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We  have some sad news to report. Long time member of YYZ Airport Watch Steve Meaney has passed away.  Steve was a stalwart participant in the group, and was one of the first 100 members.  He had valiantly fought severe medical problems for several years. He could often be seen spotting at Runway 05 on his breaks from work at Princess Auto, and on the weekends with his buddies in his lounge chair with a cooler beside him at Director`s Gate.  His friendly east coast demeanor was contagious, as was his jovial sense of humor.  He will be missed by all who knew him   There are no funeral arrangements, however, a memorial service may take place at a later date.  We will forward details if this transpires.


It has been a busy winter for many of the YYZ executive, and many changes will soon be transpiring within the group.  For this reason, combined with many personal commitments, the AGM has not yet been scheduled, and obviously will not be held this weekend, when it usually is each year.   As soon as we to sort out the changes, the meeting will be scheduled and the group will be advised at the earliest possible date. We apologize for not sending out notification earlier.   If anyone has ideas for the AGM, or possible guest speaker presentations, please contact Andy at

Derek Horsey

It is with sadness and heavy hearts that we have to announce the passing of YYZ Airport Watch member and former Tour Director Derek Horsey.  Derek fought a long and valiant battle with cancer but unfortunately he succumbed on Saturday October 29th.  Those that knew Derek know what a true gentleman he was, and his characteristic British sense humour and staunch enthusiasm for the hobby were legendary.  Derek, who originally hailed from England had many stories to share of aviation in it’s glory years. His role as Tours Director for YYZ Airport Watch saw him organizing virtually every event we have participated in as a group in recent years.  He will be sorely missed by all who knew him.  We know that you will share in sending our condolences to his family.  Derek has been cremated, and as per his wishes, there are no plans for a funeral or memorial service.  Obituary


GTAA and City of Mississauga announce new viewing facility

It has been a good year for spotting and some interesting developments.  The newest on the spotting scene has been GTAA’s announcement in conjunction with the City of Mississauga of a new aircraft viewing facility at the newly developed Danvile Park.  This is located on a series of large hills on the west side of Highway 410 between Courtneypark and the 401. The park is a City of Miississauga initiative, which GTAA has kindly supported by donating $300,000 to create a pavilion which will afford a good, although distant view of Pearson to the east.  It is located approximately midway between the approach for runway 05 and 06L, and aircraft on arrival can be seen but only from a long distance, and unfortunately can only be photographed with very long telephoto lenses or heavy cropping of the images.  GTAA is hoping the park will increase awareness of the airport and it’s role in the community with the general public which will use the park. It also features cricket pitches, toboggan hill, dog park and other attractions.

GTAA also installed an indoor viewing area at the west end of the renovated Terminal 3 Pier (airside) in 2015.  it includes stabilised binoculars and interpretive panels. These moves address the general public’s casual interest in aviation in Toronto, but unfortunately do little to address the case for official viewing areas on the periphery of Pearson itself, which would obviously be preferred by enthusiasts such as ourselves. Future plans may include the establishment of other viewing areas at Pearson according to a GTAA spokesperson.  YYZ Airport Watch will happily provide information, suggestions and support for any GTAA spotting area initiatives as required.

YYZ Airport Watch Committee Director Andy Cline commented on the new park in an interview with Global News last week.

GTAA provides more information on their website.


Upcoming event – CAHS Dinner Sunday May 1

From John Bertrand:

I am sending out this “Last Chance” flyer to anyone who may not yet have heard about the very special annual dinner meeting being held this May 1st by the Toronto Chapter of the Canadian Aviation Historical Society..

This year, TWO guests will be in attendance to show and discuss examples of their work, and each gentleman has some extremely impressive work to discuss…


But since it would now be cutting it too close to try and mail in a cheque + a printed form, if you’d like to reserve a last-minute spot please send me a reply at (or call 416-702-2486), or better still, contact Sheldon Benner (who’s overseeing the total guest list and meal selections) at 416-923-3414 (e-mail:

If you are considering attending, don’t delay — since the final tally for food and seating has to be confirmed in advance.



