It’s A Part of Me – Guest Post

12 Feb
Chuck Raney, 1980

Chuck Raney in his Piper Cub PA-11X on floats

My mom tells me all the time, “it’s just in your blood.”  I agree with her, but I didn’t think that was an appropriate title for the blog entry (it’s creepy). My grandfather was a bush pilot and owned a variety of small airplanes, usually on floats, at his house in Nobel, Ontario. My Great Grandfather flew the Avro Lancaster Bomber in the second world war.  Although I only knew my grandpa Chuck for a few years when I was young, I think flying has been passed down to me.

When I was a young teenager, a friend of mine who captained an Airbus something-or-other for Air Canada told me he would pay me with time in the airplane if I would help him at the dock during float endorsements. I jumped at that chance and would motor bike to the lake, take my small aluminum boat with a 9.9 horse outboard across the lake to the dock, and sometimes get to go flying at the end of the day. What a great summer! Learning to fly in my friend’s Piper Super Cub is one of my favourite life memories. Life took me in a different direction after that, and my dream of flying was put on hold.

Aiden Taxi

Aiden Taxiing us out

Yesterday, I got a text message from Keith at Georgian Bay Airways: “We’re good to go.” I’ve known Keith and Nicole for several years and their wonderful company has flown me around various times.  Recently, I got to take my son Aiden flying, which was amazing and emotional.  I’ve since built GBA’s newest website (which you’re likely reading this post from).  Keith’s text of course, meant that the weather was good enough to go flying.  On one of his runs to document ice fishing activity on the local lakes, Keith asked me if I’d join him to be a spotter.  Learning about my love of flying earlier on, he was kind enough to take me with him and field all of my questions about being a pilot. This was a great experience that I hope to repeat soon.  Thanks to Keith and Nicole at GBA for taking me under their wing (sorry, I had to) and allowing me to let out my inner flying geek!

My mom is right. It’s in my blood.

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3 Responses to “It’s A Part of Me – Guest Post”

  1. Beverley Martin February 14, 2014 at 5:57 pm #

    I remember Uncle Chuck and his aeroplanes he was coloured blind but he still flew.

    • Jason Rosewell February 20, 2014 at 4:34 pm #

      Thanks for visiting the blog and sharing some memories, Beverley!

  2. Uncle Norm and Aunt Linda February 22, 2014 at 5:21 pm #

    Go for it Jason, you’ll make a great pilot! I know you have had that dream for a long time.
    Your Grandpa Chuck and Norm would go flying but I always said no to a plane ride as I was terrified especially in a small plane. Well one day Chuck cajoled me enough and I gave in and had my very first airplane ride with him. Then I just wanted to keep going for another flight and another.
    So, I went up with his friend so I could take pictures of Chuck in his plane, while up in the air and remember taking the picture of the Piper.
    I have a few dozens pictures of your Grandpa’s planes etc.that I can send you if you want. I think years ago I sent some to your Grandma. Don’t forget about your ancestral line that links your Mom to Amelia Earhart!
    love, Aunt Linda

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