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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 27, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta lliursctciy, April 27, 1973 THE IETHBRIDGE HERAID 19 Almost anyone who wants to can learn to many do! By JOB MA Herald Stuff Writer Flying is still ait expensive experience, but it is within Hie reach of an in- t creasing ruim- j of midclle- class Ciinadi- fans. To get a ]U'U _______ j vale pilot's li- cense, you need a minimum of 40 ground liours aiid flying hours. Von should he of reasonably good health and eyesight, at least 17 years old, and be able to ford for Lnslruclion over a six lo eight month period. After you get your licence, you can rent a singlc-engincd, two sealer airplane such as Cessna 150 for SHi an hour, fuel and insurance all includ- ed. If you want to be a com- mercial pilot, you need at least 130 air hours beyond the private pilot's licence. The Lethhrictge Flying Club is the only facility in Alberta south of Calgary where you can learn to fly. The mini- mum age for learning to fly is There is no upper age livail. Medical regulations for fli- ers have been relaxed dur- ing recent years. Today, onn- eyed persons may also learn to fly and get a private pi- lot's license. Persons with corrected vision arc also per- mitted to learn to iiy. Contrary to popuHir mis- conception, flying is much safer than driving, hi fuel, slalistically flying is loo times .safer than driving. Records have established that there is one accident in every iitifl.MO flying hours, compared with one accident in every driving hours. One reason is that pilots re- alize an accident is fatal, and therefore extreme care. Inexperience uiul b a d weather account for almost all aircraft accidents, exclud- ing sahftage. PJngine failure or mechanical defects arc ex- tremely rare. To get an idea of what learning to fly is like, and other relevant information about aviation in southern Al- berta, 1 spent a Sunday morn- ing til the Lclhbridgc Flying Club. Before George Williams, a TV station advertising execu- tive and publicity officer of the club, took me into the air, 1 had coffee with about 10 club members. They included Stubb Ross of Time Airways, Stan Bro- det' of Lethbridgc Air Service, Dr. John Walker of Fort Maeleod, chief flying instruc- tor Hoy Price, Scott Kinni- burgh of Kinniburgh Spray Service in Tabcr. and Jack Rceder and Jim Gunn of Veer Aircraft Services. Dr. Walker, a general prac- titioner, took part in the Il.C. Centennial International Air Hacc from London, England, lo Victoria, IJ.C. iasl year. The number of aircraft in southern Alberta has dou- bled in the past 10 years. Today, (here are about 25 commercial atid private aircraft in an area roughly south of High River anrf Brooks 'o the Montana bor- der, and east of Die O.C. bor- der to Medicine Hat. Most of the commercial nice r a f I are operated by Time Airways, Lcthbridge Air Service, Fowler Aviation, Kinnib u r g h Spray Service and the Lelhbridge Flying Club. Farmers own most of the private aircraft, with physi- cians, lawyers and business- men the rest. The Flying Club has Irain- et' 601) to 700 pilots since the end of the Second World War. A no u profit organization situated at Kenyon Field, the club also has food, lounge, billiard and table tennis facil- ities. Besides the Cessna 150 in which Mr. Williams took me flying, the club has a four- Cherokee HO. The cost of an airplane va- ries, from about for the Cessna 150 upwards to mil- lions of dollars. In Canada and the United States, no prior assignment of altitudes by private aircraft is necessary. There are fly- ing rules, however, including east bound and west-bound aircraft flying at even and odd thousands of feet respec- tively, lo avoid collisions. There is no rule requiring all private aircraft lo have radio communications equip- ment, but 80 per cent of the privalf aircraft in southern Alberta are equipped w i t h radio sets. Pilots must have periodic medical examinations lo re- new their licences. For per- sons under 40, there must be a medical every two years; over 40, a medical ever y year. Other than those who own aircraft for recreational pur- poses, most of the private aircraft owners are persons who need: planes for farming and ranching. As lo aircraft rentals. 75 Board helps job-seekers through hire-a-student COMING TO MONTREAL? Furnished Aparlmenls Richelieu Towers Hotel Apartments' 2045 Peol Slreel (near de Maisonneuve) A Brand New Building In the Very Heart of the City! The Lelhbrhlgc public school board lias donated S100 towards tlic 1972 hire a student, pro- gram. Sponsored by Lethbrid g e Canada Manpower and various oilier local organizations, the local program formed in lias won national ac- ctaim as one of the most suc- cessful student placement pro- grams in Canada. Other local donations to- wards the scheme have amounted to S1.G50. Trustees also scanned over an evaluation of the Wcstmhv ter Elementary School Project, which involves a team-teaching approach rather than the tradi- tional one teacher per- classroom method. Various recommendations lor improve- ment were in the submission. The major pin-pose of the evaluation report was to find weaknesses in the first stage language arts section of the four part program for young- sters in Grades 5 and G- From these weaknesses cor- reclive changes will he made and the kinks are expected (o J be ironed out by the end oi J the school year. An offer by Emmanuel Chris- tian School to purchase !7 used typewriters for a typing class was held over for two weeks lo allow public school students an opportunity to purchase them first as is the customary procedure. The remaining typewriters will then be offered to the school for a fair price. Trustees gave school princi- pals permission to decide wheth- er or not short bicycle safety programs offered by the Alber- ta Motor Association and city police would be implemented at individual schools. The principle of allowing an outside group sponsored