Member Profiles

Paul Yettvart Davoud

Birthdate: November 25, 1911
Birth Place: Provo, Utah, USA
Year Inducted: 1985
Death Date: March 24, 1987
Awards: DSO, DFC, OBE

"The application of his exceptional skills as a pilot in peace and war and as an outstanding leader in military and civil aviation have been of superior benefit to Canadian aviation."

Paul Davoud's aviation career began during the 1930's as he flew for Canadian Airways and then joined the Hudson Bay Company as a bush pilot. He was a highly decorated pilot in WWII who excelled in night fighting. During his career with the RCAF he operated Beaufighter and Mosquito aircraft and was later given command of 143 RCAF Fighter Bomb Wing, comprised of three squadrons of Typhoon aircraft. After the war, C.D Howe chose him for a senior position with Trans-Canada Air Lines. Finally, in the 1970's he served as the Director of Aviation Services for the Ministry of Transportation and Communication in the Ontario government.

Lorna Vivian deBlicquy, C.M., O.Ont

Birthdate:November 30, 1931
Birth Place: Blyth, Ontario
Date Inducted: May 29, 2014

From an early age, Lorna deBlicquy dedicated her life to aviation as a private pilot, barnstormer, bush pilot, charter pilot and aviation inspector. Flying with wheels, skis and floats, she distinguished herself as an instructor, and her accomplishments contributed to the advancement of equality for women in her chosen field. - Induction citation, 2014

Born to Vivian Morcombe “Morrie” Bray and Nora Eileen Bray, Lorna was the youngest of their three children, following a sister, Phyllis, and a brother, Harry, who was a bomber pilot with the RCAF during the Second World War. Lorna began flying a Piper J-3 Cub with the Atlas Aviation Flying School in Ottawa in 1946. She soloed at age 15 and earned a Private Pilot Licence at 16.

In 1952 Lorna earned a Commercial Pilot Licence and began work as a navigation clerk at Spartan Air Services. In 1953, she graduated with a B.A. degree from Carleton University in Ottawa and married geologist Tony Nichols. The couple lived in a mining camp tent near Thompson, Manitoba, where Lorna flew her own Aeronca Chief on floats, eager to use her commercial licence.

With Taylor Airways in Wabowden, Manitoba, she flew a Waco biplane on floats to transport native people, supplies and fish, becoming among the first women to fly professionally in Manitoba. In 1956, Lorna and Tony moved to Sudbury, where she earned her Class III instructor rating. For five years part-time she taught students to fly, and taught high school at Nickel District Collegiate in Sudbury from 1956-58.

In 1962, Lorna’s marriage ended and she then flew as a flight instructor for Bradley Air Services in Carp, Ontario. At the Kingston Flying Club she earned a Class II instructor rating and met Dick deBlicquy, whom she married in 1963. The couple flew in the Canadian Arctic in summer, and in New Zealand during the winters of 1963-65, when Lorna instructed at aero clubs and earned a multi-engine endorsement and a Private Glider Licence.

Returning to Canada, Lorna instructed for the Ottawa Flying Club in 1964-65. In 1966 she gave birth to her daughter, Elaine. The next year she flew with her baby to Resolute Bay in a Piper Apache, and flew the de Havilland Beaver in the Arctic for Atlas Aviation. For the next few years, Lorna and Dick flew a Twin Otter and she spent a summer flying a Beaver for a Department of National Defence research program on Ellesmere Island. In 1970 she obtained a Commercial Rotary Wing licence in Ottawa in 1970, the year she won an Amelia Earhart Award from the women’s aviation organization, the Ninety-Nines, and obtained a Class I instructor rating in 1971.

In 1972 she received an Airline Transport Pilot Licence and in 1977 she became a Designated Flight Test Examiner for the Department of Transport, but continued to see discrimination against female pilots. Applying for a position, with 6,000 hours in her log book, she was not even called for an interview when two former students were hired. The incident prompted her to speak out against discrimination.

