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Visitors to the Alberni Valley Regional Airport open house check out a twin-engine Grumman Mallard that flew in from Victoria, and the T-28B Trojan warbird that pilot Roger Yorke brought over from Qualicum Beach Airport, Sunday, June 12, 2022. See more photos from the event on page A7. (PHOTO COURTESY WARWICK PATTERSON, FLYING BC)

Airport open house in Alberni Valley draws hundreds

Event drew at least 40 aircraft and pilots from around Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland

 

A Glassair, left, and Citabria aircraft are parked beside the taxiway at the Alberni Valley Regional Airport on Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020. (WARWICK PATTERSON/ Special to the News)

Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District, Alberni Flying Club host airport open house

June 12 event offers public first official post-COVID-19 glimpse of expansion

 

West Coast General Hospital Foundation president Dr. Robert O’Dwyer, left, and foundation business manager Jessica Weeks, right, join Foster and Stephanie Belle, Wayne and Susan, Stephanie and Britton Coulson in announcing the Coulson family’s $500,000 donation to the WCGH emergency department. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Coulson family donates $500,000 to West Coast General Hospital Foundation

Donation pushes the foundation well past its goal of raising $2 million

 

Publisher Anne Pley, right, meets with current and former commercial pilots from the Alberni Valley on Dec. 8, 2021 at Starboard Grill for a book she is writing, tentatively titled Alberni Valley Skies. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Author collects stories of commercial aviation in Port Alberni

‘I had no idea the depth of the aviation industry’: author Anne Pley

Publisher Anne Pley, right, meets with current and former commercial pilots from the Alberni Valley on Dec. 8, 2021 at Starboard Grill for a book she is writing, tentatively titled Alberni Valley Skies. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Mary Clare Massicotte, left, her husband Ron Adams and Ellen Frood from the Community Action Team admire the CAT window that is part of the Trees of Hope fundraiser on Third Avenue at Mar Street. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Mary Clare Massicotte, left, her husband Ron Adams and Ellen Frood from the Community Action Team admire the CAT window that is part of the Trees of Hope fundraiser on Third Avenue at Mar Street. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
The PAACL train in the Port Alberni Association for Community Living window features local “riders”. Come to the Coulson building on Third Avenue Dec. 10 to see the Trees of Hope in the windows and vote on your favourite entry. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

RBC, Coulson Group celebrate season with Trees of Hope Dec. 10

Festivities start at 5:30 p.m. on Third Avenue and Mar Street

The PAACL train in the Port Alberni Association for Community Living window features local “riders”. Come to the Coulson building on Third Avenue Dec. 10 to see the Trees of Hope in the windows and vote on your favourite entry. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Leona Horvath, branch manager for RBC, and Nicole Sendey of the Coulson Group of Companies stand in front of the newly-decorated windows on Third Avenue with the cheque that will be delivered to the winning business. (SONJA DRINKWATER / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Coulson Group offers window into Port Alberni non-profits

Windows of Hope contest draws attention to important community work

Leona Horvath, branch manager for RBC, and Nicole Sendey of the Coulson Group of Companies stand in front of the newly-decorated windows on Third Avenue with the cheque that will be delivered to the winning business. (SONJA DRINKWATER / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
One of Coulson Aviation’s aerial firefighting CH-47D Chinook helicopters hovers over the runway at the Alberni Valley Regional Airport on Monday, Aug. 9, 2021. The Chinook has been on Vancouver Island for about a week after spending time in Washington State, according to its flight history. (PHOTO COURTESY BILL MCLEOD)

B.C.-based Coulson Aviation hits milestones with firefighting in U.S.

Company’s aircraft back in California for third year in a row

One of Coulson Aviation’s aerial firefighting CH-47D Chinook helicopters hovers over the runway at the Alberni Valley Regional Airport on Monday, Aug. 9, 2021. The Chinook has been on Vancouver Island for about a week after spending time in Washington State, according to its flight history. (PHOTO COURTESY BILL MCLEOD)
Fresh out of the paint shop sporting its new livery, a Sikorsky S-61 helicopter owned by Coulson Aviation leaves California to help fight wildfires in British Columbia. (FACEBOOK PHOTO)

Coulson Aviation signs contract to fight fires in B.C.

