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Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame (CAHF) will induct four new members in 2018, at a ceremony to be held Thursday, June 7, 2018, in the Sunwest Aviation hangar at Calgary International Airport.
Selected for their contributions to Canada’s development through their integral roles in the nation’s aviation history, the 2018 inductees will join the ranks of the 228 esteemed men and women inducted since the Hall’s formation in 1973.
The new members are:
John Bogie – Co-founder of the Canadian Owners and Pilots Association;
Gen Paul D. Manson, O.C., CMM, CD. – Former Chief of the Defence Staff and former chairman of Lockheed Martin Canada;
Dr. John Maris – Air Force pilot and Canadian Space Agency project lead, International Space Station (ISS) Robotic Arm; and
Dr. Dwight Gregory Powell, O.C. – Founder, STARS Air Ambulance service and professor emeritus, University of Calgary.
“In 2018 we will again be honouring four Canadians for their outstanding places in Canadian aviation,” said Hall of Fame board of directors chairman, Rod Sheridan.
“Their careers over several decades span a wide breadth of both military and civilian aviation. They have contributed to the building of airlines and aviation organizations, leadership in the air force, management of industry, development of aviation systems and establishment of air rescue services.”
“We expect another sell-out for the celebration in Calgary,” said Sheridan, “and I encourage early purchase of tickets for this premiere celebration of Canadian aviation development.”
Born into an aviation family in the United States, Bogie has made his home in Canada since the early 1950s, following service in the United States Navy, work as an airport operator, and as a very young charter pilot.
In Canada, he quickly made a name for his charter and resource exploration work for Laurentian Air Services and Spartan Air Services, including the flight that identified the major iron deposit at Gagnon, Que.
Complementing his civilian flying, in 1952 Bogie became, with Margaret Carson, a co-founder of the Canadian Owners and Pilots Association (COPA), serving as its first president and chairman. Since that time, he has been an unswerving supporter of COPA, seeing it grow from modest beginnings to some 17,000 members.
John helped to create the Experimental Aircraft Association Canada organization, as well as a civilian pilot group for search and rescue as an adjunct to the military. Another entity he helped bring into being was the Canadian Business Aircraft Association (CBAA), first as an arm of COPA and then as a distinct entity.
His Laurentian Air Services career ultimately took him to the presidency, to many initiatives to diversify its operations and to embrace the bilingual nature of the environment in which his company operated.
Gen Paul D. Manson, O.C., CMM, CD
Retired Gen Paul Manson is one of the top-tier Canadian aviation personalities of his generation. His stellar military, industry and volunteer services are of the highest calibre.
Manson’s 38-year Royal Canadian Air Force/Canadian Forces career culminated in his appointment as Chief of the Defence Staff from 1986 to 1989. As a fighter pilot, he commanded at every level of the Air Force and was instrumental as the program manager for the New Fighter Aircraft Program in the selection of the CF-188 Hornet to replace Canada’s aging fleets of CF-101, CF-104 and CF-5 fighters in the 1980s.
Having retired, Manson went on to a career in the commercial side of aviation for several years including service as president of Paramax, a large aerospace company. Subsequently, he held the position of chairman for Lockheed Martin Canada.
Perhaps of greater consequence was the challenge he then accepted to serve as the volunteer full-time chairman of the “Passing the Torch” campaign, which raised over $16 million in support of the Canadian War Museum (CWM) and its quest to find and open a new facility in Ottawa after a tumultuous period in the museum’s history.
He served on the CWM’s parent board as a trustee and chaired the board’s committees devoted to the revitalized new museum.
He is a former chairman of the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada and of Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame. He was invested as an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2002.
Dr. John Maris, Ph.D.
Dr. John M. Maris has had an exceptional 12-year career as an active Canadian Armed Forces operational pilot, test pilot, project manager and Canadian Space Agency team leader.
For over 20 years, he has flourished as an innovator in creation of the electronic cockpit, and the development of technology and processes for systems and flight test certification, as well as the creation of industrial and aerospace research alliances.
He has worked in Canada and the United States, as well as in New Zealand. Maris has also played important roles in the industrial organization sector through his chairmanship of the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada.
He has been recognized for his work by all major Canadian, United Kingdom and United States aerospace agencies. Significant accomplishments included his leadership of the team developing aviation systems, engineering for the robotic arm deployed on the International Space Station, conception of electronic charting and development of its underlying graphics library technology.
In 2005, Maris was awarded Canada’s oldest aeronautical prize, the prestigious Trans-Canada (McKee) Trophy for his contributions to Canadian aerospace. In 2006 he was presented with an Aviation Week and Space Technology Laureate at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va., the companion facility of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Dwight Gregory Powell, O.C.
Powell has an exemplary and notable 40-year career of leadership and innovation in the fields of emergency medicine, aviation and research.
He is an internationally recognized leader in air medical transportation, critical patient care, emergency medical training and education. Powell is the founder of STARS (Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service) and its supporting foundation. He is professor emeritus for emergency and family medicine at the University of Calgary.
Under his leadership, programs were implemented for night vision goggles, wire strike kits, and the development of heliports throughout the service areas along with specific GPS approaches for each of them.
STARS has been a significant contributor an international aviation safety network. Powell also served as president of the Association of Air Medical Services based in Washington, D.C.
He was invested as an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2007.
Brief history of the Hall
Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame office is located at the Reynolds-Alberta Museum in Wetaskiwin, Alta., south of Edmonton. The Hall’s displays are located in the museum’s hangar.
The Hall was founded in 1973 and its inductees have come from all across Canada, having led extraordinary lives as military and civilian pilots, doctors, scientists, inventors, engineers, astronauts and administrators.
Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame strives to increase the public’s understanding and interest in aviation history by making its displays, archives, records and artifacts accessible to current and future generations.
The heroism and courage embodied in the members of the Hall serve to kindle the spirit of adventure in Canada’s youth.