Mr. John Bodie

Biography / November 17, 2014

Mr. John Bodie was appointed as Honorary Colonel of 3 Canadian Forces Flying Training School, Portage la Prairie, MB in October 2013.

Honorary Colonel Bodie grew up in rural Portage on a farm near RCAF Station Macdonald which sparked his interest in aviation. After high school he spent eight years as an automotive technician in Portage la Prairie. He started pilot training in 1974 and received his pilots licence prior to commencing his first commercial flying job.

In 1976 Honorary Colonel Bodie worked for “Lambair” where he flew around northern Manitoba and the Arctic.  He returned to Portage la Prairie two years later to start his own flying service which consisted of charter, aerial spraying and much later, fire fighting. His business expanded to include nine aircraft, a farm chemical and fertilizer dealership and a large farming operation. In 2011 he sold his business to his eldest son and two long time employees.

Honorary Colonel Bodie was President of the Manitoba Aerial Applicators association for four years and President of the Canadian Aerial Applicators association for a further two years. He was also a founding and continuing member on the boards of the Canadian Aerial Insurance Reciprocal.  He was also a founding member and still acts on the Board of the Keystone Protective Fund which is a member-owned insurance company. Honorary Colonel Bodie was instrumental in starting the Single Engine Air Tanker (SEAT) program. This program operates single-engine fire fighting aircraft in Manitoba and BC.  Presently he is a partner and on the board of directors of four hotels in the Manitoba- Saskatchewan area.

He continues to add to his more than 13,000 flying hours by flying for pleasure and commercially for Jonair Ltd.

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