04.10.2011 | 06:30
Winnipeg Falcons to Play at Iceland Ice Hockey Cup
When the Winnipeg Falcons, a team comprised of ice hockey players of Icelandic descent, returned to Canada after becoming the first Olympic champions in ice hockey in Antwerp, Belgium, 1920, they were given a royal welcome.
When Winnipeg returned to the NHL ice hockey league in the summer of 2011 they considered naming their team the Falcons, but ended up deciding on the Jets, Morgunbladid reports.
Nevertheless, the Falcons were resurrected to compete at the 2011 Iceland Ice Hockey Cup in Egilshöll in Reykjavík next weekend, held by local team Björninn.
“We want to contribute to restoring Iceland’s economy by spending a few dollars while we’re here,” said one of the Falcons’ team member Grant Stefanson.
As with their predecessors, most of the Falcons’ players are of Icelandic descent. Stefanson said it is natural for them to honor the name of the first Olympic champions in ice hockey. They will play their first game on Thursday.
We had an Air France A320 in Winnipeg for a 4C check for a few weeks. The 4C is a fairly heavy check, and this one had the added tasks of a triple landing gear change, and an engine change.
It all went quite well. I was in the right seat for the engine run up, the first time I've done a run on a new engine - new from the shop, that is, not really new. I don't know how many hours the other engine had, but the temps and RPM on the new engine were almost identical to the other engine.
Once the check was essentially complete, the airplane was pushed outside, so that we could bring in an Air Canada A320 for our regular Phase Check. The few remaining snags were completed in fantastic autumn weather, and the airplane headed back to the Caribbean, where it's normally based.
This is the engine we changed, a CFM56-5B4/P. The way things worked out, I wasn't involved in removing the old one, or installing the new one, but did all the accessories (with my crew of two other guys, not just me), and did all the inspections.
For the last two weeks, we've had an Air France A320 in the hangar for a 4C check. It's just about done now, and I had the opportunity to do the ground run on the airplane on Tuesday. Here's a photo of the airplane from Airliners.net:
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So I travel a bit. Here are the two apps I originally used on Facebook that show the countries and cities I've visited.
On the Where I've Been map, red is a place I've lived, blue is a place I've visited, and green is somewhere I want to go, someday. The formatting is a bit wonky - not that I tried hard to get it right - so you can enlarge the map a bit, and then drag it to see the eastern countries I've been to.
The travel map doesn't have anything to explain, I think. On the other hand, it doesn't seem to do anything, either. Just a list of cities and towns I've been to, on Google Maps.
Aircraft Maintenance Engineer on de Havilland Dash-8-100, Airbus A320, and Embraer 190 series aircraft; private pilot; owner of a Quad City Challenger II ultralight airplane; Canadian Aviation Historical Society member; Civil Air Search and Rescue Association pilot