In 1976 she applied for work with the Department of Transport and again the job went to someone less experienced. Her complaint to the Department resulted in a change of hiring policy. The next year she was hired as the first female civil aviation inspector in Canada, working out of the Toronto office, responsible for flight testing instructor candidates as well as doing commercial and multi-engine flight tests.

From 1950 to the 1970s, Lorna flew a variety of aircraft, including twin-engined types and competed in several women’s air races. In 1992 Lorna received the Award of Excellence of the National Transportation Week. In 1993, the year she and Dick were divorced, Lorna was the first female recipient of the prestigious Trans-Canada (McKee) Trophy from the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute.

Of 10, 478 hours in the air as a pilot, Lorna spent half as an instructor and over 1,300 hours testing candidates for various licence endorsements. In 1995 Lorna Vivian deBlicquy was awarded the Order of Canada. In 1996 she was the first Canadian to be inducted into the Women in Aviation, International Pioneer Hall of Fame. After over 50 years of flying, she retired in 1999 and continued to encourage women to pursue careers in aviation.

2014 Induction Video - Biography of Lorna Vivian deBlicquy, C.M., O.Ont

Stanley Matthew Deluce

Birthdate: July 20, 1923
Birth Place: Chapleau, Ontario
Year Inducted: 2007
Date of Death: January 27, 2010

“His development of a small commuter airline in Northern Ontario, which led to one of the largest regional airlines in Canada serving both nationally and internationally, has been of great benefit to aviation in Canada.”

Introduction: Stanley Deluce has made a significant contribution to the development of the regional airline concept in Canada. From meagre beginnings when he and his family started White River Air Services in the 1950’s with a Stinson aircraft, he supplied safe and secure transportation links to the remote communities of Northern Ontario and Quebec in some of the most hostile flying environments which surround Hudson’s Bay. He expanded his bush flying operations into scheduled ‘all-weather’ air service, as well as air ambulance, aerial fire suppression, and domestic and international air charter. He built his commercial aviation business into a transportation system which culminated in airlines such as Austin Airways, Air Creebec, Air Ontario and Air Alliance, operations which rank with the best in the world. All members of his family, including his wife and their nine children, are or have been involved in his company, as pilots or in administration.

Stanley Matthew Deluce was born on July 20, 1923 in Chapleau, Ontario. He enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1941 and was posted to Eastern Air Command 126 Squadron. From 1943 to 1945 he was assigned to Maritime patrol, flying Hawker Hurricanes fighters escorting ships through the Northumberland Strait to Newfoundland. After the war Deluce returned to Chapleau and worked as an engineer with Canadian Pacific Railway. In 1947 he earned a commercial pilot’s licence with float endorsement, and bought a Fleet Canuck a year later. He could now unite his love of flying with his love for hunting and fishing and make a living at the same time.

A family-run business was born in 1951 with the purchase of a Stinson and the incorporation of White River Air Services (WRAS). The Deluces now operated a commercial air service from a base at White River, Ontario. They added a Cessna 180 to their operation, and seeing its potential as a bush plane, he opened a Cessna dealership which he ran for 25 years. From its humble beginning with a single aircraft transporting tourists into remote areas, Deluce’s company expanded steadily to a fleet of 25 aircraft, including Cessnas, Beavers and Otters, by the late 1960’s.

In 1960 Deluce purchased both Sault Airways and Kapuskasing Air Services, and began the first scheduled air service between Kapuskasing and Timmins. Next, he bought Georgian Bay Airways which was based in Moose Factory and South Porcupine, Ontario. From 1961-1975, Deluce operated the first Contract Weather Reporting Station in Ontario at White River for the Federal Government, which was followed by a second station at Chapleau, which he operated from 1962 to 1975.

In 1971 WRAS was the first company to be awarded the norOntair contract with the Ontario Government to provide scheduled service to Sudbury, Timmins, Sault Ste Marie and Earlton. They used de Havilland Twin Otters, which are well known for their short take-off and landing capabilities, perfect for uniting the smaller communities of Ontario’s north. To service their growing fleet they built a maintenance facility at Timmins, Ontario. At peak times they owned 12 Twin Otters, operating the largest ‘Twin’ operation in Canada.

