I’ve been invited to take a tour of the recently opened Aviation Museum at the Saskatoon Airport this week. I remember having a peek at the building when it was in the planning stages and look forward to seeing the finished product. Our radio stations dedicated quite a bit of airtime to help publicize the museum and I was happy to do so being the old Air Force Brat that I am. My dad was a pilot at first and then an air traffic controller. Growing up on Air Force bases I knew that VFR stood for Visual Flight Rules and I thought IFR stood for Instrument flight rules but my dad, from whom I inherited my sense of humor, said it stood for “I Follow Roads”. Other examples of aviation humour: Flying at night is the same as flying during the day, except you can’t see. Flying is not dangerous; crashing is dangerous. The propeller is just a big fan in front of the plane to keep the pilot cool and if you wanted proof make it stop and watch the pilot break out into a cold sweat. If you push the stick forward the houses get bigger. If you pull the stick back, the houses get smaller. There are three simple rules for making a smooth landing. Unfortunately no one knows what they are. And it’s better to be down here wishing you were up there than up there wishing you were down here.
That’s Coffeetalk. I’m Vic Dubois.