Pioneers, Historian To Join 186 Enshrined In Museum
Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame will soon welcome three new
members Wednesday during ceremonies at the Reynolds-Alberta
Stanley Deluce, Craig Dobbin, and former wing commander Fred
Hitchins will join the 186 men and women already enshrined in the
Wetaskiwin, Alberta, hall, said Aviation Hall of Fame Chairman
Deluce has been a great benefit to aviation in Canada, said
Bennett. His small commuter airline in Northern Ontario, Air
Ontario, became one of the largest regional airlines in Canada,
serving both nationally and internationally. Air Ontario is now
part of Air Canada's Jazz discount airline.
Dobbin began helicopter operations in his home province of
Newfoundland 25 years ago when he saw the need. Since then, CHC
Helicopters become the world's largest helicopter company,
providing service to more than 30 countries around the world, said
Dobbin, who died in 2006, just seven days after being told he
would be receiving the honor, has been of major importance to
Canadian aviation on the global stage, Bennett said.
"Canada is not a global operator in aviation, but he was. He was
the driving force and he was a great guy."
Hitchins was the main historian of Canada's military aviation
history and was well known until his death in the 1970s.
"His specialty was the detailing of the world's aces, and he
categorized all the aces of the world," said Bennett.
In addition to the inductees, the Canadian Business Aviation
Association will be honored at the ceremonies with the 2007 Belt of
Orion Award for Excellence.
"As the voice for Canadian corporate and business aviation, the
Canadian Business Aviation Association has, for over forty years,
promoted the recognition of business aviation, and safety, security
and efficiency among its members, resulting in significant
contributions to aviation in Canada," reads the Hall of Fame Web
Founded in 1988, the award recognizes organizations, groups,
societies or associations that have made outstanding contributions
to the advancement of aviation in Canada.
Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame was incorporated in 1973. Since
1992, it has been located at the Reynolds-Alberta Museum.