Good Old Days - Silver Wings Before Covid
The uncertainty of large indoor events caused by the virus means we had to pivot. The entire month of November has been, and will be, about a Silver Wings Scholarship Celebration.
The BC Aviation Council runs and funds the second largest aviation and aerospace scholarship program in Canada. The Council also manages the largest aviation and aerospace scholarship endowment in the country. At $450,000, the fund is nearly half way to its 2025 goal of $1 million. Most importantly, $70,000 worth of awards will be distributed in 2022. Online applications will be accepted from January 1st to the end of May.
However, both the class of 2020 and 2021 still need to be celebrated - about 40 scholarship winners.
This month's Silver Wings Scholarship Celebration includes:
- Reaching out to the entire industry to support a major silent auction that showcases what aviation and aerospace have to offer;
- Production of this introductory Frequent Flyer eNewsletter for our 3600 Supporters;
- Distribution of four Frequent Flyer Special Editions, each highlighting 7-9 scholarship winners;
- There is a licensed 50/50 draw and Air Canada raffle featuring tickets for two anywhere in their worldwide network. This major prize includes all fees and taxes. Check out RAFFLE. Net proceeds support expansion of the scholarship program and rebuilding BCAC services. You must purchase tickets from within British Columbia;
The Council is very pleased with how our silent auction showcases what aviation and aerospace has to offer. Check out AUCTION. As with the 50/50 draw and Air Canada raffles, net proceeds support expansion of the scholarship program and rebuilding our services for our Supporters. You can bid from anywhere on the globe;
- There will be new scholarship announcements and insights into how awards are decided;
- A live Silver Wings Hangar Hangout at Helijet's YVR base is being planned.
Silver Wing's presenting partner remains Vancouver International Airport (YVR) which is greatly appreciated. Each of the four special Frequent Flyer eNewsletters has also has a highlighted sponsor.
What happened to the Industry Awards? They remain on Covid hold. The feeling of the Selection Committee is that while aviation and aerospace is so disrupted, every company that survives is a winner. Our hope is that the industry awards return in late 2022.
There is still time (4-5 days) to commit to a $625 Community Logo Sponsorship or contribute an item to the silent auction. The Sponsorship Opportunities Package is attached to this eNewsletter.
A reminder that the BCAC is a registered tax charity. All personal donations receive an official Canadian tax receipt.
The BCAC lost a good friend with Wayne's passing on October 26th, 2021. He was 82.
Wayne McNeal was born in Prince Albert SK, in 1939 and passed away in West Vancouver. The funeral service is open and will be held at 11am, November 16th, Hollyburn Funeral Home, 1807 Marine Drive in West Vancouver. Cemetery burial follows at 12:30pm.
Eulogy to be delivered by his Stepson, William Sullivan. Parts will be published in a future Frequent Flyer.
Congratulations to Sam Samaddar
YLW's Airport Director has been named Chair-Elect of Airports Council International - North America (ACI-NA) Board of Directors.
Sam will officially take the reins on January 1st, 2022, but during a special reception on November 9th at the ACI-NA Annual Conference and Exhibition in Reno, Chair Lew Bleiweis, Executive Director of The Greater Asheville Regional Airport Authority, turned over the chair position to Sam. This appointment will mark the first small airport Director and second Canadian to be named Chair of ACI-NA.
Save the Date and Put in Your 2022 Budget
The Covid delayed Airports, Aviation, Aerospace Conference at the Inn at Laural Point in Victoria is set for May 15-17, 2022. The theme is "Beyond COVID-19" - the issues we all need to refocus on to accelerate the rebuilding of our industry. Sustainability, accessibility, technologies, policies, RPAS (drones)/eVTOL, and human resources are all being worked into the draft agenda.
Committee Chair Lars Olsson, YYJ, is promising a world class conference. With our industry still rebuilding, the Committee is focussed on solid cost control to increase financial accessibility for all. Attendance is limited to 180 and a sellout is expected.
Guard Changes - Heather Succeeds Heather
Heather McCarley (on left) is the new BCAC Chair, replacing Heather Bell (on right).
After a good long run as Chair of the BC Aviation Council, Heather Bell has been succeeded by Heather McCarley. New Heather is Director, Regulatory Operations for Vantage Airport Group in Vancouver, drawing on 33 years of experience in the aviation industry to provide support and subject matter expertise to the Vantage network of airports.
She started in aviation with her private pilot’s license at the Boundary Bay Airport, working for the airport operator. Later, she spent 22 years with the Vancouver Airport Authority in a number of roles, with responsibility for operations, emergency management, community relations, airfield maintenance, winter operations, regulatory compliance, and safety management systems. In 2017 she was seconded to an interim role as the Managing Director for the Kamloops Airport, where she enjoyed the close connection to the Kamloops Airport team, business partners and the Kamloops community, before transitioning to Vantage Airport Group.
Heather Bell is still a very active member of the BCAC Board and her experience is greatly appreciated. She can often be located at the Quilchena Golf Club.
Early Flight of a Curtiss Biplane at Minoru Race Track, Lulu Island, Richmond.
Photo: Vancouver City Archives.
We'll take this opportunity to give a shout out to the City of Richmond Archives which holds the BC Aviation Council's historic records. They do an exceptional job and saved so much irreplaceable material. Thank you.
Award Construction - New Corporate Supporter
As a Corporate Supporter, your organization is allowed a photo, short profile and Frequent Flyer pdf file attachment once per year.
As the General Contractor, Award Construction is responsible for the overall construction of a project. We keep positive, clear communication flowing between all parties involved. Management of the construction schedule, the job site, our crews, subcontractors, and suppliers is all handled for you. We ensure the work performed meets our high standards and is accomplished within budgeted costs and designated timelines.
We look forward to working with our fellow BCAC Supporters.