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» WIMAC Club History
1960

In the late 1960's four men started flying at the end of a baseball field to the left of the new cinema at Chemin St. Marie and the Trans Canada hwy. These pilots were Roger Bernier, Armin Hohlman, and two other flyers who are still very active today, Krishna Blake and Paul Grenier. When the grass got a bit too long, Paul would ask permission from the city of Kirkland before mowing the grass. As Krish recalls it, in the early 1970's when the group got larger we had to assist others in showing them how to fly. We did not have a very structured flying course then like we have today.


1976

WIMAC was formed but after some time we started infringing on the usage of the baseball field as the number of members was getting a bit too large. After a few close calls, a plane crashing on the highway and several other complaints, Kirkland city officials decided that they had seen enough. They then put up a sign forbidding further flying on this site.

1977

Our club had to move to a field in Dorion. Armin Hohlman became the President of WIMAC, Roger Bernier, Willis Eisner and Krish Blake became the Directors.


1981

When Hydro Quebec decided to build and install an electrical tower on our field, we again had to move. We decided to go to our present location.

1989

In that year Willis Eisner, a retired Air Canada employee, was elected as President of our club, Rudi Baur who started flying in 1981 became Vice President and Treasurer. By the way, Rudi already had his ground school in operation then.

1991

Graham Holloway was elected President and he remained as such for four years. We had been flying with our backs to the sun then which was great but the encroaching building of homes on Pilon street gave rise to safety and noise concerns. The club explored the possibility of relocating to another site, preferably still on the Island of Montreal, and a potential new site further to the west was selected. Unfortunately, the site required substantial improvements and brush/tree clearing which was not possible as this was government land.


1995 to 1997

Jim McEwen was the President, Lorne Trottier was the VP, Gabriel Chagnon was the Secretary. Because relocation to the new site did not seem practical, the club explored changes that could be made to the present site. The Club Executive developed a Master Plan which addressed encroachment and safety concerns as well as changes that could be made to improve the facilities for the enjoyment of the members. The pilot stations were moved to the north side of the runway to shift the traffic pattern to the south and away from the buildings along Pilon. Substantial quantities of fill were brought in to raise the ground level and improve drainage of spring meltwater. The canvas from an unused/overgrown runway was retrieved and combined with the canvas from the active runway to create the single longer runway and taxiways used today. Additional canvas was obtained which provided the pit area and grass was added to the infield. Plans were made for a sun shelter, BBQ area, childrens play area, and improved parking. The club General Rules and Safety Rules were revised and updated incorporate the new layout and the Rule Enforcement Policy was developed. These changes were ratified at the 1996 AGM.

1998

Gabriel Chagnon was elected President. He and other members were instrumental in the building of our present and much needed sun shelter and of the radio impound structure. That year, Bob Pines and Roger Wuilleumier were invited on a afternoon program on CJAD to speak about our hobby.

2001

Brian Kizner was elected as the President, an experienced R/C pilot since 1989. A lot of credit has to be given to all our Execs. We have accomplished much these last few years. We have expanded our Airpark to accommodate helicopters. One of the reasons for our success these past years is because we have always been a teaching club and promoting the family presence. Our facilities in place were made with this in mind. Some years back we did a couple of static displays at the Fairview Shopping Center and in the summer of 2001 we had our pictures taken for the West Island Chronical Newspaper.

2003

We held our very first IMAC competition in September directed by Alix Barjon which was successful.

2004 to 2006

Three back to back years with a WIMAC hosted Indoor flying season planned and organized by Dwight Macdonald. Khrishna Blake moved back to Jamaica to flee the cold winters of Canada and resigned as a long standing Vice President.

WIMAC introduces the MAAC WINGS Program for qualifying instructors and pilots alike.

2007

WIMAC website revamped with new Web Hosting provider, forum engine, photo gallery and classifieds.

Patrick Fortin announced his resignation as Treasurer. Ronald Longtin took over the responsibilities of this important position.

Bob Forest and other members suggested the idea of making Sun blockers, that could be positioned at the pilot stations to shelter pilot's faces from the sun. This was quite popular with the membership.

2008 - Present

Brian Kizner declared his resignation as President of the club, after serving eight years. He announced his plans to leave Montreal and his plans to move to Newfoundland in October to explore a quieter lifestyle. Andrew Fernie assumed the role of our President.

Field improvements in 2008 included the construction of new picnic tables for members, new pilot station fences, more benches for the Helicopter pilots and expansion and leveling of the Helicopter area, new gravel on the roadway and parking lot and brush clearing.
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