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Fred W. Hotson

Fred W. Hotson was born in Toronto and received his early education in Fergus, Ontario. He joined de Havilland Canada from Toronto's Central Technical School in 1935 and completed his pilot and air engineer's licenses in 1938. He left de Havilland in 1941 to fly in the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan, and in 1944 he went to RAF Transport Command as a ferry pilot.

After the war Hotson worked as a bush pilot in northern Ontario and Quebec, then moved into corporate aviation in 1948 with the Ontario Paper Company. There he flew a Mallard and DC-3 for 18 years. He became a founding director of the Canadian Business Aircraft Association and was its president during 1964-65. In 1966 he conducted a study in Afghanistan for the International Civil Aviation Organization on Twin Otter operations in that country. Next he re-joined de Havilland as a test and training pilot, moved into product support, then worked in sales, until retiring in 1978.

Fred Hotson has been a director of the Canadian Aviation Historical Society since 1966 and was its president for 15 years. He has written numerous articles for the CAHS Journal. His three previous books are The De Havilland Canada Story, The Bremen and Business Wings. The recipient of numerous awards, he is a Fellow of the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute (1984) and a Member of Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame (1998).