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BCAC Five Year Strategic Plan
It is our pleasure to introduce the BCAC Strategic Plan for 2013-2017. Aviation is critical to enabling and growing the BC economy. The aviation sector supports British Columbians in their everyday lives. It is the job of the BCAC, in partnership with members, stakeholders, and our community, to positively influence the well-being of British Columbia’s aviation sector. It is only by innovating and finding new ways to work together will we see a visible, connected, and thriving aviation and aerospace industry in BC.
This Strategic Plan is a high-level overview of how we will focus the efforts of BCAC over the next five years to achieve this vision.
The BCAC welcome individuals and organizations, including aviation executives, pilots, airport managers, suppliers to the industry, aviation enthusiasts, and students.
Welcome New Members:
Paul Carver, District of Vanderhoof
Congratulations to (L-R): Drake Won, Nikita Kazmirouk, Dean Bryan, Hasandeep Khural, Sammit Gosavi, Harris Brown, Steven Shi, Neelopher Chohan, Francis Villeneuve, Josh Sandford, Skylar Pridham, Charlie L’Hommecourt, Cole Regier, Alan Williams, Nathan Closter and CJ Phan.
BCAC SCHOLARSHIPS ANNOUNCED
The BC Aviation Council Board of Directors is please to announce the 2015 scholarship winners:
Ernie Alexander Memorial $2,000 — Victoria Vargas, Pacific Flying Club
Scholarships will be awarded at the annual Silver Wings Awards event on October 20th at the Vancouver Convention Centre West. Registration opens September 1st. Sponsorship opportunities available now.
YVR Koffee Klutch Tourny Participants Gave Generously to BCAC Scholarship Fund
On June 30th, YVRs 42nd annual Koffee Klutch golf tournament saw 140 players hit the course. BC Aviation Council has joined the event in the last number of years to raise funds to enhance the scholarship fund. Players had a great day, great weather and maybe not so great scores but a lot of fun.
They gave generously and with the help of three BCIT students, Denis Dilworth, Nicole Gaudet, and Viny Liu, a total of $1420.00 was raised. Additional amounts given direct to the fund were received from Murray Latta Progressive Machine Ltd., and J. G. McClure.
Winner of the draw and $710.00 was Holly Van Straten of oneworld Alliance, seen here with Mark Duncan, BCAC’s Chairman. Holly donated $500.00 of this back to the scholarship fund, which for the day saw a total of $1735.00 raised. This equates to almost two scholarships for next year.
Thank you again for this strong support from industry.
Some 90 attendees took in the presentations at this 1.5 day event and were pleased with topics in the seven sessions and presentations of the two lunch guest speakers which covered a wide range of information pertinent to all airports. Kelowna Airport staff organized an evening social ‘mixer’ and airport staff escorted ‘walk about’ tours throughout the airport while Chris Cowan of KF Aerospace gave an indepth tour of that facility and its unique ‘in process’ projects.
And guest lunch speakers, Marsha Walden, CEO, Destination BC; and Dr. Michael Tretheway, InterVISTAS
Thank you to all sponsors without whose support events would be difficult to organize.
2016 Airports Workshop in Nanaimo — dates to be determined.
BC Aviation Council Scholarship Nominations closed for 2015
BC Aviation Council is pleased to have three new scholarships added to the list offered this year. Applications are accepted until May 31, each year and awarded at the annual Silver Wings Awards in October.
Call for 2016 Scholarship nominations will go out in March 2016. View criteria.
New Affiliation Agreement Signed
BC Aviation Council signs affiliation with Quarter Century in Aviation Club.
The Quarter Century in Aviation Club was formed in 1952 in Vancouver to provide a venue where people of all areas of aviation could meet old friends and create new ones and share their experiences and stories.
Nominations open again in January 2016.
Winner for 2015 is Nathaniel Ralphs taking his flight training at Victoria Flying Club. He has his glider pilots license and anxious to start his private pilot license training.
The John Anderson family of North Vancouver BC is working through the BCAC to fund a $5,000 scholarship, awarded in June each year to a young aspiring pilot. This Award, called the “Anderson Family Flight Training Scholarship”, will be administered by the BCAC.
Annual Silver Wings Awards Event a Great Success!
The annual Silver Wings Awards was held 30 October at the Vancouver Convention Centre West and saw some 280 in attendance. BCAC members, guests, award and scholarship winners all enjoyed the networking opportunities, live entertainment, great food and the chance to bid on some great silent auction items from travel to golf packages. The emcee, CBC personality Johanna Wagstaffe, opened the awards by introducing the Honourable Mike de Jong, BC Minister of Finance whose address included a welcome on behalf of the Premier and Province of BC. The 2014 industry award and scholarship winners were ‘piped’ in to the ceremony and received an enthusiastic welcome applause from the audience. Award winners received recognition for their varied contributions to the industry with presentation of annual trophies, and aviation students received a number of scholarships to further their aviation studies in fields of pilot training, airport management, and aviation maintenance. A new scholarship was introduced this year, the Mary Swain Memorial, awarded to Rachel Lichti, and Tony Swain was on hand to meet the recipient.
This years winners:
Post Accident Life Cycle Workshop Sold Out on October 30th!