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Q. Flight XX is shown as diverting to Gander. Can you tell us the reason? – by Twitter

Gander gets diversions. Not every day, but regularly. YQX is right on the sweet spot of the Great Circle Route between Europe and the Americas. Around a quarter million commercial flights will red circle Gander as an emergency alternate every year. Occasionally, an aircraft will divert from its flight plan. More often than not, it is for something routine. Could be a stop for fuel in a strong headwind, or to check an indicator light, or a sick passenger. Less commonly, it’s a security matter – an unruly passenger or other threat.

There are a lot of people who avidly follow aviation and aircraft movements. Everyone has a hobby and it’s a great one. (Don’t all hobbies seem a little peculiar to others?) We are #avgeeks, too, so we get it. The same people who do this tend to produce stunning plane photos and are passionate about aviation, so we applaud the pursuit.

However, people often want to know why an aircraft – still in flight – is diverting to Gander. More than anything, it’s someone who is curious inquiring through social media or a journalist having to produce an instant story given the modern pressure of the 24-hour news cycle.

Here’s the thing – we probably aren’t going to tell you. There are a host of reasons why, but let me explain the most important one.
Think about a time you were driving home and you saw an emergency vehicle – a fire truck, ambulance or police car – hurtling past you in the direction of your neighborhood. In that moment, you’ll inevitably feel an unsettled knot tighten in your stomach, for fear that something may have happened to someone you love.
When an aircraft steers off course and diverts on the North Atlantic, it has hundreds of people aboard, all of whom have loved ones at home, some of whom could be tracking their progress in flight. Speculating on social media just sends those emotional sirens screaming by for anyone who knows someone traveling on that aircraft.

There’s also a more practical reason we are tight lipped: the airport and its partners may know why an aircraft is diverting, but these emergency situations are almost always dynamic and ever-changing. The smoke in the galley may well be a smoldering coffee pot. In aviation, nothing is certain until it is known. A few years ago, a captain let us know a passenger had been pronounced dead by an onboard physician and they were diverting. We aren’t entirely sure what happened, but the aircraft landed at Gander, and the deceased walked past the waiting hearse on the ramp and headed to the hospital for observation. The next day, he boarded another aircraft with the doctor’s blessing. So …. you just don’t know. In scenarios where a passenger has passed away aboard a flight, airlines and aviation authorities have a strict next of kin notification policy. Again, we think first of the family and aren’t going to reveal anything that increases worry. Disclosure also begs the bigger question of people’s right to know and what might be in the public interest.

About half the time, diversions at our airport are the result of a medical issue. About half of those are cardiac related. The rest are typically mechanical issues. Occasionally, there are nervy issues of distressed aircraft, but 90% of those are entirely benign - the aircraft diverts to get something checked out as a matter of due diligence and safety first. Thankfully, in the modern age, there are very few diversions for unruly passenger behavior. If you compare the annual movements of commercial airliners on the North Atlantic versus the number of diversions to alternate airports like Gander, you’ll see the system remains incredibly efficient and safe.

So, if you ask why and we don’t tell, that’s the explanation.
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4 days ago
Arty William - Very well said and a wonderful explanation !!! You guys are great and your professional services are second to none !!!
        
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A reminder for those interested in serving on the Gander International Airport Authority board, there is posting for a Federal nominee on the Transport Canada website. The selection process will close on March 31, 2017. Details at
http://www.tc.gc.ca/...n-processes.html
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1 week ago
Doug Godden - Josiah, good one for you.
        
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We understand some locals might be driving to other *less fabulous* airports to save money on airfare.

Hey, we’ve got no problem with people getting a great deal. You work hard for your money. But have you looked at Gander Airport before you booked?

Airfares to the most popular destinations have fallen between -30 and -50% in recent years. It’s never been cheaper to Fly Gander and there have never been more choices for travelers.

Of course, with gas hovering around a retina-popping $1.35/L, you’re looking at anywhere between $100 (economy vehicle) and $200 (big-ass truck) for a six-hour round-trip drive.

If you need airport parking, Gander has the cheapest posted weekly and monthly rate of any airport on the island. In fact, you can park for a month at Gander for what it will cost you for a week at another airport. If you’re looking at long term parking, that’s anywhere from $40-100 in your pocket.

Your time is worth something, too. If you have to take additional vacation time off to drive to fly, dock your hourly wage from the additional transit time. In the time it takes to drive to another airport, you can fly to Toronto.

Add gas station sandwiches and a few gallons of windshield wash to the mix and you could be looking at hundreds of dollars in additional costs before you even board the plane.

