Transforming a Community: Available at McNally Robinson
October 24, 2012
Last night Winnipeg Airports Authority, together with Heartland Associates, authors Tim Higgins and Laird Rankin, and special guests, celebrated the launch of Transforming a Community: from Airfield to Airport City at the Prairie Ink Restaurant at McNally Robinson.
The authors each took turns reading excerpts of the book to a crowd of aviation enthusiasts and history buffs.
The story of aviation in Winnipeg is a tale studded with firsts, beginning with Canada’s first commercial aviation company (founded by Winnipegger James Armstrong Richardson in 1926) and the nation’s first Customs Port of Entry, designated in 1930. Winnipeg is also the site of North America’s first post-9/11 airport - appropriately named Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport - which opened in October 2011.
The focus of Transforming a Community is mainly the new airport, with its state-of-the-art terminal, and the ‘airport city’ that is rapidly growing around it. However, the book also examines the creation of Winnipeg Airports Authority, which took over the management of the airport from the Government of Canada in 1997, and peeks into the future of commercial aviation in an airport located in the heart of North America and ideally positioned for continental and global trade.
Published by Heartland Associates, the book features many photos from years past and present day. You can purchase a hardcover copy of Transforming a Community for $39.95 (plus taxes) at McNally Robinson Booksellers at Grant Park Shopping Centre. Stay tuned for more locations where you can get your copy!
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
A published journalist, Laird is also the author or co-author of five books.