“His contributions as an early bush pilot, as organizer and administrator of Canada’s involvement in the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan, and his leadership in helping to establish worldwide air passenger service have been of great and lasting benefit to aviation in Canada.”
A former RAF pilot, F/Lt. Walter Woollett emigrated in 1929 to fly for Fairchild Aerial Surveys at Lac-a-la-Tortue, Quebec. He became a famous bush pilot while helping to open up the Chibougamou goldfields area, pioneering aerial survey mapping and ‘drop mail’ assignments, as well as carrying out many dangerous rescue flights. During WW II he helped develop the model for Air Observers Schools for the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP) and served as Supervisor of all AOS training schools operated by CP Air in eastern Canada.
He received an OBE for this distinguished service. Woollett was appointed supervisor of the eastern Canada division of CP Air after the war, and played a major role in CP Air’s worldwide expansion, developing CP Air’s first international route over the South Pacific as well as other international routes.
Born: 1 Jan 1906, Rochester, Kent, England
Died: 1 June 1998