New Board Members Welcomed, Celebrates 100 Years Since Aerial League

April 2, 2019

One hundred years ago in early 1919, the first aviation club in Victoria formed. Within a short time of the Great War ending, at least 100 returned aviators had joined this fledgling Aerial League of Canada, Victoria Branch, with a mandate to promote commercial flying, train further pilots and set a standard of qualifications for future airmen. This League led the way in the Victorian skies, organizing inspiring air shows at Willows Camp, airmail out of Victoria, and championing new routes between Victoria and the mainland. Their board members were P. Thomsett (President), Louis L. Grant (VicePresident), Harry McDiarmid (Secretary-Treasurer), Robert L. Rideout, James Gray, W.H. Brown, Gordon Cameron (Directors).

Nowadays, the Victoria Flying Club carries the torch the Aerial League sparked, training hundreds of new general aviation pilots, with many that go on to commercial careers. We are grateful for the people of the Aerial League, the Victoria Aero Club, and the Victoria Flying Club that have carried Victorian flight training forward over the past 100 years. We are proud of our long history, and look forward to many decades to come!

On March 7th, 2019, the Victoria Flying Club held its Annual General Meeting. Several people stepped up to the plate and took on volunteer board positions. VFC welcomes the new Board as follows: Colin Williamson - President Don Devenney - Vice President Jennifer Zadorozniak - Secretary Adrian Sudbury - Treasurer Iain Barnes - Director John Ainsworth - Director John Ryan - Director Ken Teghmeyer - Director.

VFC is a not-for-profit organization, meaning that the Club belongs to each individual who pays a membership, and that any financial profit belongs to the Club and not to an individual owner or investor. The Victoria Flying Club is governed by a volunteer board who is elected each year at the AGM. Our board brings a mix of business experience combined with a love of flying and a passion for the success of the Victoria Flying Club. They put in significant unpaid hours to make sure VFC remains a safe, affordable, and fun place to fly. When you see the VFC board members around the Club, please do stop and introduce yourself. They are a friendly bunch, and are always more than happy to chat with members. Get to know them, and find out more about how you can get involved in making VFC a fantastic place to be!