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EAA Canadian Council Welcomes New Members
By Ian Brown, EAA 657159, Editor - Bits and Pieces, Board member - EAA Canada Council
May 3, 2022 – EAA and your Canadian Council would like to welcome three new members to the Council: Clark Morawetz, Jim Ferrier, and Kirk Tilley. Each of these new Council members have a varied background and experience which will be a great addition to our existing team. The added horsepower will be valuable as the Council rebuilds after last year’s absence at AirVenture, and as we develop new initiatives and opportunities for Canadian aviation enthusiasts.
Clark Morawetz, EAA 1002105, is a training captain on the Dash 8-400 at Porter Airlines. He is a second generation pilot and EAA member. Clark got his glider licence in 2005 and his private pilot licence in 2006 in the Royal Canadian Air Cadets. Flying professionally since 2010, he has worked as a flight instructor and survey pilot. He has flown more than 25 makes and models in 10 countries on five continents. He has more than 7,000 hours of flying experience and is the partial owner of a Cessna 310. Recently he served as a director with the Canadian Owners and Pilots Association (COPA) from 2018 until 2022.
Jim Ferrier, EAA 1449835, started flying in 1981 with a glider licence through an Air Cadet Gliding Scholarship, followed in 1983 with an Air Cadet flying scholarship and private licence. A commercial licence followed in 1989 and multi-engine rating in 1990. In 1992, Jim began training in flight service with Transport Canada, graduating to airport advisory and weather briefing qualification in Timmins in 1993. In the years following, Jim moved through various locations and was promoted through various positions in TC and Nav Canada. With the impacts of COVID-19, Jim took early retirement from Nav Canada in 2020. In January 2022 he accepted a position as Director, Aviation Operations at COPA. From 2011 to 2014 Jim owned and flew a Piper PA-38 Tomahawk.
Kirk Tilley, EAA 1213044, learned to fly later in life. Over the past 15 years of his involvement in aviation, he has been amazed at the welcoming community that surrounds the sport. That community has educated and helped him to learn and discover many forms of flight. More recently he has embraced the amateur-built category and found him owning all or part of three homebuilt aircraft as well as one certified airplane. Kirk has always believed that what you get out of something is in direct proportion to what you put into it. It is this philosophy that has led him to wanting to give back and help his fellow aviators in the flying community that has given him so much. Kirk is currently president and partner of The Tandet Group, where he has held various pivotal roles throughout the company’s growth and development since 1988.