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LangleyAdvance Roaring ’20s fundraiser pg A17 Your community newspaper since 1931 Thursday, September 22, 2011 Your source for breaking news, sports, and entertainment: Aviation NEW LOCATION Helicopter crash ends plans for school NOW OPEN BC’s #1 Power Stroke Specialist RIGHT HERE IN LANGLEY A pilot who crashed near Hope was a “jack of all trades” who worked in Langley and Pitt Meadows. 604-532-9445 by Matthew Claxton 03081148 5957 - 206A St., Langley Engagement Rings LAYAWAY NOW FOR CHRISTMAS Troy Landreville/Langley Advance Rivermen era begins 09229847 Langley’s British Columbia Hockey League team has new ownership to go along with a new name, logo, and uniforms. There are also several new players in the lineup to start the regular season. The Langley Rivermen kick off their BCHL campaign Friday at South Surrey Arena against the Surrey Eagles. The junior A hockey club will play its first-ever home game as the Rivermen Saturday, when it hosts the Eagles at the Langley Events Centre, starting at 7 p.m. The players were hard at work practising this week at the LEC, in preparation for opening weekend. See story on page A28. #370 - 20202 - 66th Ave. (across from London Drugs) Langley 604-539-7720 Mufford overpass Public to get say on overpass Langley Township council wants residents to have one more say on a proposed overpass plan. 7*1$93 by Matthew Claxton ; .4+ 6-,8 620): "$"!%"%# 5&1*$!$!% /*""3 '&(#3 Audited circulation: 41,100 – 40 pages For residents who missed the recent open houses showing off a redesigned Mufford-Glover overpass, there may be one more chance for public input. On Monday, Langley Township council voted to call for a public hearing-style meeting in the near future. Mayor Rick Green raised the issue at the end of the meeting. The Township won’t be the official host, as they’re asking the provincial Ministry of Transportation, which is running the overpass project, to hold the meeting. The council also voted to ask for all the raw data from the open houses, including feedback from residents, and to invite the Agricultural Land Commission to attend the public meeting. Councillor Grant Ward was not happy with the plan for more meetings, saying the council has gone through three votes, accusing Green of wanting to disagree with the province again. Other councillors were okay with taking the issue to the public one more time, as long as they didn’t step on the toes of the provincial government. “It’s been a divisive issue,” said Coun. Bob Long. Coun. Charlie Fox noted that some people may not have been able to make it to the open houses. Council voted to hold the session, with Ward opposed. The new version of the overpass was unveiled last week and is very different from the controversial version that was scuttled by the ALC last year. The new version is shorter, and connects to Glover Road/ Highway 10 at a three-way intersection. It uses considerably less farmland, but does involve moving parts of Mufford Crescent and Glover Road to accommodate the rail overpass. The overpass is part of a series of projects along the Roberts Bank Rail Corridor, creating overpasses to allow drivers to avoid being stuck as longer and more frequent trains pass through South of the Fraser Communities. Both the Mufford-Glover interchange and an interchange on the Langley City-Surrey border have caused controversy over a variety of design issues. Helicopter pilot Rod Phillipson was hoping to open a flight school at the Langley Regional Airport, before he crashed on a flight to Kelowna on Friday evening. Airport manager George Miller said Phillipson, whose body was found Tuesday near Coquihalla Mountain in the wreckage of his Aerospatiale A350, had worked and flown out of Langley since 2004. A resupply helicopter from Wildcat Helicopters had been doing unrelated work in the search area when the pilot noticed the crash scene. “We would like to thank the communities for their support through phoning in with search tips and for their respect for the family’s wishes for privacy during this difficult time,” said searchmaster Capt. David Burneau of the 442 Transport and Rescue Squadron, 19 Wing Comox. Phillipson’s company, Sky FX, did a bit of everything, Miller remembered. “Primarily he was a charter guy,” he said. However, Phillipson also flew pipeline inspections, flew both fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters, and was working to open a flight school. He hadn’t yet got his certification when he crashed, Miller said. This was not Phillipson’s first crash. Several years ago, he crashed in an airplane while travelling to the Lower Mainland from the Okanagan, due to icing that stopped his engine. “He was very fortunate he survived it,” Miller said. The pilot suffered a serious eye injury at the time, Miller recalled. The crash took place in the same general area as Friday’s fatal incident. Phillipson was unmarried, and was apparently hoping to visit his girlfriend in Kelowna on this trip, Miller said.


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