June Museum News

The Museum opened on May 13th for the normal summer season with a change this year being the absence of the HRM Tourist Information Bureau. We again have two summer students provided through Federal and Provincial summer student employment programs. Returning are Adrienne Mirabelli and Geoff Matheson who were both so very effective for us last year. This will ensure our staffing until September 3rd. With the usual attendance of Museum volunteers on weekends we will be staffed for the full weeks of the summer season. Again this year we thank Michael White for making it possible for the Museum to be open from May 1st. On this day some 43 people visited and our thanks to other members who assisted him. If there are any members who wish to assist in guiding tours they are most welcome.

Gift Shop Manager Dave MacMahon reports that the shop is well stocked and looking forward to a busy season. Among the new features is a display of nicely prebuilt donated models that are being offered for sale. They are well displayed in several cabinets in the shop. These make fine display items. The shop also has a large supply of plastic model kits many of which are older models not easily available. There are many other items of aviation and Museum interest.

Musuem News Fall 2010

This has been an eventful season at the Museum. Visitations have been satisfactory and the Gift Shop has experienced a very good season.

We again thank Michael White for his taking on responsibility for the operation of the Museum during the month of September when summer staff are not available.

We also thank Ron Cunningham and Don Hirtle for their support of Michael when large tour groups were involved.

The Museum expresses its appreciation to all who have shown their support through the payment of membership fees and have in any way supported the development and operation of the Museum. We may have missed acknowledging some Membership payments and, if so, we apologize and will ensure that any missed acknowledgements will be resolved shortly.

Many challenges face your Museum as we move ahead not the least of which is the possibility, which we hope will not develop, that the Visitor Information Center operated by the Halifax Regional Municipality may not be continued in 2011. This could be a result of budget difficulties as being experienced by many jurisdictions.

To all who have supported the Museum in any way in 2010 we offer our sincere thanks and wish all our members and supporters a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year as we move into 2011.

ACAM’s annual general meeting was held on September 26th followed by a BBQ. Items of concern were discussed and the following Board Members were elected.

Mike Garvey, Charles Baxter, Brian Chappell, Reg Clarke, Jim Johnston Dave Wilson, Joe Macdonald QC,  Michael White, Gary McMahon,  Ron Cunningham, Jim McCombe, Wayne Cochrane, Dave McMahon

Chairman Mike Garvey informed the Board that he wished to step down after serving in this  position since 2003.

Chairman Mike Garvey addresses the meeting During his term of office Mike concentrated on the administrative side of the Museum with very considerable success. He also managed to resolve a number of concerns particularly as related to the Museum’s all important relations with the Halifax Regional Municipality and the Province of Nova Scotia.
During his term Mike was able to promote resolution of serious problems of building condition which threatened the future of the Museum. These required replacement of a major section of the roof and wall structure of one section of the former Provincial Tourist Information building. Many other improvements were achieved including major upgrades to the water supply system.

These required major actions on the part of the Province as building owners along with very considerable involvement of Museum members. The former Information building, a critical part of the Museum facility, houses the Silver Dart Gallery, the Gift Shop, archives, and administrative offices. Mike’s contributions to the advancement of the Museum are much appreciated as is his continued presence on the Board

Chair’s Update March 2010

“I would like to start by thanking Frank for his hard work in producing our Newsletter.  It is a most valuable means of keeping all of us informed of the progress that ACAM is continuously making and pointing out where we are and where, with hard work and good fortune, we intend to go.

After a successful year, a few of us (wish there were more) are planning and preparing for the coming season. Dr John Christie is preparing an exhibit that will commemorate the seventieth anniversary of the Battle of Britain which will be the occasion for a grand opening ceremony. I hope that anyone that can make a contribution to that very worthwhile effort will come forward.

As you are all aware our relationship with the HRM Visitor Information Centre is vital to our summer visitor flow. HRM is currently conducting an analysis of the value of these centres.  We are determined to do our utmost to retain a centre at the Museum.  I anticipate some bumps along the road but we will persevere.

