Dave McElroy spent most of his working career as a senior executive in the lumber / wood products business. He recently retired from Norbord Inc, a two billion dollar Toronto-based company with assets in Canada, the US and Europe. His most recent posting was as Deputy Managing Director of Norbord Europe. He and partner Debbie lived in Stirling, Scotland for fifteen years prior to returning to Canada in 2015, at which time they moved to Kelowna. He has two sons and four grandchildren.

 

Dave has devoted a lot of his time to charitable organizations over past decades during which he has Chaired, and served on the Boards, of five different organizations. Three of these were non-profit societies delivering social services - in Victoria, Richmond and Toronto. The other two have been Flying Clubs: The Scottish Aero Club of Perth, Scotland, and the Kelowna Flying Club, which he now serves as President. He was recently elected Chairman of the Canadian Owners and Pilots Association – the 16,000-member organization which represents pilots across Canada.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Since a young’un in Australia, to the innards of Toronto, this pilot wannabe has dreamt of touching an airplane (legally). He grew up to be an accountant (who doesn’t get his taxes done on time), amazing father to 6 (on purpose), a loved husband (by a very sexy and slim wife). James has a twisted & sick sense of humor and a great sense of calmness that he carries with him. James is great asset to anyone and any organization which is lucky enough to embrace his many talents.

Michael learned to fly on the “North Strip” (where the main terminal is now located) at Vancouver International Airport in 1962 while working as a trainee reporter at The Vancouver Province. Courtesy of the Canadian government his 35 hours to get a private licence cost only $350. His cross- country requirement was to fly to the then grass strip at Chilliwack.

 

During his career as a correspondent in the United Kingdom, Argentina and New York and then a business manager in Mexico for Reuters News Agency, and a telecommunications entrepreneur in Asia based in Hong Kong and then Ghana, he lived outside of Canada for 42 years.

 

Flying outside of Canada is not simple, so when he visited Canada each year he went flying. He was president of the Kelowna Flying Club in 2009. He is certified for day VFR single engine, and has flown the Cessna 140, 150, 172 and 175, Piper Colt and Arrow. He has flown across Canada to Ottawa, to La Ronge and throughout that area of Northern Saskatchewan, to Yellowknife, NWT, and several times between San Diego and Canada.

 

July this year Michael visited Ghana to see the progress of a School he helped found in 2002, and of which he is now chairman and fund raiser. It was initially an IT school for youths who could not get a job without computer training, but now combines that with a school for 56 mainly primary children. He has been a board member for various companies around the world, and in Kelowna is executive chairman of Helios Global Technologies which promotes worker safety products including material to reduce concussions in sports.

Gene’s interest in aviation took hold in Saskatchewan where the travel distances are vast and the terrain is flat. Training was received the Regina Flying Club and private license achieved in 1987. Since then, Gene has added his night rating and VFROT ratings after having moved to BC.

 

Gene has been on the KFC board for several years after having spent 10 years on the board of the Abbotsford International Airshow where he served as president for the last 3 years just prior to moving to Kelowna.

 

Working in the financial sector, Gene sits on several provincial and national committees and is on the board of the Credit Union Foundation of BC, all of which provide insight for being on the board of the KFC.

Charlene was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, moving to Surrey, BC with her young family in 1994, after a while, missing the change of seasons, they moved to the Okanagan in 2010, where as family they own and operate Blind Tiger Vineyards in Lake Country, in addition to their Auction business based out of Vancouver. Her businesses, family, and volunteering keep her pretty busy - so consequently, it took her a full two years to achieve her pilots license, which she completed in August 2014. Learning to fly her Cessna 172 was a dream come true. She has to pinch herself every time she gets into that pilot seat! She also enjoys skiing, hiking, and nature .

