Wednesday, May 28, 2014

GIAA Has A New President & CEO

Our congratulations go out to Mr. Reg Wright who has been appointed as the new President and CEO for the Gander International Airport Authority
replacing the retiring Gary Vey. In the past we have had a great relationship with Reg while being Manager of Marketing and I am sure this will continue in his new position. We wish him all the best in his endeavours and that goes also to the GIAA. From where we sit their plate looks pretty full.

Monday, May 26, 2014

1967 Czech Crash Revisited

We have just posted a new page about the 1967 Czech Crash on our website. The information it contains is from an aviation column published in the Gander Beacon in December of 2013 written by Frank Tibbo. This a great column where it describes almost every detail of the flight itself, the rescue of the survivors and a very interesting hypothesis by Frank as to why this accident happened. Some very good research went into this column and worth while reading.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Back to Bomber Command

There are only 2 Lancaster bombers that are airworthy in the world. One in Canada and one in Great Britain. Canada’s Lancaster will be flying again across the North Atlantic to join her sister in an airshow this summer. The Lanc will be touching down in Newfoundland and Labrador for refuelling but unfortunately it will not be in Gander but Goose Bay. The flight route will take her over Greenland and Iceland enroute to Great Britain for a Bomber Command visit at the Royal Air Force station in Coningsby, Lincolnshire.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Gander Airport Terminal Information

Gander airport’s most used topic recently has been about the proposed replacement of the present terminal. In particular, the artistic design of the building. CBC News has recently presented a very fine video showing these items with commentary from Alan Elder, a curator for the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, about the historical and artistic significance of the Gander Airport terminal. One thing to take note during the video is that this building, constructed in the mid 1950's, was the first of it’s kind in Canada and was used as a model for other terminals across the country.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Online Petition To Preserve Gander Terminal

Since our last post with reference to the Gander Terminal, it has come to our attention that an online petition has been put in place to ask for provincial and federal support in preserving this building for it’s historical value. The petition is poorly written in that it stipulates the airport itself is up for grabs and not specifically the terminal. Other than this minor detail, we agree whole heartily in seeking this support. We also agree that the GIAA has the right to manage it’s finances prudently and do what is best for the survival of the airport itself. We are confident that the GIAA has every intention in preserving the artifacts from the present building. The problem we face now is whether or not there is enough support out there to come up with a solution that will satisfy everyone.