July 1 – Parliament Buildings of British Columbia in Victoria

This morning we begin our Canada 150 Anniversary Journey with a short flight from Abbotsford to Victoria, British Columbia, to celebrate Canada Day in Victoria.

All pilots have to talk on the radio to air traffic control from time to time and the standard procedure is to use the aircraft registration letters as a call sign to identify the aircraft. For my aircraft, a Piper Turbo Arrow IV, its registration is C-GPSE and when talking on the radio I use the call sign GPSE. For this journey across the country I figured that perhaps it would be fitting if I could use a more significant call sign, considering the intent of the journey.

Last week we were at the Canadian Owners and Pilots Association Convention and Trade Show in Kelowna, British Columbia where I had the opportunity to speak with the manager of the the Nav Canada Air Traffic Control Center in Surrey, Greg Dansereau, regarding our journey. We discussed the possibility of a special call sign and came up with “Arrow 150”.

Greg took my information regarding the journey and contacted his counterparts in headquarters in Ottawa. I was super pleased when after a few days I received a letter from Nav Canada headquarters authorizing the use of the call sign “Arrow 150” for July and August. Great! Thanks Greg!

The above is a screenshot of the first flight plan that I filed using call sign Arrow 150.

After flying from Abbotsford our high school friends, Tony and Jean, met us at the Victoria Flying Club. We have known each other from our teen years and we have kept in touch, sometimes not so often, but it was sure nice to spend this special day together. Tony and Jean got married just after high school, with Jean working and Tony still going to university. None of us had any money. They couldn’t afford a photographer at their wedding and I couldn’t afford a wedding gift. I ended up taking their wedding photos and it appears that everything “developed” nicely in the end. Today, Tony was our photographer for several of the photos on this page.

There was some construction taking place on the front of the legislature building and were unable to get on the front steps of the BC Parliament Building. With all the set-up for the Canada Day celebrations, we had to settle on the grassed area to the east for our photo with the Canada Flag.

Happy Canada Day 2017!

Happy Canada Day 2017 from downtown Victoria, British Columbia.

 

 

We headed downtown and the area was bustling with folks celebrating the holiday. Without a doubt, Victoria has to be one of the most beautiful cities in Canada, or perhaps all of North America.

Harbour Air has painted one of its Turbo Otters in the Canada 150 paint scheme and we were able to capture a photo with our Canada Flag.

Here in Victoria Harbour on the west coast we dipped our Canada Flag in the water, and providing all goes well, in a month or so we dip the Canada Flag in St. John’s Harbour on the east coast.

Every where we went we saw people wearing red (Valerie and I as well).

 

The street entertainers and just about everyone had somewhere on their person.