|Walter Frank Chmela|
May 28, 1926|
|Occupation||Engineer and Aviator|
|Spouse(s)||Edith Chmela ( deceased ) remarried to Eva Chmela|
|Children||Glenn Gary Walter Mathew Chmela|
Early years in Austria
At age 14 he did his first solo glider flight and gained his Glider Pilot License in 1943. He studied engineering at the University of Vienna. Upon graduation he worked in the reconstruction. In 1950 he moved to Toronto, Canada.
Life in Canada
After working in the engineering field for several years he formed his own company, Indesco international Ltd. He would operate this company until 1995.
Canadian aviation involvement
When he arrived in Canada, Walter co-founded a gliding club. Because they needed tow pilots he gained a pilot's license and bought a Taylorcraft Auster. Later he founded the York Soaring Association in Toronto, funding much of the club including the land for the airfield, the hangars, gliders and tow planes. Walter has also been instrumental in organizing gliding camps for the Canadian Air Cadets, more than 500 Cadets have benefited from these camps over the years.
- Single Seat Absolute Altitude record, 12,449m (41,000'ASL), 1974
- Multi Seat Absolute Altitude record, 10,390m (35,000'ASL), 1975
- Multi Seat Speed Closed Circuit Out and Return record, 65kmph, 1976
Awards and honours
- Paul Tissandier Diploma
- Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame 2006
- York Soaring Association website
- Canadian Aviation Hall of Fame website.
- York Soaring Association Website, 2011
- Canadian Aviation Hall of Fame Website, 2011
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