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August 2011

YVR marks its 80th anniversary


Flying Eye Hospital raises $55,000



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The Fraser Blues, composed of five former Canadian Forces pilots, performed a flypast in classic 50-year-old L17 Navion aircraft. Photo: Jim Jorgenson.

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YVR 80: 1931-2011 page

From a single runway and small, woodframe administration building to a worldclass airport that last year served 16.8-million passengers and employed 23,600 people, Vancouver International Airport (YVR) has come a long way over the past 80 years. To celebrate the landmark anniversary of the first terminal’s opening on July 22, 1931, Vancouver Airport Authority opened YVR’s doors to the community last month as part of

a two-day celebration and open house. Community members and travellers from across the Lower Mainland—and the world—were welcomed July 22 and 23 to partake in activities. History buffs enjoyed meandering throughout the South and Main Terminal buildings to explore the 80 Memorable Moments photo gallery, while kids young and old enjoyed a variety of entertainment such as DJs, face painters

The many onlookers who packed YVR’s Public Observation Area enjoyed airside ballet demonstrations performed by emergency and airfield trucks.

and balloon twisters. YVR’s emergency and airfield trucks wowed crowds daily with a unique airside ballet demonstration that saw the Observation Area packed with curious onlookers. At the South Terminal—the original location of the airport when it opened in 1931—a vintage aircraft display highlighted YVR’s aviation roots with unique and

U.S. Global Entry kiosks now an option

unusual aircraft including a 1938 Fairchild 24K, a 1946 Fleet Model 80 Canuck, a 1952 Cessna Bird Dog, a 1969 Cessna Cardinal and a Bede 5—an aircraft that has held the Guinness record as the World’s Smallest Jet Aircraft for more than a quarter of a century. Visitors also had the opportunity to watch vintage aircraft and a Fraser Blues flypast. To read more about the history of YVR, see pages 9-16 and visit 

WestJet removes U.S. taxes from its fare structure


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Global Entry (GE) is a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) program that allows expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travellers upon arrival in the United States. It is now also available for passengers who are registered in the program and are departing YVR via U.S. preclearance. Though intended for frequent international travellers, there is no minimum number of trips necessary to qualify for the program. Participants may enter the United States by using automated kiosks located at select airports. Vancouver International Airport is the first preclearance airport to have operational U.S. Global Entry kiosks. These kiosks are part of a trusted traveller option now available to NEXUS members through two kiosks located in the U.S. Preclearance area adjacent to the two NEXUS kiosks. Eligible Global Entry kiosk users do not require a completed U.S. declaration card. All

NEXUS members have access to Global Entry but must meet certain criteria: their full 10 fingerprints must be on file with the NEXUS enrollment office; and they must have a valid U.S. entry document on file with NEXUS (e.g., passport, visa, etc.). This information can be added by visiting a NEXUS enrollment office or completed online by the NEXUS user accessing their Global Online Enrollment System (GOES) account. Eligible users of Global Entry will have their passport read by the machine and their photograph taken, and be asked a series of questions on the screen. Upon completion, the kiosk will issue a receipt which is then handed to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officer. Additional Information on U.S. Global Entry can be found online at prog/nexus/notice-avis-1-eng.html and cbp. gov/xp/cgov/travel/travel_news/global_published.xml. 

Last month, WestJet removed select U.S. aviation taxes from its fare structure. The action came in response to the U.S. Congress’ failure to either approve a new Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) re-authorization bill or provide for a longterm extension of the bill. The FAA Reauthorization Bill has not been rewritten since 2007. “As of Saturday, July 23, 2011, several aviation taxes imposed by the FAA are no longer being charged,” said Hugh Dunleavy, WestJet executive vice-president, strategy and planning. “While some airlines opted to increase their fares to offset the tax amount and are pocketing the difference, WestJet has decided to remain consistent with our brand values and offer this savings directly to our guests. Our reservation system has already been updated and guests booking travel to the United States will not be charged these fees.” The most prevalent tax charged

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for Canadians travelling on flights to and from the U.S. is a $16.30 international arrival and departure tax. Airline tickets that were booked on or after July 23, 2011, are no longer subject to this tax. “We don’t know when these taxes will be reinstated,” said Dunleavy. “We encourage our guests to book now while our seat sale is taking place and while this unexpected tax break is being provided. This additional savings combined with a strong Canadian dollar makes now a great time to book.” WestJet provides service using a fleet of 96 Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft, with future confirmed deliveries for an additional 39 aircraft through 2018. In February, WestJet was one of only two Canadian companies named a 2011 Customer Service Champion by the global marketing information services company, J.D. Power and Associates. 

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Last month, the ORBIS Flying Eye Hospital landed at YVR on the first stop of its 2011 North American Goodwill tour to raise awareness and funds. ORBIS is dedicated to saving sight and eliminating avoidable blindness worldwide. The World Health Organization estimates that 39-million people worldwide are blind and 284 million are visually impaired. Supporters of this international charity, local celebrities, airport employees and members of the public were invited to tour its one-of-a-kind DC; the oldest DC-10 flying today. Approximately 800 people toured the plane during its YVR stop and were given a rare glimpse at the Flying Eye Hospital’s facilities. Onboard the ORBIS DC-10 aircraft are several unique features including a 48-seat classroom where local doctors gather for lectures, discussions and watch live broadcasts of surgical procedures being performed in the operating room. With volunteer pilots at the controls, ORBIS’s medical team works alongside local doctors, nurses and technicians exchanging knowledge and providing training for eye care professionals. ORBIS is strengthening the capabilities of local partners to reach a state where they can provide, on their own, quality eye care services that are affordable, accessible and sustainable. The visit to YVR kicked off the fundraising portion of the Goodwill tour by raising $55,000 in charitable donations. Since its first program in 1982, the ORBIS Flying Eye Hospital has travelled to 85 countries, positively affecting the lives of millions. In 2011, the ORBIS Flying Eye Hospital has already been to Syria, Laos, Nigeria and Mongolia. It is scheduled to fly to Peru for its next mission in October, after which it will be flown north through eastern North America, then back to Asia for its year-end maintenance.