Water-bombing helicopter currently stationed near Kamloops

Fresh out of the paint shop sporting its new livery, a Sikorsky S-61 helicopter owned by Coulson Aviation leaves California to help fight wildfires in British Columbia. (FACEBOOK PHOTO)
Coulson Aviation’s newest Chinook helicopter, N43CU, takes to the air above the Alberni Valley Regional Airport following a complete airframe conversion into a helitanker, April 8, 2021. (PHOTO COURTESY BILL MCLEOD)

Coulson Aviation’s newest helitanker takes flight

Converted Chinook helitanker off to U.S. for new paint job

Coulson Aviation’s newest Chinook helicopter, N43CU, takes to the air above the Alberni Valley Regional Airport following a complete airframe conversion into a helitanker, April 8, 2021. (PHOTO COURTESY BILL MCLEOD)
Foster Coulson of the Coulson Group of Companies presents a cheque to Teresa Lundvigson, executive director of the Alberni Valley Hospice Society. Behind them is a handmade Acorn Tender row boat that people can win in a Hospice Society raffle. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Coulson Group makes donation to Alberni Valley Hospice Society

Hospice Society holding raffle to make up for lost revenue during COVID-19

Foster Coulson of the Coulson Group of Companies presents a cheque to Teresa Lundvigson, executive director of the Alberni Valley Hospice Society. Behind them is a handmade Acorn Tender row boat that people can win in a Hospice Society raffle. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Members of the Port Alberni Toy Run accept a donation from Wayne Coulson (second from right) outside of Chances RimRock Gaming Centre on Thursday, Aug. 6. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Coulson makes teddy bear donation to Port Alberni Toy Run

Toy Run selling teddy bears to make up for lost revenue during COVID-19

Members of the Port Alberni Toy Run accept a donation from Wayne Coulson (second from right) outside of Chances RimRock Gaming Centre on Thursday, Aug. 6. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Coulson Aviation rolls out the Coulson-Unical CU-47, an aerial firefighting conversion similar to Boeing’s CH-47 Chinook, in early March at the Alberni Valley Regional Airport. (PHOTO COURTESY COULSON AVIATION)

PROGRESS 2020: Coulson Aviation keeps growing

Port Alberni is the hub of administration for the global aviation company

Coulson Aviation rolls out the Coulson-Unical CU-47, an aerial firefighting conversion similar to Boeing’s CH-47 Chinook, in early March at the Alberni Valley Regional Airport. (PHOTO COURTESY COULSON AVIATION)
Jill Paupst, dock controller, works next to a CH-47D at Coulson Aviation. The Port Alberni-based company has doubled its fleet of aerial firefighting aircraft in the past couple of years. (MIKE YOUDS/ Special to the AV News)

Hiring takes off as Coulson Aviation expands

Alberni-based company takes on bigger contracts in firefighting business

  • Apr 11, 2020
Jill Paupst, dock controller, works next to a CH-47D at Coulson Aviation. The Port Alberni-based company has doubled its fleet of aerial firefighting aircraft in the past couple of years. (MIKE YOUDS/ Special to the AV News)
Crash site of the Lockheed C-130 Hercules in Australia’s Snowy Monaro region. (ATSB).

Cockpit recorder inactive in Coulson air tanker tragedy, crash probe finds

Investigation continues in crash of C-130 air tanker

  • Mar 2, 2020
Crash site of the Lockheed C-130 Hercules in Australia’s Snowy Monaro region. (ATSB).
Coulson Aviation CEO walks Australian crash site, pays tribute to fallen flight crew

Coulson Aviation CEO walks Australian crash site, pays tribute to fallen flight crew

Company’s 737 tanker crews back in the air fighting Australian bushfires

Coulson Aviation CEO walks Australian crash site, pays tribute to fallen flight crew
Britt Coulson walks ahead of Coulson Aviation’s 737 jet that landed at Alberni Valley Regional Airport on Friday. The Coulsons have two 737s and one 727 parked at the airport now. KARLY BLATS PHOTO

Coulson Aviation’s first 737 jets arrive in Port Alberni

Company known for Martin Mars waterbombers will convert jets to air tankers

Britt Coulson walks ahead of Coulson Aviation’s 737 jet that landed at Alberni Valley Regional Airport on Friday. The Coulsons have two 737s and one 727 parked at the airport now. KARLY BLATS PHOTO
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