David O'Blenis
I have always been fascinated by the magic of flight. Air Cadets provided me that opportunity through a flying scholarship whereby I received my private license in 1957, about two weeks after my 17th birthday. That was at the old Moncton Flying Club where we were flying the Fleet 80 Canuck and the Fairchild Cornell.

The next year I joined the RCAF and after several years of ROTP university got my first flying job: as a navigator flying P2V7 Neptunes and Argus anti-submarine patrol. In 1967 I cross trained to pilot and spent the rest of my time in the Air Force flying fighters and fighter trainers, notably the T-33 Silver Star, CF- 101 Voodoo and the CF-18 Hornet. I also had the privilege of flying the F-15 Eagle and the F-16 Viper with the United States Air Force Air National Guard.

Along the way I was always involved in general aviation flying with flying clubs in Greenwood NS, Gimli Man, Kingston ON and Bagotville Quebec. In 1968 I became a DOT Flight Instructor and Flight Test Examiner and spent many great summers teaching Air Cadets to fly.

After retiring from the RCAF/CF I spent a dozen years in business. We moved back to Ottawa in 2001 and, while looking around for a place to fly my aircraft, discovered CYSH, and have been here ever since. What a great airfield and Club !! I feel privileged to be associated with such a wonderful group of folks who are interested in aviation and have such a “can do” attitude.

Loreen and I live in Manotick and at Otty lake and are fortunate to have our two sons and their families nearby, including three grandsons and a granddaughter.