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Community Corner

Live@YVR correspondent begins this month YVR employees, visitors and travellers should keep their eyes open this month for a new face around the airport—one who will be hanging around for a rather long time. Beginning August 17, YVR’s special Live@YVR correspondent Jaeger Mah will begin his assignment to live at YVR for 80 days and share the stories of the airport with the world through an interactive social media platform at Mah will be equipped with a camera and editing equipment and will act as an all-in-one producer, director, reporter, editor and post-production supervisor. He will uncover the stories and share the triumphs—and trials—of living at an airport fulltime on, Facebook and Twitter. Mah dubbed himself “the Anderson Cooper of YVR” in his video entry and shared with the world what he believes makes Vancouver International Airport so spectacular: its people. And the public agreed, awarding 4,128 online votes to Mah—more than double those of his closest competitor. Armed with a camera and editing equipment, Mah’s assignment, which includes accommodation at The Fairmont Vancouver Airport Hotel, will be to uncover stories and share his experiences of living at an airport full time—all without leaving his Sea Island home. “We were thrilled to see the level of public engagement that we did, with more than 8,000 votes cast for the five fabu-

lous Live@YVR finalists,” said Rebecca Catley, director of communications for Vancouver Airport Authority. “Now we are encouraging those voters, and all British Columbians, to send their story ideas to Jaeger via Facebook and Twitter. Maybe you’d like to know the strangest cargo ever shipped out of YVR, or how many litres of paint it takes to mark the runway lines… now’s your chance to ask.” Mah, 29, grew-up in Port Alberni, B.C. and now lives in Vancouver. He is a graduate of the Vancouver Art Institute, where he studied Entertainment Business and Multi Media Applications. He recently started his own video production business, which will be on hold during the Live@YVR assignment. “I’d like to thank everyone who has supported me throughout the Live@ YVR public voting process, especially my family, friends and hometown community of Port Alberni,” said Mah. “The aspect I’m most excited about is the challenge of being immersed in the roles of some of YVR’s most interesting jobs, adapting to each environment and showcasing the lives and personalities of the people that make it work. It takes workers to run an organization, but it takes people to give it a heart. I’m so excited that it will be me that gets to unfold the amazing stories behind every person, place and thing in the YVR community.” For more information on Mah and Live@YVR, visit 

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August 12-14, 2011 Abbotsford International Airshow

the last 19 years, the event has donated more than $3-million to Canuck Place Children’s Hospice and other children’s charities. The continued support from the Vancouver

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September 15, 2011 YVR Golf for Kids 20th Anniversary Golf Tournament & Gala Dinner Event

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Poco Titans softball team, winners of ‘A’ Division at this year’s Hope for Kids Softball Slam. The 4th annual Hope for Kids Softball Slam event, held last month at the King George Park in Richmond, raised more than $11,000 for the charity. The Hope for Kids charity began as a result of the massive 2004 tsunami that occurred off the coast of Thailand and surrounding countries in the Indian Ocean. Rubina Wong, an employee of Summit Customs Brokers, was vacationing in Thailand when the tsunami hit and unfortunately did not survive. A group of Wong’s family, co-workers and friends banded together to create the non-profit group to

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charities. Over the last 19 years, YVR Golf for Kids has donated more than $3-million to Canuck Place Children’s Hospice and other children’s charities in British Columbia. The continued support from the Vancouver Canucks organization and businesses within the airport and local communities truly exemplifies the unique spirit and commitment to this premier event. Come tee-up at Quilchena Golf and Country Club and enjoy some friendly competition. To learn more about YVR Golf for Kids and how you can participate in this year’s events, visit 

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Come join the airport community this September and hit the links for a friendly game of golf to raise money for some very special children. This year, YVR Golf for Kids is celebrating its 20th Anniversary with its annual golf tournament and gala dinner event on September 15. The tournament will be played at the beautiful Quilchena Golf & Country Club in Richmond, with the dinner, auctions and evening events being held at the River Rock Resort and Casino in Richmond. YVR Golf for Kids brings together the airport and surrounding communities in a unique effort to raise funds for children’s

November 13-15, 2011 Air Transport Association of Canada 2011 AGM & Tradeshow

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build a daycare in Lam Kaen, Thailand, one of the areas affected by the tsunami. The daycare was built in 2006 and since then, the charity has held annual events to raise money to aid needy children in the Richmond community. This year’s annual softball event, held under the auspices of Summit Customs Brokers, included participation by members of the airport community and the support of sponsors and volunteers, with whom the event would not have been such a success. For more information, visit

Government of Canada tackles fraudulent citizenship

The Government of Canada has begun the process to revoke the citizenship of up to 1,800 citizens who have been identified as having obtained it fraudulently. According to Citizenship, Immigration

and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney, the federal government is increasing the number of revocations it pursues as a result of its ongoing investigations into residence fraud in Canada. To date, approximately 1,800 Canadian citizens may have obtained their citizenship fraudulently, many by using the services of fraudulent consultants to misrepresent their residence in Canada. “Canada welcomed 143,535 new citizens in 2010,” said Minister Kenney. “Obviously, the vast majority of these new Canadians obtained their citizenship honestly. We are defending the interests of these law-abiding new citizens by taking action against the small number of those who seek to cheapen the value of Canadian

citizenship by acquiring it illicitly.” Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has increased the resources dedicated to combating residence fraud in the past year. Many of the people under investigation are suspected of using consultants to falsely establish evidence of residence in Canada while continuing to live abroad most, or all, of the time. A family of five may pay upwards of $25,000 over four or more years to create the illusion of residence in Canada. Bill C-35, originally introduced as the Cracking Down on Crooked Consultants Act, came into force on June 30, 2011. The Act imposes penalties on unauthorized representatives who provide, or offer to provide, advice or representation for a fee at any stage of an immigration application or proceeding.

New 10-year multiple-entry visa to provide easier travel to Canada Improvements to make it easier to visit Canada are coming soon in the form of a new 10-year multiple-entry visa to make applying more efficient for applicants. Citizens of certain countries require a visa to come to Canada temporarily. Currently, the maximum validity period of a multiple-entry visa is five years. However, increasingly, countries are issuing passports which are valid for 10 years. In light of this, Citizenship, and Immigration Canada (CIC) is changing its policy for visa issuance. Where applicants apply for multiple-entry visas, they may now be issued to the maximum validity according to the length of the passport validity—up to 10 years, minus one month. This practice, already recommended for parents and grandparents with sponsorships in process, may now be extended to other clientele, such as business visitors. “More applications and higher expectations mean that Citizenship and Immigration Canada needs a more responsive and flexible processing sys-

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tem,” said Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney. “To achieve that, the department [CIC] is providing applicants and staff with the right

tools to deliver on those expectations.” The 10-year visa will be an option available to more low-risk travellers who are citizens of visa-required countries.






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Air New Zealand to reveal unique research findings at Future Travel 2011 At next month’s Future Travel Experience 2011 to be held in Vancouver September 7-9, Todd Grace, Air New Zealand’s strategy manager – airports, is expected to deliver a presentation revealing the findings of a unique piece of research conducted by Air New Zealand and its impact on future travel strategy. Grace was a keynote speaker at last year’s Check-In event in Las Vegas and also addressed delegates at Check-In

Asia, where he left them intrigued with his closing comment: “The more relevant question now is not whether self-service can become the primary method of passenger and baggage processing, but whether or not it should be.” At Future Travel Experience 2011, Grace will address what passengers want beyond self-service and through every step of the travel value chain. To view the full event program, visit

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Airbus looks ahead to 2050 and beyond

Airbus Concept Cabin-the aircraft’s biopolymer membrane would allow for panoramic cabin views. With an eye on a more sustainable world, Airbus provided a glimpse of the future at this year’s Paris Air Show, demonstrating its new Concept Cabin. Conceived as a new flying experience inspired by nature, the Concept Cabin doesn’t replicate traditional cabin class-

es found in today’s commercial aircraft. Instead, it incorporates individual zones with vitalizing, interaction and smart-tech areas so passengers can hold business meetings, play games or just relax while enjoying the world beneath them-viewing the world through the cabin’s bionic struc-

ture coated with a biopolymer membrane that eliminates the need for windows. Organically-grown seats will sense passengers’ needs and adapt for the perfect fit, while furnishings in the cabin will clean and repair themselves as the result of advantages like dirt-repellent coatings and self-healing covers.

