Current SAC Directors & Officers

Eastern Ontario Zone Director & Vice President

George Domaradzki

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George Domaradzki is the director for the Eastern Ontario Zone since 2014 and Vice-President since 2016.
George has been flying gliders since 1998 and is an instructor since 2004. He is currently President and Chief Flight Instructor of Rideau Valley Soaring. He also coordinates the Ottawa area glider pilot ground school and has given theoretical lessons. George is the proud owner of an ASW-20 that he flies whenever he is not scheduled for instruction. He retired from the Federal Government where he was a demographer, enabling him to carry out more flying and instruction during the week.

Pacific Zone Director

Bruce Friesen

Pacific Zone Director since 2016
 
 
Bruce was fascinated with flying machines early in his life, it was only after a familiarization flight in a glider 1969 that Bruce found his passion – “the glider climbed, without an engine!“ Since 1983 he has pursued that passion to extract as much energy as possible from the atmosphere and to play chess with the sky, focusing on long flights in his wooden Standard Austria, the Scarlet Lady, and his Discus, Kilo Lima Lima. Not a towpilot or an instructor (Class 4 medical), Bruce hopes he can contribute to the sport of soaring in Canada as a member of the SAC Board and as SAC Historian. He is retired and living on the West Coast, but is a bit of a soaring vagabond, enjoying flying at new sites. When not soaring, he can be found at the Canadian Museum of Flight at Langley Airport, polishing old aircraft, and promoting soaring to the aviation-minded folks he meets.

President & Eastern Zone Director

Sylvain Bourque

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Sylvain Bourque is the Eastern Zone Director since 2005, VP from 2006 to 2009, and President since 2010.

Sylvain first flew a glider in 1994, since then has been an active member of AVV Champlain, involved in training, towing, and in accounting as club treasurer. He is a Class 1 glider instructor, holds an Airplane Commercial Pilot Licence and advanced drone pilot certificate. He also is an aeronautical radio examiner, and an authorized person for licensing. He is proud to be part of this board which has such a wide variety of backgrounds and a huge involvement in the soaring community.

Southern Ontario Zone Director

Paul Parker

Paul ParkerPaul Parker is the Southern Ontario Zone Director since 2019.

Paul loves flying, obtained his PPL at 18, and turned to gliding as soon as he could. He studied in Australia and joined the Can-berra Gliding Club in 1983, becoming an instructor in 1986. He then moved to England where he instructed at Lasham Gliding Club. Returning to Canada, he took a 16 year break while his children were young and then joined SOSA where he enjoys instructing and cross-country. In 2018 he won the Club class at the Canadian Nationals and then flew in the Pan-American Gliding Championships in 2019. Sharing glider flight is a passion.

Treasurer & Prairie Zone Director

Jay Allardyce

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Jay Allardyce – Prairie Zone Director since 2012 and Treasurer since 2018. Also served as SAC Secretary from 2014 to 2017

Jay began hanging around the airfield at the age of seven and started taking lessons as soon as he was able to reach the rudder pedals. He has been flying gliders since 2001 and is particularly passionate about cross-country soaring. He is the Chief Flight Instructor and towpilot at the Winnipeg Gliding Club. He has flown in several soaring competitions and was the junior OLC champion for Canada for several seasons. He owns a share in an ASW-19 and enjoys flying cross-country whenever possible. To fund his addiction, Jay works as a director for an aviation company and buys, sells, leases, and parts out regional jets. He enjoys playing hockey and golf when he can’t be in the air.

Alberta Zone Director

Pavan Kumar

Alberta Zone Director since 2019
 
Pavan completed a PPL with the Air Cadets and in 2011 became a towpilot with Saskatoon Soaring Club. With SSC he completed both GPL and FI before moving to Lethbridge and has served as CFI of the Lethbridge Soaring Club since it started flying in 2013. They call Cowley their home field and he welcomes other clubs and pilots to fly with them, learn to winch in their newly refurbished Grob Twin Trainer, and collect diamonds at Canada’s Diamond Mine. Current goals include mountain soaring, acro training, developing the Cowley Soaring Center site, and training of fellow pilots and instructors.