Name: Wayne Albertson
Birthplace: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Aviation Association: Hired by Air Canada in Toronto on January 21, 1980 in the Purchasing & Supply department in the job classification of stockkeeper. Duties are storing, issueing, shipping and receiving of aircraft parts and other related company material. Several upgrade assignments including Shift Duty Manager, Lead Hand and Material Logistics Coordinator. Transfered to Vancouver on May 1, 1995.
Presently still an active employee in the job classification of Line Expediter in the now titled Logistics and Supply departmemt. Duties are to procure aircraft parts both internally and from outside vendors for planned maintenance work on Air Canada aircraft.
Personal Activities: Webmaster for the Quarter Century in Aviation Club web site. Active in both Cribbage and Euchre card game social clubs. Frequently travels to tournaments in Canada and U.S.A. and even has a few wins. Travels at every opportunity and has so far visited China, Vietnam, Singapore, Thailand and Denmark.
Favorite Story: Stockkeeping is far from being one of the glamorous jobs in aviation. However on Friday October 13, 2000 (no kidding) I abruptly found myself travelling on AOG (Aircraft on Ground) priority which is usually reserved for flight deck or maintenance personnel.
My assigned duty on that day was working on the delivery truck for Vancouver Stores. The job mostly consisted of delivering parts required by maintenance for aircraft turning through YVR and picking up incoming parts ordered from other bases for aircraft scheduled for overnight work in YVR. It was a quite a routine day up until about 16:00 in the afternoon.
An aircraft in YVR for overnight planned work required a part that was only available in Calgary; the aircraft would be grounded without this part. Shipping of this piece became an issue because it is classified as Dangerous Goods for shipping via Air Cargo. Material classified as DG can fly safely provided that it is packed and documented as per international regulations. Stockkeepers must receive recurrent training every two years to be certified for shipping of DG material.
Our stockkeeper on duty in Calgary that day had Dangerous Goods training but his certificate had expired so he could not legally sign the declaration form that must accompany the goods. An original signature is required (faxed copies are not permitted). It was necessary to send someone with a current certificate to Calgary.
My supervisor contacted me by radio and instructed me to go directly to the gate where a flight was being held for me. I parked my vehicle in a designated parking area close to the gate (one of my colleagues was already on the way to retrieve the vehicle) and ran up the stairs of the gate. A customer service agent met me at the top of the stairs and handed me a boarding pass. Of course, it was a full flight and the only available seat was at the rear of the aircraft. As I walked through the Boeing 737 in my dusty coveralls and scuffed work boots I could feel every pair of eyes in the cabin affixed on me. I am certain that every passenger on board was thinking “We’re waiting for this guy.”
I was met by my colleague when the flight landed in Calgary. He escorted me the Stores area where he had the shipment prepared and ready to go. I inspected the package and signed the four copies of the Dangerous Goods declaration. We then brought the shipment to the cargo facility for acceptance.
I returned to Vancouver on the same flight as the shipment. However, this time I was assigned a seat in the Executive Cabin and was now on overtime pay. I certainly enjoyed the short flight home.