Artist’s impression of how the aircraft of 2050 will look on the outside at night. Photos: courtesy Airbus. This technology, which is part of Airbus’ vision of aviation in 2050, follows the 2010 unveiling of the Airbus Concept Plane that featured technologies to reduce fuel burn, emissions, waste and noise-highlighting the many features that could

respond to the future needs of passengers and their planet. Celebrating four decades of innovation, Airbus is already looking forward to how air transport might look for passengers in 2050 and beyond. 

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Bali, the ultimate in diversity

A hotel in Ubud, set in a terraced valley with infinity edge pool and rice paddies.

Indonesia is a vast and steamy archipelago in Southeast Asia with more than 485 ethnics groups, a rich variety of customs and religions and 583 languages and dialects spoken. The fourth most populous country in the world, there are more than 17,000 islands of which about 6,000 are inhabited. Consisting of five main islands—Sumatra, Java, Kalimantan, Sulawesi and Papua—Indonesia’s many islands possess sandy beaches that reach towards warm tropical seas teeming with coral and a variety of marine life in some of the most colourful sea gardens in the world. A favourite holiday destination and one of the most well-known islands is Bali, which receives more than 2-million visitors each year. With world-class surfing and diving, a large number of cultural, historical and archaeological attractions and an enormous range of accommodations, it is one of the world’s most popular island destinations and one which consistently

More unusual hotels around the world Last month, SkyTalk featured eight unusual hotels available for travellers who are tired of staying in traditional hotels. The accommodations featured ranged from a converted jumbo airplane in Sweden and a converted jail in Boston, to a snow and ice hotel in Quebec and an underground hotel in Australia. This month, we offer more of these unique properties that make the hotel stay an adventure in itself.

Qbic – Designed for the budget-conscious traveller, Qbic is located close to Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport and only 10 minutes by tram or taxi from the heart of Amsterdam city centre. Instead of a standard room, each room contains a Cubi—a cube-shaped area in which all elements of a hotel room are included. Each Cubi includes a bed, bathroom, dish, table, kitchen and LCD TV in a few square metres. High-speed internet is also available. Capsule Hotel – Your own survival pod! Moored in a unique and artistic surfers’ village at the boulevard of Scheveningen near The Hague, each room is a bright orange survival pod which once saw service on an oil rig platform. Originally built in 1972, the rooms are 4.25 metres in diameter and unaltered apart from the addition of a lock on the outside and an ‘emergency’ chemical toilet inside. While not everyone’s luxury choice, each pod provides cosy protection from the elements for up to three occupants. First created for accommodation as an art project in 2004, owner Denis Oudendijk has different models ready for use and is currently working on additional locations in central Amsterdam and Nantes, France. Winvian – A whimsical and eclectic property located on 45 hectares of rolling countryside in Litchfield Hills, Connecticut. Guests choose from 18 individually designed and themed cottages such as camping, golf, and maritime. There is a helicopter-themed cabin that has been built around a retired Coast Guard rescue chopper—the bar and lounge situated within the fuselage. There’s also a spa and restaurant, and an adjacent 1,618-hectare conservation preserve to explore.

Rendezvous – This postwar boom era, 1950s-themed hotel is located in Palm Springs, California. Transformed from a roadside motel, the Rendezvous oozes kitschy-cool with pink flamingos, frosted glass, blue Astroturf poolside and futuristic Googi-inspired décor. Period-themed rooms are dedicated to ‘50s films and television, as well as Route 66, Elvis and James Dean.

Jules Undersea Lodge – Not quite 20,000 leagues under the sea, this 55-square-metre lodge is 6.4 metres underwater, close to the bottom of the mangrove-filled Emerald Lagoon, in Key Largo, Florida. A former marine lab, guests must be able to scuba dive in order to reach their rooms—those without the mandatory certification must take a course at the hotel. Once you’ve reached the lodge, which sleeps up to six, you’ll be close to angelfish, anemones, barracuda, oysters, and other creatures—each room is equipped with a 1,066-millimetre window to provide an easy view of the neighbourhood. 

wins travel awards. Away from the coast, Bali is lush, green and fertile, and rice paddies are the dominant agricultural feature. In some areas, paddies take the form of dramatic sculpted terraces which efficiently utilize every available acre of land for cultivation. Especially beautiful examples of terraced paddies can be found in the centre of the island north of Ubud, the scenic destination from the movie Eat Pray Love, and in east Bali around Tirta Gangga. From the highlands of Ubud to the many romantic garden settings at luxurious resorts filled with fragrant frangipanis, Bali offers the perfect holiday, honeymoon or wedding location.



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Travel Talk The island is also home to the Bali International Convention Centre, Asia’s premier beachfront convention facility. Bali’s strong sense of community and cooperation play an important part in its unique approach to convention events, offering a blend of attractions, amenities and incorporating the latest technological equipment. Many say that it would take several lifetimes to truly explore and appreciate the wonder that is known the world over as the Island of the Gods. For information on flights to Bali from Vancouver via Taipei, visit For information on package tours, visit

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The Boeing 747-8F during flight testing at Everett, Washington. certification requirements. According to Boeing, the capabilities of these airplanes have been tested far beyond what they are expected to encounter in normal service. “My team and I had the pleasure of spending hundreds of hours in these airplanes,” said 747 Chief Pilot Mark Feuerstein. “We can truly say this airplane is a joy to fly, and our customers are going to love it. It flies like a 747, but one from the 21st century.” The 747-8 Freighter is the new highcapacity 747 that is designed to give cargo operators the lowest operating costs and best economics of any freighter airplane while providing enhanced environmental performance. The aircraft is 5.6 metres longer than the 747-400 Freighter. The stretch provides customers with 16 per cent more revenue cargo volume compared to its predecessor. That translates to four additional maindeck pallets and three additional lowerhold pallets. The 747-8 Freighters will be powered with GE’s GEnx-2B engines.