Deluce is widely admired for his entrepreneurial spirit. His business acumen was demonstrated in 1974 when WRAS and the Deluce family purchased Austin Airways, Canada’s oldest airline, from Jack Austin (Hall of Fame, 1973), who was a friend and business associate. Deluce became President of the company. Both airlines were operating mixed fleets of over 40 single and twin engine aircraft, with float, land and amphibious capabilities. In 1975, with the purchase of its first turbine powered, 50-seat capacity Hawker Siddeley 748, the company moved from a large ‘bush’ operation to become one of the fastest growing commuter carriers on the continent. The company bought 18 Hawker Siddeley 748’s, making it the largest fleet of this type in the western hemisphere, a significant contribution to the development of a regional airline concept.

Continuing to expand, in 1976 Deluce purchased Superior Airways in Thunder Bay; Severn Enterprises in northwestern Ontario; followed by Ontario Central Airlines at Pickle Lake; and Hooker Air Services Ltd. in Gimli, Manitoba. A large hangar facility was built at Pickle Lake to support their new operations.

Deluce’s airlines were now doing both charter and scheduled operations all over North America and had leased aircraft to Maersk Airlines in Denmark, supplying both pilots and engineers. In addition, they began to operate as far afield as France, Tunisia and Nepal.

In partnership with Avalon Aviation, they operated water bombers for fire suppression in Canada, Chile and Norway. During this time the Austin operation was extended to serve all Ontario, Northern Quebec, Baffin Island and the Eastern Arctic, with charter flights ranging as far as Greenland.

Deluce’s companies made enormous contributions to many northern aboriginal communities. Provision of air services to the Cree along the Quebec coast of James Bay, in some of the most hostile of flying environments, led to a partnership with them in Air Creebec. The company provided training and job opportunities for native youths as pilots, dispatchers and engineers. Deluce served as Vice President of this company for several years. His example and mentorship helped make this company a success.

In 1979, with a contract to serve the Ontario Ministry of Health, Austin Airways developed the first jet aircraft medivac operation in northern Ontario. The Austin service area was expanded to provide service to Toronto, moving the safe and reliable air transport system from remote areas into high density areas as well. Under Deluce’s direction 36 de Havilland Dash-8 aircraft were added, the largest single commercial order that de Havilland had ever received, stimulating the growth of that company as well.

In 1980, 50% ownership was acquired in both Air Ontario and Air Manitoba. Deluce became Chairman of the Board of Air Ontario. In 1985 a 25% interest in Air Ontario was sold to Pacific Western Airlines (PWA). In 1986, 75% of Austin Airways and Air Ontario was sold to Air Canada. At the same time, Air Canada bought PWA’s share of Air Ontario. At the request of Air Canada, Deluce remained as Chairman of the combined company for two more years.

Deluce served as a Director for Air Transport Association of Canada for two terms and was a member of the Civil Aviation Tribunal from 1986-1989. He was made an Honorary Life Member of the Air Transport Association in 1988, and was named by the Rusty Blakey Heritage Aviation Group as an outstanding Aviation Pioneer in 1993.

He demonstrated the highest standards of personal and business integrity and was widely known and respected as a man whose word could be trusted implicitly. It is important to note that Deluce started White River Air Services with his wife Angela and over time, all of their nine children worked alongside them in the companies they operated. He established a legacy in which a sense of family and commitment to aviation is carried on with the recent start-up of Porter Airlines in Toronto by one of his sons.

Deluce continues to live in London, Ontario in the house he and Angela built, surrounded by family and friends. Sadly, his beloved Angela lost her battle with cancer in July 2006. He divides his time between their home in Florida and their fishing camp on Manitoulin Island. Hunting, fishing and swimming are his main activities, and the cribbage board is always handy. But his great passion is attending his grandchildren’s hockey games.

Stanley Matthew Deluce was inducted as a Member of Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame at ceremonies held in Ottawa on June 6, 2007.

