March ‘Reunion’ Not to Be Missed…..

Our ‘Spring Club Pilotos’ Reunion for 2015 is one which you won’t want to miss.  This years featured speaker, Bram Tilroe and his wife Edmee, are flying down for the event from Canada.  Bram is no stranger to Club Pilotos and they have been to the Hacienda many times in the past.

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What is especially interesting is that Bram offered us a choice of five different programs on flying in Canada and Alaska.   The decision was very difficult to make since they are all of great interest, so I selected three of the five and he agreed.  We will have a 90 minute (+-) program beginning on Wednesday, March 4th, the second program on Thursday afternoon and the final on Friday afternoon.  That will leave Saturday afternoon open for the traditional Texas Holdum’ tournament.

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Here’s an overview of Bram’s aviation background:

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Bram has been very active in the Aviation industry for the past 52 years.  He obtained his pilot’s licence with the Royal Canadian Air Cadets in 1963 at the age of 18.

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Subsequently, he joined Transport Canada in Meteorology in 1965 and was posted to Yellowknife as a weather briefer and observer.  Bram then joined Wardair Canada Northern Operations, and flew throughout most of the Arctic including the Geographic North Pole.  In 1970, he returned to Transport Canada to train as an Air Traffic Controller, after a brief stint in various Towers he checked out in 1972 as an IFR controller in the Edmonton Area Control Centre.  He spent 33 years as a Terminal Radar Controller (Approach, Edmonton and Calgary) and then joined management with NAVCANADA as Chief for Edmonton International and Edmonton City Centre Control Towers until his retirement in December of 2005.

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He is still very active in General Aviation through participation at the executive level of various aviation organizations.  He has organized some 16 Airtours throughout NW USA, Western and Northern Canada and Alaska.

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Bram has been a Director and Vice-President of the Canadian Air Traffic Control Association (CATCA), Director and Vice-President of the Alberta Aviation Council, Executive director for Alberta and National VP of the Civil Air Search and Rescue Association (CASARA) and Captain (reserve) of the Royal Canadian Air Force (1988-2006).  He has been an Air Cadet Squadron Commanding Officer and an Operations officer for the Alberta Air Cadet Gliding operation.  He is presently the Chairman of Aviation Alberta, which represents most facets of aviation in Alberta

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Bram holds memberships in and actively participates in many Canadian and American Aviation organizations, i.e. AOPA, COPA, MPA (Montana Pilots Association), MAAA (Montana Antique Aircraft Association), AFF (Alberta Flying Farmers), SAC Soaring Association of Canada and the CAGC (Central Alberta Gliding Club)

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Bram holds a Glider licence, has logged over 630 flights, and is an IFR rated pilot with over 4400 hours.  He has owned various aircraft and in 1983 purchased a new Piper Dakota aircraft which he still flies actively all over North America.

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Since March, 2008 he serves on the Nav Canada Advisory Committee which advises the NAV Canada Board of Directors on Aviation relating to ATC and the Air Navigation Service.

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All of the presentations will be in the Hacienda Theater on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons at 2:30 p.m..  For information regarding the topics on flying ‘Canada’, including procedures, go to ‘Events’.

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See you at XALA (MM-45) in March,

Jim

 

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