As you may have already noticed, our web site under the direction of Michael White has been upgraded considerably. This will be a major benefit in attracting visitors and, we hope, add to our membership. Thanks to the efforts of some very dedicated members ACAM is going from strength to strength.  I again appeal to anyone who may have some spare time to come forward. Your help is needed and it will be a worthwhile experience.”
Mike Garvey

Musuem Progress Report from our Fall 2009 Newsletter


While all of these events were underway much was also being accomplished by our dedicated Museum volunteers on the many projects underway. To give them full justice they will be reported on, with photos, in the Winter edition of our Newsletter

Among these were:

  • Raising aircraft on jacks to  unload tires
  • Continued restoration of the  Cessna L-19
  • Completion and delivery to  the  Museum of the Piper PA-38  Tomahawk as restored  in   Fredericton
  • Continued restoration of the  Jetstar interior
  • A remote control aircraft model to demonstrate flying control actions
  • Painting of the CF-101 Voodoo on external display
  • Many incidental, but vital, improvements in Museum displays


We were extremely pleased to have a  virtually complete photo record of our many displays presented to the Museum.  The photos were extremely professionally done thanks to the work of Jennifer McKinnon. Jennifer is the cousin of Colin Wilmshurst who is the prime mover of our L-19 restoration project .

Jennifer trying out the cockpit of the Avenger

(Photo – Colin Wilmshurst)

It is planned that many of these photos will appear in the Museum Website and will appear in the Newsletters as various displays are discussed.

Jennifer – please accept our sincere thanks for a job so very well done.

See our full Newsletter in pdf format here

Be sure and visit our Main Website & Facebook Site

Be sure and visit our newly updated home on the web

We have also added a Facebook site for the many pictures and images we have gathered over the years

Newletter Articles March 2001 Tracker Update

John Christie has been hard at work installing some of the components that the Museum’s Tracker has been missing. These parts have been shipped to the Museum from Conair in British Columbia. The parts that ACAM received include sonobuoy tubes and instruments. Our thanks go out to Conair for their help in supplying these missing parts.

Museum Notes and Progress Reports November 2000

  • Argus Sim. Restoration continues this fall. Recent progress includes: manufacture of instrument cover plates to cover holes where instruments are missing. Also, the flight engineer’s chair and observer’s chair have been reinstalled. Lastly, repainting the exterior of the sim has been completed.
  • The Bell 47-J-2 is in the process of having the bubble portion repainted. The firewall has been redone, as well as, the white and some of the red stripes have been completed s we go to press.
  • Bill Leeming is now looking after the Harvard project since Doug Ordinal’s passing. Bill is in the process of preparing the wings for painting. This includes removing the wrong numbers on the bottom of the wings and roughing up the paint for a new coat. Helping Bill has been Ron Cunningham. As well, the control surfaces have been doped and returned to the Museum. Thanks to Colin Ainsworth, who doped the fabric at his home in the Valley.
  • The Canso Crew, under the direction of Crew Chief Don Hurtle, is working on the tail and rudder section of the big aircraft. A major drive is being made on this portion of the aircraft at this time. Many parts where damaged in this section of the aircraft and have to be reworked and patched. In some cases new parts have to be fabricated.
  • Construction of a storage area has begun behind the Jetstar. This area is intended to become a major storage area for all projects and artifacts in the new hanger. The storage building has been nicknamed the “Bunker” by some of the people working on it. It is being built from the steel of the old NSPC building that has been on site for a number of years. When complete this building will allow the Museum to open a walkway behind the CF-100, Sabre and Tracker. The Aeronca C-3 has been moved to the top of the building. This move frees up more floor space in the hanger while allowing the C-3 to remain in viewable storage” until further restoration is carried out. Once the structure was painted white, it blended into the background very well, measuring 35′ x 32′ and 7 ½ feet wide in an “L” shape, it is storage that is much needed.