Remembering Captain Brenden "BMAC" MacDonald
"To most people the sky is the limit, to those that love aviation, the sky is home."
Age 35. Passed away on April 29, 2020, doing what he loved: flying helicopters in support of Canadian Armed Forces operations.
Born with the love of flying, he decided in Grade 4 that he was going to be a pilot. As a member of the 397 Trenton Royal Canadian Air Cadets, he worked tirelessly to obtain his glider pilot's license at the Regional Gliding School in Debert before he was old enough to drive a car, and his private pilot license in Shearwater the following year.
After graduating from New Glasgow Regional High School, his passion for aviation led him to the Royal Military College of Canada, where he graduated with a Chemistry degree in 2007, around the same time that he met Amanda. After graduation, Brenden and Amanda started their life together in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, where Brenden underwent Royal Canadian Air Force pilot training. After earning his coveted pilot wings, he and Amanda returned home and settled in Eastern Passage, Nova Scotia, where Brenden joined the 12 Wing Shearwater Maritime Helicopter community and started flying the CH-124 Sea King helicopter, which later transitioned to the CH-148 Cyclone helicopter.
When he was not flying aircraft, Brenden was a motorcycle enthusiast who attended several Wharf Rat Rallies in Digby, volunteered as Road Captain for the Halifax Ride for Dad, and served as past President and Vice President for the Battle of the Atlantic Unit of CAV Motorcycle Association.
Rest In Peace Brother...