Then there’s the intangibles you can’t put a price on. A long drive after a long flight. Slaloming through moose. Speeding tickets. Speeding drivers. “Are we there yet?” Bad weather. Whiteouts. White knuckles. Wear and tear on your vehicle. Wear and tear on your nerves. Does it really add up?

When you travel, give Gander a look before you book. If you are saving big money, we won’t begrudge you that. If you aren’t, you might consider skipping the long drive, saving your sanity, and enjoying the convenience of flying from your local airport.

Money aside, every time you fly from Gander Airport, you cast a vote for the Central Newfoundland economy. You support local businesses and jobs for your neighbors. Moreover, you keep your money in the region. Buying local and flying local are the same thing.

Gander International Airport exists to serve Central Newfoundland. It’s our airport. Make it your airport of choice.
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1 week ago
Deborah Bourden - We are so fortunate to have the Gander Airport. Let's help keep it and help it thrive!
2 weeks ago
James Adams - Gander the only time I fly out of the city of St. John's is to get to Mexico or Jamaica but would much rather do it from gander but it's not offered so make that happen and keep us in gander
2 weeks ago
Nicole Keats - I've flown cheaper out of Gander to Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Paris twice, Florida, Puerto Vallarta and Huatulco than any other airport in NL at the time of booking. Why leave home to get away?
2 weeks ago
Clar Sweetapple - The convenience of a Gander departure and arrival is worth a little extra cost especially when I consider I can be home in an hour after landing.
2 weeks ago
Thelma Rideout Stuckey - not always true. With the cost to drive to st.johns and fly to cuba we are still saving. it would have cost us a lot more to fly from Gander . Which is sad, I definately would rather fly from Gander anytime but not at a higher cost, sorry. The other issue is the cost to park your vehicle ... NL has the highest cost of airport parking........
2 weeks ago
Mike Walbourne - I'm not exactly sure what the stat is but gander gets a lot more fly days than St. John's!
2 weeks ago
Roxane Hoskins Antle - My husband been using YQX for the last 8 years he flys to YMM return once a month. Last week on his arrival to YQX he went to the long term parking to get his truck and found that his tailgate had been stolen. He notified security but they were not that helpful. It goes to show our vehicles are not safe when we choose to park in your long term parking. You need better security!!!!
2 weeks ago
Trevor Hickey - This Facebook post was verbose
2 weeks ago
Jody Keats - I do whatever is possible to avoid St John's at any cost. I hate flying to it , near it our out of it. Toronto - Halifax - Gander way before Toronto - ST John's - Gander. that airport sucks ass.
2 weeks ago
Irene Saunders - I will never understand why people chose to drive for 3 hrs or more just to save a few dollars . If the Gander airport was not here to use than they would have something else to complain about .People support your own commuity . Gander is the way to go !!!
        
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If you are looking to thaw yourself out, there are plenty of sun choices. Sunwing offers direct service to Punta Cana and Varadero, while Air Canada and Sunwing Vacations can connect you with unforgettable beach vacations.
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2 weeks ago
DeAnna Pinsent - Varadero ... Not Havana ... Right?
        
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Suffering from WMD? Consider Caribbean Vacation, the best treatment for winter blues. Sunwing Airlines direct service to Cuba and the Dominican Republic begins next week. Great packages are always available to sun destinations with WestJet and Air Canada Vacations.
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If you are interesting in serving on the Gander International Airport Authority board, there is posting for a Federal nominee on the Transport Canada website. The selection process will close on March 15, 2017. Detailks at http://www.tc.gc.ca/...n-processes.html
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1 week ago
Gander International Airport - A reminder for those interested in serving on the Gander International Airport Authority board, there is posting for a Federal nominee on the Transport Canada website. The selection process will close on March 31, 2017. Details at http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/corporate-services/current-selection-processes.html
        
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Big celebratory sale, today only. https://www.facebook...0155097386343552
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3 weeks ago
Phoebe Bartlett - Nicole Penny
        
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While it's been a Winter Wonderland in Gander of late, not every day has been so glorious. Here's to our winter operations team, those airport professionals who battle 15 feet of annual snowfall with an indomitable spirit and a strong disposition to persevere. Storm worn and snow battered, our staff keep everything moving in one of aviation's most extreme operating environments. A salute and thanks to our dedicated Winter Warriors.
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4 weeks ago
Andy Keough - Big HORSEPOWER BLOWERS !!!
4 weeks ago
Susan Hoyles - They are the best! Those runways are like summer roads!
4 weeks ago
Tom Healey - I will say that the snow clearing crew at GIA is second to none and I am proud to work with them!
4 weeks ago
Bev Erley - Audrey Penney
4 weeks ago
Brittany Snow - Frazer Snow
        
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The Gander International Airport Authority made a $1,000 contribution toward the Power of Pink campaign to purchase two cuddle beds for James Paton Memorial Hospital.

