2013 – Recipient

The eleventh recipient of the annual DCAM Flight Instructor Safety Award for the year 2013 was:

CHRIS WALSH, of MONCTON FLIGHT COLLEGE

Chris made a significant contribution to the development and management of Moncton Flight College’s Approved Training Organization and the subsequent launch of the Multi-Crew Pilot License MPL.  Both of these are a first in Canada. 

He consistently demonstrates high levels of professionalism, commitment and acute understanding of the complexities of operating a flight training unit in a safe and productive environment.

 Chris Walsh: “As we move forward with the promoting of safety in our industry, this Award allows for the education of safety through acknowledgement. This Award, which memorializes David’s efforts on that fateful day are ever apparent. My nomination for this Award acknowledges a career of promoting a safety culture, an acknowledgement I truly appreciate.”

L to R. Patrick Coulter, Centre Manager, FlightSafety International, Toronto; Chris Walsh, recipient, Director of Flt. Training & Mngr. of Safety & Quality, Moncton Flight College, Jane Abramson Co-founder. (photo: courtesy Mike Doiron)

L to R. Wayne Gouveia, ATAC, VP Commercial General Aviation, VP Prairie & Northern, Chris Walsh, recipient; Orville Hewitt, Chief Flight Instructor, Cooking Lake Aviation Academy, AB, winner of the DCAM ‘Legacy Award.’ (photo: courtesy Mike Doiron)

L to R. Thomas Sandrin, Brand Manager, Hamilton Watches; Orville Hewitt, Chief Flight Instructor, Cooking Lake Aviation Academy, AB, winner of the DCAM ‘Legacy Award.’ (photo: courtesy Mike Doiron)

Jane Abramson (left) presents the cheque from our Sponsor, Essential Turbines to 2014 recipient Chris Walsh (right).

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2013 – Special Mentions

SPECIAL RECOGNITION 2013 was given to DEANNA WIEBE, Assistant Professor of Aviation, Mount Royal University, Calgary; she is the recipient of the Safety Management Systems workshop, sponsored by ATAC, facilitated by Mike Doiron, of Doiron Aviation Consulting.

The DCAM introduced a ‘Legacy Award‘ in 2013. The Award is only provided when a deserving candidate has made it to the final selection process, and will not necessarily be given out each year.

Orville Hewitt, Chief Flight Instructor, Cooking Lake Aviation Academy, Alberta was chosen to receive this Award in 2013. He has created a significant training and instruction history. He received a DCAM Plaque and an engraved Aviator’s watch from Hamilton Watches.

HEATHER PHILPOTT; Assistant Chief Flight Instructor, Gander Flight Training,  as a deserving nominee, received a three day Flight Instructor Refresher Course, sponsored by Seneca College.

RICK WILLMS; was given recognition and received an engraved Aviator’s watch from our Sponsor Hamilton watches.

L to R. Director Michael Fox presenting Rick Willms, CFI, Prairie School of Mission, with aviator’s watch from Hamilton

L to R. Director Michael Fox presenting Rick Willms, with aviator’s watch from Hamilton

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2012 – Recipient

The tenth recipient of the annual DCAM Flight Instructor Safety Award for the year 2012 was:

PAUL HARRIS, of PACIFIC FLYING CLUB

An innovator in the field of flight instruction, he has spent over twenty years accumulating over twelve thousand hours. His greatest contribution to aviation safety will be the next generation of flight instructors that he has trained. He is an individual who believes strongly in demonstrating leadership and in cultivating leadership in his students. He is intolerant of average goals believing, as I do, the safest pilot is one who is trained to the highest possible standard and one who seeks to excel in his discipline. Beyond instructing students he believes that to have a lasting impact he must also direct his efforts to the task of training the people who teach people to fly.

Paul is Manger of Flight Operations at Pacific Flying Club.

L to R, Clark Duimel, PFC recipient 2005, Paul Harris, PFC recipient 2012; Kathleen Fox, RFC recipient 2011; Bob Henderson, MFC recipient 2008.

L to R, Paul Harris, being presented with Hamilton watch, by Clark Duimel.

L to R, Wayne Gouevia, VP Commercial General Aviation & VP Prairie & Northern, ATAC; Paul Harris, recipient; & Rikki Abramson.

Some DCAM sponsors & recipients.

 Paul Harris: “Your award brings a focus to excellence in flight instruction. It affirms the value that flight training plays in creating aviation safety. In doing so, it also affirms the value of the work that those who choose to spend their careers in some element of training. That act alone assures continuing and renewed efforts of excellence in aviation training and thus aviation safety.”