Chad’s first flight in any airplane was in a Cessna 150 piloted by his older brother at age 12, from that point on Chad new he wanted to be a pilot someday.  Chad obtained his private pilot license in 2009, added a night endorsement and VFR OTT rating and has been flying nonstop since, he is currently working on his instrument rating and commercial pilots license.  Chad currently owns a share in a PA38 Piper Tomahawk, PA-32-300 Cherokee Six & Cessna 172 as well as is a member of the KFC flying program.

Chad has been involved with KFC since just prior to being licensed, including as Treasurer, President & various other director duties.

Chad works in the communications sector as a network technician for Shaw Cable and enjoys his time off with his wife and 4 kids, especially when he can get them in the airplane! “

 

Jon Itterman has been flying since 1995 and joined the Kelowna Flying Club in 2010. He has a commercial license and is multi-engine rated with over 1100 hours total time.

 

Since 1995 he and his wife have owned the following; a Cessna 150, 2, Cessna 172’s, a Piper PA-30, a Citabria, and a Maule M-4 210C. He and his wife currently own and fly a Maule M-4 – 220C.

 

Jon was a board member of the Kelowna Aqua Jets Swim club for two years and currently sits a director with the RVDA of BC and is the RVDA of BC representative on the HR/ED Committee for RVDA of Canada.

He is passionate about flying and combines that with his love of the outdoors.

 

He is honored to be a member of the Kelowna Flying Club’s Board of directors and as Copa Flight 36 Captain works to ensure great events like COPA for Kids will continue to promote General Aviation throughout the Okanagan.

Dave’s life-long passion has been flying. He has flown more than 3700 hours in 29 different aircraft types, and is current with IFR, single & multi-engine ratings. He flies his own Vans RV6 from Kelowna Airport. In 2014 he flew a single-engine Piper Comanche around the world. This unusual achievement raised over $150,000 for two charities: SickKids Foundation of Toronto, and Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance of Perth, Scotland. In 2015 he was awarded the Norton Griffiths Challenge Trophy by The Royal Aero Club in London.

 

 

Jim Hannibal

Director

Communications,  COPA Captain

Wayne Heal

Joined 676 Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron in 1965 and retired from the Squadron as Senior Warrant Officer 2nd Class earning his pilot wings and an exchange visit to the USA.

 

He was accepted into Air Traffic Control Training at Victoria Tower and commenced a 35 year career with Transport Canada and NAVCANADA. During his tenure in Air Traffic Control he worked at Victoria Tower, Vancouver Tower, Langley Tower, Boundary Bay Tower and Vancouver Terminal as an operational controller. In 1993 he joined the management group and was selected as a Shift Manager in Vancouver Area Control Center and was instrumental in the design and formation of Victoria Terminal. He was also the manager of Boundary Bay Tower and then Vancouver Tower culminating his management tenure with NAVCANADA as Operation Manager of Vancouver Area Control Center. He was subsequently hired by Transport Canada as an Air Traffic Control Inspector responsible for Air Traffic Services and Airspace in the province of BC.

 

He received his Air Cadet League of BC long service medal in 1998 after serving as a Civilian Instructor and on Sponsoring Committees at 676, 89 and Chairman at 746 Squadron. In 1983, he received his commission in the Canadian Armed Forces as Supply Officer at 828 Squadron in Tsawwassen and also joined the Pacific Regional Gliding School as a Tow Plane Pilot (L19) and Glider/Instructor Pilot. In 1999, I was appointed Commanding Officer for 746 Squadron Langley a position which he held for 9 years until leaving to accept the position of Gliding Wing Operations Officer for his second tenure for the Lower Mainland Fraser Valley. After retiring from Transport Canada he was the Chief Ground School Instructor and Power Scholarship Commander for 9 years during the summer at Comox Cadet Flight Training Centre. In 2017, he was appointed Commanding Officer of Albert Cadet Training Centre and promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel which he held until retirement in 2018. Throughout his career, he has managed to safely accumulate over 4000 hours of flying experience as a commercial pilot with AirBC, NavAir, Juanair and the gliding program and owned two Aeronca Champs.

 

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Michael Blair

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