I started flying at age 14 with a good friend of my fathers, George Trelford, who had a Cessna 180 on floats. He taught me how to fly on many “bushflying” adventures throughout Canada and the States. From then on flying has been my life.
During high school I worked at Markham Airport as Assistant Manager. I was an apprentice AME at Markham and Ken Wilson Aircraft. In 1988 I bought my first airplane – a 1964 Cessna 150 – since then I have owned over 125 airplanes and have accumulated approximately 6000 hours. In 1990 I started my business, Doug Ronan Aircraft Sales, doing aircraft sales, restorations, a Structures AMO, and aircraft salvage. We operate from our 150 acre private airport with two intersecting 2000 foot grass strips and a 2000 foot water runway near the NE corner of Lake Simcoe. I have extensive experience dealing with all aspects of both Certified and Homebuilt aircraft.
In March 2004 I formed the Ontario Seaplane Association (COPA flight 110). In 2004, I was appointed to COPA’s six member National Seaplane Advisory Committee to deal with seaplane issues across the country. I was invited by Transport Canada to take part in the Responsible Aerodrome Development focus group in 2015/2016. I am currently a Field Director for the Seaplane Pilots Association and a director for the International 180/185 Association. I was a COPA Director for 7 ½ years and fought and won many battles on behalf of General Aviation in Canada.
I look forward to your support in the upcoming election as a COPA Director for Southern Ontario for a 3rd term.