Silver Wings Awards Celebration Registration Open!
The BCAC's iconic Silver Wings Industry and Scholarship Awards Celebration is back and better than ever!
This is your opportunity to recognize industry colleagues for specific achievements within the province’s aviation and aerospace industry. The BCAC also awards over $70K in annual scholarships to students that have made aviation and aerospace their career choice.
Please join us at this gala celebration with other industry leaders and influencers. The evening includes a lively awards ceremony, fine food, live entertainment, an Online Auction, a high-end Travel Raffle, a 50/50 Lottery, and superb networking opportunities all in the beautiful and spacious third floor venue of the Vancouver Convention Centre West.
Sponsorship Opportunities are still available and Online Auction items (auction sneak preview) are being actively solicited. Auction, Travel Raffle and Lottery all open first thing October 1st. The quick off the block sponsors are listed at the end of this Frequent Flyer.
Industry/Scholarship Award Applications Under Review
Winners announced later this month
Scholarship applications open at the beginning of the year and will close earlier next year on April 30th. Nominations for the Industry Awards can be submitted year round but must be into our office no later than August 31st, in order to be considered for next year. All awards are presented at the annual Silver Wings Awards Celebration event on October 20th, 2022, at the Vancouver Convention Centre West. Industry award categories include:
Aviation Entrepreneur of the Year - This BCAC trophy is awarded annually to a leading air industry individual or organization that advances aviation in BC through innovative product development, new business ventures, cost saving initiatives, creating new markets and contributing to the overall improvement and leadership of the air transportation network within BC. Submit a nomination.
William Templeton Award - The William Templeton Trophy is awarded annually for outstanding initiative and achievement in the successful development of a community airport, regional airport, heliport or floatplane landing facility by an individual, association, municipal government or company. Submit a nomination
BCAC Environmental Award - The environmental award is presented annually within the aviation industry of BC for an outstanding environmental initiative, program, or accomplishment in one or more areas of protection, rejuvenation and awareness. Submit a nomination.
Robert S. Day Trophy - The Robert S. Day Trophy is awarded annually in recognition of outstanding excellence, contribution and leadership of an individual or organization for the promotion and development of aviation in British Columbia, in keeping with the objectives of the BCAC. The individual or organization is to be BC-based with a recognizable contribution to BC. Submit a nomination.
Back and Bevington Air Safety Award - Back and Bevington Air Safety Trophy awarded annually for the most significant contribution to Air Safety in the Province of British Columbia. Submit a nomination.
The Robert Hope Pursuit of Excellence Award - This award is presented annually in recognition of outstanding contribution to the Aviation Industry in the field of Aircraft Maintenance. It is for dedication as an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer with an underlying adherence to safety, the advancement of aviation, the dignity of the profession and the constant striving for the pursuit of excellence. Given on behalf of all Aircraft Maintenance Engineers and consistent with the objectives of the Pacific AME Association in memory of Robert Hope AME. Submit a nomination.
Lifetime Achievement Award - This award is presented in recognition of outstanding leadership, promotion and consistent contribution to the continuous development of aviation in the Province of British Columbia with accomplishments that will stand the test of time. Submit a nomination.
For more information, please visit the BCAC Industry Awards page.
If you have any questions, or encounter any difficulty submitting your application, please contact Dave Frank at email@example.com.
BCAC Job Board Launch
Our high-traffic aviation and aerospace focussed Job Board is going national! This is being done to help address, in a small way, the human resource crisis our industry is in the middle of.
From now until the end of the year, self-posted job opportunities are completely free to all. After that, Corporate Supporters get two free postings a month for free and a nominal fee will apply to additional postings. Non-Corporate Supporters will be charged a very competitive rate for posting, but of course they should become Corporate Supporters for $500/year for this and many more benefits such as: access to our discount hotel program, the option to include one article a year in Frequent Flyer, and lower registration fees for all events - including Silver Wings Industry and Scholarship Awards Celebration and our industry leading Airports, Aviation and Aerospace Conference.
Check out our enhanced Job Board here.
Creating Positive Change with ORBIS
(By BCAC Board Member Harvie Buitelaar)
Hello Friends and Colleagues,
I am excited to once again, for a 6th year, join with a team of my colleagues to raise funds for ORBIS, a fascinating organization that fights avoidable blindness around the world. Upwards of 285 million men, women, and children are visually impaired but 80% of these people don't have to be! Their condition can either be prevented or treated. In the last couple years, this hit closer to home for me as my elderly mom has dealt with her own vision challenges, and I can’t imagine how much more challenging it would have been for her to deal with this in some parts of the world.
Hatch has partnered alongside ORBIS for six years now, making a positive change to so many around the globe. On September 11, 2022, a team of 20 of us will pull a 60-tonne Boeing 757 aircraft out at the FedEx apron at YVR (both big clients of Hatch)! I like how the aviation theme of ORBIS and this fundraiser allows us to Think Globally and Act Locally - a great way to give back to those most in need. It’s also exciting for Hatch, as we are the first company to participate in multiple cities in recent years, including Vancouver, Calgary, and Toronto.
Perhaps ORBIS' highest profile program is its MD-11 flying eye surgery hospital. Travelling around the world, this amazing aircraft customization acts as both a complete surgical and teaching facility. Absolutely brilliant.
Please help me support Orbis Canada by making a donation today. Your tax-deductible donation will help ORBIS provide those needlessly visually-impaired people with the treatment, protection, and training they need! THANKS so much for your support.
