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Paul Dyck
Paul Dyck with his aircraft.

Paul Dyck's aircraft

This month, we introduce Paul Dyck. Paul was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and resides there with his wife, Jeannette. He acquired a love of aviation at a very young age while traveling on flights with his parents to and from South America, where his father was teaching. This usually involved traveling on a DC-3, DC-4, or Lockheed Constellation (Super Connie).

After completing grade 10, he convinced his parents to allow him to sign up for flying lessons and soloed at 16, receiving his private pilot license while in grade 11. The aviation bug had bitten firmly now, and after completing high school, Paul continued his advanced pilot training, receiving his commercial license at 19 and managing to land a flying job as a bush pilot in northern Manitoba the same year, a position that provided Paul with many memorable experiences.

This was a time when the prospects for an airline pilot were bleak. Paul, determined to seek a career in aviation, applied to Transport Canada for air traffic control (ATC) training and was accepted. After graduating from the ATC training school in Ottawa, he was posted to Winnipeg as a tower controller. There was a need for radar controllers, and Paul transferred to the Winnipeg Area Control Centre in 1976 as an instrument flight rules (IFR) controller, working in this position till his retirement.

In 1996, Paul’s career transitioned to Nav Canada with the privatization of the Canadian Air Navigation System, where many rapid improvements to its technical systems and operations occurred.

After 35 years of service to the Canadian aviation scene, Paul decided to retire from active duty but continued pursuing his love for aviation through other avenues: flying, building projects, and aviation organizations. EAA, with all its enthusiastic members, programs, and resources, is his favorite group, and the annual pilgrimage to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is his highlight of the year.

During Paul’s lengthy aviation career, he has obtained his IFR rating and owned several aircraft - a Cherokee 140, a Cessna 180, and a Cessna 182A with floats. He plans to build a 4-place utility airplane, but for right now, Paul and Jeannette are enjoying their Cessna 182A (which Paul completely restored with supervision) and the many pristine lakes in Manitoba where it takes them.

“From my early teenage years, aviation has been my passion, and I’m thankful to family and friends who helped fulfill my dreams. As a member of EAA and EAA’s Canadian council, I’m glad if I can help fellow aviation enthusiasts fulfill their dreams.”

You can contact Paul at 204-668-2834, or e-mail him at cgirp@mts.net.

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