Meeting Minutes - Mike Payne: Experiences as a Small Plane Salesman - July 23rd. 2020
Present: Frank Webster, Julian Sale, Kerry Gennings, John Sneyd, Gordon Framst, Bob Paul, Bruce Folkard, Bob Berry, Dave McEwen, Bob Reeve, Soren Sondergaard, Warren Gregg, John Martin, Ed Herold, Ken Alsop, David Moller, Andy Curtis, Jay Strom, Gary Luck, Ken Marchant, Bill Rowley, Normand Genest, Tony Wagner, Bill Richards, Martin Alderwick, Earlby Wakefield, Ralph Billings, Morley Deyette, John Proctor.
President Frank Webster opened the meeting at 9:58 am with 30 members in attendance for this virtual membership meeting. He welcomed all on line and a special welcome to Mike Payne, today’s guest presenter.
Announcements: President Webster announced the passing on July 11th of former member, Bob Ackerman.
A further announcement is that Bill Laidlaw is relinquishing his membership due to the need to provide healthcare to his wife. Bill would appreciate phone calls from members who know him.
Another member Ron Durst, is presently having medical difficulties and Ron said in an email to President Webster: “I’m in a battle with a beast that has set me back somewhat” but he is hoping to get it under control. He too, would appreciate members phoning him.
President Frank reminded members who haven’t paid their annual dues to kindly contact Treasurer David Moller and remedy this oversight. Payment of $85 can be mailed to the Club’s address or sent by cheque or e-transfer to David Moller.
Activities – Ken Marchant - All previously activities have been cancelled and will be reconsidered at a future date.
Speaker Introduction Ken Marchant introduced our guest speaker, Mike Payne speaking on “Experiences as a Small Plane Salesman.”
Bio: Mike Payne is an aircraft salesman. Mike has 40 years of dedicated operations and marketing work in the aviation industry. Mike is no stranger to the specialized support the industry requires. Mike has been the driving force with several noted firms including Cessna (Piston and Caravan), Diamond Aircraft, Execaire (Cessna Citation) and as the Canadian Sales Manager for Embraer Executive Aircraft. Mike Payne is the retired President of AvMine Technical - the exclusive representative of Air Maestro Software Application for North America. They provided safety auditing, management of risk factors in aircraft operations and safety with Air Maestro safety management software. The firm also provided aircraft appraisals, flight ops consultation services and aircraft accusation and sale. Believing in giving back to the aviation community, Mike was the regional Chair of the Canadian Business Aviation Association’s (CBAA) Ontario Chapter (2002-2012). He also helped lead the volunteer organization of three of the association’s annual Trade Shows and Conferences when held in the Toronto region. In addition to his qualifications as a pilot (seaplane and glider) Mike is a post-secondary graduate from York University and Ryerson University. He is past faculty member of Toronto based Humber College where he instructed marketing in aviation. Presentation: Mike Payne’s talk was limited to the sales and demonstration (flying) of the various aircraft that he sold, with some stories of the flights with those aircraft. He started with the Cessna piston aircraft (152, Skyhawk...) then progressed to the floatplanes. He changed to Zlin Aerospace and the sale of aerobatic aircraft. Then to Diamond Katana and the SuperKatana motor glider. Here he talked a little about repo of delinquent aircraft, soaring and glider towing (He has a glider tow rating). He talked a little about mountain flying, aerobatics and the skill of flying low. Mike finished his talk about the sale of corporate jets.