DONATE HERE TO CHANGE A LIFE
YPK Rehearses for Disaster Relief
A dozen planes ferried supplies across the Canada-U.S. border from Langley Airport on Saturday, June 18, during “Operation Thunder” an exercise in disaster preparedness. It was organized by Shaun Heaps, a Langley-based pilot who founded the British Columbia Airlift Emergency Response Operations (BC AERO) after coordinating an ad-hoc all-volunteer relief flight operation to flood-ravaged B.C. communities last November.
It was a real-life practice, with planes ferrying 30,000 pounds of food supplies to food banks in eight different locations, including Bellingham, Walla Walla and Renton, coordinating with Disaster Airlift Response Teams (DART) in the U.S.
“It’s just a training exercise to see how well it’ll work in an emergency – for Canada helping the U.S., or US helping Canada for flood, earthquakes volcano, ice, whatever emergency comes up,” Heaps told the Langley Advance Times.
Langley-based pilot Gary Peare, a ham radio operator, discovered his antenna needed to be moved to the top of a hanger roof for better reception.
“We’re kind of in a pocket, here,” Peare remarked.
AERO volunteer pilot Mike Davenport, a Langley City resident, was tracking supplies with a clipboard as they were loaded. Davenport said the need for light aircraft to provide aid for isolated communities was clearly demonstrated during the flooding when many communities were completely cut off because the roads to their villages were washed out.
“I had family in Merritt and Princeton and they were impacted,” Davenport said. “It’s something that needs to be done,” Davenport added.
Heaps said AERO organisations have also been created in Alberta and Ontario, with more to come.
“We’re hoping to be across Canada by the next year or so,” Heaps said.
Following the U.S. DART model, AERO pilots and aircraft owners are trained in the basics of search and rescue and disaster relief.
(Media Source: Langley Advance Times, Dan Ferguson)
MediaPlanet Aerospace and Aviation Campaign
Mediaplanet has an upcoming Aerospace and Aviation campaign in collaboration with the National Post launching on September 27th, 2022. The campaign aims to both celebrate the Canadian aviation and aerospace industry and showcase why Canada is a world leader in this area. With a massive need for support in the industry post-COVID, there is no better time to educate Canadians about the significant role aerospace and aviation will play in Canada’s future.
MediaPlanet is looking to connect and partner with industry professionals and leaders and promote their work/message in the campaign. Please see the attached PDFs for a early look into the campaign direction, and please reach out quickly if you are interested in learning more.
The BCAviation Council is contributing content highlighting the critical importance of aviation and aerospace to Canada's economic recovery.
Corporate profile - Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre
Welcome to the BCAC's Hotel Discount Program’s latest Partner
BCAC Members now have the opportunity to take advantage of preferred rates at the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre. Located a short distance away from local attractions such as Stanley Park, English Bay, the seawall, Yaletown, and the Convention Centre (home of Solver Wings 2022, the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre is ideally located for both your business and leisure needs.
The hotel's many amenities include meeting spaces, a fitness centre, an indoor pool, a restaurant, bar, and Starbucks Coffee for your dining needs, room service, dry cleaning service, wake-up calls and a hair salon. The Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre is a smoke-free venue and pets under 40kg are welcomed. On-site and valet parking are available. Book now using our website's industry leading hotel discount program for the Silver Wings Industry and Scholarship Awards Celebration on October 20th.
KF Centre for Excellence ready to take flight
KF Aerospace is officially ready to open the doors to its new Centre for Excellence in Kelowna, British Columbia — also known as the Okanagan Valley.
A 60,000-square-foot building located right next to the Kelowna International Airport, the Centre features an impressive aviation museum as well as a conference facility. KF hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Aug. 30, ahead of the grand opening to the public on Aug. 31. Doors will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a minimum donation of $10 per family or $5 per person required.
The idea for the Centre was conceived about eight years ago by KF Aerospace founder, Barry Lapointe. The goal was to showcase the aviation industry and how it has grown in B.C. and across Canada. He envisioned the building to look like an aircraft, which is why the Centre was designed to reflect the fuselage and wings of an airplane.
The Centre includes two large hangars that house a rare aircraft collection, while the “fuselage” features an interactive exhibition that “tells the story of aviation in the Okanagan Valley,” said KF in a press release.
“The Okanagan Valley has an incredible history of achievement in Canadian aerospace,” and the Centre for Excellence is intended to “celebrate this heritage,” the press release reads.
The building also features an airfield viewing gallery and conference facilities for businesses and events in the region. Some of the historic aircraft on display at the Centre include the newly-restored Hawker Tempest MKII, the Odyssey DC-3, and the de Havilland 98 Mosquito (VR796).
The Mosquito, which features a unique wooden airframe, is one of 30 Mosquitos remaining worldwide, and one of four currently airworthy. The aircraft underwent a five-year restoration project completed by Victoria Air Maintenance, and arrived at the Centre for Excellence on June 30.
The mission of the KF Centre for Excellence (a non-profit organization), is to celebrate the people and history of the aviation community; promote career development through education and training support; and advocate on behalf of the Canadian aerospace community.
“It was built with the entire community in mind, to be a place where those from all generations, cultures and backgrounds can gather,” added Paula Quinn, KF Centre for Excellence executive director. “It promises to be a must-see for tourists and locals alike, as well as a major asset to the local business community.”
KF Aerospace, formerly known as Kelowna Flightcraft, provides maintenance, repair, and overhaul; engineering; and modification services for both commercial and military air operators. The company is also involved in cargo (KF Cargo) and passenger air charter services (KF Aeroflyer). Established 52 years ago, KF now has several locations across Canada, in addition to its headquarters in Kelowna.
(Media Source: Skies Magazine, Dayna Fedy-MacDonald. Photo: KF Aerospace)