2007 Induction Video - Biography of Stanley Matthew Deluce


Stanley Matthew Deluce (1923 - 2010)

Stan Deluce died on January 27, 2010 in London, Ontario. He was a true aviation pioneer, who started with a charter service and then built up a family-owned commercial business that helped open Northern Ontario to air travel. He was born in Chapleau, Ontario and returned there after the war. He married Angela Spadoni in 1947 and bought his first plane, a Fleet Canuck. He was passionate about flying, fishing and hunting, and made many trips to northern lakes with friends.

It was with the purchase of a single-engine Stinson that he realized the potential of aviation, recognizing that the then largely undeveloped North could not only provide him with income, but also fulfill his other major interests.

He began in 1951 with the incorporation of White River Air Services with his wife Angela, based at White River, Ontario. At first, the company mainly ran seasonal charter flights for trappers, prospectors, hunters and loggers into the Northern Ontario bush. Over the following decades, he acquired several major air service companies, including Austin Airways in 1974, and was involved in the start-up of NorOntair. His companies were then providing charter and scheduled service to communities throughout Northern Ontario and Northwest Territories, including service to residents in remote communities.

It is interesting to note that in addition to his wife, the company at one time employed all nine of his children, seven of which were his sons who held commercial licences. He was inducted as a Member of Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame in 2007. His full story appears in The Updates to They Led the Way for 2007, also on a DVD available from CAHF.

From the Globe and Mail Friday January 29, 2010

STANLEY MATTHEW DELUCE JULY 20TH, 1923 - JANUARY 27TH, 2010 Stanley Matthew Deluce passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 27th, 2010 at Victoria Hospital in London, Ontario after a short illness. Stanley (Stan) was born July 20th, 1923 in Chapleau, Ontario. He is pre-deceased by Angela, his loving wife of 59 years, his parents John and Elizabeth Deluce, his brother-in-law Bob Spadoni and his grandchildren Sarah Jane and Matthew Joseph. Stan is survived by his children; William (Ann), Robert (Catherine), Terrence (Holly), Marie Marshall, Joseph (Lisa), Jim (Sharon), Gwendolyn (Randall Pineault), Bruce (Flora), Bernard (Karen). He will also be fondly remembered by his 30 grandchildren; Aynsley (Matthew), Dana (David), Lindsey, Andrew, Justine, Jason (Daniela), Brian (Skye), Michael (Laila), David (Niccole), Jordon, Aimee, Andrea, Angela, Daniel, Jasna, Caroline, Justin, Barbara, Mallory, Tanya, Ronald, Marie, Katrina, Simon, Stanley, Chris, Samantha, Jonathon, Jessica, Alex; his 5 great-grandchildren (Ayden, Austin, Isabelle, Devon and Tavion); his brothers Russell (Anita) and Gerald (Lucille) and sister-in-law Ruth Spadoni and also his many nieces and nephews.

During WWII Stan served in Squadron 126 as a Flight Officer in the Royal Canadian Air Force. After the war Stan returned to Chapleau, Ontario, to resume his position as a locomotive engineer with the Canadian Pacific Railway, a position he held until 1976. In 1947 Stan married Angela (Spadoni) and soon after started a family while continuing to reside in Chapleau. Having bought a Fleet Canuck aircraft in 1949, he soon realized that he could combine his love of flying with his love of hunting and fishing and along with Angela, he started a new business, White River Air Services, after having relocated their growing household to White River. Stan and Angela were the driving force behind this small bush flying operation, that would eventually grow from a northern based charter company into a large regional airline that would partner with and ultimately be bought out by Air Canada. Stan oversaw the growth of White River Air Services with its acquisition of Sault Airways, Kapuskasing Air Service, Austin Airways, Superior Airways, Air Manitoba, Air Ontario and the start up of both norOntair and Air Creebec. At one point in the mid 1970's after further relocating to Timmins, Stan's companies were doing charter and scheduled operations all over North America and were supplying planes, pilots and services to places as far away as Denmark, France (Reunion Island), Tunisia and Nepal.

