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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 11, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Future jet pilot Miss Roselia Bjornson, formerly of Champion and now of Winnipeg, is currently on a training assignment for Transair Ltd. She is Canada's first female airline pilot and will fly Transair's F-28, a twin-engined jet made in the Netherlands. Other photo: Roselia 7, and her sister Grace Bjornson, 4, are all set for a spin in dad's Cessna 170. Third sister Gloria was a babe in arms when this family snap was taken. rode on her dad's knee tot grows up to fly jets Bj D'ARCY RICHARD Herald District Editor CHAMPION "That's our say Mr. and Mrs. Ken Bjornson of Champion. Their "baby" is Canada's first woman airline pilot. Her name is Miss Roselia Bjornson and she is Cham- pion's own member of the jet set. She attended the Champion School, high school at Vulcan, and majored in geography at the University of Calgary. "We had an airplane when she was says mom. "So she rode on her dad's knee." Mary and Ken Bjornson, are both charter members of the Alberta Flying Farmers. Mrs. Bjornson remembers when today's airline pilot was a tiny tot of three. TO HOSPITAL "Roselia always flew with her dad, like the time I was taken to the hospital and a severe Wizard came into the area unexpectedly in March of 1951. Her dad had to break down the storm door and shovel his way to the hangar where the plane was sitting on skiis. "He flew Roselia to stay with his mother, then he flew mercy flights with his Aero- nica Champ, a two-passenger plane. After Rosella's baby sister came to occupy the back seat on my knee, Rosel- la's place was up in the front seat on her dad's knee. "When the third little girl arrived we invested in a four- passenger plane. Roselia still sat up front while I watched her two sisters in the back seat. "We kept our four-passen- ger Cessna 170 for more than 15 years and Roselia became quite adept at helping her dad handle the big bird while she learned to love life among the clouds. "She will never forget the silver Cessna that never let her down." At 17 she took flying les- sons with Roy Price of Leth- bridge. It was a birthday present. After 22 days work in his Piper Colt she had her private licence. She would build up flying time later at Calgary for her commercial licence. Then would come an instructor's licence. Now she was catching up with dad. He had learned to fly with the Calgary Flying Club. Miss Bjornson is Transair Ltd.'s first female pilot. Miss Bjornson is a 25-year- old bird in more ways than one. She loves to teach girls all about flying and had a class of Air Rangers, Girl Guides, at Calgary. Now she lives at Winnipeg and has 40 girl Air Cadets under her R. A. Morrison, executive vice president of the airline said recently, "We hired Miss RDEK seeks help on land map NATAL (HNS) The Re- gional District of East Koote- nay has asked the provincial government for help in man- power and finances to prepare a land map to define the agri- cultural land in the region. Even with the help, directors are not sure the 90-day dead- line included in the Land Com- mission Act can he met Preparation will involve de- tailed inspection of the land in the East Kootenay and numer- ous public hearings in every part of it. Picnic held at Park Lake NOBLEFORD (HNS) Sen- ior citizens from Nobleford at- tended the senior citizens pic- nic held recently at Park Lake. In another event, oldtimers attended a farewell party for Aaron Clements at the Picture Butte Happy Oldtimers Cen- tre. Mr. Clements will be miss- ed as he is an ardent supporter of the centre. Trio of classy players John Chapman, coach of the 'Pass Red Devils, likes to see young hockey players learn good game funda- mentals. His recent hockey school in the Blairmore arena drew about TOO young players. From left, J. Peressini, most improved player; Roger Oulette, best forward; and Wes Rypien, best defence. Forl Macleod, Foil Stccle tags for ships FORT MACLEOD (Special) Canadian Pacific (Bermuda) Limited has reached back into the history of Canada and the Royal Canadian Mo'intcd Po- lice to acquire names for two of its new vessels to be launch- ed shortly. Bermuda) has decided to name the next series of ships after famous Canadian forts es- tablished