I award you the wikiwings
in recognition of your knowledgeable contribution to aviation articles. -Rig0
View out my office window, c. 2010
User:Bzuk is Bill Zuk in "reel" and real life. In the past, and sometimes present and future, I have been an author, filmmaker, historian, photographer and artist. Much of my life has been spent as an educator, sharing a passion for writing, history and aviation with both children and adults. Long-time Winnipeg resident, I received a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Education and Masters of Education from the University of Manitoba.
Working primarily as a teacher/librarian for Manitoba school divisions, I also taught Art, Language Arts, Science and Social Studies and created new libraries in three different school divisions as well as integrating a computer curriculum. I also conducted research for the Manitoba Textbook Bureau, Television Ontario, Manitoba Department of Education and Prentice-Hall of Canada. Publications include: Family Treasures Project, Story-Vine literature enrichment program, Convention Game, Election Simulation and Student Activity Blocks. During a two year period, I was the co-chair of I Love to Read Days Reading Festivals in Winnipeg, public relations coordinator for Canadian Images 2/Media and Technology in Education in Canada Conference. I am also the past chair of the Winnipeg Public Library Board and sit on the Assiniboia Library Advisory Committee in Winnipeg.
As a pilot and aviation writer, I served as the Executive Director and Training Coordinator for the Manitoba Aviation Council. In this capacity, I developed a training syllabus for the Manitoba aviation industry, training approximately 1,200 students annually. I am also a current executive member of the Canadian Aviation Historical Society, director at the Air Cadet League of Canada, vice-chair of the Manitoba Soaring Association, Chair of the Mynarski Statue Project, Associate Historian for the Royal Canadian Air Force and a volunteer at the Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada. The Avro Canada VZ-9 Avrocar flying saucer mock-up built for the Discovery Canada television documentary now resides there.
For over 30 years, I was the owner/operator of Timeless Memories Photography, and the official photographer for the Winnipeg International Air Show. I have also written extensively for aviation magazines worldwide, and was the editor of the trade journal, Western Canada Aviation & Aerospace, and currently the editor of the History Newsreel of the Canadian Aviation Historical Society, I am also a contributor to Wings and Helicopters magazines.
- Janusz Zurakowski: A Legend in the Skies, 2007 (Canadian edition, 2004, Polish Edition 2010)
- The Avro Arrow Story, 2006
- The Avro Arrow: The Story of an Incredible Plane... 2004
- Avrocar: Canada’s Flying Saucer, 2001
- How Women Won the Vote in Manitoba, 1978 (Video/Kit)
As a documentary screenwriter, director and consultant, 18 films to date are in my resume, including:
- Winnipeg's Lost Airport, MTS AllStream, 2016
- As Close as Brothers, MTS Allstream, 2010
- Bearing his Soul: Gerry “The Big Bear” Barrett, CTV 2003
- Zero Over the Prairies, CTV/PBS, 2003
- Avrocar: Flying Saucer Secrets for the Past, Discovery Canada, 2002
- How Women Won the Vote, 1976