In addition to serving on the Civil Aviation Tribunal, Stan was a Director for the Air Transport Association of Canada and in 1988 he was made a Honorary Life Member of ATAC. The Rusty Blakey Heritage Aviation Group named Stan as their outstanding Aviation Pioneer for 1993. Most recently, after moving to London, Ontario in 1999, Stan was honored for his significant contribution to aviation in Canada by being inducted into Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame in 2007. Stan will be long remembered by his extended family of friends, and his many former employees and acquaintances throughout the Canadian aviation industry. During the past 18 years, Stan spent the summer months on Manitoulin Island enjoying the company of family and friends on his fishing trawler "The Tookanee" while educating his many grandchildren on the finer points of salmon fishing. During the winter months his seasonal home in Stuart, Florida was always open and available to any and all snowbirds. Most of us will remember Stan for his sense of adventure, his love of life and his incredibly good humor, quite often at someone else's expense. He was a really good guy and a great Father. We will miss him dearly.

Our sincere gratitude to Marilyn Revisa and to Leila Honeker for their constant care and attention to our Father and to Sister Toni (Sheehan) for her lifelong friend-ship. Also a very special thank you to the doctors and nurses at Victoria Hospital and all those who cared for Dad over the past three weeks and who were always so kind and patient and under- standing of his very large family. Friends and relatives will be received at the John T. Donohue Funeral Home, 362 Waterloo Street at King Street, on Saturday January 30th, 2010 from 1-4pm and on Sunday, January 31th, 2010 from 1-4pm and from 7- 9pm. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday February 1st at 11am at St. George Catholic Church, 1164 Commissioner's Road West (Byron) in London. Interment will follow immediately after in St. Peter's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family has requested that a donation be made in Stan's name to the Critical Care Trauma Centre of the London Health Sciences Foundation or to a charity of your choice. Messages may be sent to

Clennell Haggerston Dickins

Nickname: "Punch"
Birthdate: January 12, 1899
Birth Place: Portage la Prairie, Manitoba
Year Inducted: 1974
Death Date: August 3, 1995
Awards: OC, OBE, DFC

"Despite adversity, he dramatized to the world the value of the bush plane, and his total contribution to the brilliance of Canada's air age can be measured not only by the regard in which he is held by his peers, but by the nation as a whole."

The aviation career of Clennell Dickins began in the military just like many others during the early part of the 1900's. After WWI, Dickins joined Western Canada Airways and achieved several aviation firsts which helped unlock the secrets of Canada's Arctic. He flew the first flight across the unmapped Barren Lands of the Northwest Territories, and he piloted the first aircraft on the prairie airmail circuit of Winnipeg, Regina, Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon, and Winnipeg. Dickins then became the first pilot to fly the full length of the Mackenzie River, some 2000 miles in two days, and flew the first prospectors into Great Bear Lake where uranium was found. In 1936, he flew an historic 10,000 mile air survey flight of Northern Canada. During his aviation career he flew more than 1,000,000 miles across the uncharted north in weather often unforgiving of human error. He was named by the government as one of the most outstanding Canadians in this nation's first century, and was christened "The Snow Eagle" and "Canada's Sky Explorer".

Paul Bernard Dilworth

Birthdate: January 31, 1915
Birth Place: Toronto, Ontario
Year Inducted: 2000
Death Date: February 18, 2007

"His constant search for perfection in all of his aeronautical endeavours and his pioneering leadership in the field of aero-engineering development have been of lasting benefit to Canadian aviation."

Dilworth graduated from the University of Toronto in 1939 with a mechanical engineering degree and gained employment at the engine laboratories of the National Research Council. Along with his colleagues, he studied jet engine technologies in the UK and went on to set up the cold-weather ground test facility at Winnipeg, Manitoba conducting the first ever test on a jet engine in Canada in 1943. Later, as Manager and Chief Engineer of Orenda Engines Ltd. at Malton, Ontario, Dilworth was involved with the highly successful engines designed for the Avro CF100 and the Canadair CF86 Sabre. After 1952, Dilworth has worked in private industry in the field of engineering consulting.

Craig Laurence Dobbin

Birthdate: September 13, 1935
Birth Place: St. John's, Newfoundland
Year Inducted: 2007
Death Date: October 7, 2006
Awards: OC, D.Sc.(h.c.), LL.D (Hon.)