by the RCMP. The fourth and fifth 30.000 i clean product tankers being built for CP (Bermuda) at Van Der Giessen yards in The Neth- erlands will be named Fort Macleod and Fort Steelc. Fort Macleod was establish- ed as a fort in 1874 by the North West Mounted Police. It is cel- ebrating its official centennial year from October, 1973, to Oc- tober, 1974, thus recognizing both the formation of the police force and its arrival in the west. More district on page 11 Bjornson because of the pi- lots available from our appli- cation file she was the most qualified." (She is the only woman in Canada to hold a Gold Seal of Proficiency, presented by the Royal Canadian Flying Clubs She is now going through a gruelling training period on the F-28. "It's only a training assign- ment at this stage. But, George Capern, (vice-presi- dent of operations of the re- gional hired her and he has every confidence in her. "The fact that she is a lady is only a happy coincidence." Roselia is still in the clouds over her new job. She is going to be a first officer next month and later will be the command pilot of an airliner. "Im fulfilling the ambitions of myself and G-ina Jordan. She's a special friend and has encouraged me when the go- ing got rough." Gina has been a flying instructor at Calgary for 16 years. Pilot Bjornson has an air transport rating a Class 1 rating on instruments and multi-engined airplanes and a Class 2 instructor's rating. That's a one-sentence sum- mary of the qualifications of Ken Bjornson's daughter. He had her at the controls of an airplane when she was 12. She has flown a total of 3.500 hours and "maybe an- other 500 before I got my li- cence." The bid for the licence was made at the Lethbridge Fly- ing Club where she soloed af- ter o1- hours with instructor Roy Price. This was during a vacation period bridging Grades 11 and" 12 in 1964. She went to the University of Calgary and passed her commercial licence with Gina Jordan using her -father's Cessna 170 as her flying equipment. When she was 18 Miss flew in the Centen- nial Air Race with Anola Lang as co-pilot. They were the only girls to enter the race and flew the oldest air- plane. Their prize was It helped the youngest pilot in the race finance her com- mercial licence. The oldest of Ken Bjorn- son's three daughters acquir- ed her ratings of commercial and instructor at 22. There "were no instructors' jobs available so I worked for North American Air Training College as a receptionist. "I just wanted to fly and Gina gave me the support I needed during a rotten, frus- trating time. I wrote to all the flying schools across Can- ada and only one answered." Then with 500 hours, she got a job with the Winnipeg Flying Club where she taught young men how to fly. She has graduated 70 pilots since 1970. And she gave all the ad- vanced training, commercial licences, instrument ratings and night ratings. She first applied to Trans- air in June, 1972. Time Air of Lethbndge wanted to hire Rosella as co-pilot on a Twin Otter. In fact, two jobs came through on one day. Miss Bjornson took the Transau' challenge. Now she is studying all the systems, hydraulics, electrics and avionics of the 60-passen- ger jet. It means a month of concentrated ground school and of flying on the jet before she "goes on the line.' Hopefully, by June. Rosella will be a first officer in a Transair jet. It will be the Fokker 28, Transair's latest acquisition, a jet made in The Netherlands Now that she has fulfilled her dream and become the full-time pilot she has always wanted to be, Miss Bjornson expects to have more leisure time. Although she will often be on call, she is only expect- ed to fly 85 hours a month. As a flying instructor, she often worked 15 hours a day. seven days a week. Friday, May 11, 1973 THI IETHBRIDGI HIRAID 3 Elk Lakes Park has 21 sections NATAL (HNS) provin- cial government has announced three new provincial parks in the East Kootenay and a major addition to the Mount Assini- boine Provincial Park. Of major interest in the Spar- wood area is the new Elk Lakes Park of 21 square miles at the headwaters of the Elk River. Top of the World park is about 30 miles from Kimberley and Alpine Park about 20 miles from Kimberley. Mount Assiniboine Park is about 30 miles from Radium Hot Springs, and the addition there will amount to 115 