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Written by Lisa Ruck on 16 October 2016.

CAHS Convention 2017

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The next CAHS Convention and AGM will be held in London, Ontario, for the first time, on 8 - 11 June 2017. Most convention activities will take place at the Best Western Stoneridge Inn and Conference Centre. The hotel is conveniently located just off Highway 401 at Colonel Talbot Road, about a 20 minute drive from the London International Airport.

London is home to the Diamond Aircraft factory, the Secrets of Radar Museum, the Jet Aircraft Museum, and the International Test Pilot School. The Canadian Harvard Aircraft Association in Tillsonburg, the Canadian Historical Aircraft Association in Windsor, the Waterloo Warbirds in Kitchener, and the Canadian Warplane Heritage in Hamilton, are all within a couple of hours' drive. The amazing Henry Ford Museum and the Yankee Air Museum (Willow Run) are just across the US border. The area is rich in aviation heritage, with significant aeronautical activity by the RCAF, de Havilland Canada, and Air Ontario, amongst others.

Convention Registration

Convention registration is now open. Register online using our EventBrite page here. You can pay online, or you can pay by sending a cheque to our national mailbox at CAHS Convention, PO Box 2700 Station D, Ottawa, Ontario, K1P 5W7. Please make cheques payable to CAHS.

  • Register for the complete convention for $230, or if you can't attend the whole event, you can register for specific days:
  • Thursday tours for $20;
  • Thursday Meet and Greet for $10;
  • Friday sessions for $85;
  • Saturday CHAA visit and sessions for $85;
  • Saturday banquet for $65 (additional banquet tickets for spouses and guests are also $65);
  • Sunday breakfast and sessions for $40.

Hotel

You can register at the hotel now, using this link. You can also call the hotel directly at 519 652-6022 or toll free at 1-888-471-2378, and quote reservation code 5B0VB6B3. Our special convention rate is $110 plus taxes, which is held for us until 7 May 2017. A breakfast buffet is included with your hotel registration. If you have any problems registering using the hotel website, please contact Jim Bell at 204 293-5402.

We are pleased to offer an opportunity to win your stay, courtesy of Best Western Stoneridge Inn. Attendees who register for the convention before 1 April 2017 will be entered into a draw to win a three night stay, which can be applied to your convention stay.

Getting to London

There are direct flights to London from Toronto, Ottawa, Winnipeg, and Calgary. Most major car rental agencies have an office in the London airport terminal. The hotel is approximately a two hour drive from Toronto Pearson International Airport.

Convention Schedule

The following schedule is subject to change.

Thursday 8 June 2017

  • London airport facilities tours - 1 pm to 5 pm
  • Meet and Greet at No 427 Wing RCAFA - 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Friday 9 June 2017

  • Speaker sessions - 8:30 am to 4 pm
  • CAHS National Annual General Meeting - 4 pm to 5:30 pm
  • Free evening to enjoy London attractions
  • Optional films evening - The Twilight Zone's aviation episodes with Toronto Chapter vice president John Bertram

Saturday 10 June 2017

  • Travel to Tillsonburg, Ontario, to participate in CHAA's Fly Day
  • Speaker sessions in the afternoon
  • Annual Banquet in the evening

Sunday 11 June 2017

  • Farewell breakfast
  • Speaker sessions until 12:30 pm

Speakers

We are pleased to announce our speaker programme for 2017:

John Bertram "Eyes Aloft!" (Being a Brief History of the Identification and Observation of Airborne Mechanical Devices, both Domestic & Foreign ~ and the People Who Spot Them)
Marilyn Dickson Women Flying in World War Two
Dr. Hugh Robert Galway Early Days in the "Bush" with the RCAF
Richard Goette RCAF & Visiting Forces Act: Colonial and Subservient?  The Visiting Forces Act, the RCAF Overseas, and Canada’s Second World War National Air Force Experience
Don MacNeil A Career Well Flown: The Founding of Tantramar Air Services  & The Maritime Aviation Association
Richard Mayne Founding Father or Fraud:William Sharpe, the Battle for the National Narrative and the creation of the RCAF
Carl Mills, CD, PEng Canadian Aircraft Lost - Korean War
Tony Nelson, B.A., B.Ed., DTM. The BCATP Story: A major achievement in Canada’s Aviation Heritage!
Simon Pont Jet Aircraft Museum - A hidden gem in London, Ontario.
Bernie Runstedler It Could Be A Movie: The Story of a DH-60G
Terry Scott - CHAA Canadian Harvard Aircraft Association: Keeping The Memory Alive
David Waechter Jet Aircraft Operation: Improving the Fuel Efficiency of Jet Aircraft Operation: Early Work on Cruise Control and Computer Flight Planning
James Winkel Servant of the North - A History of Saskatchewan Government Airways

 Speakers are subject to change.

More information

Questions about sponsorship opportunities and general enquiries may be sent to organising committee chairperson Jim Bell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 204 293-5402.

Convention Partners

We are pleased to work with the following partners:

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Best Western Stoneridge Inn Canadian Harvard Aircraft Association

No 427 Wing RCAFA

Photos of our convention hotel:

Stoneridge front  Stoneridge lobby 
 Stoneridge meeting room  Stoneridge room

We thank Challenge Publications for providing draw prizes for our convention attendees.

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Firerock Golf Club has a special discount for convention attendees.