“His outstanding leadership and development of CHC Helicopters Corporation into the world’s largest helicopter company, providing service to more than 30 countries around the world has been of major importance to Canadian aviation on the global stage.”

He showed outstanding leadership in the development of CHC Helicopter Corporation into the world’s largest helicopter company, providing service to more than 30 countries worldwide. His entrepreneurial style, inspired vision and drive propelled him to seek out opportunities to build his business. Beginning in 1977 with one aircraft, he created Newfoundland and Labrador’s first offshore helicopter services company, expanding rapidly in the offshore market and across Canada. In 1987 he acquired Okanagan Helicopters, and in 1994, British International Helicopters, turning CHC into a truly international helicopter services company. In 1999 the entire North Sea helicopter service, Helicopter Services Group, came under his leadership. In 2004, Dobbin restructured his operations to allow CHC to expand into new markets for logistics support, repair and overhaul, while providing a consistent standard of safety and service to customers worldwide.

2007 Induction Video - Biography of Craig Laurence Dobbin

Robert Leslie Dodds

Birthdate: November 19, 1921
Birth Place: Stratford, Ontario
Year Inducted: 1994
Death Date: October 30, 1986

"His sincerity, dedication, and persistence to the cause of improving the medical licensing problems in the airline industry has been of major benefit to Canadian aviation."

Robert Dodds is best known for his fight against the regulations regarding excessive medical standards pilots had to meet. In the 1960s the regulations were quite strict on what medical grounds constituted grounding a pilot. By the early 1980s much of his work began to show results as regulations were loosened. The major beneficiaries of Robert Dodds service were the pilot group, whose careers were threatened by minor medical disability, and theairlines which were spared the expense of terminating senior pilots unnecessarily.

Vera Elsie Strodl Dowling

Birthdate: July 16, 1918
Birth Place: Braughing, Hertfordshire, England
Death Date: January 11, 2015
Year Inducted: 2000

"Her extraordinary enthusiasm for and life long dedication to aviation, in wartime and peace, particularly her dedication to flight instruction have been of great benefit to Canada."

Vera qualified for her pilot’s licence in England in 1937. She worked extensively in the area of test flying until she joined the Air Transport Auxiliary as a Ferry Pilot. After WWII, she was a flight instructor with the RAF. Immigrating to Canada in 1952, she was the first female flight instructor in Alberta and upon retirement in 1987 her logbook totalled over 30,000 hours.

Clarence Rupert Dunlap

Birthdate: January 1, 1908
Birth Place: Sydney Mines, Nova Scotia
Year Inducted: 2002
Death Date: October 19, 2003
Awards: CBE, CD**

"His distinguished career as a military aviator in war and in peace time, demonstrating extraordinary skill and leadership in a lifetime of achievement, have earned the respect of his peers and brought great credit to his nation."

Air Marshal (Ret'd) Clarence R. Dunlap of Victoria, BC – The last living RCAF Air Marshal, Dunlap had an outstanding career in war and peacetime, demonstrating extraordinary skill and leadership. Following retirement from active service as Deputy Commander in Chief of the North American Air Defence Command (NORAD) in 1968, he proved his dedication to the cause of Canadian aviation with his fulltime voluntary work aimed at obtaining funding for and construction of the National Aviation Museum in Ottawa.

John Talbot Dyment

Birthdate: November 23, 1904
Birth Place: Barrie, Ontario
Year Inducted: 1988
Death Date: April 5, 2000

"His fifty years of dedicated service applied with superior knowledge and determination for the advancement of commercial aviation in the land of his birth and around the world have substantially benefited Canadian aviation."

John Dyment began his aviation career by working for the aviation division of the Ford Motor Co., the Aeronautical Engineering division of both the Department of National Defense and the newly formed Department of Transport. In 1938, he became Chief Engineer of Trans-Canada Air Lines where he worked for 30 years. The airline became the sixth largest in the world and in 1965 was named Air Canada. In the 1960s, Dyment became the only foreigner appointed as a consultant by the government of the United States to recommend civil aviation research and development programs for the United States.

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