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2012 – Special Mentions

SPECIAL RECOGNITION 2012 was given to two deserving nominees of the DCAM:

Patrick Lafleur; A helicopter Flight Instructor, Chief Flight Instructor, Passport-Helico, Quebec, is the recipient of the Safety Management Systems workshop, sponsored by ATAC.

“Following  Mr. Patrick Lafleur being given Special Recognition by the DCAM Selection Committee in 2012, he gave me the opportunity to attend an SMS workshop on his behalf, that I attended in Toronto,  October 2014.

This workshop gave me a better understanding of the complete SMS system and how to implement and manage one for our company. It was a pleasant week and our consultant Mr. Mike Doiron was really entertaining.”

Stephan Grenier
CFI & SGS Manager,   
Chef Instructeur et gestionnaire de la securite,
Passport Helico,   Mascouche, Qc.

Chris Walsh: Director of Training, Mngr. Of Corporate Safety & Quality of Moncton Flight College, NB., was chosen to receive the three day Flight Instructor Refresher Course, sponsored by Seneca College – School of Aviation.

Chris Walsh, Director of Training, Mngr. Of Corporate Safety & Quality of Moncton Flight College, NB.

Kathleen (Kathy) Fox: “Receiving the DCAM Award would reflect very well on the RFC, its management and staff which has earned a solid reputation for safe, professional and friendly flight training. Further I hope it would serve as an encouragement to other senior, experienced pilots to continue to contribute their expertise in a meaningful way to training and mentoring new pilots.”

Mr. Orville Hewitt, Chief Flight Instructor & General Manager of Cooking Lake Aviation Academy, Alberta, was given an Honorable Mention in recognition of his lifelong excellence in flight instruction.

He received a state-of-the art pilot’s headset from Sennheiser Canada.

Orville Hewitt, Chief Flight Instructor & General Manager of Cooking Lake Aviation Academy, Alberta.

 

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2011 – Recipient

The ninth recipient of the annual DCAM Flight Instructor Safety Award for the year 2011 was:

KATHLEEN (KATHY) FOX, of ROCKCLIFFE FLYING CLUB.

“Aviation, safety & teaching are threads that have intertwined throughout my life and career; I am an educator at heart,” states our 2011 recipient who celebrates all the best in general aviation. Her long and distinguished career has resulted in having many honors bestowed upon her; including the Queen Elizabeth II Anniversary Medal for contributions to sport parachuting in Canada & being inducted into the Quebec Air & Space Hall of Fame.

A particularly impressive honor that she has received is the FAA having named an approach fix after her (“KFOXX,”) at Massena, New York, an unprecedented step in recognition of the FAA’S respect for her services at NAV Canada.

As a Board Member of the Transportation Safety Board of Canada, she passes on lessons learned from published investigation reports to her peers and students at Rockcliffe Flying Club, Ottawa, where she provides a safety leadership in her role of flight instructing. She is described by all as being someone who is not only a great teacher but remains a great student, striving to learn more.

Left to Right: co-founder Jane Abramson, Kathleen Fox & John McKenna President & CEO of ATAC.

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2011 – Special Mentions

SPECIAL RECOGNITION 2011 was given to the following short listed deserving nominees of the award:

Jonathan Isaac, Company Aviation Safety Officer & Senior Flight Instructor, Brampton Flight College, Ont. as a deserving nominee, has been invited to participate in training activities at FlightSafety Canada’s Learning Center in Toronto.

Tahara MacDonald, Manager Instructional Services, Moncton Flight College, NB, was the deserving nominee of a three day Instructor Refresher Course given by Seneca College, Ont; also included were monetary contributions from Essential Turbines Inc. & CAAC.

Michael Schuster, Principal Consultant & Director of Operations, Aviation Solutions, Guelph, Ont. was the deserving nominee of an engraved aviator’s watch from Hamilton watches.

L to R Michael Schuster, Principal Consultant & Dir.of Ops Aviation Solutions. & Thomas Sandrin, National Sales Manager, Hamilton watches.

Gregory Worboys, Chief Flight Instructor, Gander Flight Training, NL, was given a seat on an ATAC’S Safety Management Systems (SMS) workshop, facilitated by Mike Doiron, of Doiron Aviation Consultant; also included were monetary contributions from Essential Turbines Inc. & CAAC.

