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Pictures from other units, or ATC related information that just didn't fit into other pages, or sometimes, pictures of unnamed persons or places.
     From time to time people send in pictures or send a story from their experiences. So if you find a picture from your past
or just want to tell a story, sent it all along. One of the great things about the internet is the ability to find out more about something you just read.
Perhaps it rekindles an old memory and you want to find out more about the subject.
Checkout Vancouver ACC in 1948.
  Latest update: April 14, 2019

Grant Downe's Collection - 1987 (sent in By E. Downes 2016)
NCTI NCTI  1987 Management Skills Program - NCTI, Cornwall Ontario

 left photo: Grant Downes second from left. Looks like Gary Hollier to the right of the lady.
 right photo: Grant Downes, back row, 4th from left. Looks like Gary Hollier, middle row, 3rd from right.
 Toga graduation party for the Management Skills Program.

  Thanks to Elizabeth Downes

    Summerside PEI - 1940    


... a photo (with legend) of my Uncle Philip Mayo, when he was learning to fly c1940.

He put the names of the other two officers on the back, and I just Googled Vic Skinner, Winnipeg.
Philip (Capt. P.A.R.Mayo) went on to fly spitfires in the Battle of Britain and was a commercial pilot after the war until he retired. He passed away in 2005, aged 87. His brother (my uncle David) was shot down and killed in a Lancaster at Sint Niklaas, Belgium, returning from a raid over Duisberg, two weeks before D-day.
My grandfather RGE Mayo was a captain in the army in WW1, being awarded the Military Cross at Passchendale. He was then a Squadron Leader in the RAF in WW2. My Mum was also in the WAAF in WW2."
Regards, Phil How - Hertfordshire, England..        Sometimes an unexpected email just makes your day.    pg

    Thompson FSS - Christmas 1980    

Photo courtesy of Terry Ferguson, NAVCANADA Shift Manager at WG ACC.        added February 2015

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    Al Yeadon's (YUL-HQ-VR) Experience With ICAO - 1960    
   ... as a matter of interest, the Jean Paul Fournier who was the DOT Inspector in the 1950 photo sent to you by Dave Hilchie later became the Montreal Regional Superintendent of Air Regs, or perhaps it was accident investigation. He was the lead investigator in the CP DC4 crash 40 miles southwest of Quebec City in 1957 (79 killed).
  When Frank Levesque and I arrived in the Congo in August 1960, Paul was the Chef de Mission for ICAO and he offered the two of us to live in a villa that he was renting from a Belgian woman who had fled and returned to Brussels. One evening Paul told us that he had resigned from the DOT because OW would not act on his recommendation to shut down the airline. Apparently, the fledgling airline had committed so many errors that Paul felt that he had no choice. He went on to have a very successful career with ICAO including being among the investigators of the Dag Hammarskjold crash in Northern Rhodesia in 1961. He sat beside me for one of my last tasks before returning to YUL (as the first witness called before the UN Investigation Board).
ICAO mission to Belgian Congo 1960
  Photo taken in front of our villa: Paul Fournier, me, Bill Brownlee, a Scottish Canadian radio tech, Frank and Bill Routliffe, also a Canadian controller from Quebec.

(Ed note: Another reference and picture of JP Fournier are to be found in the Wifred Hilchie section of the YUL webpage)

    Ottawa Headquarters - 1970's    
  These pictures are displayed at their actual sizes. I leave it up to the reader to provide the names.
  On the left, ATC headquarters, on the right, Ops Eval
TC ATC Headquarters staff TC ATC Ops Eval

    Winnipeg - 1959    

Winnipeg   This picture comes from Nora Edwards. I believe the year to be 1959.

back row   L-R: John Dacziw, Norm Dyck, Don Morton, Al Cochran. Doug Martin

front row   L-R: Gus Morier, Don Edwards, Al Sutherland, Dale Stinson, John D's son

    OPs Eval - 1970s    

Wisemen   Known as the "wisemen", this was headquarters Operational Evaluation team in the 1970s.

back row   L-R: Pierre Sauve, (John MacNeill?), Al Yeadon, Jack Penney, Nick Odyninki, Floyd Kelly, Don Parrish, Tom Fudakowski

front rows  L-R: Doug Buchanan, Chuck McQuaig, Ned Taylor, Don Piercey

Wisewomen   We all know that behind every "wiseman" there is an even stronger "wisewoman"...

back row   L-R: Eileen, Pat, Joanne, Shelia, Helen, Eleanor, Janet

front rows  L-R: Cynthia, Marilyn, Edna, Susanne, Mickie

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    Montreal - before 1968    

Montreal ACC   I've had this picture for some time, tucked away for safekeeping... right!

  Montreal Enroute sectors, pre 1968.

  Several retired controllers have tried to figure out who's who, but the tenacity
  of Al Yeadon (AJ) and the infallible memory of Jack Penney (JP), has convinced
  me that the controller on the left is Jean Blais. So the order is, left to right;

  Jean Blais, Al Hunter and Ben Levesque.

