The Ottawa Flying Club just sent this announcement:
The Ottawa Flying Club is very excited to announce that the keynote speaker for 2012 Wings Dinner to be held on Saturday May 5th is well seasoned and experienced pilot, Rob "Scratch" Mitchell.
Rob hails from Victoria, British Columbia and comes by his passion for aviation by way of family heritage. Whether it was hearing the harrowing tales of his grandfather flying Spitfires in WWII or watching his dad fly jets in the 70s and 80s, Rob knew he would be an aviator. Rob joined the Canadian Forces in 1989, graduating top of his pilot class in 1992, before being sent to Cold Lake, Alberta for CF-5 and CF-18 training.
After completing an operational tour at 433 (ETAC) in Bagotville, Quebec, Scratch was posted to instruct on the CF-18 Hornet at 410 Sqn back in Cold Lake. While there, he was selected as the 1999 CF-18 demonstration pilot and flew the Air Force colours proudly for the 75th anniversary of the RCAF. Immediately following his show season, Rob was selected to fly with the Snowbirds as the Number 7 pilot on the outer left wing.
In October 2006 Rob was selected to return to the Snowbirds as the Commanding Officer and Team Leader for the 2007 and 2008 seasons. After being promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, Scratch attended the Australian Command and Staff College in Canberra, Australia.
Following 20 fulfilling years in the Air Force, Rob recently took up a position with WestJet Airlines and is currently living in Vancouver, British Columbia. Scratch has the privilege to work with the Vintage Wings organization, where he coordinates the flight safety program and flies the Golden Hawk F-86 Sabre. As well, Scratch recently joined the illustrious ranks of the Patriots Jet Team, flying in the number 5 position. Rob has formal training in Human Factors in aviation, a Bachelors Degree in Sociology and a Masters degree in Strategy and Management. In addition to aviation, Scratch is passionate about surfing, sailing and acting. Scratch has had the honour of representing Canada at several world sailing events and is a working actor in Vancouver. Throughout his 22 years as an aviator, Rob has amassed more than 6000 hours, including 2,000 hours of high performance solo and formation jet aerobatics.
The 2012 Wings Dinner, the Ottawa Flying Club's annual celebration to mark the achievements of our student pilots in achieving their Private, Commercial, Multi, IFR and other ratings, will be held on Saturday, May 5th, 2012.
The dinner will be held at Restaurant International- the culinary school restaurant at Algonquin College.
As well as the awarding of the Wings for those who have achieved their private license since May 2011 to the time of this year's dinner, various licenses and ratings, and other awards, the evening will include our guest speaker, Rob "Scratch" Mitchell. Cocktails will be available at 6:00 P.M., and Supper will be served at 7:00 P.M.... there will be a cash bar.
* The event's page on Facebook
* OFC website