BC Aviation Council Announces Scholarship and Award Winners

Nov 9, 2010


Richmond, B.C. (November 6, 2010): The British Columbia Aviation Council (BCAC) handed out five industry awards and six scholarships to deserving organizations and students at its annual Silver Wings Banquet held recently at the River Rock Casino Resort in Richmond, B.C.  Over 225 supporters from all sectors of aviation in British Columbia attended the dinner and applauded as Global TV Weatherman Mark Madryga read out the citations for the awards.

The following scholarships were awarded:
• Alexander Holburn Beaudin & Lang LLP Aviation Scholarship, in memory of Ernie Alexander, Q.C. — Natalie Hanczak from the BCIT Airline and Flight Operations Program
• Anne & Rudi Bauer Memorial Scholarship — Darren Kroeker from Langley Flying School
• Barry and Jim Aircraft Maintenance Engineer Graduate Award — Scott Pinning from the University of the Fraser Valley
• Jason Ouellet Memorial Commercial Pilot Scholarship — Daniel Cottle from Selkirk College
• William Templeton Airport Training Scholarship — Sarah Chandra from the BCIT Airport Operations Program
• B.C. Airport Managers Association Scholarship — Tristan Calvo from the BCIT Airport Operations Program
Five awards were made to organizations and individuals in recognition of their innovation, initiative and contributions to the aviation industry in B.C.
• William Templeton Award – Kamloops Airport for working with multiple stakeholders to successfully expand its facilities.
• Robert S. Day Trophy – Dave Millar of Alpine Helicopters for his devotion to and support of aviation in B.C.
• Aviation Entrepreneur of the Year Award – Viking Air Ltd. for innovation and engineering excellence in returning  the Twin Otter Series 400 to production.
• Back and Bevington Air Safety Award – Saltspring Air for being the first operator to install Viking Air-produced emergency pop-out windows in its Beaver seaplane fleet.
• BCAC Environmental Award – Harbour Air Seaplanes for being the first carbon neutral airline in North America.

About BCAC

As a non-profit organization representing the interests of aviation throughout the province, BCAC encourages young people to pursue careers in this important industry and recognizes the dedication and talent of organizations and individuals.

The British Columbia Aviation Council has been representing and promoting the shared interests of the aviation community in B.C. since 1938. It currently has a membership of more than 160 individuals, companies and students.

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Donna Farquhar