    Kenora - 2009    

Lancaster bomber   Sometimes things just fall into place.
  The only flying Lancaster bomber in Canada was on its way back East from
  Winnipeg while I was at our cottage near Kenora. Our son is a controller
  in WG ACC and together with another aviation minded controller, they found
  out when the Lanc left Winnipeg and phoned me. I added 30mins to the time
  and then drove to a good viewing area. 5 mins later I heard the rumble of
  RR Merlins and the Lanc appeared, flying at about 1500ft.
  What a great sight in the clear blue sky.

Bob Parker's Collection (2010) - Newfoundland
  For a couple of years, well at least 1 year, Bob Parker has been promising to send along some ATC pictures. In mid January 2010, Bob sent along a number of photos. I will add pictures as I find names for the people in some of photos, but I will start with pictures that can be readily identified. Bob has had a life-long interest in aviation and thankfully brought along his camera on many occasions.
  It's hard to imagine that some 80 years ago, aviation was in its infant stage and regular transatlantic flights were Harbour Grace NL only a dream. From Wikipedia; "As trans-Atlantic aviation became more popular in the 1920 and '30s, many aviation pioneers chose to make their crossing from the nearby Harbour Grace airfield due to its proximity to continental Europe. Altogether, some twenty flights left Harbour Grace from 1927 to 1936 in their attempts to cross the Atlantic. Amelia Earhart took flight from Harbour Grace on May 20, 1932, to become only the 3rd person and the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic. "
Harbour Grace NL Harbour Grace NL   The first picture is looking East towards the Atlanic, and Europe, many hours away. The second photo is facing West and it the direction most of these early flights took off. Early aviators were smart to use gravity to provide additional speed as they were almost always over gross weight.
  Here is an interesting link to more information about Harbour Grace.
CZQX CZQX   Gander Centre, CZQX, has long been one of the best air traffic control facilities in the world and was one of the first to utilize computers as GAATS dates into the mid 1960s! Did I mention Newfoundland pride? Check out the flag. This went up on the wall many years ago during Transport Canada days. Perhaps it's still there...

  The evening eastbound flow. Gander operates something like an accordian. In the late afternoon and early evening it is quiet, then the evening eastbound flow starts and the center gets very busy. When the flow is over it is quiet again until late at night, or early in the morning if you prefer, the westbound flow begins and the center again shifts into high gear, scravell'in gear to the locals.

Bob Parker's Collection (2010) - Maritimes
  These days, at many of Canada's airports that have a control tower, the structures are modern and filled with many computerized systems. Heck, they're even air-conditioned! It wasn't always like that. Thanks to Bob Parker's good sense to carry a camera we can see the old and new.
SJZ QMZ NB   Near right: I've never been to Moncton airport but the old tower is similar to other "old ones". Bet it was cold in the winter!!

  Far right: View from the old SJ tower, looking West.
SJZ SJZ   A couple of pictures taken inside the cab of the old Saint John tower.

  Far left: Standing on the left is David Publicover, and on ground that's Terry Chase.
  Near left: David Publicover on ground and Shaun Miekle on the air mike.
SJZ SJZ   Saint John tower

  I contacted John (JJ) Corbett to put names to faces in the above SJ photos. In turn, Vic Boymook, Brendan Boymook and Dave Publicover were contacted. Turns out that in the 1960s,Vic was a Nav on Argus. My good friend Hugh McCallum was an RO on the Argus during those years. Gotta love the internet for making connections! Thanks to John Corbett and Bob Parker.

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Bob Parker's Collection (2010) - Vancouver
  First off, the view, some say the best in Canada.
  I cannot argue the point although Dorval always seemed pretty good to me..

  The only person I recognize is Al Otto - short sleeved shirt on the right.

  Thanks to Bob Parker.

    IFR OPS  1988-1991    (corrected dates - thanks Grant)

GG&EG   Likely very few of the current generation of controllers would remember the IFR OPS initiative of almost 20 years ago, however I do. That's the concept man, Gord Gibson on the right and former YZ supervisor Ernie Gauthier.

  from Chuck McCuaig (Feb2015): A little history on the last photo of the cake. It was handmade by the ladies of the IFR operations division and served at the closing party which we held in a rented room at the Minto Suites. I helped serve it up after a homemade dinner, carefully cutting out the hot air balloon in its entirety then brought it over to the Gordo who was holding court with a few select others. Always being the wise guy I presented it to him with the comment for all to hear."Now Gord don't you think for a minute that this might be symbolic of you being full of hot air". He gave me one of his patented sly little grins with no comment and accepted the cake. God bless his soul.

    National JETS Course #8 - 1981    

Ottawa     This picture of early ATC automation course comes from Dennis Knelson. He believes the year to be 1981.

    back row   L-R:   John Mardsen, John Evans, ?? , ??, Don Maclean
    back row   L-R:   ?Brown?, Dennis Knelsen, ??, ??, Wayne Sherriff
    front row   L-R:    Roley Reimer, Al Smith, ?? (guy from Gander).

    Vancouver - 1948    

  Joe Russo sent along this photo of Vancouver ACC, likely 1948

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