ARNOLD AND VI MILSTEAD
WARREN FLIGHT TRAINING SCHOLARSHIP
By Marilyn Dickson
Flight instructors play a vital role in developing pilotsí excellent
flying skills and good judgment. This scholarship has been established
to celebrate the wonderful work of Canadian flight instructors, and in
particular to acknowledge the contributions of two outstanding flight
instructors, Arnold and Vi Milstead Warren. Vi Milstead Warren left a
legacy in her will for a few flight instructor scholarships. Though the
scholarship name celebrates her husband Arnoldís work as well as her
own, Vi agreed that with the dearth of female flight instructors, it is
appropriate for the award to go to female instructor candidates.
Vi Milstead (1919 - 2014) learned to fly in 1939, just as World
War Two was beginning. Within just eight months she earned her Private
and Commercial Licenses, while working fulltime in her motherís, and
then in her own woolshop. She then went on to complete her Instructor
Rating. She was one of a very few female instructors in Canada in the
early 1940s. Though women could not fly with the RCAF, Vi taught many
male students who later flew with the RCAF.
In 1943 Vi joined the Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA) in England and
delivered military fighters, bombers and training aircraft throughout
the United Kingdom and into continental Europe. For this work she
received a unique style of flight training. ATA pilots were trained on
one representative plane of each class, and then were expected to fly
several other types, without checkouts or any additional training. Viís
logbook shows 47 different types (74 including different Marks). For
example, there were more than 20 different Marks of Spitfires, some with
Merlin and others with Griffon engines. The stall speed for different
Marks ranged from 66 to 86 mph, with flaps and undercarriage up. It
would probably be more realistic to consider that she flew 74 different
models of aircraft, than 47.
Following the war Vi returned to instructing, first with Leavens
Brothers at Barker Field, then on floats with Nickel Belt Airways in
Sudbury and subsequently the Windsor Flying Club.
Arnold Warren (1908 - 2000) learned to fly in Kirkland Lake and
Barker Field, Toronto, completing his Private Pilot Licence in 1940.
During World War Two he became an instructor with the British
Commonwealth Air Training Plan, training pilots with the RCAF. Part of
his work involved doing research in flight training, with the goal of
perfecting the RCAF flight training syllabus. This work formed the basis
for his book Letís Learn To Fly. Following the war he worked as Chief
Flight Instructor for Leavens Brothers, where he met Vi. He later
claimed he was so impressed with her flying ability he decided to marry
After instructing with Nickel Belt Airways, Sudbury and the Windsor
Flying Club, through ICAO, Arnold was invited to head up a flight
training program inIndonesia. Vi and Arnold lived in Indonesia for two
years. Vi was issued an Indonesian pilot licence, but Arnold was not
allowed to hire her as an instructor, though the school needed another
instructor. After Arnold completed his two year contract, he and Vi
returned to Canada. Though they gave up flying professionally, they
continued to fly a Piper Cub, and then a Mooney recreationally. Vi and
Arnold would hope that successful scholarship winners will enjoy sharing
their love of flying as much as
An annual scholarship of $2,000 is intended to contribute to the cost of
an Instructor Rating for a female Ontario resident. Applicants may apply
for themselves, OR may be nominated by an instructor or another pilot.
They must complete the attached application form and a statement of no
more than two pages describing the applicantís personal and professional
qualities which would contribute to her becoming an excellent flight
instructor. If nominated by someone else, the candidate should also
submit a statement re her personal and professional qualities.
Applicants or Nominators are also asked to provide names of two
referees. The referees need not provide Letters of Reference, but will
be contacted about the Applicant.
The ideal scholarship candidate is someone who is likely to be committed
to studentsí progress, and demonstrates excellent flying ability, a love
of flying, as
well as good communication skills. Applicants may have already started
the Instructor Rating when they apply, or they may apply in advance of
beginning the rating.
Applications should be mailed directly to
The Arnold and Vi Milstead Warren Scholarship,
313266 Hwy 6,
Durham, ON, N0G 1R0
or may be e-mailed to
Completed applications must be received by September 30, 2016. The
successful applicant will be notified by October 31. The scholarship
will be paid directly to the Flight Training Unit, to be applied to the
costs of the applicantís Instructor Rating, upon successful completion
of the flight test.
Anyone wishing to donate to the Arnold and Vi Milstead Warren
Scholarship Fund, and thus extend the number of years it can be offered,
may mail a cheque to the above address.