L to R Lynne McMullan, Chair, School of Aviation, Seneca College & President of CAAC, presenting CAAC’S cheque to Gregory Worboys.

L to R Wayne Gouveia, VP Commercial General Aviation, presenting ATAC’S certificate for an SMS workshop to Gregory Worboys, CFI Gander Flight Training. Photo courtesy of Perry Beaton

GREG WORBOYS: “Through the DCAMAWARD (2011) as a deserving nominee, I was awarded a Safety Management Systems workshop, sponsored by ATAC, & facilitated by Mike Doiron, of Doiron Aviation Consultant (DAC) The course really helps a person understand all aspects of SMS; this gave me the tools to start implementing an SMS program at Gander Flight Training where I was CFI., enabling me to reorganize and make my procedures more efficient.

I highly recommend this course to management; to fully understand how to correctly identify the root cause of a problem, which in turn should prevent issues, small or large from reoccurring, making our aviation world much safer.

Apart from the course, the DCAM Flight Instructor Safety Award gave me recognition at ATAC’S AGM & Convention which was great for networking.”

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2010 – Recipient

The eighth recipient of the annual DCAM Flight Instructor Safety Award for the year 2010 was:

WILLIAM SUTHERLAND, OF MONCTON FLIGHT COLLEGE.

It goes this year to a young man whose achievements so far and whose potential shine full of promise as a beacon for the future of Canadian air safety. His strong leadership, integrity, technical competence and commitment to excellence played a significant role for Moncton Flight College’s approval process to be the first flight training approved training organization in Canada which was required in order for MFC and partner CAE, to conduct the first Multi-Crew Pilot License training in North America.

He is Manager of Corporate Safety and Quality of Moncton Flight College.

Left to Right: Wayne Gouveia, VP Commercial General Aviation & VP Prairie & Northern, ATAC; William Sutherland, Recipient and Jane Abramson, Co-founder.

Left to Right: William Sutherland, & Tim Mell, Business Director, Aviation, Sennheiser Canada.

Left to Right: Alison De Groot Associate Publisher, Wings & Helicopters magazines & William Sutherland.

Left to Right: Tasneem Hashmi, Asst. Centre Manager Flight Safety, William Sutherland, Gail Greenwood, Product Marketing Manager, FlightSafety.

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Earlier Honorable Mentions and Recipients

Deanna Wiebe: I was finally able to take advantage of the wonderful opportunity given to me as a result of the Honorable Mention I received for the Flight Instructor Safety Award in 2009. I had the pleasure of taking the Flight Instructor Refresher Course through Seneca College in Toronto from February 28th through March 2nd. I was also able to participate in the Professional Development day on March 3rd.
    It was an excellent experience, and one that has given me new ideas and refreshed enthusiasm for instructing. I’m excited to continue to improve safety within my own school, and as a result improve safety in the greater aviation community. It is places like this, where we as instructors can meet and challenge each other to change and improve the way we approach instructing, that lead to improved safety for all pilots.
    Because of the DCAM Award I was able to be part of this course in Toronto. Meeting with other instructors from different schools, and hearing how they do things, has reminded me of what I love about instructing – there are always new and exciting ways to develop how we teach new pilots. The aviation community is strengthened when we all improve safety.
Deanna Wiebe, Assistant Chief Flight Instructor, Bissett School of Business, Mount Royal University


AARON SPEER: During Aaron’s interview at First Air, they asked about his “most significant aviation achievement”, to which he replied; “I indicated that it was being selected to receive the DCAM Flight Instructor Safety Award. The most significant part of the award was the need for recognition from both my peers and students. To me, the support from these folks, was what told me that I was doing the right thing, in the right way, for the right reason.”


GRAHAM SHEPPARD: “As a recipient of the DCAMAWARD, I was extremely pleased that there are people who actually recognize the fact that instructing can be a respectable and rewarding career. This recognition has certainly helped me maintain my focus and motivation during a very busy and dynamic time within the flight training industry.”


CLARK DUIMEL: “One of the highlights of my career has been receiving the David Charles Abramson Memorial Flight Instructor Safety Award. I have gotten to know the Abramson family since that time and appreciate their commitment to recognizing the impact that a flight instructor can have on the future of their students. Awards such as the DCAMAWARD go a long way to promoting a career in flight training as rewarding and fulfilling.”


