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.

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.

Tour of the Canada Aviation and Space Museum Reserve Hangar, 11 May 2019

The volunteers of Ottawa Airport Watch would like to extend our most sincere
thanks to the staff of the Canada Aviation and Space Museum (CASM) for their
invitation to attend an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the facility’s Reserve
Hanger on 11 May 2019.

With her extensive knowledge and evident passion for all things aviation and
history, our tour guide, Jillian, provided the group with some exceptional
opportunities for photos, stories, and historical tidbits regarding some of the most
best known (as well as lesser known) pieces of the museum’s extensive collection.

Such highlights include the venerable Bristol Bolingbroke IVT, Canadair C-54GM
North Star and CP-107 Argus 2, Consolidated Liberator GR VIII, the de Havilland
Chipmunk 2, Otter, Twin Otter, Dash 7, Tiger Moth, Mosquito BXX, Vampire I, a
Lockheed CC-130E Hercules (the longest serving E Herc in the RCAF, in fact), the
Quickie home-built tandem-winged kit aircraft, Vickers 757 Viscount, and many,
many more renowned aircraft, past and present.

Thank you once again to our fellow aviation enthusiasts at CASM for an
extraordinarily special, behind-the-scenes look at your collection!

The OAW would like to once again extend their appreciation to Ornge for welcoming us into their home.


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