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Old 05-15-2013, 12:06 PM
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When Van started selling his kits....I wonder if he ever imagined one day they would be used to Lifeflight turtles.


I was busy watching my hockey play offs with friends and having a couple margharitas on friday night when the emergency email came. Pilots N Paws Canada needed an emergency rescue flight. Cool, some cute little dog needs to go to a new home. I would do that. NOPE.. A 13lb snapping turtle got hit by a car, was suffereing from severe injuries and needed to go to the Kawartha Turtle Trauma Center (couple hundred miles away) for emergency surgery. A joke, too many margharitas?? I really had no idea there was such a facility or that there was so much worry about turtles. As I read the story to our friends and kids, my daughter absolutely insisted that I fly the turtle. Nuff said, if my daughter wants me to fly a turtle I am IN!

I accepted the mission and told them I would check wx at 6am and be on route shortly after if wx allowed. Wx was horrible and caused a bit of a delay but I did launch. I could not fail the turtles! Anyway, long and short of it, this turtle rescue has become a big story. Seems everyone needs a smile and some positive news so several papers and now CBC radio have picked up the story about the emergency airlift of a gravely injured turtle. Actually the rescue facility I landed at in Sarnia to pick up the orginal patient, asked if I would mind taking a second smaller turtle with me, it had suffered a boat propeller strike and was cracked.

Funny what we can do with our little airplanes.

http://www.theobserver.ca/2013/05/16...napping-turtle


https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...type=1&theater

Still looking forward to a cute little dog for a flight. First turtles in the logbook!

Happy to be a tiny piece of this funny story. Buddies at the hangar are having a hoot with the nicknames now.
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Osh 11,12,15. Sun N Fun 2013. Flew to Cali/up pacific to Washington/Vancouver/crossed the Rockies east across Canada. North to Red Deer Alberta and Moosonee Ontario East to Maritimes Canada. South east to Jekyll Isl on atlantic, Cedar Key and Key West too! 3 trips and 12 islands of the Bahamas too! Flown turtles and dogs for Pilots n Paws too. Love our Rv's

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Old 05-15-2013, 12:23 PM
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Rick, you have to admit...the feeling of satisfaction after a rescue like this stays with you for a long, long time.

Congrats,
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Old 05-15-2013, 12:48 PM
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I want to see a picture of the turtle wearing its turtle headset.
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Old 05-15-2013, 03:15 PM
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Who said turtles can't fly?

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Old 05-15-2013, 03:18 PM
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Bet you won't get many calls like that from Cajun country.
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Old 05-15-2013, 03:25 PM
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SOUP's ON! Well, I guess I should have been a little more understanding. I see it is an threatened species.
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Old 05-15-2013, 08:08 PM
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So will your call sign be Snapper or Turtle?
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Old 05-16-2013, 07:54 AM
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That's just awesome! RV-9 "The TurtleLifter"
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Old 05-16-2013, 11:42 AM
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You may have the only 9A with a REAL turtledeck!
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Old 05-16-2013, 01:08 PM
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That's funny.

I have a recent turtle story as well.

We flew the Cardinal over to KCLL (College Station) last weekend for my Niece's graduation.

Approach wasn't busy, so I asked for a practice RNAV approach into the field. They complied and vectored me in.

When they transfer me to tower, the first thing they tell me is to be aware of turtles on the runway. After a few seconds of confusion on my part tower told me that the previous landing plane had nearly hit a fairly large turtle crossing the runway.

Fortunately I was able to easily miss the turtle, and they got a "rescue" truck out right after I cleared to help the turtle out.

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