Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute announces Senior Award honourees

Dr. Ian Fejtek, president of the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute for 2016-17, has announced the recipients of the 2017 CASI Senior Awards.

The awards and recipients are:

1. The Trans-Canada (McKee) Trophy

Chuck Ellis and Andy Litavniks, Bombardier Aerospace

2. CASI McCurdy Award

David Reist, Bombardier Aerospace

3. CASI C.D. Howe Award

Dr. David Kendall, Canadian Space Agency (retired)

4. CASI Roméo Vachon Award

Ian Glenn, ING Robotic Aviation

Presentation of the Senior Awards will be made during the CASI AERO 2017 Conference and 64th Annual General Meeting at the Sheraton Toronto Airport Hotel from May 16 to 18.

The Senior Awards Reception and Gala Dinner will take place on May 17 at the hotel. For more information and to purchase tickets for the Senior Awards Reception and Gala Dinner, contact the headquarters of the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute at (613) 591-8787.

The Trans-Canada (McKee) Trophy

The Trans-Canada Trophy, generally known as the McKee Trophy, is the oldest aviation award in Canada. It was established in 1927 by Captain J. Dalzell McKee. In 1926 McKee, of Pittsburgh, Penn. accompanied by Squadron Leader Earl Godfrey of the RCAF, flew from Montreal to Vancouver in a Douglas MO-2B seaplane.

McKee was so impressed by the services provided by the RCAF and the Ontario Provincial Air Service that he established an endowment by means of which the greatly coveted McKee Trophy is awarded to the Canadian whose achievements were most outstanding in promoting aviation in Canada.

The Trophy was deeded to the Crown in the person of the Minister of National Defence–in the days when the Department of National Defence controlled all flying, military and civil. It was retired in 1964 and reinstated in 1966, and in 1971 administration of the Trophy was transferred to the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute.

From 1964 until its move to Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame in 1983, the Trophy was on display at the National Museum of…

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