Norm Hull – Classic Wings Pilot

Norm received his Commercial Pilot’s Certificate on May 19th 1948 at the age of 19 and with his newly awarded float endorsement he commenced conducting bush operations in Northern Ontario.  Sixty-four years have since passed and Norm is still active in aviation.

During 1952 and with the Korean War heating up he seized the opportunity to stop hauling freight into the bush and enlisted as a pilot with the Royal Canadian Air Force.

norm classic wings of canadaAs an RCAF pilot he flew a myriad of aircraft during his military career including the Harvard, B-25 Mitchell, CF-100 Canuck, F-86 Sabre, T-33 Silver Star, CF-104 Starfighter, CF-5 Freedom Fighter, DC-3 Dakota and a few other types to a lesser degree.

Norm served as a Nuclear Bomber pilot with the RCAF in Europe.  Norm also spent 6 years as a Qualified Instructor on the Harvard, T-33 and the CF-5 aircraft.  Norm attained the highest military instructor rating attainable during his 1500 hours of accident-free instructional flying.

Upon retirement from the military he served as a Safety Investigator with the Canadian Aviation Safety Board (CASB) for 10 years. During this tenure he flew the B-80 Queen Air, B-90 King Air, de Havilland Twin Otter, Bell 47 and 206 helicopters and the Canadian Coast Guard DC-3 on Marine Pollution Patrols.

He retired from CASB in 1986 and joined the engineering firm Accident Investigation and Research (AIR) as an Associate Partner until 1999.  During this interval he represented major insurance organizations during aviation litigation in Canada, the United States and Japan, having been deemed an “Expert Aviation Witness”.  Norm also flew accident reconstruction flights in various aircraft.

His civil flying continued after the1999 retirement and in 2006, at the age of 77, he qualified as an aerobatic formation pilot by demonstrating to an International Council of Air Shows (ICAS) examiner his expertise as a formation aerobatic pilot in a Pitts S-2B.

Norm now occasionally pilots Classic Wings aircraft.

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