Some personal information:
I was born and brought up in Stirling Scotland. My father owned the
one of the most important buildings in the village - next to the kirk!
I attended the High School of Stirling from Infants 1
through to Sixth
Year, and completed my Scottish Higher Leaving certificate in
As a member of the Boy Scouts, my good luck in being chosen as one of
contingent to the first post-war international Scout Camp in Ommen,
1948 gave me the taste for international involvements that I was able
in later life.
School gave way to university, and on going to the University of
Edinburgh in September
1951 I made a decision that would change my life. I joined the
University Air Squadron.
I therefore date my time in the business of aviation from the first
time I strapped
an aircraft to my backside in early 1952. Having spent perhaps too much
a trainee pilot, and not enough in class my first year examination
somewhat disappointing! As a result I fulfilled my National Service
and joined the Royal Air Force.
Luck was on my side once again as I was in the very last National
that was able to muster as aircrew. A second life-changing decision was
before my officer training was completed. Liking what I saw of the
service I applied
for, and was accepted for, a Short Service commission - committing
myself to an
eight year term. Pilot training was successful right up to the very
last solo night
flight before Wings. My instructor, knowing that I would be
jet fighter training, recognized that I hadnt got the right
to be a jet jockey and would end up killing myself! Though disappointed
- to say
the least - so close to attaining my coveted pilots wings, I
a live navigator rather than a dead pilot.
Canada was then training NATO navigators at Stevenson Field, Winnipeg.
Here my luck
held, and I met a young lady destined to have a profound influence on
career. After several years of soul-searching she plucked up courage
and came to
Scotland where we were married in 1961.
After eight years in the Royal Air Force, only charter companies were
and I didnt fancy that kind of a nomadic life - especially with a
So Air Traffic Control offered a way to continue to be close to
aircraft even if
not on the flight deck. I therefore successfully complete air traffic
and spent eight years as an Air Traffic Control Officer with the United
administration, as a Tower/Terminal controller at Prestwick Airport in
A wifely propaganda campaign was waged concerning Canada as a land of
And luck again played her part. A very short window of opportunity
opened when Transport
Canada decided to recruit off-shore to make up for a shortage in
eight year stint as a controller, this time in the en-route specialty
Area Control Centre. It was here I got the 'working initials" DF.
[they should have been DM, but 'Delta Mike' was already taken.] Anyway, that explains the 'Delta Fox'.
Computers were being introduced into air traffic control, and I was
become a Data Systems Co-ordinator tasked with assisting in the
these new systems. Coincidentally, Dorval controllers were often asked
assistance to the International Federation of Air Traffic Control
to fill seats at International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)
meetings in Montreal.
My international leanings were re-activated.
After a short time spent back in Ruth's home city, Winnipeg, as a Data Systems Coordinator (DSC) in the Winnipeg Area Control Centre,
but when the cold of winter became too much for my foreign blood, we returned to Air
Headquarters in Ottawa where I assumed the role of operational
specialist, first in communications, and then in flight data
Moving into management, as manager of Flight Data Processing
Requirements, I widened
my international duties, through various ICAO agencies, and latterly,
Air Navigations Systems Organization (CANSO). I was privileged to be
Member on the ADS Panel of ICAO for almost ten years.
I was happily married to that young Winnipeg girl I met some fifty five
the talented artist
Ruth Magel MacLean
, until we lost her to cancer in 2006. We
have two sons who take after their artistic mother.
Donald Paul was for many years was a Technical Consultant for Cirque du Soleil, in Las Vegas and latterly in
Macao and Tokyo. He spent a further three years as Director of Ride and Show assisting in the development of the Universal Studios Theme Park on Sentosa Island in Singapore,
followed by time with another theatre company building a theatre in Wuhan, China. In late 2012 he accepted a position with Universal Studios, based in Orlando.
My other son, Robert, after graduating from Carleton University, spent several years of teaching English as a second language in Taiwan. He returned to Ottawa in order to aquire further qualifications in
Geographical Information Systems (GIS), while also pursuing a successful DJ career [as Rob Solo] in the local and Eastern Canadian club scene.
Then, following successful completion of a Teachers' Training Certificate from Brisbane University in Australia, he moved to Beijing where he is currently teaching at an international school.
I have been active in various community and service organisations
[Round Table in
the UK, and Kinsmen in Canada] and latterly have been involved, through
leanings, with the local branch of the Prayer Book Society. As well, I
am a supporter
of my own church family, Knox Presbyterian Church in downtown Ottawa,
where - for
some unfathomable reason best known to them - I have been made an elder.
When time permits, I try to follow my several hobbies of model
railways, magic and
genealogy, and intend to continue to post pictures from Ruth's considerable '
', and my layout - Kyle of Auchendammit - on
this web page.
Luck has been on my side as I traversed these many career, personal and
But I believe some aptitude and ability have also played their parts.
Donald F. MacLean