Bits and Pieces
Canadian Council Bios
G. Denis Browne
Mike 'Skidmk' Bourget
G. Denis Browne
G. Denis Browne, EAA 167025, has been a licensed pilot for 35 years and a member of the Canadian Council since 1991. He holds a commercial pilot's license and presently owns three aircraft: a Piper Comanche, a Cessna 180 on floats, and a Starduster Too. Browne enjoys maintaining and restoring aircraft, as well as flying them.
He operates his own law practice in Campbell River, B.C., and provides legal services to individuals and companies involved in aviation.
As chairman of EAA's Canadian Council, Browne is open to suggestions for ways in which EAA can further assist its Canadian membership.
Jack Dueck, EAA 337912, lives in Calgary and has been involved in aviation for more than 50 years. He is a professional engineer in the aeronautical and structural disciplines and received his MBA at the University of Calgary. Dueck earned his private pilot certificate in 1953, has more than 6,000 flight hours logged, and has instrument and multi-engine ratings.
Dueck, founding president of EAA Chapter 1410 in High River, Alberta, volunteers as a member of the EAA Canadian Council and the EAA Homebuilt Aircraft Council. He is also a Technical Counselor and Flight Advisor for the chapter, as well as a SportAir Workshops instructor.
An avid aircraft homebuilder and restorer, Dueck "slow-built" a Van's RV-4 that first flew in 1999, and assisted on his wife’s RV-9A project that was completed in 2004. His restoration projects include a CF-PII, an Aeronca Chief 11AC, and a Luscombe 8C/E.
Dueck is EAA’s Representative to Transport Canada’s Recreational Aircraft Working Group, has had numerous articles published in EAA publications, contributes a Monthly column contributor to COPA’s Flight magazine, and is editor of EAA’s monthly Bits and Pieces e-newsletter. He has attended EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 28 times, and played a key role bringing the Lancaster Bomber to the event in 2006.
Mike 'Skidmk' Bourget
Mike Bourget, EAA 611530, is an air traffic controller, a pilot, a coach, and a family man. While in his late twenties, he started a mortgage brokerage company. At the age of 39, after more than 10 years owning the business, Bourget sold the company, which had grown to three branches and 24 employees, to become an air traffic controller. His first day as on the job was September 11, 2001.
A community builder, Bourget, 46, has coached football locally and worked with youths ages 10-17. He has been flying for more than 10 years and has built two airplanes. Bourget’s personal vision is to help shape youth through aviation, and as a committed community builder, he wants to share his passions with young people: flying and reaching for the sky.
This vision to build leadership and self-esteem in young people through aviation became the motivation to form “High Flight Adventures Inc.” - a youth camp loosely based on the EAA's highly successful Air Academy. High Flight’s first season was in 2008.
Bourget’s involvement with the EAA began in 1999 when he flew to AirVenture Oshkosh with his 10-year-old and his buddy. What a mind-blowing event! “Experiencing AirVenture firsthand solidified my belief in the benefits of being an EAA member.”
Dyck acquired a love for aviation at a very young age on flights with his parents to and from South America, where his father was teaching. Travel usually was on DC-3, DC-4 or Lockheed Constellation (Super Connie).
He soloed at age 16 and received his Private Pilot Certificate in 1967. After graduating from high school Dyck continued his pilot training, becoming a Commercial Pilot in 1969 and landing a job “bush flying” in northern Manitoba the same year.
In 1970 he applied with Transport Canada for air traffic control training and was accepted. After graduating from the ATC training school in Ottawa, Dyck was posted in Winnipeg as tower controller. In 1976 he was licensed as an IFR controller in Winnipeg Area Control Center, where he also served as supervisor from 1984 until his retirement. In 1996 Dyck’s career transitioned to Nav Canada with the privatization of the Canadian Air Navigation System.
A member of the EAA since 1999, Dyck’s annual summer highlight is the trip to Air Venture Oshkosh. He and his wife, Jeannette, enjoy flying their Cessna 182A on floats, which Dyck completely rebuilt under a mechanic’s supervision. His future plans include building a high-wing floatplane.
Lloyd Richards, EAA 171396, lives in Timmins, ON, and grew up watching the seaplanes come and go in front of his home since he was six years old. A licensed pilot since 1981, he holds an instrument rating, float endorsement, and a glider license. He now owns two aircraft: a Cessna 172 he bought in 1981, and a Beech Bonanza. Lloyd has accumulated over 3,300 flight hours.
Richards has been an active volunteer at AirVenture every year since 1981 spare two. He's also been active in several aviation organizations, including as a founding member of EAA Chapter 1126; The Bonanza Baron Museum; and he has been a Field Rep in the Young Eagles program since its inception, including 1995 when named Field Rep of the Year. Richards has received two EAA President's Awards, one in 1995 and the other in 2004. He has personally flown more than 2100 Young Eagles.
Transportation of products by air, road and rail have been a way life for Richards over the past 43 years as he is president of his own trucking company, with four offices in Northern Ontario. Lloyd is looking forward to working on the Canadian Council to provide more uniformity to sport aviation rules on both sides of the border.