pro- gram at Ihe school level came under short but serious debate by trustees before it was de- cided to let school principals make the choice in this in- stance. Ma rath sed mayor is oppos to RCMP policing proposal ficers live in the town. The RCMP proposal is for officers to patrol the town in cars h'om Lelhbridge. have made our oprjusi- I tion known lo the attorney-gen- eral, and the mailer is now ini to him to Tanner said, "ft they only want lo close Ihe office, it's not too impor- tant, but if the officers stay in Lethbridgc, we will be incon- venienced." Mr. Leitch said in Edmonton that the matter is still under Mayor Pingrec Tanner of Magrath said today he is op- posed to the RCMP's proposal to close the police office in his lown but added the matter is now in (lie hands of provincial attorney-general Merv Leitch. ''As a matter of economy, the RCMP wants their men to live in Lethbridgc.1' Mr. Tanner said, "However, we think it would much better if the of- fices stay in Magralh." The KCMP now maintains an office in Magrath and three of- per cent of the clients want to go places in a hurry, Canadian can fly their private planes lo any- where in Canada and the Uni- ted Slates without prior ar- rangements. To tfo to other countries, passport, visa and vaccination arrangements must be made. Most of the private aircraft in southern Alberto maintain their own runways. Although an experienced pilot can take off and land a. Cess- na 15D on a few hundred feet of runway, regulations stipu- late that a runway nuisl have a minimum length of feet. Helicopters are not popular ir, southern Alberta because they arc expensive to buy and to maintain. The Lcllibridgc Flying Club is authorized by the Minis- try of Transport lo offer its instruction courses that arc classified as educational in nature, and income tax de- ductible. Persons with a private pi lot's licence can buy and fly any aircraft under pounds. To fly a plane pounds and over, a special endorsement of licence is re- quired. A commercial pilufs li- cence obtained from the Lethbridgc Flying Club, how- ever, does not huve multi- engine ruling because tlie club does not have multi-en- gine facilities. Mr. Hows, the Time Air- 1 ways president, said all his i pilots have multi-engine rat- j ing. The nearest place to gel j a multi engine rating is in Calgary. Because of its small size. the l.ethbridgfi Flying Club j cannot organize air races, air I shows, high jumping or glid- ing. Both its private pilot's and cummer e i a 1 pilot's courses do not include para- chuting. Mr, EirodtT said he and H few others inquired into the possibility of organizing a gliding club, but there was not sufficient interest. Although air races and si lows arc tiot organised lo- cally, pilots may participate in national events such as the Governor General's Air Hal ly and the Air Show in Brit- ish Columbia normally held in August. Dr. Walker, who owns a Cessna 132. recalled that he had only -100 flying hours he- hind him when he look part in the B.C. Centennial, com- peting Kid fliers who had hours and more. For obvious reasons, shall not go info details alum! pre- cautionary and (.'incrgt'iicy measures Time Airways has against hijacking or humbing threat but they do exist. Mr. Ross said Time Air- ways has a classified cock.1 In be used in case of hijacking or bombing threat, and pas- sengers and lug gage are screened before entering air- craft. Flying is fun, ami you can- not go "higher" than According to club officials, flying i.s not difficult to learn and anyone who can learn to drive should be able to learn to Ely. One feeling one lias up in (he air is that the small com- mon ciay conflicts sorv.e'hovv don't seem to matter. You have a higher, broader vision of mind when looking down. flaw Character Chungs His Shape! IDONTHAVe U ff' i A) win a prize! Meet him next week in e Herald consideration. INSURANCE LIABILITY BONDS AUTO FIRE ROSSITER AGENCIES LTD. ESTABIISHED 191) lower Floor 517 Aye. S. Phone 327-1541 B E HARDWARE Every item in our store has been reduced in price for this GIGANTIC SALE Grass Seed Peat Moss Lawn Fertilizer Garden Supplies Housewares Sporting Goods Giftwares Plaques Sherwin-Williams Paints TREMENDOUS SAVINGS WITH Fishing Tackle Light Bulbs Window Blinds Curtain Rods Drapery Rods Toys Skates Hockey Sticks Shotguns Brooms and many, many, more too numerous lo mention B E HARDWARE 416 13th St. North Phone 328-3541 Hell make his first appearance on Mon- day, May 1. Readers are invited to participate in a conies! lo make up on appropriate name for him. Although (his wacky character lias no name, he hos an unending variety of shapes. He can be anything he wanls to be. One minute he's bigger than Lotla Elephant and the next he's smaller than Crawley Worm. He can become round, square or triangular, fuzzy, slicky or smooth, checked or polka- dotted. For (he 100 most imaginative names sub- mitled, SESAME STREET educational toys, puppets and books will be awarded. There will be 20 SESAME STREET toys valued at From to 30 puppets worth from lo and 50 books valued al from to Ten SESAME STREET posters will be addi- prizes for entrants from this area. Hero is an opportunity for of SESAME STREET to thoir imaginations and perhaps win a This contest Is open lo all readers of Ihe SESAME STREET comic ililp in the U.S. and Canada, except where prohibited by Federal, Stole or locol laws or regulations. The final judging of winners will be by SESAME STREET arliil Clill Roberts and editors of King Features Entries must be postmarked do lolef than midmghl, May 20. In Ihe even! of ties, Ihe entry bearing rhe earliest postmark will be. adjudged the winner. A complele Tid of winners wilt be available al King Features Syndicate, 235 East 45lh Slreel, New York, N.Y. 10017. Jusl think up an appropriate for tho new SESAME STREET thaiao ter, fiH in Ihif coupon, ortd mail il before midnight, May THE IETHBRIDGE HERAID P.O. Box 670, Lethbridge, Alberta What's His Name? 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