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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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)
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