Helicopter Tour - July 31, 2006
Pat paid for our helicopter tour as my birthday present. Rather than drive to the lakeshore, we decided to start out from home at 9:00 AM and take the TTC to the Subway . . . South to Union Station . . . West on the 509 car to Stadium Road (One street West of Bathurst) . . . and South from Lakeshore Road to the Airport Ferry. We arrived before 10:30 AM.Click on the thumbnail photo to obtain a larger version.
The Airport Ferry Boat
After we obtained our Flight Pass in the office on the second floor, we had a cup of coffee in the lounge and were invited into the hangar. I chatted with the pilots about a breakfast flight to the Island Airport back in 1948 (before they were born). The cost was about $5 for a coffee with bacon, eggs and toast. I recalled that the control tower was further East beside the restaurant. I had flown the aeronca high wing monoplane (letters CF-DNO and CF-DFL) as well as the gypsy moth aircraft. I noted the letters were now C-F### and C-G###. There was a pile of rocks at the west end of the runway back then. and the call letters for Malton (Pearson International Airport) were YZ (dah-dit-dah-dah dah-dah-dit-dit) instead of today's YYZ.
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Pat's Photos of the Birthday Tour
Doug's Video Summary