The new Boeing 747-8 Freighter has successfully completed its certification flight test program, with two airplanes landing at Paine Field in Everett, Washington earlier this month. Flight test airplane RC522 completed testing of the flight management computer and flight test airplane RC523 completed function and reliability testing, a final phase in which an airplane must accrue 300 FAA-approved flight hours in its final delivery configuration. “This is such a great day for the new 747-8 and for all the employees who played a part in designing, building and testing this incredible, game-changing airplane,” said Elizabeth Lund, Boeing vice president and general manager, 747 program. “We are in the home stretch in delivering this airplane to our customers.” The first 747-8 Freighter is scheduled to be delivered to launch customer Cargolux in September after certification from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The 747-8 Freighter has flown more than 1,200 flights and 3,400 hours since its first flight Feb. 8, 2010. During that time, the five-airplane test fleet was used to gather data for more than 1,700 FAA

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1931: When it all began By Al Miller


t was not just any day; it was July 22, 1931, the day the Vancouver Airport on Sea Island officially opened. Although no one realized at the time, it was Vancouver’s entry into becoming an aviation hub. On that day, the weather could not have been better for the ceremony and flying displays. Who knows when Vancouver would have had an airport if famed aviator Charles Lindbergh had not given a scornful refusal to fly to Vancouver in the late 1920s? Although my recollection of many of the details of that opening day ceremony has dimmed over time, one memory that remains is the process of getting to Sea Island for the ceremony. I lived just a block from the eastern boundary of the city and travelling to Sea Island meant a series of transport changes from the interurban tram, plus two streetcars. As it was the Depression era and money was tight, my mother and I finally walked from Marpole, over the old bridge crossing the Fraser River, across the fields and around the west end of the original runway. All of the opening day event activities were located on the airport’s south side, where the runway extended from the present highway on the east to approximately 60 metres north and west of the South Terminal. Although I paid the princely sum of 50 cents for an entrance ticket, somehow I never handed it in, and to this day I still have it. The officials watched the air show from a choice location on the termi-

The 1931 opening day aircraft display included an all-metal Ford Trimotor. In the late 1920s, the Ford Aircraft Division was reputedly the largest manufacturer of commercial airplanes in the world. Photo: courtesy Al Miller

The 1940s Vancouver airport flight service station provided information and services to pilots before, during, and after flights. Photo: Al Miller.

(Above) The morning after the fire that destroyed the airport’s terminal building in 1950. Photo: courtesy Al Miller. (Left) Al Miller’s original ticket to the opening of the Vancouver Airport on July 22, 1931. nal’s roof, but I managed to find a good spot in the shade of the building on the fire escape stairs. The airport facility consisted of few buildings, just two round roof hangars, a seaplane float and a gas pit. Further north, just over the ramp areas, was a static display of local and visiting aircraft. One exhibit was a Ford Trimotor, an all-metal monster by the day’s standard. What made the display especially interesting were the two small aircraft parked each side, one under each wing. I believe the aircraft were a Belanca Aircruiser and a Heath Parasol. Another aircraft on display was a Pitcairn Autogyro, carrying a British Consol cigarette advertisement. The Pitcairn had a free-wheeling rotor on a support directly above its cockpit. Three airforce Siskin Fighters put on a superb flying display. The aircraft took off in formation with their wings connected together with ribbon. They performed loops and rolls and other aerobatics before landing in formation with their wings still tied. Another memorable display involved a light aircraft that sat in the field with the engine running. A pilot dressed as an elderly lady ran out to the aircraft jumped in, and the plane staggered off down the field before heading off. Once in flight, the ‘elderly lady’ performed a number of aerobatics then headed straight for the viewing stands. The aircraft was diverted at the last moment possible, but not before some of the crowd ran from the stands. At that time, aircraft and flight itself were still quite a novelty. Flying was mostly by charter, barnstorming, bush flying and independent instructors. There was no air traffic control, control towers or radio facilities—and few rules. Ten years after my attendance at that 1931 opening, I was again at the

airport, this time as a radio operator for the Department of Transport (DOT). In those early days, the radio operator went to the airport’s roof with a microphone and a pair of earphones and talked the pilot in for the landing. Eight years later, I became involved with the installation and maintenance of Vancouver’s first Instrument Landing System. Flight calibration was part of the job and this was done with many well-known DOT pilots. The first aircraft used for flight calibration was a Lockheed 10, followed by a war-time Anson and then a Beech 18. When the original airport building was destroyed in 1950 as a result of faulty wiring, another technician and I located some spare radio equipment and helped establish a temporary control tower on the air services building in time for the arrival of the first aircraft the next morning. The location meant the controllers had to look out the window to see the aircraft approach then run to the door to see it land and taxi to safety. One controller had an artificial leg, which made his ability to cover the approach and taxiing of an aircraft quite difficult. One night I was at home on call for emergencies, when I received a call from the tower to say that the glide path had failed and there were two aircraft, United Airlines and Trans Canada, circling the field and unable to land. The pilots had indicated they could circle for about 30 minutes if the system could be restored. I dressed hastily and still in slippers raced out to the DOT truck. As I got outside, I immediately suspected what was causing the problem—wet snow. It was sticking to the antennas and throwing them off resonance, which automatically shuts down the equipment. I raced out to the building in the middle of the airport and gathered two ladders—one to put against the building to reach the roof, the other to place from the peak of the roof to the top of the antenna mast. I was able to reach the antenna elements and wipe off the snow, climb down and restore the operation. The two aircraft were then able to land on the runway, minutes before the wet snow stuck to the antenna elements and shut the glide path transmitter down once again. I don’t believe the pilots ever did know the full story. Little did I know that when I attended that opening day ceremony in July, 1931 that years later I would work at the airport. One could say that my ticket that I never turned in opened more than one door for me. Editor’s Note: Al Miller was 15 when he attended the opening day ceremonies on July 22, 1931.

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Bill Reid’s masterpiece provides a gathering point at YVR




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ere we are at last, a long way from Haida Gwaii, not too sure where we are or where we’re going, still squabbling and vying for position in the boat, but somehow managing to appear to be heading in some direction. At least the paddles are together and the man in the middle seems to have some vision of what’s to come.” So begins the voyage of the Spirit of Haida Gwaii: The Jade Canoe, the massive bronze sculpture by the late Haida artist Bill Reid, which is hailed by art critics as the most significant sculpture of the 20th Century. The description is Reid’s own words that describe the voyage of mythical Haida creatures that have assembled on board the mighty canoe. Although the voyage depicted in the massive six-ton sculpture has no definitive destination, its home is found on the Departures Level in the International Terminal Building. The varying shades of green covering the sculpture complement the interior colour scheme of the terminal, which reflects the natural beauty of British Columbia. The mythical creatures taking passage aboard the canoe provide a world in a microcosm—an airport where people from different countries and cultures meet and greet one another on a daily basis. Reid attended the January 1996 placement of his six-metre-long, 3.9-metrehigh bronze sculpture in the International Terminal. When asked what he would like people to experience after viewing his work, he modestly said: “I hope it leaves them with a good feeling, even if for a few minutes. And I just want them to have a pleasant memory of their journey. First Nations’ art plays a key role in creating YVR’s distinctively west-coast aesthetic and the airport is recognized around the world for creating a unique sense of place within the airport where B.C.’s cultural heritage and natural beauty are celebrated. As YVR celebrates its 80th year, it is indeed fortunate to have Bill Reid’s masterpiece, along with a spectacular display of Northwest Coast Aboriginal art, to celebrate British Columbia’s supernatural beauty and indigenous heritage and culture. For more information on art at YVR, visit


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The 80-year evolution of Vancouver International Airport Compiled by Jim Jorgenson and Joan Stewart


hen it first opened in July 1931, Sea Island Airport included a single runway, two hangars and a small terminal that consisted of an administration building and waiting room. From this humble beginning, YVR has grown and expanded into an award-winning airport served by 68 airlines that connect businesses and passengers to 121 destinations around the world.

major U.S. carrier. In 1936, the new Canadian Federal Department of Transport began contributing funds to develop airport terminal buildings and a new aviation and meteorological building was built on the Vancouver airport’s south side. On September 1, 1937, Trans Canada Airlines (TCA)—renamed Air Canada in 1965—began operations with its first service operating between Vancouver and Seattle. In the same year, Grant McConachie’s Yukon Southern Air Transport—destined to become Canadian Pacific Airlines—connected Vancouver by air with Prince George, Fort St. John, Fort Nelson and Whitehorse, Yukon. As CP Air, the airline would eventually link Vancouver with 31 cities on five continents.

opened on November 4, 1957. By 1959, the airport was being served by five major airlines: CP Air, Trans-Canada, Pacific Western, Qantas and United Airlines, plus a number of charter carriers, flying schools and Okanagan Helicopters, one of the largest rotary-wing operations in the world. The Sixties: the Jet Age As the demands of the booming air transportation continued to necessitate major capital investment, further expansion of the airport was deemed beyond the resources of the City of Vancouver.

