Lorna Vivian Morcombe

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Lorna Vivian Morcombe was born in Goderich, Ontario back in 1931 to Vivian and Nora. When she was 14 the family moved to Ottawa. It was there where her love for flying took off. She obtained her private pilot license when she was 16. In 1952 while studying at Ottawa’s Carleton University she received her commercial license.

She worked for Spartan Air Services as a navigation clerk while in college. In 1953, she graduated with a B.A. and married Tony. Shortly afterwards they moved to northern Manitoba. In 1956, you could find her teaching English at a local high school while working part time for Sudbury Aviation where he taught students to fly. Her marriage ended in 1962, when she moved yet again back to Ottawa where she met and married Dick. She retired in 1999, and died in 2009.

What you may not know about Lorna Vivian deBlicquy is that she was Canada’s first woman civil aviation flight test inspector who flew for over 50 years. She had a total of 10,478 hours of flight time, about half of them as a flight instructor.

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Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
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Good morning James Dray - this stories of trailblazing and accomplishment serve as inspiration to others.

Sep 14, 2019 03:03 AM #1
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Kudos for her accomplishment and for probably being the type of teacher we need more of today.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Sep 14, 2019 04:47 AM #2
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

Well that is a great record, her love of flying was a beautiful thing.

Sep 14, 2019 05:13 AM #3
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Good morning, James - beyond some very basic knowledge, my understanding of aviation is rather limited.  Her history seems impressive.  

Sep 14, 2019 05:34 AM #4
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Lorna blazed her own trail. Nobody had done it before her. Enjoy your day!

Sep 14, 2019 05:49 AM #5
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray another female who led the way for future female aviators....

Sep 14, 2019 06:38 AM #6
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Another incredible woman that I knew nothing about until today!  I hope that your weekend will be enjoyed!

Sep 14, 2019 07:26 AM #7
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

James Dray , that is a life time of soaring with something  you love to do....

Sep 14, 2019 07:29 AM #8
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

My Dad loved to fly and always had airplanes so I respect folks like her.

Sep 14, 2019 07:39 AM #9
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Another incredible woman who let nothing "clip her wings" in life, James.

Sep 14, 2019 07:53 AM #10
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a wonderfful story, and I always have a big smile for the lady pilots on our flights.  A

Sep 14, 2019 07:54 AM #11
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- good for her!!!! And another nod to the women who led the way for us. 

Sep 14, 2019 01:56 PM #12
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this interesting story.

Sep 14, 2019 05:23 PM #13
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray,

That is a lot of hours and a lot of years. Good for her!

Sep 14, 2019 05:26 PM #14
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

This gal knew no heights to her flight !

Sep 15, 2019 03:57 AM #15
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi James:

That was a fun read. She certainly had impressive credentials as a flight test inspector!


Sep 15, 2019 12:01 PM #16
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Coming from a family of pilots, this one makes my heart smile, James - a woman doing what I should have done, following in the footsteps of my Dad! 

Thank you for sharing!

Sep 17, 2019 08:18 PM #17
John Henry, Florida Architect
John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc. - Orlando, FL
Residential Architect, Luxury Custom Home Design

Amazing.  I am getting afraid to read these because they tend to give me an inferiority complex!!!!  Thanks, James!

Oct 13, 2019 02:01 PM #18
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