Terry BakerTerry Baker, co-founder of the NetLetter scours the internet for aviation related Trivia and Travel Tips for you, our readers, to peruse.

One of the biggest gripes for many cruisers? Having to pull out of port before sundown, when the destination's dining, nightlife and performing arts scene is just revving up.

Happily, savvy cruise lines have been increasing overnight, late-night or even multiple-night stays at select ports of call. This move gives cruisers the opportunity to more fully immerse themselves in the port's offerings, which can, after sunset, be quite different from daytime activities.

For cruisers, craving destination immersion, late and extended calls are a welcome addition, as there just never seems to be enough time in port.

Check out these cruise lines -

Azamara Club Cruises, Celebrity Cruises, Crystal Cruises, SeaDream Yacht Club, Silversea Cruises, Princess Cruises, Paul Gauguin Cruises, Oceania Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Windstar Cruises.

(Source: cruisecritic.com)


Lamb Airways

lambair bookLambair, which was incorporated in 1935 as Lamb Airways Limited, began with one aircraft - a Stinson SR8 five-passenger plane. This plane was used to haul fish from The Pas, Manitoba to the railhead at Cormorant before the fish froze and before the market fell in Chicago.

Tom Lamb, who established the airline, bought the Stinson in 1930 and taught himself to fly it. As development in the north progressed, Lambair opened new bases and served Wabowden, Thompson, Churchill, Norway House and Gillam as well as The Pas.

These bases were established to serve all of northern Manitoba and the Northwest Territories. It carried out its own maintenance operations in its hangars at Churchill, Thompson and The Pas and in 1965 built a new headquarters at The Pas. Their motto was "Do not ask us where we fly . . . Tell us where you want to go"

At the time, Lambair was Canada's oldest airline still under the original management. Upon the death of Tom Lamb in 1969, the founder's six sons, all pilot-engineers, ran the airline.

By 1979, Lambair had a fleet which included Bristol Freighters, Twin Otters, Otters, Beavers, Cessna 180s, Bell G4A helicopters, Twin Islanders, Aztecs and DC-3s.

The planes were purchased from all over the world including Norway, England and Afghanistan. Lambair ceased operations and went out of business in 1981.

tmb lambair aircraft

Flying High.

When flying a kite in areas that also have air traffic, it's best to keep the kite reeled in to low altitudes. A man flying his kite near the inner harbour in Victoria, British Columbia soared to a height of 300 metres (984 feet). Air traffic controllers had to divert some incoming float planes.

Police investigating the incident demanded that the kite immediately be brought in. The kite enthusiast thought he was just having fun with his hobby and was unaware of the risk that his kite could have posed to planes coming and going from the harbour.

(Source: CoffeeNews issue 25)

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