Nov 29, 2009

Aviation Dinner well supported...

Kudos to Dave and Lois Tisdale for another excellent Kingston Aviation Dinner. Hosted, as tradition dictates, at the Italo-Canadian Club, where guests enjoy the warmest of hospitality and a delicious meal, the event passed very smoothly. An interesting slide show, prepared by Mike Tisdale, opened the evening. The meal, which offered Turkey or Roast Beef, was first class. After dinner, the usual insights into the 'state of the industry' were delivered by various speakers. Notable amongst these, was the National President and CEO of the Canadian Owners' and Pilots' Association, Kevin Psutka, whose brief address was a model of brevity and clarity. For the record books, one hundred guests attended the Dinner this year.

The after dinner address, by retired Canadian Navy Lt Col D. Glenn Cook gave an interesting first-hand glimpse, from the operational perspective of a Sea King pilot on scene at the time, into the Cuban Missile Crisis. Glenn revealed much about the preamble to the crisis, including privileged information culled from later discussions with Russian submarine commanders by American naval staff studying the period.

Club members interested in aviation history may like to note two upcoming events. On December 30th, in the afternoon, a talk at the Aviation Museum in Ottawa, and in mid January, the Kingston chapter of the Canadian Aviation Historical Society will be meeting. Details will be published here when they are available.

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