Transport Minister David Collenette awarded Dr.
Robert Waldron of North Vancouver (BC) the 2003 Transport
Canada Aviation Safety Award, for his commitment to aviation safety
in Canada, at the 15th annual Canadian Aviation Safety Seminar in
Montreal, last week.
The Transport Canada Aviation Safety Award was established in
1988 to increase awareness of aviation safety in Canada, and to
recognize individuals, groups, companies, organizations, agencies
or departments that have contributed, in an exceptional way, to
"Throughout North America, Dr. Waldron is
recognized as an expert in aircraft accident investigation, and
though his technical achievements are impressive by themselves, his
integrity and perseverance have also gained him the respect of his
peers, manufacturers, the insurance industry, and the international
aviation industry," said Mr. Collenette. "Through his accident
investigations, Dr. Waldron has contributed to aviation safety
worldwide in a profound and tangible manner. I congratulate him on
receiving this well-deserved award."
Dr. Waldron received his Ph.D in metallurgical engineering at
the University of British Columbia. He established the firm R.J.
Waldron & Co. Ltd., specializing in aviation and accident
investigations. He has worked on more than 500 air accident
investigations in 25 countries involving various types of airplanes
One of Dr. Waldron's most noteworthy cases was his investigation
into a fatal accident in 1979 of a de Havilland Twin Otter
aircraft. His investigation prompted Transport Canada to issue an
Airworthiness Directive requiring inspection of Twin Otter aircraft
worldwide. As a result, the entire flight control system of this
aircraft was modified.
The Canadian Aviation Safety Seminar is an international event
hosted annually by Transport Canada for all sectors of the aviation
community. It features safety workshops and presentations by
leading Canadian and international safety experts.