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Manitoba Chapter, Canadian Aviation Historical Society
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If you are interested in presenting a paper at our national convention, please review the linked document for further details.

CAHS Convention 2016 

We have selected the following dates for the 53rd annual convention of the Canadian Aviation Historical Society:
Wednesday 1 June - Meet and Greet at the Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada, 7 pm;
Thursday, Friday Saturday - speakers, tours, annual general meeting, and awards banquet;
Sunday 5 June - optional activity to be announced.

The venue will be the Viscount Gort hotel. We have arranged a convention rate of $120 per night for those who wish to stay at the hotel. Further details will be announced as they are confirmed.

We invite proposals for papers to be presented at the convention. The call for presentations is available here:

We are seeking sponsorship for the convention. If you know of a company that might be willing to sponsor us, please let us know as soon as possible.

We hope to see you in Winnipeg, recently named as one of National Geographic Traveler's Best Trips of 2016!

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You are invited to attend our annual pre Christmas gathering, on the evening of Thursday 10 December, at Aaltos Restaurant at Canad Inns Polo Park, 1405 St. Matthews Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3G 3P7. Everyone is welcome to attend, including spouses, friends, and kids. The meal is the Taste of Ukraine buffet. The menu is below. The cost for the buffet is $21.46 including tax; for seniors, it's $19.20 including tax.

We will not have a programme. This is just an opportunity for our group to get together to chat and get to know one another a little better.

We will meet after 6:30 pm. The buffet closes at 8 pm. Please ask for the CAHS group when you arrive, any time between 6:30 and 8.

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Gord Watt is a CAHS Manitoba exec member.

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Our regular meeting, planned for Thursday 29 May, is cancelled due to a schedule conflict with our intended speaker. It will be rescheduled for autumn. Instead, we hope you will come to our book launch event this Thursday.

On Thursday 22 May, in co-operation with the Western Canada Aviation Museum, we will host the book launch event for “Northern Lights: Arnold and Gail Morberg and the Calm Air Story”. Our guests will include author Doug Whiteway, along with Barbara Huck and Frances Russell. Books will be available for sale, at a cost of $25. WCAM is providing refreshments. The book is 168 pages, and costs $25. The book will be available for sale at the meeting. I'm not providing a link to the page, because my virus scanner detected malware on the publisher's site. However, WCAM has a page on the book launch, and it's safe.

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Our March meeting will take place on Thursday 27 March, 7 pm, at the Western Canada Aviation Museum. Our speaker this month is Robert Arnold. Robert specialises in the history of the Vickers Viscount, an aircraft that has great significance for Winnipeg. For many years, the hangar that now comprises most of the Western Canada Aviation Museum was the main maintenance base for Trans-Canada Airlines' Viscount fleet. Robert has spent many years gathering information and photos of the Viscount. Some of his photos and research can be found on this great website, dedicated to preserving the history of one of the best turboprop airliners: This is also a timely presentation for CAHS national members, as the most recently published Journal has an article about Bev Shenstone, a Canadian aeronautical engineer who was involved in the Viscount's introduction into service with British European Airways.

We return to our normal format after our third successful film festival. Admission is free, coffee and doughnuts are provided, and everyone is welcome.

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This sounds like a worthy project for aviation history fans (nothing to do with CAHS, though).

Dear Friends,

     As a founding member and Director on the Board of the Calgary Mosquito Society since its very first meeting, I would like to ask you to join us for...


    On 15 October 2008, Richard de Boer gathered us in a conference room at the Calgary International Airport and we all created an organization which helped save two precious Second World War combat aircraft in Calgary.  We have almost reached our goal and we need your help to secure this deal permanently.

     If everyone can donate $ 100 or more to our cause, we will have fulfilled our official City of Calgary financial requirements before the deadline of August 2014 and, thus, the rare wooden de Havilland Mosquito bomber and Canadian-built Hawker Hurricane fighter will be preserved forever in Alberta. 
    Please consider donating online in just a few minutes through ATB Financial who will add 15 % of your donation to our cause, and make our dream come true!

    The results will be quite amazing: your $ 100 donation will become $ 115 through ATB Financial, and the City of Calgary will match this amount 1 to 1 so the CMS will receive $ 230 in your name.  But this is not over yet: you, the donor, will receive a tax receipt of 50 % of your donation so, $ 50 will get back to your pockets while we get $ 230 in total.  In the end, everybody wins!


    You can also send cheques or money orders directly to our organization at

The Calgary Mosquito Society
c/o Richard de Boer, President
# 1021, 3235 - 56th Street N.E.
Calgary, AB, T1Y 2X7


    Let us all make this project worthwhile by securing our legal obligations to the City of Calgary once and for all.  We are almost there and we can make it happen!

    Yours sincerely,

    Dr. Stéphane Guevremont
    Director on the Board, CMS

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This sounds pretty cool. If you're going to be in southwestern Ontario in June, it might be worth a visit.
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