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D-Day at the warehouse…

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The battle is won, Norseman fans … at noon on November 18, TransX pulled into CANAV’s warehouse from Friesen Printers in Altona, Manitoba, to unload Norseman Vol.2. Here’s proof positive — another 5853 pounds of Norseman books! This is a real beauty that no true fan of Canada’s great aviation past will want to miss.

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The first copies already are shipped so, if you ordered in advance, yours will be arriving in a few days!

CANAV titles always make for great, impressive gifts, so get your order in for your aviation-minded pals, employees, customers, suppliers, etc. Download the order form here or order online.

Thanks for your great support and good reading to all … Larry

Noorduyn Norseman, Vol. 2 – hot off the press!

Publisher Milberry examines Vol. 2, hot off the presses!

Ye olde publisher Larry Milberry examines a sheet for Norseman Vol.2 … hot off the press, right, and always an exciting time!

Aviation in Canada: The Noorduyn Norseman, Volume 2 is off the press! The book, endpapers and dust jacket all were printed at Friesen in Altona, Manitoba on November 7/8. Next, everything will go down the bindery, get boxed and be on its way to CANAV in Toronto by the 18th. So get ready!

Reminder to  UK and EuroZone bibliophiles … pick up your copy of Norseman Vol.1 and Vol.2 at Simon Watson’s Aviation Bookshop in Tunbridge Wells, UK. Or visit Henk Timmers’ Aviation Megastore at Amsterdam-Schiphol Airport. 

Friesen pressman Guy checks endpaper proofs. Then, pressman Wade about to inspect a sheet just pulled off his press.

-3Have you got your order for Volume 2 in? Download the order form here or order via PayPal.

Scale Aviation Modeller International Notices “Norseman Vol.1”

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One of the world’s most popular aviation monthlies, Scale Aviation Modeller, has picked up on Aviation in Canada: The Noorduyn Norseman, Volume 1 in its October 2013 issue.

These days it’s a minor miracle for a publisher to get so much as a two-line mention for a new book, let alone a “Highly recommended”. Besides this, it’s encouraging to see that reviewer Paul Lomas understands that books stand uniquely alone, i.e. that not everything is “on the web”. It’s just a brief bit, so have a read! Also, be sure to check up on Scale Aviation Modeller at www.sampublications.com

Norseman book project update

Blog Norseman_1 30-1-2013Howdy, CANAV bush flying fans! It’s time for a quick update about our Norseman book project (scroll back a bit to see the main briefing). By now nearly all the text is written and checked and 100s of photos are scanned and captioned. More than 250 pages (15 chapters) are already in galley (page spread) form, so that’s solid progress. I fear that the end product will reach nearly 400 pages (big enough for two “normal” books), but you readers will be in your glory, too engrossed to complain about the book being too heavy.

This can’t be a spring book at this point, but I’m trying to keep roughly on track for a mid-summer book launch. One reason for the slowdown is how so much original new material keeps arriving. I’m trying to squeeze all of it in somewhere.

In the early 1990s Joe McBryan of Buffalo Airways restored CF-SAN. Having begun with Saskatchewan Government Airways in 1946, "SAN" later served a long list of operators, until grounded by an accident at Fort Simpson in 1981. Years later Joe acquired the wreck, had it restored to perfection, then re-introduced it at the Norseman Festival in Red Lake in July 1995. Here it sits in Yellowknife the following month.

In the early 1990s Joe McBryan of Buffalo Airways restored CF-SAN. Having begun with Saskatchewan Government Airways in 1946, “SAN” later served a long list of operators, until grounded by an accident at Fort Simpson in 1981. Years later Joe acquired the wreck, had it restored to perfection, then re-introduced it at the Norseman Festival in Red Lake in July 1995. Here it sits in Yellowknife the following month.

Meanwhile, if you are especially a Norseman fan, while you’re waiting, get yourself a copy of Air Transport in Canada (order here). To date no book includes so much Norseman history in text and photos. If you don’t have ATC, you will be doing yourself a favour — it’s the largest aviation history book in print — more than 1000 pages and around 4000 photos in 2 massive volumes. Only 300 hundred sets remain of the original 3800. Usually $155++, now $95 + $15 Canada Post + $5.50 tax = $115.50 (Canada only, US/overseas contact me about the cost of shipping).

Keep checking in for occasional Norseman book news. Thanks to all you great Norseman fans who have been helping so enthusiastically. Keep your stories and photos coming until I fire up a red flare! Cheers … Larry

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