Recognizing Canada’s first licensed woman pilot

By Paul Kastner



A member of Flight 68, Rev. Ted Davey, Oliphant, left, presents his painting from a photograph of Eileen Vollick, Canada's first licensed woman pilot, taken in 1928 when she was 19 years old in the test Curtiss Jenny aircraft equipped with skis she flew from a frozen Burlington Bay.

It was framed by Hank Nuis, Stokes Bay, Flight 68 captain. Accepting is Paul Kastner, Oliphant, Wiarton-Keppel Airport board director, and chair, the board's subcommittee for planning the dedication of the airport's naming of the Eileen Vollick Terminal this past August on the 100th anniversary of her birth in Wiarton.

The painting was on display during the event and will later find a permanent place in the passenger terminal. Other committee members are Harold Fry and John Burt, RR 2 Wiarton, both Flight 68 members, and Marilyn Dickson and Akky Mansikka, members of First Canada Chapter, 99s, International Organization of Women Pilots.