Aviation and Technology

From the first powered controlled flight in Canada to the modern CF-18, this interactive tour guides students through the development of aviation technology, and leads them in a discussion of its environmental impact.

Grades 9 and 10
Science and Technology
$5.00 per student (minimum fee of $100)
Group size
Max. 28 students
Minimum of 6 adult chaperones per group (free)
Two groups concurrently
90 minutes

Program Description

During this tour, students will have an opportunity to handle various materials used to build the aircraft they are viewing (from bamboo to Kevlar!), make observations about the design changes they see in the various technologies that were used, and rate the environmental friendliness of the aircraft.

Some of the aircraft included on this tour are: the A.E.A. Silver Dart, the Royal Aircraft Factory B.E.2c, the Avro 504K, the Curtiss HS-2L, the de Havilland Canada Beaver, the Supermarine Spitfire and the Lockheed F-104 Starfighter.

Curriculum Links

Science and Technology

Exploring Technologies, Grade 9, Open (TIJ1O)

A. Technology Fundamentals

Planning and Development
A.1.7. Research and describe the development of a Canadian technological innovation or invention.

C. Technology, the Environment, and Society

Technology and Society
C.2.1. Describe some of the effects that technological innovations of the past have had on society.

Transportation Technology, Grade 10, Open (TTJ2O)

A. Transportation Technology Fundamentals

Understanding Engines
A.1.1. Identify the function and describe the construction and operations of the major parts of an engine.

C. Technology, the Environment, and Society

Technology and the Environment
C.1.1. Research and report on ways in which the transportation industry affects the environment, and on efforts being made to remedy or reduce harmful effects.
C.1.3. Describe the environmental impact of various modes of transportation.
C.2.1. Research and report on the development of improved safety features in transportation technology.

Source Document: The Ontario Curriculum, Grades 9 and 10: Technological Education, 1999

Teacher Tips

Remember: to help plan your trip, teachers are entitled to a free pass. Please call our reservation office to request yours today!

To get the most out of your experience, we recommend that you arrange your bus schedule so that you can spend 2–2 ½ hours at the Museum. This will give you an opportunity to visit more of the collection on your own, take health breaks, enjoy snacks or lunches, visit the boutique, etc.

Staying for lunch? Please ask our reservation office about table/lunchroom availability, as well as our catering service.

Pre or Post-Visit Activity Suggestions

Visit the Canada Aviation and Space Museum’s website and have your students read the aircraft descriptions in the “Collections” section, then have them try their hand at the “Getting into the Air” aircraft building game found in the “Collections” section, under the “Canadian Aviation Through Time” exhibit.

Fees and Reservations

Make a Reservation

Please make your reservation at least three weeks in advance by calling 613 993-4264 or click on the Reserve button to fill out an online reservation request. Please allow a minimum of 48 hours for our response.

Program fees are per person and include taxes. All accompanying adults per group are admitted free. Payment may be made in advance or on arrival by cash, credit card, debit, or cheque made payable to the Canada Aviation and Space Museum.

Program Per student* Minimum Fee

*Please note that all prices are subject to change without notice.

Aviation and Technology $5.00 $100

Cancellation Fees

A cancellation fee of $80 per school program will be charged for cancellations made less than 48 hours before the scheduled date of the program. For a program cancelled with more than 48 hours notice, a $20 administration fee will apply, unless the program is rescheduled within the same school year. In the case of school bus cancellation due to inclement weather, this fee will not apply if a school reschedules the cancelled program within the same school year.