Media Advisory - Air Traffic Controllers pull 40,000 pound plane for one mile

TORONTO, June 18 /CNW Telbec/ - A team of 10 Air Traffic Controllers from the NAV CANADA Area Control Centre in Toronto will attempt to pull a 40,000 pound jet for one continuous mile at Pearson International Airport. The goal of the Pull for a Cure is to raise funds in support of the Canadian Cancer Society.

The Pull for a Cure was inspired by a former friend and co-worker of the team, Eric Paraskevopoulos, who lost his battle with cancer in late 2008.

    WHAT:        Pull for a Cure: A team of 10 Air Traffic Controllers will
                 attempt to pull the NAV CANADA CRJ Flight Inspection
                 Aircraft for one continuous mile.

    WHEN:        Saturday, June 19.
                 10:30 a.m.: Registration opens
                 11:00 a.m.: Introductions begin
                 11:30 a.m.: The Pull begins and is expected to take 45
                 12:15 p.m.: Closing remarks and cheque presentation

    WHERE:       Toronto's Lester B. Pearson International Airport.
                 Registration at the GTAA Maintenance Facility:
                 3111 Convair Dr. (Directions below).

    NOTE: An event wristband will be provided at registration and is required
          by security.

Pull team coordinator, Stephen Stanley and other team members will be available for interviews prior to the event.

More information about the event can be found on the website:

Directions to PULL for a CURE:

                   Greater Toronto Airport Authority (GTAA)
                    3111 Convair Dr. Mississauga, Ontario

    -   West of Toronto: Take the 401 Eastbound to the Dixie Rd. collector
        lanes to the Renforth exit. Turn left on Renforth and take the next
        left at Convair Dr. Parking will be on your right.

    -   North of Toronto: Take the 427 Southbound and follow the Pearson
        exit. Follow the signs for Airport Rd. Turn left on Airport Rd.
        Continue onto Dixon Rd. and turn right on Carlingview Dr. Your first
        right is Renforth Blvd. and your second right is Convair Dr. Parking
        will be on your right.

    -   East of Toronto: Take the 401 Westbound to the Carlingview Dr. off
        ramp. Turn left on Renforth Blvd. Your second right is Convair Dr.
        Parking will be on your right.

    -   Downtown: Take the 427 Northbound to the Hwy. 27 / Eglinton exit.
        Follow the Eglinton offramp and turn right at the lights. Turn right
        on Renforth Dr. Turn left at Convair Dr. Parking will be on your


For further information: For further information: Media representatives are requested to RSVP in advance, or for more information, contact: Jonathan Bagg, Communications Advisor, NAV CANADA, (613) 314-2161,

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