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It’s hard to believe we are winding down 2009. When Vancouver won the bid for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games it seemed so far away. Now, we are on short final in making preparations for the Martin Mars to do a drop for Forestry day and be part of an Aviation exhibit for the City of Richmond.
As most residences in the Alberni Valley are probably aware, the Hawaii Mars made her trip home to Sproat Lake from Southern California on Dec 9th and concluded with a couple of low passes over town to announce her arrival. The remaining gear that has supported the program for the past 5 months has all returned as well. As Log-N-Talk goes to print only the Sikorsky S76 remains in California as we await a decision by the Victoria State DSE in Australia if they will be contracting it this season.
Our 2 Fire S-61’s remain on contract in Australia, although the season has started out fairly damp and cool. It is still early though and the forecasts still predict a bad season.
XEC has now started flight support out of Longford, Australia for the Ocean Patriot, a drilling platform contracted by Esso Australia.
After a predicted slowdown in 2009 (especially in the forest sector), we hold optimism for improvements in 2010. I would like to thank all of our employees and families for there patience, perseverance and outstanding efforts in the past year.
Wishing all a Happy Holiday and prosperity in 2010
|April 09 - FXEC on the Castoro Otto off the coast
of Australia as flight support.
|February 09 - S61 working in Australia
during a fire storm.
|June 09 - S76 and Hawaii Mars at
Lake Elsinore, California.
|Sept 09 - Hawaii Mars dropping on top of Mount Wilson Station in California|