CAHS Convention 2016

2016 convention

Join us in Winnipeg and Brandon for the 53rd Convention and Annual General Meeting of the Canadian Aviation Historical Society. The Manitoba Chapter is pleased to act as your host for an exciting week of tours, speakers, and films.

Confirmed speakers include well known Canadian historian and author Ted Barris, Brigadier-General Paul Hayes, retired, CEO of Southport Aerospace Centre Peggy May, and John McNarry, president of the Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum. Some of the topics presented will include Magellan Aerospace's contributions to Canadian space exploration (eg, the Black Brant rocket), the CU-161 Sperwer UAV in Afghanistan, and flying commercial freight operations on the C-46 Commando in northern Manitoba.

The tentative schedule is as follows:
Wednesday 1 June - Meet and Greet at the Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada, 7 pm to 10 pm;
Thursday 2 June - Tour of Southport Aerospace Centre in Portage la Prairie, and the Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum in Brandon, 8:30 am to 9 pm;
Friday 3 June - speakers and annual general meeting, 9 am to 5 pm, free evening;
Saturday 4 June - speakers, 9 am to 4 pm, and awards banquet, 6 pm to 10 pm;
Sunday 5 June - Farewell breakfast, 9 am to noon.

Download the registration form here. Register before the end of April to save $25.

The venue will be the Viscount Gort hotel. Mention the CAHS convention when you book to get the special rate - 1-800-665-1122. Book before Monday 2 May, when the rooms will be released to the public.

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. For sponsorship information, please click here.

For more information, please contact the convention committee at

We hope to see you in Winnipeg, recently named as one of National Geographic Traveler's Best Trips of 2016! Don’t miss the new Canadian Museum of Human Rights and the Journey to Churchill exhibit at the Assiniboine Park Zoo, among many other attractions.

The convention is sponsored by:

Air Force Heritage Fund


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St Andrews Airport Authority


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Winnipeg Airports Authority


Keewatin Air


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Northway Aviation


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Magellan Aerospace


Manitoba History Society


Manitoba Hydro


Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada


Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum


Viscount Gort Hotel


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