SIMON GARRETT: “As a career flight instructor and a strong advocate of flight safety, just being nominated for the DCAM, was an honour. With the distinction of being a DCAM recipient, my participation in a variety of aviation related meetings and seminars allows me the opportunity to promote the safety and general aviation, with far more credibility.
Knowing that the Rockcliffe Flying Club has a DCAM recipient on staff, students are confident in the flight training they are receiving.”


JOHN ROBERTSON: “The David Charles Abramson Memorial Flight Instructor Safety Award is significant, not only because it is in honour of a young man, son and dedicated instructor who gave his life doing something that he strongly believed in, it recognizes the dedication and professionalism of others with similar qualities. To be recognized as such, especially by your peers, would truly be an honour and a humbling experience. The benefits from winning this award would be a validation that you are providing students with leadership and quality education in today’s ever changing environment, a validation quite different from renewing or upgrading your instructor rating. It is in fact food for the soul.”


BOB HENDERSON: “The Abramsons have courageously maintained our awareness of David’s heroic efforts and in so doing created a positive influence on today’s students and their training programs. As our students learn in this type of environment, they will undoubtedly promote a passion for safety, professionalism and a systematic approach to all aspects of aviation in Canada and around the world.”


HARVEY PENNER: “The benefits of the award to me would be the recognition of close to forty years of doing the best I can do, in a field where there is little public recognition. To think of receiving this award at the ATAC meeting in the company of other instructors and pilots would be humbling and a great honour.
It would also be an honour to meet the Abramson’s. When I think of how this award came to be, it makes me sad; being a father of three sons, I cannot imagine the hard times they have been through, but they have certainly made a positive out of a tragedy. I admire that.”


WILLIAM SUTHERLAND: “For myself, this is once in a life-time personal achievement; to be honoured as the receiver in both the memory of David Charles Abramson and also the company of past and future peers who share the same characteristics and vision as award recipients and are now held as examples of progressive aviation safety in the country and globally.
Receiving the award provides reassurance to the staff and students of MFC, that the company’s leadership, as a team and as individuals, is a competent unit devoted to their safety.

 

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2009 – Recipient

The seventh recipient of the annual DCAM flight instructor safety award for the year 2009 was:

HARVEY PENNER, OF HARV’S AIR

This passionate aviator, extraordinary flight instructor has dedicated his life to nearly forty years to flight training and general aviation. He has done much to successfully guide and expand the horizons of those who walk through the doors of his school. A student comments, “He is an individual who has lived out the ideals that your award embraces.” An approachable icon, he is always willing to discuss and share his vast knowledge.

This year we celebrate our award in recognizing an individual whose passion and gifts to the younger generation of pilots have created a unique legacy and heritage for the future of aviation in Canada and who has established a facility capable of maintaining that heritage.

He is president and chief flight instructor of Harv’s Air, Manitoba: www.harvsair.com.

2008 winner

Left to Right: Harvey Penner, recipient, Jane & Rikki Abramson, Wayne Gouveia, VP., Commercial General Aviation, ATAC.

Left to Right: Jane Abramson, Martin Eley, Director General Civil Aviation, Transport Canada, Harvey Penner, recipient.

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2008 – Recipient

The sixth recipient of the annual David Charles Abramson Memorial Flight Instructor Safety Award for the year 2008 was:

ROBERT “BOB” HENDERSON, OF MONCTON FLIGHT COLLEGE

Having five hundred full time students on four different programs; over the last several years to meet the requirements, he has worked with three different government aviation agencies; Transport Canada, Civil Aviation Authority of China and Joint Aviation Authority Training from Europe.

A strong work ethic, a methodical individual, a great mentor, make up the qualities of this exceptional flight instructor. He demonstrates time and again a dedication that is beyond compare. He is Director of Flight Operations & Chief Flight Instructor of Moncton Flight College: www.mfc.nb.ca.

2008 winner

Left to Right: Michael Skrobica, Interim President & C.E,O. of ATAC., Jane Abramson, Bob Henderson, Recipient, Rikki Abramson, Mike Doiron, Chairman of the Board of Directors, of ATAC & Principal & C.E.O. of Moncton Flight College, Wayne Gouveia, VP., Commercial General Aviation, ATAC.

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2007 – Recipient

The fifth recipient of the annual David Charles Abramson Memorial Flight Instructor Safety Award for the year 2007 was:

JOHN ROBERTSON, OF SENECA COLLEGE

Having had an extensive career in the Canadian Military where he trained on the Sea King helicopter & the Tutor Jet, one of his many distinguished accomplishments was being the chief flight instructor at the Moose Jaw Military Flight Training Base. “His passion for flight, vast amount of knowledge and enthusiasm for teaching has made him a role model,” quote his students. He is Chief Flight Instructor & Professor of Human Factors & Safety Systems for the School of Aviation & Flight Technology, Seneca College, Toronto.