square miles. The Elk Lakes park is in a sub-alpine region and it in- cludes the Upper and Lower Elk Lakes. Frozen Lake, Fox Lake, about five smaller lakes and tlie Elk Glacier, Petain Glacier and Castelnau Glacier. The Elk Lakes Park is reach- ed from the Elk Valley Road out of- Sparwood to Elkford, then by an undeveloped road for the next 45 miles north. The Top of the World Park is a truly alpine region north- east of Kimberley with eleva- tions ranging from feet to feet. The park features a carpet of Alpine flowers of many vari- eties. The game found there in- cluded goat, elk, mule deer, sheep and bear as well as a variety of smaller animals. Bird life is scarce, but whiskey jacks and jays can be seen there. The park includes two lakes, Blue Lake and Fish Lake. Ac- cess to the park is by hiking trail from the ends of the near- est roads on Lussier and Gal- braith Creeks. Mount Assiniboine. which is located adjacent to Banff Na- tional Park has been in exis- tence as a park for about 20 years. Its outstanding feature is Mount Assiniboine, often called the Matterhorn of North America. It reaches a height of feet. The park fea- tures many lakes, glaciers and alpine meadows. Wildlife and birds abound. By NANCY MILES Special Correspondent CRANBROOK Crow's Nest Industries Limited of Fernie, which started as minor sprout of the giant Crow's Nest Pass Coal Company of Fernie which was founded 75 years ago, (now largely a woods re- ports a S4.8 million gross for the first quarter of 1973, com- pared to million gross for the same quarter of 1972. With roaring demand and price in the woods market, its per share earnings rose com- paratively from 69 cents to Si.26, and net income for the quarter from to 827. Its production, largely from the new plant at ELko, rose to 33.7 million board feet compar- ed with 26.4 board feet the same quarter of 1972. Stimulus in market and price has led to phasing out the rela- tively obsolete nearby Elko plant. It will be replaced by a third shift addition at the new plant. There will be trans- fer and doubling of the present crew to make a third shift at the smallwood line of the new plant. CNI has annual harvest rights in Fernie and Cranbrook sus- tained Yield Umts. and on Tree Farm Licence 27 amounting to 22.5 million cubic feet of timber. Under close resource utiliza- tion it uses the entire cut, and its chipping "waste" goes to Crestbrook Pulp and Paper Ltd., at Skookumchuck, sub- sidiary of Crestbrook Forest Industries Ltd. Originally in coal, the com- pany had its 75th anniversary in 1972, and in that entire per- iod has never missed a divi- dend payment. Blood clinic May 29 COLEMAN (CNP Bureau) The Coleman Catholic Wo- men's League is sponsoring a blood donors' clinic. It will be held in the Crows- nest Consolidated High School Tuesday, May 29, from 6 to 9 p.m. The CWL says a quota of 300 pints has been set for the Crowsnest Pass area. In 1971 a total of 136 pints was collected and during the same year a total of 160 pints was issued to the Crowsnest Pass Municipal Hospital. Ken McGregor of Calgary, clinic representative, says better response to the clinic is needed in this area. An urgent plea is extend- ed to all donors and prospec- tive donors in this Crowsnest Pass area to turn out for the clinic to support a very ur- gent and necessary cause. Nobleford UCW fills bags with sunshine NOBLEFORD (HNS) The May meeting of the Nobleford United Church Women was held at the home of Mrs. Harold Ur- vold with seven women present. Roll call involved money for sunshine bags for Lethbridge Auxiliary Hospital patients. A history of the Nobleford United Church and UCW will be written and turned over to the group now writing a local history. The UCW will serve at a June wedding. The next meeting will be held in the church June 6. SUPERIOR MOTORS For your one Best Deal on a new or used car or truck call me at SUPERIOR f O R D' MERCURY, Phone 223-3537, Res. 345-4504 WAYNE McLENNAN Taber Coodale VOYAGER FAMILY RESTAURANT CARDSTON ALBERTA fS DAY, May 13 OPEN A.M. to 10 P.M. AND BANK AMERICARD WELCOME LOBSTER TAIL CHINESE FOOD MANY OTHER FINE DISHES WR THE FINEST IN CUISINE DINE OUT OFTEN AT THE VOYAGER FAMILY RESTAURANT CARDSTON, ALBERTA FREE CORSAGE FOR MOTHER SPECIAL DINNERS FOR MOM SEAFOOD COMB. 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