The Forties: the War Years

The 17-hectare site on Lulu Island was leased by the City of Vancouver and used as the temporary airport home in 1928. The history of Canada’s second largest airport began when the City of Vancouver leased a 17-hectare site on Lulu Island, near Lansdowne racetrack at the corner of what is now Garden City and Alderbridge Way, until a permanent airport could be built on Sea Island. The temporary airport consisted of two grass runways and served both the Aero Club of BC and BC Airways, which ran a short-lived passenger service between Vancouver, Victoria and Seattle, using a Ford Tri-motor aircraft. In the meantime, work was underway to purchase land, prepare designs and begin work on the permanent facility on the Sea Island site. With the world still recovering from the Great Depression of the 1930s, the city airport administrator William Templeton, along with city architect Arthur Bird, developed plans for the roads, runways and buildings. The Thirties: the Startup On July 22, 1931, Sea Island Airport had its official opening, complete with an air show featuring the RAF Flying Siskins aerobatic team. Business was slow in those early years, with the Aero Club and flying schools the main users.

Sea Island 1938 Royal Canadian Air Force training camp. The start of the Second World War in 1939 meant an increase in pilot training at YVR—ranging from private training schools to the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan and the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF). During the war years, the Department of National Defence and the City of Vancouver jointly administered the airport. During this time, major improvements were made including the construction of new two new 1.5-kilometre runways, additional hangars and office buildings and an aircraft manufacturing plant for use by the Boeing Company, with housing in Burkeville for its employees. At the same time, expansion of Airport South included extension of the east wing to accommodate the divisional headquarters of CP Air, which had come into being in 1942. After the end of the war in March 1946, an agreement between city and federal authorities returned the airport to civic control. In 1948, the name of the airport was changed from Sea Island Airport to Vancouver International Airport.

1967 Observation Deck.

1967 Vancouver Airport Terminal Building. In 1962, the federal government acquired full control of the airport. One of the first projects was plans for expanded airport facilities that included a shift of the major airline operations to a new terminal on the north side of the airport and a re-allocation of the South Terminal buildings to serve smaller aircraft.

United Airlines Boeing 247 aircraft provided the first scheduled passenger and mail service between Vancouver and Seattle in 1934. On July 1, 1934, using a 10-passenger Boeing 247 aircraft, United Airlines began the first scheduled passenger and mail service between Vancouver and Seattle, the first foreign port served by the

Aerial of 1950 airport site. Photo: Al Miller. The Fifties: Growth and Expansion In 1950 after the original building was destroyed by a fire, a new South Terminal building was opened. Seven years later, it was redesigned and enlarged and a new control tower, apron and runway expansions were completed. The new structure was officially KLM Super Constellation approaching YVR in 1965.

1968 Canadian Pacific DC-8 at South Terminal. On October 25, 1968, a new $20-million terminal building was opened to serve the rapidly expanding airline service that used the new jet-powered aircraft. In the late ’60s, access from Richmond to the airport was vastly improved as a result of the construction of the Dinsmore Bridge. By this time, Transport Canada had acquired almost all of Sea Island as an airport reserve.



The Seventies: Continued Expansion Major expansion of airport facilities continued in the 1970s, with new airline hangars and maintenance buildings built to serve the Boeing 747 wide-bodied jets, and an new Air Traffic Control Centre building constructed in the south area of the airport. Completion of the four-lane Arthur Laing Bridge in 1975 linked the airport direct with Granville Street. The Eighties: Deregulation In 1980, an expenditure of some $37-million was spent on major upgrades to the main terminal facilities and parking areas were doubled to accommodate up to 2,500, with shuttle bus service to and from the terminal added. In 1988, Canadian Airlines was deregulated and 45 per cent of Air Canada’s shares were sold to the public. The Nineties: Privatization of Airports


port agreement—Open Skies—provides increased flight options for travellers and greater efficiencies for air carriers.

YVR Air Traffic Control Tower.

21st Century: Pacific Gateway The start of the 21st Century saw many new additions and improvements to the airport including a two-phase, $420-million expansion of the International Terminal, and expansion of related airport infrastructure to provide more capacity of international check-in, preboard screening, Canada Customs, U.S. preclearance and baggage systems. In September 2006, an expanded air trans-




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In August 2009, the Canada Line automated light rail system connecting Vancouver to Richmond and YVR opened 15 weeks ahead of its original schedule and well in advance of the 2010 Winter Olympics.

The Airbus A380 visits Vancouver. On November 29, 2006, the 555-seat Airbus A380 made its only North American stop at YVR, part of a series of four certification flights for the aircraft. On May 8, 2007, Vancouver Airport Authority opened Gate C-38, a $17-million regional commuter facility serving 30-plus destinations throughout B.C.

1993 International Terminal Building pre-load. On July 1, 1992, the not-for-profit Vancouver Airport Authority assumed control of the operation and management of YVR under the terms of a 60-year lease. In 1996, major expansions saw the completion and official openings of a new Air Traffic Control Tower in May, a new International Terminal Building in June and new north parallel runway in November.


The Link Building connects the Domestic and International terminals, while increasing YVR’s passenger, gate and ticketing capacity. Photo: Michael Sherman.

Kids pose at the Haida Gwaii sculpture with two of the mascots from the 2010 Winter Olympics. In February 2010, YVR played a key role in hosting the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, providing the critical first impression and final memory of Vancouver. The airport experienced its busiest day on March 1, 2010, when 37,000 passengers departed and some 77,000 pieces of luggage handled. Going Forward YVR served 16.8-million passengers in 2010, facilitated 293,877 takeoffs and landings and handled more than 228,000 tonnes of cargo, a far cry from the approximately 3,200 air traffic passenger statistics in 1931. YVR was named in the top three North American airports for the last four years in the annual Skytrax World Airport Survey, placing first in 2011 and 2010, second in 2008 and third in 2009. Going forward, the Airport Authority has developed a Land Use and Master Plan to 2027, when 33-million passengers are expected through YVR. The Master Plan includes information about forecasts, planning approach used, stakeholder feedback received and the Airport Authority’s recommendations to accommodate projected volumes through the planning horizon.

In 2008, the three-year construction of the Link Building connecting the Domestic and International terminals was completed.

