Current Board of Directors 2013-2015
- President Jim Vissers
- Vice-President Oliver Evans
- Treasurer Wayne Powell
- Secretary Derwyn Ross
- Director at large Patrick Phillips
An Adventurer, Jim has always had a hard time keeping his feet on ground. At 17, he was already an accomplished glider and private pilot. Within a short time his commercial career was launched fighting forest fires from the flight deck of a PBY.
His 40 years of flying has placed him at the controls of many notable aircraft, including the PBY Catalina, the Super Cat PBY, Martin Mars, Grumman Albatross, Canadair CL-215, Douglas DC-4, Curtis C-46 Commando and Dornier D228. Still active in his career as a pilot and AME Jim spends much of his time flying in Canada’s high Arctic and lately in the South Pacific.
I began my aviation career at an early age of 15 flying floats based in Tofino. I soon moved on to flying bush planes in South Africa and throughout the Okavango Delta in Botswana.
By the time I was 25 I had flown a PBY from Victoria BC to Africa and extensively up and down the African Continent.
After 7 years in the bush I settled in to an airline position, initially with Air BC for 7 years and then on to flying worldwide in a variety of different aircraft for Air Canada over the next 21 years. Presently I fly the 787 based in Vancouver BC and for fun and relaxation I fly my Cessna 185 on floats.
Born 1965 in Victoria B.C. Wayne began his “aviation” career with rubber powered models and air cadets in the mid-seventies. Quickly moving from control line into radio control, he has been, since the1980’s flying models competitively at the national level in both aerobatics and scale.
Now semi-retired from a career in the exciting world of finance and accounting, he focuses on building scale flying boat models, including a Martin Mars, Albatross, Grumman Goose and soon, the PBY Catalina.
Wayne has been a member of The Catalina Preservation Society since 2011 and has voiced a keen interest in bringing his Professional talents to bear.
Retired and living in Sidney B.C., Patrick was the Founding President of The B.C. Aviation Museum, Coordinator of Victoria’s first two Air Shows, Private Pilot. A member and active volunteer of The Catalina Preservation Society for the past few years Patrick, has been involved in many aspects of the PBY rejuvenation project.