New Brunswick’s Place in Aviation History

 Conference announcement!  

The 2012 Canadian Aviation Historical Society convention is taking place in Saint John, NB from September 5th to the 9th. This year’s theme is “First in the Air: New Brunswick’s Place in Canadian Aviation.”

Conference Presentations will take place at the New Brunswick Museum and the Saint John Free Public Library at Market Square. There will also be an Aviation Art Show at the NB Museum Gallery and a Poster Session at the Saint John Regional Library. Aviation-related activities will also take place in other related locations before and after the convention.


Featured Topics:

  • Aviation & the East Coast Seal Hunt
  • Saint John in Aviation History
  • The 80th Anniversary of the First East-to-West Trans-Atlantic Flight
  • New Brunswickers of Note
  • Moncton in the Second World War
  • N.B. Air Crashes & protection of heritage sites
  • NB´s Military History Museum’s Aviation Collection
  • Ted Cooper & Maritime Air Mail
  • Miller Brittain, DFC, War Artist
  • Civil Defence & Russian Bombers in Saint John & Halifax
  • Fundy Flying Club
  • Gina Jordan: Aviatrix Extraordinaire
  • Last Flight of the Edmundston Lancaster

Our banquet speaker will be Tom Appleton, Board Chair of the Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame.


Special Activities:

  • Cenotaph dedication at the Wade-Myles Aviation Park located at the former Millidgeville Municipal Airport
  • Sunday memorial service on the site of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP) Pennfield Ridge Air Station
  • The Saint John Airport, in association with Vintage Wings of Canada, will be commemorating the BCATP with static      displays and an air show. Featured as well will be the FSNB Bluebirds  Aero-Demonstration Team – as they practice in a virtual world.

While in Saint John you can take in some city walking and bus tours to enjoy our heritage architecture and experience “Stonehammer”, the only UNESCO designated Geo Park in North America. If the weather is favourable, you may be lucky enough to feel the vibrations of our fog horn from the site of the world’s first fog whistle.

Our hotel will be the Delta Brunswick located in bustling uptown within minutes of the convention sessions. The hotel is offering a rate of $100.00 per night for a standard room. This rate is also available for three days before and three days after our meeting. The hotel is accepting registrations now for the convention and there are upgraded rooms available at an additional cost. When you call (1-888-890-3222) simply mention you are with the CAHS to get the discounted rate. Our Hospitality Suite will be located in the hotel.

Registration information will be available shortly at but you can begin to plan your trip now by visiting the following websites for information:


We hope to see you there!

2012 CAHS Convention Team

Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame Induction Dinner – Montreal June 14


Tickets are now on sale through the CAHF website. For more information or to buy, please click here!

2012 Hall of Fame inductees will be:

  • Nils Christensen of Salt Spring Island, BC, made his contribution to Canadian  aviation with the founding of Viking Air and the acquisition of the rights from de Havilland Canada to manufacture spares for some of its post-war products. The venture has given rise to an internationally reputed aircraft and parts manufacturing concern.  Born in Norway in 1921, Nils served in the Merchant Navy and the Royal Norwegian Air Force during the Second World War and, emigrated to Canada in 1951.
  • Air Marshal Harold “Gus” Edwards (1892-1952) was born in England and raised in Nova Scotia. He served as a pilot with the Royal Naval Air Service in the First World War and was later intimately involved with the founding of the RCAF. Gus was in charge of the monumental personnel management aspects of the BCATP when it began and then fought successfully for the “Canadianization” of the RCAF’s contributions to Allied efforts in the RAF as Air Office Commanding-in-Chief of RCAF Overseas.
  • Pierre Jeanniot, O.C. C.Q., who was born in France in 1933 and emigrated to Canada in 1947, is a former president and CEO of Air Canada, known as an innovator in the field of airline operations and management. An internationally recognized leader in the airline industry, he contributed to the development of civil aviation in Canada and around the world. His work in Air Canada and with the International Air Transport Association as Director General and CEO has been recognized with honours from Canada, France and international organizations.
  • Dr. Daffyd (Dave) Williams, born in Saskatoon in 1954, is a pilot, medical doctor and a retired Canadian astronaut of outstanding skill, management ability and accomplishment in his work with the Canadian Space Agency. He was appointed Director of NASA’s Space and Life Sciences Directorate, a rare accomplishment for a non-American astronaut. Dave made two flights on the Space Shuttle, 1998 and 2007, and in the second was involved in three spacewalks for installations at the International Space Station.

The Belt of Orion winner for 2012 is Leavens Aviation Inc.

The company began as Leavens Brothers Air Services in 1927, and is one of Canada’s great aviation  success stories. Its life encompassed several aspects of aviation in Canada and operated until 2011, starting with barnstorming a single aircraft, then flight training, running a major training facility under the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP), spraying operations, commercial airline operations, light aircraft manufacturing and the sale, distribution and overhaul of aircraft parts.

Nominations for the CAHF’s 2013 induction are open until June 30th. For more information, please click here.

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