Left to Right: Rikki Abramson, John Robertson, Recipient, Jane Abramson & Mike Doiron, Acting Chairman, ATAC.

Left to Right: Tim Mell, Aviation Business Director, Sennheiser Canada Inc. & John Robertson, recipient.

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2006 – Recipient

The fourth recipient of the annual DAVID CHARLES ABRAMSON MEMORIAL FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR SAFETY AWARD for the year 2006 was:

SIMON GARRETT OF ROCKCLIFFE FLYING CLUB

He leads by example, a strong advocate for promoting and advancing Canadian aviation safety. An accomplished aviator, he is a member of the Canadian Precision Flying Association, winning a Silver Medal at the National Championship 1999 and a Bronze Medal in 2000, also competing in the World Championships the same year in Sweden. Simon is Operations Manager & Chief Flight Instructor at the Rockcliffe Flying Club and also Airport Manager for the Ottawa/Rockcliffe Airport – home of the Canada Aviation Museum.

Jane & Rikki Abramson (left & right, respectively) accompanied by Wayne Gouveia, VP Commercial General Aviation, ATAC (centre left) present the fourth annual DCAM Flight Instructor Safety Award to Simon Garrett (centre right) at ATAC’S AGM & Convention in Victoria, BC.

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2005 – Recipient

The third recipient of the annual DAVID CHARLES ABRAMSON MEMORIAL FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR SAFETY AWARD for the year 2005 was:

CLARK DUIMEL of Pacific Flying Club

Exemplary in his commitment to teaching and advancement of Canadian aviation safety, he is highly regarded throughout the industry as one of the most experienced flight training professionals in the country, as well as one of the only Instructors in Canada to have been trained in aircraft maintenance. Clark is Director of Flight Operations at Pacific Flying Club, Vancouver.

Jane & Rikki Abramson present the third annual “David Charles Abramson Memorial” Flight Instructor Safety Award, to Clark Duimel (centre), at Air Transport Association of Canada’s Annual General Meeting & Convention at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal on November 7th, 2005.

Clark Duimel is congratulated by Jean Langlais, President of Sennheiser (Canada) Inc., a sponsor of the award

 

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2004 – Recipient

The second recipient of the annual “DAVID CHARLES ABRAMSON MEMORIAL” FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR SAFETY AWARD for the year 2004 was

GRAHAM SHEPPARD OF Moncton Flight College

His commitment throughout the years to the quality of flight training and operational safety has been outstanding. He is Moncton’s Safety Officer, coordinating their Safety Management System and related programs, organizing and chairing safety committee meetings, while being a member of the Canadian Society of Air Safety Investigators. An Instructor who motivates his students through his sincere love of flying, is a Class 1 Instructor, a Class 1 Aerobatic Instructor, obtaining a BA Degree from Mount Allison University, New Brunswick.

We commend him for all he has achieved.

Jane Abramson presents the second annual “David Charles Abramson Memorial” Flight Instructor Safety Award, to Graham Sheppard, at Air Transport Association of Canada’s Annual General Meeting & Convention in Vancouver on November 15th, 2004 (Photo: Heath Moffatt)

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2003 – Recipient

The first recipient of the annual “DAVID CHARLES ABRAMSON MEMORIAL”
FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR SAFETY AWARD FOR THE YEAR 2003 was

AARON SPEER of Ottawa Aviation Services

An achiever, goal orientated, enhancing safety and winning numerous awards, Aaron is a Class 1 Instructor, as well as a Class 1 Aerobatics Instructor, holds an ATPL, a glider licence, and a float endorsement. He also doubles as a maintenance coordinator for OAS. He is much involved with the Air Cadet movement. While completing his Commercial Pilot training and Instructor rating, Aaron managed to finish a Degree in Aerospace Engineering Awarded with Distinction at Carlton University in Ottawa. This sums up a truly exceptional Flight Instructor.

Jane & Rikki Abramson (center) with Mr.C. Mackay, President of Air Transport Association of Canada (Left) present the first annual David Charles Abramson Memorial Flight Instructor Safety Award to Aaron Speer (right) in Quebec City on November 3rd, 2003

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