This is a fantastic endeavor lead by the wonderful Brown family who lost a loving mother and wife. This work honors Lisa Brown’s life by making a real difference in the lives of others.

We’d encourage anyone with the means to support their effort, as they are just shy of their stated goal. You can donate at https://www.gofundme.com/3dx08ww

http://www.cbc.ca/ne...raiser-1.3991227
Mother's death inspires effort to buy more 'cuddle beds' for Gander hospital
        
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On Valentine’s Day, we celebrate special relationships. Here at Gander International Airport, we’d like to send our love and appreciation to the people who make our little hearts beat. Don’t get nervous - ours is a platonic love. Not a love that scrawls weird messages in lipstick on the bathroom mirror.

Firstly, our love to the airlines who serve our market – Air Canada, WestJet, Sunwing and Provincial Airlines. Without airlines, an airport is just a big building with an extremely long driveway. You complete us.

Secondly, we send our love to our loyal customers who make Gander a part of their travel plans. Without passengers, there are no airlines. We are just an airport, standing in front of a person, asking them to fly with us. Big hugs.

Thirdly, to our hard-working, high-achieving airport staff – the heart of the entire operation. We believe they are the Best Damn Airport Team on the North Atlantic. While people are home gorging on bon bons today, they are battling a winter storm.

Finally, to all the people in the airport community who make the whole thing tick, from those who fly the plane to those who fix and fuel the plane, there are hundreds of crucial people who make an airport work. We are blessed to have great partners.

From all of us at Gander International Airport, Happy Valentine’s Day! XOXXOXOXOXXO
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5 weeks ago
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5 weeks ago
Bill Burroughs - YYK loves ya back, so does ECG
5 weeks ago
        
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Despise an early morning rise? WestJet begins daily afternoon Halifax departures at 250 pm beginning April 30. Combined with Air Canada's afternoon flight, we have more choices for morning haters across the region.

http://www.ganderairport.com/?p=1418
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2 weeks ago
Adrienne Stacey - Disappointed with the morning flight to Toronto being taken away in favor of this. My husband who works out west will have to fly with air Canada for now on in order to arrive to work on time.
7 weeks ago
Kathy Hodder - We already had adequate coverage to Halifax. Direct flights to and from Toronto are much better. It's actually shorter to drive to St. J's and take a direct flight to Toronto than it is to fly to Halifax, waste a couple of very boring hours at Halifax, and then fly to Toronto.
7 weeks ago
Carla Keefe Humphries - Flying westjet out of Gander just got harder. Impossible to make connections to the southern US on the same day. Dislike the new schedule very much!
7 weeks ago
Wanda J Moore - And no chance to make a trip to the US or Western Canada without overnighting. both ways. Thanks Gander!! Looks like St Johns will be getting our business!
7 weeks ago
Jennifer Coish-Freake - So... What does this mean for travellers who have flights already booked for the end of May direct from gander to Toronto!
7 weeks ago
Regina Young - This is a disappointment. We used the West Jet to fly to Florida out of Gander. We got to Toronto with plenty of time to make our connection to Tampa. We arrived in Tampa early in the afternoon. We loved flying West Jet and were looking forward to flying again with them in April. Now it will take two days to get to Florida with West Jet. Too bad.
7 weeks ago
Kristie Kippenhuck - More choices for morning haters but less choices for those needing to connect in Toronto. I travelled that route during Christmas break and it was so convenient because I was able to make my connecting flight in Toronto with WestJet, I will no longer be able to make that connection with WestJet!
7 weeks ago
Mohamed Barasi - very bad decision...loosing the daily direct Yyz route.....
7 weeks ago
Patricia Beson - Too bad this is not year round
7 weeks ago
Darren Pittman - Awesome but CYQM to CYQX would have been a better routing !! About same population use Moncton airport that use Halifax airport People in this area have to use Halifax because air lines don't use moncton for convections to other airports.
        
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Gander Airport Chairperson Des Dillon tables 13 top tips for effective meetings and productive boards. http://www.ganderair...m/meeting-goals/
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Please note that the deadline for applications for our Board Vacancy is 4 pm Tuesday Jan. 31.

We are pleased with the level of interest in this vacancy. There is some confusion among potential candidates on eligibility for board service. Airport Authority boards have rigorous conflict of interest guidelines, and much of that is down to where you work or who you serve.