Iron Maiden 747-400 at YYZ



story and photo by Danilo Cekrdzin

On April 2,2016 an Air Atlanta Icelandic Boeing 747-400 registration TF-AAK arrived at Toronto from Montreal. The famous British rock band Iron Maiden leased the aircraft for its latest Book of Souls tour. The jet was piloted by the leader of the band, Bruce Dickinson, a licenced ATP pilot who also works for Air Atlanta. It was custom painted in an eye catching colour scheme as ‘Ed Force One’ featuring IRON MAIDEN titles and the band’s mascot ‘Eddy’ on the tail.  A group of about 60 Pearson aviation enthusiasts gathered on top of a parking garage on Airport road to photograph the arrival. There was a tense moment for the entire the group while waiting for runaway assignment for the aircraft, but that soon turned into joy as Runway 23 was announced. When it landed it turned left off the runway and taxied back on taxiway Hotel and runaway 15 towards the Signature North Lounge. It was pushed into the tight space by an airport tug. It was greeted by large crowds of Iron Maiden fans who significantly outnumbered the aviation enthusiasts and were seen around the North Lounge fence line for the rest of the weekend.  The aircraft remained parked there until April 4 when it departed to Detroit for its next gig.

Ride UP express for free this family day weeknd!


This Family Day long weekend, ride UP Express for free – Saturday, February 13th through Monday, February 15th.

UP Express is opening its doors to give families a chance to spend the weekend exploring all Toronto has to offer.

UP Express is a dedicated rail link that speeds from Union Station to Pearson Airport, with convenient stops near shopping and restaurants at Bloor and Weston. It’s a comfortable and reliable 25 minute ride, with trains leaving every 15 minutes, no matter what’s happening on the roads.

Travel Smarter. Take the Train. ­­­
UP is designed for travellers – even if your travel plans are local this Family Day weekend. Come and see what great service is all about on UP Express.

Free Ride Service Details

·         Saturday, February 13th – 5:30 AM until 1:00 AM

·         Sunday, February 14th – 5:30 AM until 1:00 AM

·         Monday, February 15th – 5:30 AM until 1:00 AM


Regular pricing:

Family One-way
Includes up to 2 adults 18 years of age or over and up to 3 children under the age of 18
Family Meeter and Greeter Return
Families (up to 2 adults 18 years of age or over and up to 3 children under the age of 18) meeting travellers at the airport may purchase this return ticket. Trips must originate from Union, Bloor and Weston stations, with a fare expiration of 4 hours from the trip start.
Family Long Layover Return
Families (up to 2 adults 18 years of age or over and up to 3 children under the age of 18) with long flight layovers can purchase this return ticket. Valid from Pearson Station only with an expiration of 7 hours from trip start time.

Children under 13 years old always ride free!

Annual AGM

Greetings YYZ Airport Watch Membership.

It’s AGM time again, where did 2015 disappear to?  Happy New Year to all, and we hope everyone had a great year!

Please plan on attending the YYZ Airport Watch Annual General Meeting on Saturday February 6th at 10:00 (doors should be open early, so please feel free to show up as early as 9:30 to get signed in and membership renewed.  As usual the AGM will take place at the GTAA Airport Emergency Support Centre (AESC) at 2935 Convair Drive

Please remember to bring your old ID card, and $10.00 annual renewal fee (NOTE, if you have a friend who is a member that cannot attend, you may renew on their behalf by bringing $10.00 and their old card).  The meeting will be approximately 2 hours long, possibly with GTAA / PRP / IAWA officials speaking, as well as The YYZAW committee comments and reports. A few interesting presentations from members will also be carried out.

If you cannot attend the meeting, Membership may be renewed after the fact, instructions will be sent out shortly after the meeting.  NOTE: As a method to accumulate renewals as early as possible and to save Committee members from chasing people, we are planning on increasing renewal fee from $10.00 to $15.00 after March 1, so please renew at the AGM, or follow renewal instructions that will be sent out after the meeting. Again, you can have a friend do your renewal for you at the AGM if you are unable to attend, so give them your old ID card and $10.00 cash in advance.

Hours Logs

Also, please update your 2015 spotting log hours on the website before the end of the month so we can complete out year end statistics. If you are having problems submitting hours online to contact our web administrator Ken Mist at to reset your account.  Please provide your full name and APWM number.


Regards, YYZ Airport Watch Committee