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Aerial photo shows present-day expansion of YVR.

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Nostalgic vintage aircraft display at Airport South Photos by Jim Jorgenson

1938 Fairchild 24K


n celebration of YVR’s 80th anniversary, an impressive collection of vintage aircraft was parked at Airport South, the original location of the airport when it opened in 1931. The airport’s brand new outdoor viewing platform provided an excellent public vantage point for the classic aircraft and the vintage flypasts. 1938 Fairchild 24K – A four-seat, single-engine monoplane light transport aircraft used by the Royal Air Force and the United States Army Air Corps. The Model 24 was itself a development of previous Fairchild models and became a successful civil and military utility aircraft. The aircraft remained in production from 1932 to 1948, using essentially the same airframe but with various powerplant and configuration enhancements. In all, Fairchild constructed more than 1,500 Model 24, of which 60 were the Model K variant. 1952 Cessna L-19 Bird Dog – In 1950, the United States Air Force, Army and Marines began using the military variant of the 170, the Model 305, designated the L-19 and later O-1 Bird Dog by the military. It was used as a forward air control and reconnaissance aircraft. The name Bird Dog was a result of a contest held

1952 Cessna L-19 Bird Dog with Cessna employees to name the aircraft. The role of the army’s new aircraft was to find the enemy and orbit overhead until artillery (or attack aircraft) could be brought to bear on the enemy. While flying low and close to the battlefield, the pilot would observe the exploding shells and adjust the fire via his radios, in the manner of a bird dog used by game hunters. Fleet Model 80 Canuck – A Canadian light aircraft with two seats in side-by-side configuration. The Canuck was designed for flight training, personal use and light commercial roles. A total of 225 Canucks were built by two manufacturers during its 13-year production run, with the majority being built by Fleet Aircraft between 1945 and 1947. After initial sales to flying clubs, charter companies and private owners began to falter, Fleet ran into financial problems. In 1947, Canuck production by Fleet was terminated. Over the next 10 years a number of aircraft were built up from components by Leavens Brothers in Toronto with total series production finishing at 224 in 1958. In September 2010 there were 77 Canucks registered in Canada with Transport Canada. Bede 5 … a small, single-seat homebuilt aircraft

Fleet Model 80 Canuck created in the late 1960s by US aircraft designer Jim Bede and introduced to the market primarily in “kit” form by the now-defunct Bede Aircraft Corporation in the early 1970s. The BD-5 has a small, streamlined fuselage holding its semi-reclined pilot under a large canopy,

with the engine installed in a compartment in the middle of the fuselage, and a propeller or jet engine in the BD-5J variant, mounted immediately to the rear of the cockpit. The combination of fighter-like looks and relatively low cost led to the BD-5 selling Continued on page 15








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Ryan L-17 Navion

Bede 5, the world’s smallest jet. Continued from page 14 more than 5,000 kits, with approximately 12,000 orders being taken for a proposed factory-built FAA-certified version. However, few of the kit versions were actually completed due to the company’s bankruptcy in the mid-1970s. Only a few hundred BD-5 kits were completed, although many of these are still being flown today. As of 2010, there were an estimated 150 BD-5s in airworthy condition. Weighing in at 162.7 kilograms, the

BD-5J holds the record for the world’s lightest jet aircraft and also has held the Guinness record for the World’s Smallest Jet for more than 25 years. Flypast—one of the vintage flypasts included a Harvard Mk IIB (yellow), and a Waco aircraft. The North American Harvard Mk II was one of the most important single engine training aircraft of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan. It was known as “the pilot maker” because of its important role in preparing pilots for combat.

Long synonymous with aviation’s “golden age,” the Weaver Aircraft Company (WACO) was founded in 1920 in Lorain, Ohio. For the next 26 years, the WACO name would be associated with a popular line of versatile open-cockpit and cabin biplanes.  Jim Jorgenson is a member of the Canadian Aviation Historical Society who is retired from YVRAA and Transport Canada. He specializes in aerial and construction photography, search AEROPLOT.

Harvard MkIIB (left) and Waco perform a flypast at Airport South.

“Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the Earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.” – Leonardo da Vinci (1452 – 1519)

Fraser Blues’ pilots have a unique variety of backgrounds ranging from exmilitary to airline captains and the aircraft they fly are also unique. Flying beautifully reconditioned 50-year-old classic Navions, the team makes formation flying look easy. Built by North American Aviation after WWII for the civilian market, the Navion first found favour with the U.S. military and eventually saw combat during the Korean War. The Navion was actually on the North American wartime drawing tables in 1945 to become a four-seat forward-area liaison aircraft to replace the Piper Cub aircraft that were being used. With the end of the war in sight, plans to produce that aircraft were shelved and instead this very civilian-friendly design was introduced in 1948.

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It was VR before becoming YVR By Jack Schofield


f the title to this article means anything to you, then you are as old as I am and probably as old as, or older than, YVR. It would certainly be recognized by the Captain of any inbound 1930s Lockheed 10 using the prime navigation system of the day, referred to as the radio range. In the headphones the pilot would be listening to a steady tone, called the on-course signal. If by chance there was a distraction and the plane was allowed to drift to the left that on-course signal changed into Morse code ‘N’ (Dash dot). If the drift was to the right, the Morse signal for ‘A’ (dot Dash) would be heard. A pilot approaching the Vancouver airport would hear: Dit-dit-dit-daw…Dit daw dit, the Morse signals for V and R. VR—not YVR—was the identifier for the Sea Island airport, when the field that housed the airport was owned by the City of Vancouver. Those early city fathers complained that the airport was a white elephant that was costing them a bundle, and would anyone like to take it off their hands? Those Morse signals and that ancient radio range were the guiding force for pilots in those early days of flying. An additional flight marker for Vancouver Airport was the fish cannery on the banks of the Fraser River. Once the cannery’s lights were visible, the pilot would perform the equivalent of a U-turn and while slipping off any extra height, greased the airliner onto a runway that had a big 7 painted on one end and a 25 on the other—and those ends were much closer together in those days. If the cloud was right down on the deck, the pilot flew on to Victoria where the claim was that weather was always better there. The fish cannery along with Morse signals is now gone, and Vancouver International is one of the world’s most important airports. The City of Vancouver’s early predictions notwithstanding, the future of Vancouver itself now pivots around what was described as a taxpayer’s burden, and it seems to have all happened so quickly. Runway 07-25 has been lengthened, I believe three

passing of each year, that runway soon became 08-26 anniversary of YVR, but here’s one you won’t find times since those early 1930s landing. I personally This Lockheed Electra 10A CF-TCC in Trans-Canada Air Lines livery can be seen at the Western Canadian Aviation Museum. Trans-Canada celebrated the delivery to Vancouver of its first L10A from the factory on October 6, 1937. lengthened it in 1946 when as a student performing a summer job I picked up a truck load of rocks and roots along the construction path for a 1,500-metre addition being performed by Columbia Bitulithic. There are many stories associated with the 80th

mentioned in the airport’s history annals. I learned to drive on runway 07 in that construction company’s pick-up truck and the following summer, I learned to fly from that very runway. Because magnetic north moves a little bit with the