To that end:

- If you are an employee of government at any level or any government-owned corporation, you are ineligible (examples: Town Clerk in Lumsden, Provincial Wildlife Officer, school teacher, nurse)
- If you are an elected official of government of any level (Councillor in Eastport, Mayor of Crow Head), you are ineligible
- If you do not live in the airport’s service area (basically between Clarenville and Badger and south to Harbour Breton inclusive), you are ineligible

For more information, and to apply, visit http://www.ganderairport.com/?p=1377
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8 weeks ago
Liz Pelley Granville - Interesting guidelines
        
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The Gander International Airport Authority is mourning the passing of former chair and aviator Fred Moffitt.

Born in the United Kingdom, Mr. Moffitt’s career with the Royal Air Force spanned 28 years and many continents. He began his working life training to be an Inspector of Taxes, but instead commenced training as a flight navigator and received his flying wings in 1964.

“Frankly, the decision between pouring over financial tables and receipts versus seeing the world in service to the Queen was no choice at all,” he said.

His military career included a deployment in South Yemen, flying on the Britannia (the RAF’s main passenger and cargo aircraft), and an appointment as Adjutant to the Base Commander at RAF Lechars in Scotland. Returning to flying duties in 1976, Mr. Moffitt was involved in the evacuation of Tehran in 1979, the Falklands war in 1982 and the Ethiopian Famine Relief in 1984. All told, he logged over 10,000 flying hours.

In 1986, he was appointed Royal Air Force Detachment Commander at Gander International Airport. After retiring in 1990, he returned to Gander and married Anne Manning.

“I met a lovely lady here, and that made my decision to come back to Gander very easy,” he recalled.

In 1995, he opened the successful Jungle Jim’s franchise in Gander, retiring in 2006.

Fred served on GIAA’s board Gander International Airport’s Board for nine years, including a six-year stint as Chairperson. Fred was a great ambassador for Gander Airport throughout his career, remembered for his strong and decisive brand of leadership.

Fred was sharp – sharply dressed, sharp witted, sharp tongued. Without bowing to stereotype, he oozed British charm. His sense of humour and convivial spirit earned easy friends. The good-natured banter between Fred and his board colleague George Innes, an expatriate Scotsman, was well worth the price of admission.

Fred lived a passionate life and found great pleasure in the simple things. An afternoon golfing with Al’s Army, the company of his peers at the Masonic Lodge, agonizing over the performance of his beloved Newcastle United. There was no greater passion then that for his beloved Anne, with whom he spent 28 happy years.

In recent years, Fred took great pride in his role of Honourary Colonel of 103 Search and Rescue and 9 Wing Gander.

We remember Fred Moffitt - aviator, entrepreneur, leader, advocate, husband, father, grandfather, friend to many.

Fred shone brightly, and so many were drawn to his light. We find the community that bit darker with his passing. His zest for life was irresistible. Fred did not so much walk to the beat of his own drum as he had a complete percussion session backing him. He will forever be remembered as his own man, and a great one at that.

Our thoughts are with Anne and Fred’s family and friends at this difficult time.
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9 weeks ago
David Hutchinson - First met Fred when he just became RAFLO Gander and saw him irregularly over next 15 years. He was always great fun and such a useful source of info when I was emigrating to Canada. One of a kind and a truly great man.
9 weeks ago
Brian May - Condolences to family and friends. Fred was . . . Fred was . . . er, Fred was what is euphemistically called a 'character'. Flew with him quite often on Hercules, memorably learning lots during an unscheduled delay in Mombasa with skipper Robbie Kendra (also RIP). Wonderful man and life is richer for knowing him. Farewell mate. You live on in our memories.
9 weeks ago
Nigel Moseley - As a 'first tourist' on 24 Sqn, Fred was someone who provided much guidance and advice to me. Some of which got me into trouble! He had time for everyone and I remember hearing a story that when he was a Fg Off nav on the Britannia fleet, which flew in 'blues' those days, that the whole Britannia fleet had ' Fred Moffitt' name badges. Fred , would apparently , every so often have to take his log book to either the Stn Cdr or OC Ops in order to prove that it wasn't him that had been rude or troublesome at some far off outpost of the RAF. A one-off, happy memories.
9 weeks ago
Garry Brown - The saddest of losses. Fred guided many a young Navigator through Gander on their way to emulating his style and infectious character. RIP Fred
9 weeks ago
Ged Higgins - A fantastic bloke who I remember fondly 26 years on and after all my travelling Gander is still my favourite night stop! God Bless Fred.
9 weeks ago
Derek Sprague - Fred was a fantastic character with tremendous personality ( and a bloody fine navigator too) I fondly remember him helping me when I started as a TS nav at lyneham. I also recall many great nights when he was the Det Car in Gander and later when he retired and opened Jungle Jim's. A finer chap you could not meet. I am sure that Gander is mourning his banter and presence as much as his old RAF colleagues do too. You won't hear a bad word about him and RIP Fred you will be missed.
9 weeks ago
Tim Collins - I'd have some great stories about Fred if I could only remember them. Trouble is, the amount of alcohol involved pretty much guaranteed I'd never remember anything! Fred was always brilliant fun, fantastic company and bloody good at his job. I haven't seen him for many, many years but I was always content knowing that Gander was in good hands. He was a big, big character and will leave a big hole. RIP, mate.
9 weeks ago
Pamela Granter Buck - I met Fred on his first day in Gander.....immediately knew he would be a good friend. He actually introduced me to Don Buck.....my husband. He MC'd our wedding back in 1988. Over the years we had many adventures and laughs. We will miss his magnetic charm and kind heart. Feel so blessed to have known such a wonderful human being.
9 weeks ago
Sandra Moss MacLean - Sadly I have not seen Fred or Anne for awhile,but always enjoyed a good chat and a laugh when we did meet.So sorry for your loss Anne and will remember the kind hearted man Fred was!
9 weeks ago
Ian Cunningham - Sad sad news. Fred was a great character and will be sorely missed but fondly remembered by many. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
        
