ATR Gear Swing

Recently I have been going through old photos on my computer and came across this video I recorded. I had the opportunity to work as a flight operations co-ordinator for Calm Air International. Part of our job training included a tour of the ground operations based out of Thompson, Manitoba, Canada. While we were there, they had one of the ATR’s on jacks to do a test of the landing gear.

I survived a month of vacation



The weekend is rapidly approaching and I am falling behind in writing yet again. This time I am blaming it on returning to work.

Having a month off was perhaps a bit too much time away from the desk. I didn’t make any safety errors, but certainly was feeling a little rusty upon my return. It is wonderful how quickly our memory is able to retrieve skills and put them back into use. After a few small errors, I totally am back into the swing of things feeling refreshed.

The night shifts have been a bit more challenging to come back to. My sleep pattern has strayed very far away from staying up until 5am; and wasn’t helped at all by spending the weekend on time zone ahead in Winnipeg.

I had an amazing visit with friends, and thoroughly enjoyed celebrating my gay mama’s 50th birthday with his friends. On Sunday before I left, I also found myself able to enjoy a dinner party hosted by Désiré. Moving away was hard, but being able to take part in some of these events makes the experience that much more special for me.

I am also working on a new video project that you can look forward to being posted on YouTube as well very soon. I just need to take an hour to record the necessary audio component which is missing and then it will be ready to share with you.

I hope you all are amazing as always and I look forward to sharing the pictures from my vacation within the next few days with you. Until then stay fabulous.

Alberta Aviation Museum

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This past summer, Mike and I had the chance to tour the Alberta Aviation Museum located beside the Edmonton City Centre (municipal) Airport or YXD.  I found it while I was aimlessly driving around one day while he was at work.  As I passed the airport, I looked over and saw a retired Pacific Western 737 sitting behind the fence and knew that this was a place that we had to visit.

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Admission ranges from $6.00 for children up to $10.00 for adults, with discounts for seniors.  The facility features over 40 aircraft ranging in age from old wooden hulled prop planes up to military and comercial jets.

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It seems like the common trend in aerosexuals is that they are fascinated by military planes.  However, the Alberta Aviation Museum have a very neat collection featuring various sections and displays.  As you enter the museum, you will find yourself face to face with some of the original aircrafts to fly in and out of YXD.

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The displays then move into an entire wall dedicated to the various commercial and passenger airlines in Canada’s history.  With various cabin artifacts from playing cards and napkins to old flight attendant uniforms, this collection is one of the best I have seen so far.

There is also a large collection of various war medals and historical facts from both sides of the Second World War.  They also have restored several military aircraft in both indoor and outdoor displays.

The museum will take between 60-90 minutes to view and depending on the weather, you can also get up close and personal with several large aircrafts located outside the museum.  Groups can arrange guided tours by the volunteers that run the museum.

Happy Anniversary to Me!



Yesterday, WordPress informed me that my blog celebrated its first birthday!  I am a little disappointed that I didn’t remember that it was coming or planning a party, but alas one year of blogging has come and gone.

The last year has been filled with many changes and most of those I didn’t see coming.  I am lucky to be sharing a life and home with Mike in Calgary, I am glad to have accomplished my goal of returning to work for one of the two major airlines in Canada, I am happy to be driving bus again and seeing things that I wouldn’t have if not for this hobby made into a job, but most importantly I am blessed with amazing friends that I am able to share my story with.

I will admit that I had hopped that I would have been more dedicated to writing, but life got in the way and it is impossible to change the past.  Writing is one of my favourite creative outlets as it allows me the opportunity to organize my thoughts, share my experiences, and hopefully benefit you as the readers in one way or another.

Over the next year my blogging goals include to share more travel stories with you as Mike and I, along with friends, travel around the world and hopefully make some amazing memories together.  I would also like to be more dedicated to writing as I love sharing my thoughts, ideas, and experiences with you.  Lastly, I would like to make time to create video memories along with the written ones to share with you.

This is where it all begins

Many people have a deep craving and desire to find new adventures in travel, but no one truly gets to satisfy this desire more than people that work in the aviation industry, more specifically your flight crew. At one time I was a member of this elite group, but due to an injury I have lost my membership to this exclusive club.

Luckily I am still working in the industry that I love in a position that provides me both the ability to travel and the challenge of working in the operations control centre for one of Canada’s airlines. In total I have worked in the air and on the ground in both front-line and behind the scenes.

One of my favourite parts about aviation is that two days are never the same. Aviation is one of the most highly regulated industries in the world, which also makes it one of the safest forms of transportation. The challenge to all of these regulations is keeping up with all of the changes that Transport Canada imposes in order to make it safer for everyone.

Now I know that I said I was flight crew, so you probably assumed pilot which would be an incorrect assumption. I was a flight attendant, trolley dolly, air mattress, or any other nick name you could probably come up with for it, and yes you’d be correct in assuming that I am gay.

With this blog I hope to share with you pieces of my adventures, travel tips to enhance your travel experience, share information about different issues going on in the world that are important causes for me, share some of my stories that I have written, and much much more. I am also always looking for suggestions about new places to visit, things to do, restaurants to try, and challenges you can come up with for me to accomplish.

I look forward to embarking on this new journey, and I look forward to sharing it with you.

-Matt