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The Mazda6 GT V6 is not your average family sedan, even though it has twice won the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada’s Best New Family Sedan class. While the styling is conservative, there is a hint of the sporty RX8 in the prominent front-wheel haunches and its 272 horsepower, 267 lb-ft torque should appeal to the everyday family car driver who appreciates a combination of performance and comfort. Punch the start stop button on the Mazda6’s attractive dash and a healthy

note can be heard from the twin-chromed exhaust. Select ‘drive’ and the 3.7-litre DOHC (double overhead camshaft) 24-valve V6 with variable timing will provide a zero to 60mph acceleration in just 6.8 seconds with the assistance of its sixspeed automatic transmission. However, you will have to get used to shifting backwards for up-shifting and forward for down-shifting, which is not the norm on most auto shifters. The V6 is very responsive in the midrange, which is great for overtaking before settling down on the highway to 1,800 rpm at 100 kilometres per hour in sixth gear. Mazda claims that fuel economy has been improved since last year, with city driving at 11.9 litres per 100 kilometres, from 12.1; and highway at 7.9 litres per 100 kilometres versus eight litres previously. Fill ups at the pump require only regular grade gasoline. In keeping with the GT’s sporty sedan image the ride is firm and very comfortable as a result of the wide, well-padded seats. Rack-and-pinion, power-assisted steering is quick with good road feel, and the independent suspension keeps handling predicable. The rapidly flashing yellow light emanating from the outside driving mirror is useful for blind-spot monitoring when the driver has not performed a shoulder check before merging or changing lanes. And if it is necessary to brake, the four-wheel disc brakes will haul the vehicle to a stop in just 40 metres. Mazda’s new Brake Override System prioritizes the brake pedal over the accelerator if both are pushed at the same time, allowing the vehicle to come to a safe stop. Compared to many of its competitors, the Mazda 6 has one of the best dashboard and center console layouts. All dials and knobs are in the right place and large enough to suit the fattest thumbs. Audio, phone and cruise control are located where they should be—on the spokes of the attractive leather-bound steering wheel. The roomy interior has a quality look, with soft padded textured dash, titanium-look edges around the center console and an attractive chrome trim around the gauges, which have stylishly soft red and blue lighting. Inside the center aisle storage box are inputs for auxiliary and 12-volt power. The 60/40 split folding seatback is standard and provides easy trunk access. Standard on the GT V6 is a wonderful Bose sound system that will satisfy the most discerning audiophile. The system includes no less than an AM/FM/ Sirius radio, in-dash six-CD/MP3 changer, 290-watt amplifier, seven speakers, two tweeters and a subwoofer with Centerpoint surround sound and AudioPilot noise compensation. All of which provide pure sound enjoyment. Amid a deep field of competitors, the 2011 Mazda6 proves that a family sedan does not have to be sedate. In addition, its sleek styling, comfort for full-sized adults, top safety scores and a base price under $40,000, all combine to make it a worthy choice. Be sure to test drive the Mazd6 GT V6 soon at your local dealer as Mazda is currently offering zero per cent financing and an attractive cash-back deal.


2012 Honda CR-V Concept shows styling of future model

2012 Honda CR-V Concept. Last month, Honda released pictures of its CR-V Concept providing a hint at the styling direction for the all-new, fourthgeneration 2012 CR-V, which is scheduled to go on sale in Canada early next year. Following on record annual sales in Canada last year, Honda says its all-new 2012 CR-V will offer Canadian buyers an even more fuel-efficient engine for top-ofclass fuel economy. In addition to all-new exterior styling, the 2012 CR-V will feature an all-new interior with a more spacious design, lower cargo floor and enhanced packaging. There will also be a new, Canadianexclusive Touring model. Compared to the current-generation CR-V, the concept model has deeper sculpting of the body lines and a bolder front fascia. The front bumper’s smooth-flowing lines are highlighted by a horizontal threebar grille and deeply set multi-reflector headlights. The lower front bumper wraps upward to convey SUV capability, while the lower front bumper design now integrates more smoothly with the fascia for improved aerodynamics. The CR-V’s signature vertical rear taillights will remain for 2012 with a more three-dimensional style that wraps further into the design of the vehicle. Currently in the fifth year of its model cycle, the 2011 CR-V was among the highest-ranked vehicles in its segment for initial quality in J.D. Power & Associates’ 2011 Initial Quality Study (IQS). 

Infiniti releases first image of JX Concept

Infiniti has released an image of the Infiniti JX Concept, giving the first official glimpse at a new luxury seven-passenger crossover that will join the Infiniti line next spring. Infiniti has also announced the launch of the “Power of 7”, an innovative social media campaign designed to initiate conversation about the JX Concept in advance of its global reveal at the 2011 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in California this month. “Families don’t have many luxury vehicle options today,” said Wendy Durward, director Infiniti Canada. “The new Infiniti JX will be the 7-passenger antidote to the ho-hum luxury crossovers that are out there right now.” Infiniti will officially debut the production version of the 2013 Infiniti JX, which goes on sale in the spring of 2012, at the Los Angeles Auto Show this November.







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Name that Aircraft

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Hawker Hart

The Hawker Hart was a British two-seater biplane light bomber of the Royal Air Force (RAF), which had a prominent role during the RAF’s inter-war period. The Hart was designed during the 1920s by Sydney Camm and built by Hawker Aircraft. It spawned several variants, including a naval version.


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Neighbourhood Restaurant Guide Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner


Try something different today for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The following restaurants are at or within five minutes from YVR, and most offer airport employee discounts. Domestic (Before Security) • Starbucks: Coffee, pastries, sandwichesLevel 3 Departures A&W: Breakfast served daily – Bacon ‘n Egger with real bacon and real eggs, hash browns, French Toast. Also, hamburgers, fries, beverages, including A&W’s famous root beer. Open 5am-10pm. Level 3 Departures. • Harvey’s: Breakfast, burgers -Level 3 Departures • Jugo Juice: Juice, smoothies, wraps & paninis – Level 3 Departures • Subway: Sandwiches, salads & wrapsLevel 3 Departures • Swiss Chalet: Rotisserie chicken-Level 2 Arrivals • Tim Hortons: Coffee, pastries, sandwiches, soups-Level 2 Arrivals & Level 3 Departures • Toshi Teppanyaki: Japanese cuisine – Level 3 Departures





• White Spot: Burgers, fresh salads, pastas, rice bowls, stir-fries, entrées from the grill and desserts—Level 3 Departures. • Wok ‘N Roll: Chinese & Japanese cuisine – Level 3 Departures



