I’ll go see the movie when it comes out. There’s a made-for-TV movie that was made 20 years ago and there’s lots of documentaries and a book. They’ll probably base the movie on that.
A. I’m reading a book on the Flying Fathers. They were a group of Catholic priests that were like the Harlem Globetrotters. They would go around and play in hockey tournaments. I read a lot of history, travel, detective fiction. I’m a big reader.
Q17. What else do you hope to do at the Highland Games?
A. I guess I’ll have an opportunity to meet people. I’m not completely sure of all we’ll be doing. We’ll be busy until about 3 on Saturday and then I’ll be cut loose.
Q18. If you didn’t become an airline pilot, what do you think you would have done with your life?
A. I wanted to be a forestry engineer at one point. But that’s hard to answer because I really got hooked on flying. When I was a kid, I wasn’t in air cadets and we were a family of modest means; we didn’t know anyone in the aviation community.
Q19. Ever have any celebrities onboard?
A. Once I had Justin Trudeau onboard. He was five. His mother had been in the UK for a while and had stopped in Ottawa to visit Pierre. Now she was flying back to Vancouver where her family was. It had caused a bit of a problem because she had booked herself for first class but not for Justin, so they had to bump a well-dressed businessman into economy.
After takeoff, the purser asked if Justin could come up. He did. He was a polite kid. Then we landed in Edmonton. After we embarked for Vancouver, the door opened and Justin came in dressed in his pajamas. He climbed into his seat, strapped himself in, then he noticed that he’d left the door ajar. He excused himself and got out of the seat to close the door.
When we left, we all agreed that he was the most polite kid we’d ever met. I got to tell Justin that at a Maple Leaf dinner in front of a lot of people and I got a big blush out of him.
Q20. You mentioned that you’re into sports, do you follow any teams?
A. My preference now is the Canadian Football League. I watch the Ottawa Redblacks. I try to get to one game a year. I also try to get to one Senators game a year. And I watch a lot of golf and tennis.
PLANE TALK: In this file photo from 2008, Robert Pearson talks about the Gimli Glider with two executives from Hôpital Glengarry Memorial Hospital.