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T. KEITH LANDRA

Zone A - Alberta / Northwest Territories / Nunavut

CALGARY, AB

T. KEITH LANDRA
Hi from Zone A!

I first got my wings back in the mid-2000's with Westwinds R/C Aviation Society in NW Calgary. A fantastic group of flyers.

Family and career circumstances had us move to Halifax in 2009 and back to Calgary in 2015, with intermittent participation in the hobby along the way.

My latest return to the hobby was in early 2022 when I joined the Foothills Flyers... a jewel of a field and a super group of flyers. I'm very happy to return to model aviation and hope to spend more time on the sticks.

I've had a love of aviation since I was a kid. As a teen I was an Air Cadet. As an adult I was an Air Cadet officer and I got my full-scale wings at Truro Flying Club in Nova Scotia. I'm a happy husband of 35 years (1987), a dad of two great kids and a granddad of two great kiddos.

Professionally, I've been an oil and gas engineer in industry for ~ 20 years, and then an oil and gas industry regulator since 2009. I'm currently Chief Safety Officer at the Canada Energy Regulator.

I'll wrap up by saying that model aviation is a cool hobby that I'm quite happy to serve and hopefully I can start to pay back what MAAC has given me over the years.
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CATO HANSEN

Zone B - Atlantic

SAINT JOHN, NB

CATO HANSEN
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COWBOY ROWLAND

Zone C - British Columbia Interior / Yukon

OLIVER, BC

COWBOY ROWLAND
At the age of 17 Cowboy enlisted in the service and spent ten years in the Army. Seven over seas in Germany and one in Viet-Nam. Upon leaving the service he went to college and earned two masters degrees in science (herpetology) and computer science. He owned and operated a graphic sign company for twelve years and had his own private plane. It was during this time Cowboy established the "Feather River Band" and started touring around the western United States. Cowboy plays 7 different instruments. Cowboy took a break from music after loosing his wife and his seventeen month old son when his father-in-law was piloting his plane and crashed into the side of a mountain near Sacramento, California on Easter Sunday of 1989 killing his family. Cowboy moved away from California closing his business and went on to become a paramedic /firefighter II / and a rescue scuba diver. Cowboy was a professor at Northern Arizona University and spent the next six years teaching Mid-School and college before becoming a law enforcement officer. During this time in 1992 while teaching school, Cowboy was recognized and inducted into the United States Achievement Academy for his musical talents and teaching abilities. In the early 2000 years Cowboy started travelling with the band once again and quit teaching to pursue a full time job of performing on the casino circuit. After three years or touring the circuit Cowboy married his long time girl friend and sound engineer of ten years. After being married for only one year Cowboy lost his life to Acute Lymphoma Blastic Leukemia. Cowboy now resides in B.C., Canada with his wife Gail of six years. His hobbies include: Flying and teaching the art of model aircraft, taxidermy, fishing, and he has written and published a fishing guide for Northern Arizona. He was a professional archer and has won in both Atlanta and Nevada national level tournaments. He further holds a 4 star rating with the R.S.R.O.A. (roller skating dance). He has worked as a writer and photographer for NASCAR and is currently an accomplished pilot, and has been the four year Vice-President for the Yankton RC club in South Dakota with the AMA. He has held the Deputy Zone Director position for MAAC Zone C and is currently the Zone Director and MAAC Chief Flight Instructor. Cowboy is also a pilot (single engine rating, VFR, and a glider pilot).
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RANDY HEPNER

Zone D - Manitoba / Northwestern Ontario

STONEWALL, MB

I first joined MAAC in 1984 as a teen obsessed with anything aviation. Back then I was mostly a prolific Guillows free flight builder, saving my paper route money bit by bit to afford an actual RC airplane. I recall vividly the monthly bus trip to the Hobby Store to stare at the boxes of airplane kits and pick up the latest edition of RC Modeler. Then life happened - jobs, careers, marriage family and so on. In 2004 when my kids started to leave the nest, I decided to resume modelling, and especially RC airplanes. Fast forward to today and I have a nice assortment of pretty much anything that can fly.

Being in Clubs led to leading Clubs and then being asked to step up as Assistant and then Deputy Zone director. I have also been donating my professional training, skills and time to MAAC on the Safety Advisory Group since 2012 and the Transport Canada Advisory Group since 2017. I was one of the people who helped MAAC obtain the Exemption in 2019 - which was quite the achievement.

As I renew my membership for 2023 MAAC faces some substantial challenges. My passion for this hobby, and the people who enjoy it remains as strong as it was in 1984 and is demonstrated by my unselfish actions and deeds for MAAC. MAAC members need to be far more discerning in who they allow to lead - at every level - there are serious consequences to individual acts of selfish behavior for all of us.
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CARL CIMPRICH

Zone E - Middle Ontario

NIAGARA FALLS, ON

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W. CRAIG KNIGHT

Zone F - Northern Ontario

SAULT STE MARIE, ON

W. CRAIG KNIGHT
Hello,
I was born in Windsor Ontario in 1952, so I guess I'm of the Boomer generation. Was hired by Burroughs Business Machines out of High School, moved to Sudbury with that company - a long story - then North Bay.
Began my modelling interests in North Bay, looking for a diversion. I developed an interest in model airplanes after seeing a demonstration at the Comber Fair maybe 1970. Bought my first radio control from Bob's hobbies on Lakeshore - a Kraft 5 channel. I paid 500 1975 dollars. Met my darling wife in North Bay, (another long story) and was member of both the North Bay model airplane club and the Nippissing Miniature Airplane Club - now known as NIPMAC. Same company then moved me and me to Sault Ste. Marie. I quit them and was hired at the Steel Plant where I put in 35 years retiring from Environmental Control. I have held many positions in my local club, was a zone director decades ago for one term and have been deputy zone director for Northern Ontario for a decade anyway. I currently fly scale aerobatics not too well, flippy models a little better, indoor foamies and anything else.
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JEFFREY NIDD

Zone G - Ottawa Valley

NEPEAN, ON

JEFFREY NIDD
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JOHN DEADMAN

Zone H - Southwest British Columbia

DELTA, BC

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DALE PATRY

Zone I - Quebec

QUEBEC, QC

DALE PATRY
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FABIEN GAGNÉ

Zone J - St. Lawrence

SAINT-RÉMI, QC

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GRANT ROBINSON

Zone K - Saskatchewan

CHURCHBRIDGE, SK

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LESLIE FARKAS

Zone L - Southeastern Ontario

RICHMOND HILL, ON

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PETER DOUPNIK

Zone M - Southwestern Ontario

LASALLE, ON

PETER DOUPNIK
My passion is meeting great people and flying RC Jets. I have enjoyed model airplanes for the past 55 years.
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