Annual General Meeting, 2015

The Canadian Museum of Flight Annual General Meeting was held in the Museum Hangar in Langley on Saturday, 25 April 2015. About 50 Members and guests enjoyed a buffet meal before the business meeting started.
MC, Bill Findlay, presented the Museum President, Bruce Bakker, who called the Meeting to order and the Minutes of the 2014 meeting were presented. Minor discrepancies were noted for the record.
Museum President, Bruce Bakker, presents his report.
The President reported on the number of challenges successfully handled by the Museum Members and staff in the last year. These included improving the collection in the face of increasing fiscal challenges. As well, he noted the amazing energy and devotion that came to life as a result of the rebuild of the Tiger Moth after its mishap at Delta Heritage Airpark.
The 2014 Financial Statement was presented by the Treasurer, Inder Matharu. He noted the Museum is in an even stronger cash position than it was last year. This is mostly due to the accumulation of cash for the building fund initiative and the Tiger Moth restoration. Revenue was consistent with the previous year.
General Manager, Terry Brunner presented his report to the meeting. He mentioned some of the projects achieved; the Fleet Finch wing repair; the rewiring of the DC-3 to light it up at night; and that the Tiger Moth incident has resulted in a huge amount of support. Of note was the acceptance of The Honourable Judith Guichon, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia to be Patron of the Museum. Terry paid tribute to Life Director, Bill Thompson who passed away this year.
Veteran Museum Member Doug Moan attended the AGM.
Director, Gord Wintrup gave his report on the proposed new Museum facility. He noted the new location will provide about 50% more land; the first stage would provide about 15,000 sq. ft of display space, plus an upstairs mezzanine level; the cost of the present lease will be reduced to $1 per year. This reduction allows us to go to financial institutes and borrow substantial amounts. He enthusiastically predicted that CMF can be the best little museum in Canada!
The MC advised the Members of the election process. Four Directors had completed their two-year terms and were standing for re-election. As there were no other nominations the four were re-elected; Bruce Bakker, Dave Arnold, Gord Wintrup and Inder Matharu.
  Bruce Bakker spoke of the upcoming retirement of the General Manager, Terry Brunner. He mentioned Terry’s connection to the aviation group in BC. Terry was presented with a lifetime membership to the Museum.
Museum Manager, Terry Brunner (right) receiving his Life Membership from the President.
(Photo credits: Raymond Chouinard)

Annual General Meeting, 2014

The 2014 Annual General Meeting of the Canadian Museum of Flight was held at the Museum on 26 April, 2014. An Asian-style buffet meal was provided by Museum volunteers. The business meeting followed
at 7 pm.

The Museum's Waco INF provides the setting for the AGM.

Thirty-five Members were present ensuring a quorum for the meeting. The President’s Report was given by Bruce Bakker. He noted the range of successful endeavors achieved by the Museum members and staff in the last year. These included positive comments for Member's Day, TechTalk and Sponsorship Fly Days. The Pancake Breakfasts have become a monthly feature assisting with fund raising. He also spoke of the challenges the Museum faces, such as hangar repairs and keeping a fresh face on the Museum displays.

The Museum’s Financial Report was presented by Treasurer, Inder Matharu. The Revenue/Expenses statement shows the Museum operations are on par with the previous year, a satisfactory result considering the economy. The Building Fund continued to grow, thanks to individual donations and proceeds from the Museum Gala. Overall the statement shows excellent financial control.

Museum Board Secretary, Vic Bentley, provided the Directors’ Year End Report giving details of Museum events. Special recognition was given to General Manager, Terry Brunner and his wife, Doreen, for their activities in support of the Museum. A number of volunteer activities were highlighted - facility repairs, oil sales, aircraft maintenance, airshow sales and consolidating Museum asset storage. Museum aircraft took part in several local airshows and participated in memorial services for individuals and Remembrance Day.

General Manager, Terry Brunner, spoke of his activities in the past year. He included a word of praise for his staff, Jocelyn Statia and Douglas Tait. He noted that it was necessary to get creative with the facilities to keep the revenue flowing - renting the facilities for meetings, weddings and movie shoots were all in progress. The international team of volunteers that assist at the Museum was noted by Terry. 

Past-President, Gord Wintrup, spoke on the progress toward a new Museum facility immediately west of the airport. Planning and engineering studies with Township Council is progressing smoothly. The land area will be about twice that of the present Museum, with the first phase of the building about triple that of the present facility. The local Air Cadet squadron will have space set aside for their activities.

The election of officers was conducted to replace retiring directors, Bruce Friesen and Chris Ryan, and elect new officers. Present Board members Vic Bentley and Mike Luedey were running for a further term. A further four names were put forward for the positions – Mark Capadouca, Matt MacCallum, Matt Offer and Rachel Twine.  The election was held with Vic Bentley, Matt MacCallum, Matt Offer and Rachel Twine being elected to the position of Director.

At the following Board Meeting the officers were elected as follows: Bruce Bakker, President; Dave Arnold, Vice-President; Inder Matharu, Treasurer; Vic Bentley, Secretary. Other members of the Board are Past-President, Gord Wintrup, Matt MacCallum, Matt Offer and Rachel Twine and Life Time Director, Bill Thompson.

Historic Avro images discovered at the Museum

Museums are known for having only a small portion of their collection on display. Some of the displays are tucked away in storage and may become 'lost in time' to the present employees.

During a recent inventory, a box of old glass negatives was discovered. The images were like a time warp of the early days of aircraft manufacture in the British Empire. They tell the story of the early days of Avro, the British manufacturer that was known in more recent times for the Lancaster and Vulcan bombers.

Check out some of the photographs in our Aviation History section; 

Back to Baddeck - the CMF experience

Under the leadership of the Canadian Aeronautical Preservation Association (CAPA), aviation museums and aviation heritage sites across Canada celebrated the 100th anniversary of powered flight in Canada with a unique and historically oriented event - a coast-to-coast-to-coast flying relay to mark this very significant aviation milestone. This Canada relay stopped at all of the CAPA member museums across Canada, at each provincial/territorial capital as well as in the nation’s capital, Ottawa, and was completed using a variety of vintage aircraft.

The Canadian Museum of Flight (CMF), BC’s only flying aviation museum, played a major role in this relay. The Museum’s Harvard flew from Comox to Victoria and the Tiger Moth, from Victoria to Langley. This story unfolds as the CMF’s 1937 Waco and crew took their turn at being a part of history and continuing the relay, with the mail bag in hand, to Nanton, AB.  


Canadian Museum of Flight Announces New Logo.


At the Annual General Meeting of the Canadian Museum of Flight on April 25, 2009, the new Museum logo was officially unveiled.

The Museum has had a new logo in transition for some time – that of the Handley Page Hampden. The Hampden is a unique symbol at our Museum, but virtually unknown except among dedicated aircraft fans. This logo also had some shortcomings in its presentation. While it was acceptable on letter size printed material, it lacked definition when printed on larger items, such as shirts.

The Directors studied this problem and came to the decision that it would not be acceptable to go back to the previous logo of the yellow Tiger Moth. Instead we should be forward looking to something that is unique in our collection. One aircraft that met the criteria was the Waco AQC-6 Cabin biplane. It has a long history of flying in BC – about 55 years – and was a unique airplane compared to the ubiquitous Tiger Moth. The red and cream colour scheme made it especially suitable for use as a logo for the Museum.

Well known local photographer, Cam Hutchins, provided the image taken during air-to-air photography with Museum aircraft, and Acro Media Inc. of Kelowna, BC did the design work to provide the logo that is now in use.