International (Before Security) • Hanami Japanese Restaurant: Dim Sum & Japanese cuisine-Level 3 Departures • Koho Restaurant & Bar: Casual diningLevel 3 Departures • Galiano Bakery & Café: Breakfast, sandwiches & pastries-Level 3 Departures • Burger King: Breakfast, burgers, salads -Level 2 Arrivals & Level 3 Departures • Flying Wedge Pizza: Pizza, salads & soups-Level 3 Departures • Fortune Wok: Asian cuisine – Level 3 Departures • Tim Hortons: Coffee, pastries,




sandwiches, soup – Level 2 Arrivals • Toshi Teppanyaki: Japanese cuisine – Level 3 Departures Airport South • Airside Café New Management, New Menu (opposite Million Air) 350-5400 Airport Road South, Richmond, BC YVR’s only restaurant with a view of

aircraft maintenance! BREAKFAST & LUNCH MON-FRI: 8am to 4pm Airside Breakfast $4.99 2 eggs, 2 sausages or ham or bacon Airside Lunch from $3.99 Soups * Salads * Burgers & Fries * Sandwiches * Daily Specials. • The Flying Beaver Bar & Grill 4760 Inglis Drive. Located on the water, inside Harbour Air Seaplanes Terminal,


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near Vancouver Airport South. Incredible location, great food, good service & good value. Open 7 days per week 11am to midnight, weekend breakfast from 9am. (604) 273-0278. • The Sideslip Café #100-5360 Airport Road South. Located at Esso Avitat. Open 6am-10:30am for breakfast and until 3pm for lunch. Serving homemade soups, sandwiches & paninis & daily specials. Fresh baked pastries, organic tea & coffee. Also serving Espresso, Cappuccino, Latte, Chai Tea, Frappuccino, Iced Tea and Fruit Smoothies. Take out & catering. (604) 303 SLIP (7547) • Skyway Restaurant (YVR South Terminal) #118-4440 Cowley Crescent. Breakast, lunch. (604) 231-9822 OVER THE BRIDGE(S) 4 Mr. Pickwick’s Fish & Chips 8620 Granville Street, Vancouver Lunch, dinner, British pub foods & fresh seafood. 11am- 8:30pm. (604) 266-2340 2 Shark Club 10253 St. Edwards Drive, Richmond (next to Sandman Signature Hotel) As the day progresses so does the atmosphere at Shark Club. Come for a casual lunch, happy hour drinks or catch your favourite team on our big screens. When the weekend arrives enjoy a nice dinner and then hit the dance floor. 7 Days a week, 11am-2am. (604) 276-2609 • The Boathouse Restaurant 8331 River Road, Richmond Lunch, dinner. 11am-10pm. (604) 273-7014

RICHMOND Hotel Restaurants • Best Western Abercorn Inn 9260 Bridgeport Road • Highlander Restaurant: Open for lunch & dinner, serving a variety of high-quality continental and world cuisine. Lunch 10:30am-2pm; dinner 5pm-9:30pm. (604) 270-7576. • Delta Vancouver Airport 1500 Cessna Drive 3 Pier 73 Restaurant: Located behind the hotel and suspended above the Fraser River in the heart of a 138-slip Marina. Great destination for casual lunch meetings, relaxed dinner gatherings, or evening drinks with friends. Kids Menu. Sunday to Thursday 11am-12am. Friday and Saturday 11am-1am (kitchen open until midnight). (604) 968-1178


• The Fairmont Vancouver Airport (at YVR) –3111 Grant McConachie Jetside Bar: Level 3 International Departures – offers a selection of appetizers, snacks, and shared food. (604) 248.3281 Globe@YVR: Award-winning signature restaurant, open for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and featuring a special holiday menu. (604) 248-3281 • River Rock Casino Resort 8811 River Road The Buffet – breakfast 6:30am-10:30am, lunch 11am-2pm, dinner (604) 247-8573 The Buffet at River Rock – 7 mins. by Canada Line to all you can eat buffet, lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch or Breakfast $14.95. Newly renovated, The Buffet at River Rock highlights fresh local produce & offers culturally diverse & traditionally inspired dishes with complimentary selected beverages. (604) 247-8900 • Sandman Signature Hotel 10251 St Edwards Drive Denny’s – breakfast, lunch, dinner. (604) 276-2853 Chop Steak Fish Bar – casual dining. (604) 276-1180 • Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel 7551 Westminster Highway 1 Harold’s Bistro & Bar – breakfast, lunch, dinner. Full menu of contemporary cuisine, wide selection of award-winning B.C. wines, beers on tap and spirits. Open 6:30am-11pm. (604) 233-3969 • Vancouver Airport Marriott Hotel 7571 Westminster Highway The American Grille—American cuisine enhanced with regional flavours. Open for breakfast, lunch & dinner. Open 6am-10pm. (604) 232-2804 • The Westin Wall Centre, Vancouver Airport 3099 Corvette Way The Apron – minutes away from Vancouver International Airport & nestled on the banks of the Fraser River. For reservations, call (604) 238-2105. STEVESTON Paesano’s 250-12240 2nd Avenue @ Bayview Steveston’s one and only Italian restaurant, celebrating 30 years of serving authentic Italian cuisine. Open daily at 11:30am. Reservations 5

recommended. (604) 270-9252. 6

Steveston Seafood House 3951 Moncton Street Celebrating 32 years of fine dining and seafood specialties. Special winter 4-course menu. Dinner from 5:30pm. (604) 271-5252 • The Market at Papi’s 12251 #1 Road Next door to The Burger Bar, located behind Papi’s.Specializing in gourmet Mediterranean fresh food to go. Claudette Piacenza is the Market at Papi’s proprietor and operator. Her love and passion for Italian culture and foods are evident in the wide variety and selection of the ever-growing inventory in the market. Her passion for her endeavour is exemplified on a day-to-day basis to all of the markets regulars and newcomers. Drop by the market Monday through Saturday to see what is new, trendy and fresh. Hours of Operation: Monday to Saturday, 10am-6pm. (604) 277-7444.




• Yokohama Teppanyaki Sushi & Steakhouse 140-12251 No. 1 Road Authentic Japanese cuisine served at their Teppan Grill, where your dinner is cooked to perfection right before your eyes. Open Mon. to Fri. 10am to 10pm. Weekends 11am to 9:30pm. (604) 2718896.

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Riesling Riesling (pronounced REES-ling) is a white grape variety that is usually included in the top three white vine varieties together with Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. Riesling is an aromatic grape variety with flowery, almost perfumed aromas and is high in acidity. It can span a broad range of styles, being produced in both dry to sweet variations as well as light to full-bodied. Its food pairing versatility and refreshing palate appeal are among the top reasons for its popularity. In the countries where it is cultivated, Riesling is most commonly grown in colder regions and locations. In 2006, Riesling was the most grown variety in Germany and in the French region of Alsace. There are also significant plantings of Riesling in Austria, Czech Republic, Luxembourg, northern Italy, Australia, New Zealand, the Finger Lakes area of the U.S., Canada, South Africa, China and Ukraine. In B.C., the central and northern parts of the Okanagan Valley attracts most of the acclaim for its Riesling wines and represents the largest acreage under vine for this winter-hardy varietal. German Rieslings are categorized based on their levels of dryness and the grape’s ripeness level at harvest (i.e., Kabinett, Spatlese, Auslese, etc.). When looking for a dry style of Riesling, the label’s buzz words will be Trocken (“dry” in German) or Halbtrocken (“half-dry” in German). From appetizers to desserts, pork, poultry or shellfish, and virtually anything in between, the diversity of Riesling styles make them capable of handling just about any type of food, including spicy Asian and Mexican foods.

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