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VIDEO: Pilot touches down CC-130 Hercules in Williams Lake after lengthy journey to aviation

Royal Canadian Air Drive Captain Shawn Tyerman, dropped in for a fast go to on the Williams Lake Regional Airport and a few pizzas on Nov. 10, 2022.

Tyerman was plane commander of a Canadian Armed Forces CC-130 Hercules plane out on a coaching flight to Williams Lake. The regional airport simply occurs to even be the place Tyerman’s curiosity in aviation started.

Whereas Tyerman is now based mostly in Trenton, Ontario on the Canadian Forces base as a part of 424 Squadron, he was born and raised in Williams Lake.

His associates in Williams Lake nonetheless keep up a correspondence and he was in British Columbia overlaying for members of the 442 Squadron based mostly in Comox, BC, which is how he got here to be flying into his hometown for the primary time.

Whereas the airplane had initially been meant to make some apply provide drops, climate delays meant the crew solely had time to the touch down lengthy sufficient to supply associates of the pilot a 10-minute tour to see a little bit of the plane and study a few of its operations.

Search and rescue (SAR) technician Matt Davidson and Tyerman led the group round to see the rear of the plane, and get a glance up into the huge physique of the airplane.

Two Search and Rescue Technicians (SAR techs) have been on board, and two loadmasters, with an in depth assortment of apparatus and equipment for a spread of search and rescue operations.

Two pilots, two engineers and two navigators have been within the cockpit for the flight, which is greater than the same old crew, as a result of it was a coaching flight, stated Tyerman.

Tyerman was born and raised in Williams Lake because the son of pilot Texas Tyerman. His dad de él Texas labored for Con Air Group as a fixed-wing firefighting pilot, working seasonally combating fires. Texas retired from flying after a fellow pilot died in a airplane crash, Shawn recalled, only some years after Shawn’s mom had already handed away. However his father’s time flying and seeing his dad de él up on the tanker base had sparked an curiosity within the profession for Shawn.

“I used to be all the time form of impressed by him and aviation was one thing I all the time wished to do,” he stated.

Whereas he tried to hitch the air drive out of highschool in 1990, he was rejected as a result of on the time the requirement was for 20/20 imaginative and prescient.

“It form of dashed my desires on the time,” he recalled. He pursued different profession paths, getting a level in biology and doing fisheries work for about six years, which dried up after governmental adjustments.

He then went to highschool and obtained a tech diploma and labored in Fort McMurray after which Vancouver within the tech trade.

He then returned to fisheries work and had a steady job in Victoria, the place his workplace close to the top of the airport runway obtained him fascinated by aviation once more and he labored on getting his pilot’s license to meet his flying desires.

Then he met some members of the Canadian Forces in Victoria by the game of dragon boating, and he discovered the eyesight requirement for air drive pilots now allowed for corrected imaginative and prescient.

So Tyerman as soon as once more utilized to the air drive.

After working at it for quite a few years, he was accepted into fundamental coaching on the age of 41 years outdated, and he took up the problem.

“It is a scary leap,” he admitted, of forsaking the safety of his authorities job.

Tyerman stated he was older than a lot of the trainers he had through the 4 months.

“Should you preserve your nostril to the grindstone, it is really doable,” he suggested, noting among the tougher challenges have been extra psychological than bodily. After three years, he obtained his wings to fly for the air drive and was posted to Trenton, Ontario. He has been having fun with the problem of his position as a navy pilot ever since.

“I really like flying, it will be the final profession I’ve,” stated Tyerman.

“He is household,” stated Dino Lecomte, who made it as much as the airport for the transient go to. He stated he and Tyerman have identified each other their whole lives.

Lecomte and a few of Tyerman’s different associates: Sydni Paley, Darren Sanford, Zachary Lecomte, Don Lecomte, Mackenna Lecomte, Jason Landry and Cristy Landry all proved their friendship by standing exterior in frigid winter temperatures they usually introduced alongside some pizzas to go on to the crew for his or her lunch.

Hercules airplanes, although initially constructed within the Fifties by Lockheed, have remained a staple within the search and rescue operations, in keeping with the Canadian Armed Forces web site, due to its lengthy vary of seven,200 km, the capability to move as much as 80 passengers, potential to function on brief, unpaved runways and fly in extreme climate.

The airplane is almost 30 m lengthy, has a wingspan of over 40 m and a peak of almost 12 m.


ruth.lloyd@wltribune.com
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Pals got here to the Williams Lake Regional Airport to have a short assembly with Captain Shawn Tyerman of the Royal Canadian Air Drive on Nov. 10, 2022, when he touched down in a Hercules plane. Sydni Paley, from left, Mackenna Lecomte, Cristy Landry, Jason Landry, Dino Lecomte, Shawn Tyerman, Darren Sanford, Zachary Lecomte and Don Lecomte pose close to the Hercules plane. (Ruth Lloyd photograph – Williams Lake Tribune)

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