Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame (CAHF) has named a slate of four inductees for 2018 who have played instrumental roles in pilot advocacy, air medical services, armed forces, manufacturing and technology. To be inducted June 7, 2018 in the Sunwest Aviation hangar at Calgary International Airport, John Bogie, Dr. Dwight Gregory Powell, Paul Manson and John Maris will join 228 members who have been named to the Hall of Fame since its founding in 1973.
“In 2018 we will again be honoring four Canadians for their outstanding places in Canadian aviation,” said Rod Sheridan, chairman of the board for the Hall of Fame. “Their careers over several decades span a wide breadth of both military and civilian aviation. They have contributed to the building of airlines and aviation organizations, leadership in the air force, management of industry, development of aviation systems and establishment of air rescue services.”
Bogie, who has played an instrumental role in general and business aviation advocacy, moved to Canada in the early 1950s after serving in the U.S. Navy. He began his civilian aviation career as an airport operator and charter pilot, and he built a name for charter and resource exploration work for Laurentian Air Services and Spartan Air Service. At the same time, he joined forces with Margaret Carson to establish the Canadian Owners and Pilots Association (COPA) in 1952 and served as its first president and chairman. The organization now has 17,000 members. Bogie further played a role in the development of the Canadian Business Aircraft Association, first as an arm of COPA and then as an independent entity. In addition, he helped establish the Experimental Aircraft Association Canada.
Powell has had a 40-year career in emergency medicine, aviation and research, becoming internationally recognized in air medical transportation. He founded Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service (Stars) and its supporting foundation. Under Powell’s leadership, programs for use of night vision goggles and wire strike kits were developed, as were a network of heliports through the service areas with specific GPS approaches. A professor emeritus for emergency and family medicine at the University of Calgary, Powell also has served as president of the Association of Air Medical Services.
Manson, a retired general, had a 38-year career in the Royal Canadian Air Force/Canadian Forces that culminated in his appointment to chief of the defense staff from 1986 to 1989. A fighter pilot and program manager, he played a role in selecting the CF-18 Hornet to replace the aging fleets of CF-101s, CF-104s and CF-5s. Following his retirement, he held several senior roles in the aviation industry, including president of Paramax and chairman of Lockheed Martin Canada. He also served as chairman of the Passing the Torch campaign that raised $16 million to support the Canadian War Museum, as well as was a former chairman of the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC) and of Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame.
Maris has served in the Canadian Armed Forces as operational pilot, test pilot, project manager and Canadian Space Agency team leader. He also has chaired AIAC and served as CEO of Advanced Aerospace Solutions and president of Marinvent. In those roles he has been devoted to innovations in the cockpit, including electronic charting efforts and NASA’s Traffic Aware Strategic Aircrew Requests program.