The 2019 British Columbia Aviation Council’s Silver Wings Awards cocktail dinner-style event, held on October 24, recognized industry colleagues for specific achievements within the province’s aviation and aerospace industry.
In addition to fine food, entertainment and a silent auction, the gala celebration included distribution of more than $60,000 in annual scholarships presented to students who are making aviation and aerospace their career choice.
Aviation Entrepreneur of the Year Award ‐ Dave Curtis of Longview Aviation Capital Corp.—Acquisition of the entire Dash 8 program, the in‐production Q400 Bombardier Inc. program and the rights to the deHavilland name and trademark in all Canadian transactions.
Back and Bevington Air Safety Trophy ‐ Airspan Helicopters—Implementation of a more sophisticated SMS and the hiring of a safety manager
Environmental Award ‐ Smithers Airport—Installation of geothermal heating and cooling system
Lifetime Achievement Award ‐ Glenn Oerzen—Supporter of BCIT’s Airline and Flight Operations program
Robert S. Day Trophy ‐ Mike Hooper of the Nanaimo Airport—Contribution to Aviation/Aerospace in the Province
William Templeton Trophy ‐ Vanderhoof Airport—New hangar and formation of the Vanderhoof Airport Development Society
Hope Air Community Giving Award – Pacific Coastal Airlines—BCAC Member Support for Hope Air’s activities
Al Michaud Memorial Bursary ($1,000) ‐ Mathew Robert Mosveen, Victoria Flying Club
Anderson Family Private Pilot ‐ Flight Training Scholarship ($5,000) There are two Anderson Scholarships this year, one in the amount of $5,000 to Samuel Thiessen, BP Aviation, and $3,500 to Gavin Boothroyd, Pacific Flying Club
Anne and Rudy Bauer Memorial Bursary ($1,000) ‐ Rachel Allen, Victoria Flying Club
Barry and Jim Aviation Maintenance Graduate Scholarship ($3,000) ‐ Erick Beltran, University of the Fraser Valley
BC Airport Committee Airport Operations/Management Training Bursary ($2,000 x 2) ‐ Ian Garcia, BCIT, and George Mathews, BCIT
BCAC “Career” Training Scholarship ($1,000) There are two of these awards this year: Grant Diamond, Victoria Flying Club, and Nicole Wardstrom, Principal Air Ltd.
BCAC Flight Instructor Training Scholarship ($1,000) ‐ Jonathan Bloomquist, Pacific Flying Club
Conair Group Commercial Aviation Training Scholarship ($3,000) ‐ Anastasia Lisnevskaya, Pacific Flying Club
Ernie Alexander, Q.C. Memorial Scholarship ($2,000) ‐ Colin Stonier, Pacific Flying Club
HeliJet Helicopter AME Training Scholarship ($3,500) ‐ Paul Levesque, BCIT
Mary Swain Memorial Aviation Training Scholarship ($1,000) ‐ Renata Nicmans, Chinook Helicopters
John and Michelle Ward Memorial Flight Training Scholarship (Commercial Pilot) ($2,000) ‐ Thomas Clark, Pacific Flying Club
William Templeton Airport Operations Management Training Bursary ($1,000) ‐ Rachel Yang, BCIT
Harbour Air Advanced Float Plane Endorsement Scholarship – Victoria Grahn, Chinook Helicopters
BC General Aviation scholarships awarded to:
Erissa Yong Bursary, $2,000 – Erik Urquhart
Onkarbir Singh Toor Memorial Bursary, $1,000 – Mark Daniel Pua
Individuals and businesses may donate to the BCAC Scholarship program or set up their own scholarship with BCAC.