Five new members for Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame

News Article / January 10, 2019

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Two former members of the Royal Canadian Air Force will be inducted into Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame (CAHF) on May 16, 2019.

They are among five individuals who will be inducted as Members of the Hall of Fame during the CAHF’s annual gala induction dinner and ceremonies.

“In 2019, Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame will honour five individuals who have made outstanding contributions to Canadian aviation,” says Rod Sheridan, chairman of the board for the Hall. “Honoured this year are two fighter pilots of the Second World War who, post-war, continued in aviation development for the rest of their lives.

“As well, we will honour three individuals whose accomplishments in civil aviation have made advancements in the industry from the design and development of aircraft to building airlines.”

The 2019 inductions will be the 46th annual celebration of aviation accomplishment and will bring the number of Canadians who have been installed as Members of the Hall to 237. In addition, 23 organizations have been honored for their contributions by receiving the Belt of Orion Award of Excellence.

Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame is located at the Reynolds-Alberta Museum in Wetaskiwin, Alberta.

This year’s event will be held at Bombardier’s Centre de finition Laurent Beaudoin (Laurent Beaudoin Completion Centre), located at the Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL), 200 Cȏte-Vertu Ouest, Dorval, Québec. For further information and tickets, contact Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame: telephone: 780-312-2084 (Alberta) or 438-580-7807 (Montréal); e-mail:; web site:

2019 inductees into the CAHF

David Charles Fairbanks, DFC (two bars)   

Born in Ithaca, New York, in 1922 and raised in the United States, David Fairbanks enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force in early 1941, earned his pilot’s wings and instructed in Canada before being posted to the United Kingdom.

He quickly established himself as an outstanding leader and, flying the Hawker Tempest fighter, he achieved 15 victories. He commanded 274 Squadron of the Royal Air Force before being shot down just before VE Day, and three times was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. Post-war he finished his degree in the United States and then returned to Canada, working for Dominion Bridge and Sperry as well as rejoining the air force in the RCAF Auxiliary.

In 1955 he joined de Havilland Canada as a test pilot. It was in this role that Mr. Fairbanks contributed to the development and market success of that firm’s STOL (short take-off and landing) technology products up to the DHC-7 turboprop airliner, commonly known as the Dash 7. For his work in this field, he was posthumously awarded Canada’s oldest aviation award, the Trans-Canada (McKee) Trophy in 1976. 

David Fairbanks died suddenly at the age of 52 in 1975, having left an indelible mark on the evolution of Canada’s aviation industry.

John Peter Holding, P.Eng. MSc, FRAeS

John Holding was born in 1943 and educated in the United Kingdom, where he acquired a highly comprehensive and practical education in aeronautical engineering at the English Electric component of British Aerospace. That was followed by a master’s degree in aeronautical engineering from Manchester University in 1967.

After 17 years in British industry, Mr. Holding was recruited to join Canadair in the development of the Challenger twin-engine jet aircraft. For the next 25 years he was a force for innovation, product development and engineering covering every project undertaken by Canadair/Bombardier and its wholly owned subsidiaries. The scope of his involvement in the advancement of the Canadian aerospace industry as Bombardier’s executive vice-president for engineering and product development is difficult to overstate. 

Post retirement, John Holding has served as an industry consultant as well as board member and chairman for Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame. He continues to work to further aerospace engineering innovation in Canada and abroad.

The recipient of several distinguished awards, Mr. Holding’s international recognition was complemented with an Honorary Doctorate, which he received from the University of Montreal in 2001 for outstanding achievements in aerospace.

Barry Paul Lapointe, O.B.C. 

Born in Vancouver, British Columbia, in 1944, Barry Lapointe graduated with honours from the British Columbia Institute of Technology in aircraft maintenance engineering in 1966.

After two years in the aviation industry, he founded Kelowna Flightcraft, now known as KF Aerospace. He has been responsible for the development over 48 years of an aerospace engineering and flight services organization based in Kelowna, British Columbia. He has built Kelowna Flightcraft into one of the largest maintenance, repair and overhaul operations in the world, with adjuncts dedicated to military training, charter operations and commercial delivery.

In 1974, Mr. Lapointe launched KF Air Charter; from 1976 to 2015 KF operated nearly 20 aircraft carrying cargo daily across Canada for Purolator and Canada Post. Today, nearly 80 per cent of the pilots who obtain their air force wings each pass through the doors of the KF training facility at Portage La Prairie, Manitoba.  

Mr. Lapointe earned his pilot’s licence at age 16 and, by 21, he held a commercial pilot’s licence. Chairman and CEO of KF Aerospace, Barry Lapointe has 17,000 fixed-wing flight hours and in 2016 he added a helicopter licence to his qualifications. Among his many awards, he received the Order of British Columbia in 2015.

James McGregor “Greg” McDougall

Greg McDougall, the CEO of Harbour Air, based in Richmond, British Columbia, was born in 1955 in Santa Barbara, California.

Mr. McDougall began flying in 1975 and co-founded Harbour Air in 1982. His name has become synonymous with excellence in water-borne operations both in Canada and internationally, largely through his company. It is now the largest floatplane organization in the world, operating scheduled service from Vancouver, Nanaimo, Victoria, Sechelt, Comox, Whistler and the Gulf Islands in British Columbia.

He began the firm as a modest charter operation after being laid off from his job as a commercial pilot. He has taken Harbour Air from its original limited scope to a scheduled carrier serving the coastal area of British Columbia and Washington. Flying as a pilot himself during steady expansion of the company, he now has more than 8,000 hours in his log book as a pilot and his company operates from 10 bases.

Both Greg McDougall and Harbour Air have received many awards for management, service, environmental responsibility and contributions to air safety. Harbour Air is a stalwart supporter of the British Columbia Aviation Council, and Mr. McDougall was named as Tourism Employer of the Year in 2014 by the Tourism Industry Association of Canada.

William Philip “Bill” Paris, C.M.  

Born in Ottawa, Bill Paris (1919-2010) devoted his entire life to Canadian aviation. As a fighter pilot in the Royal Canadian Air Force, he served with distinction with 152 Squadron, Royal Air Force, in North Africa as a Spitfire pilot in combat, and later as a test pilot.

Following the Second World War, Mr. Paris was a flying instructor in Canada and subsequently made his mark with the Royal Canadian Flying Clubs Association, of which he was secretary-general/manager for more than 20 years and president for the last five years of its existence. 

He was heavily involved with Transport Canada in the evolution of the regulatory regime governing general aviation in Canada and the reinstatement of the Webster Trophy competition for achievement in Canadian aviation. He was a founding director of the National Air Museum Society and later served as president, making the case for a proper home for the then-National (now Canada) Aviation and Space Museum.

One of his best-known accomplishments was the management of the technical aspects of the Great London to Victoria Air Race in 1970.  He was recognized for his efforts both internationally and in Canada, including being invested as a Member of the Order of Canada in 1989.


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