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The Gander International Airport Authority (GIAA) is seeking expressions of interest from qualified individuals interested in joining its Board of Directors to fill a vacancy.

The GIAA is a policy board, charting the strategic direction for YQX and ensuring the airport operates in a safe, efficient and sustainable manner.

To be eligible for board service, candidates must:

(a) be an individual at least 18 years of age;
(b) be a Canadian citizen;
(c) a permanent resident of the region which the airport serves

The GIAA operates under stringent conflict of interest guidelines. It is equally important potential candidates understand who is ineligible to serve, including elected officials of any level of government, employees of any government agency or corporation or those employed by or with a stake in an airport tenant.

For more information, and to apply, visit http://www.ganderairport.com/?p=1377
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The Gander Airport family was deeply saddened by the passing of former President and CEO Gary Vey on Monday.

Gary served a distinguished 17 year career leading Gander International Airport, retiring in July of 2014 at the age of 63.

We remember a dedicated business leader, aviation professional, father and grandparent. The airport will never again see a champion as dedicated as Gary. Gary was fearless, funny and strong. He was a proud Newfoundlander who cared deeply about the airport and the people who make it fly.

Gary's time was cut too short, but his legacy forever endures. His mark on both the airport and people around him is indelible.

Our thoughts are with Gary's family and loved ones at this time.

http://www.ganderairport.com/?p=1371
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12 weeks ago
Carol Ann Kitty Freake - We are so saddened to hear of Gary's passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and his closest friends. He will be forever in their hearts. Kevin & Kitty Freake
12 weeks ago
Courteney Pamela - One of my parents' closest friends and a friend to us all, Gary was just the sweetest. Such a warm smile and heart. Will miss him dearly, and I am just so sad for Jenny, the boys, Gary's children and the rest of his family and close friends. <3
12 weeks ago
Edwin Bishop - I was Garys teacher at Long Beach from Sept 1961 t0 june 1962 and lived at their house for the two years .Magre and I sends our condolences to his family
12 weeks ago
Bonnie Follett-Kyritsis - So saddened to hear of Gary's passing!! Our heartfelt deepest condolences to the family!! ❤️
12 weeks ago
Anita Burns - Stan and I are so saddened by Garry's passing our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this difficult time
12 weeks ago
Verna Bixby - Sorry to hear about Gary thoughts and prayers to the extended family
12 weeks ago
Jucinta Milley - Thinking of all the families at this very sad time! Our Deepest Condolences to all the Families. Jucinta & Mac Milley
12 weeks ago
Elsie Cooper Babstock - So sorry for your loss Jennifer. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
12 weeks ago
Brenda Moores - So sorry to hear of Gary's passing. To Jenny and all the family, we are thinking of you at this difficult time. Brenda, Dana Moores and Family.
12 weeks ago
Angela Kent Devereaux - So sorry for your loss, Gary was a very nice person, I thought a lot over him!!!
        
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We get excited about every aircraft arrival, but none gets our jingle bells a-ringing like this one.
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13 weeks ago
Marie Ducey - Welcome to Nfld Santa
13 weeks ago
Adam Alcock - Kim Brett Alcock