quintal were able to perform an emergency landing in Gimli, Manitoba on a former Air Force runway, then being used as a motor racing track. Ms Pearl Dion, who was a passenger on Flight 143, also attended the AGM and shared the unique experience of the Gimli Glider’s passengers on that memorable day.
The volunteers would like to thank Captain Pearson and Ms Dion for their participation in this year’s AGM and for their support of the Ottawa Airport Watch program.