NameRichard “Dick” LAIDMAN, 2980
Death25 Jul 2002, Aldergrove, BC, Canada
The Report Newsmagazine
September 23, 2002
DIED: Aviation pioneer Richard (Dick) Laidman, 81; of Alzheimer's disease, in Aldergrove, B.C., July 25. Born in Vernon, B.C., Laidman built a glider with friends when he was 14 and fell in love with flight. After studying aircraft maintenance, he worked as a flight engineer in Ontario and managed the Yellowknife airport. In 1945, he opened a flying school and charter service in Vernon and expanded the local airport. In 1950, he joined Central B.C. Airways (later Pacific Western Airlines) as chief pilot. He was said to be able to "fly the box the plane came in." For his aerial mapping work, B.C.'s Lake Laidman and Mt. Laidman, west of Williams Lake, are named for him. In October 1962 he became president of the airline, but after his office work ended he would often go for a nighttime spin or do maintenance work. "You've got to be a kind of dreamer and BSer all rolled into one to run an airline," he once told an interviewer. "You've got to stimulate and spark the ...
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Neil Laidman reports (October 2000) that Betty Laidman of Vernon, BC, Canada, relates that Richard (Dick) Laidman was a bush pilot and in either 1951 or 1952 was flying some surveyors into the area. They realized that the lake was unnamed and decided to name it after their pilot. Also, he
was instrumental in getting an airfield started in Vernon and it is now called Laidman Field. Betty says that it is unfortunate though as he is still living, but suffering from dementia and doesn't remember anything about it.
The co-ordinates of Laidman Lake are: Latitude 53o 09’ Longitude 125o 10’. It lies north of Naglico Lake.