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February 21, 2013

Come celebrate National Aviation Day at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum

OTTAWA, February 21, 2013 – On February 23 1909, J.A.D. McCurdy took off the ice of lake Bras d'Or in Baddeck, Nova Scotia, in his Silver Dart, achieving the first controlled powered flight in Canada.

Come join us to celebrate the 104th anniversary of this fascinating achievement at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum (CASM) on the occasion of National Aviation Day.

Among the activities planned for this special commemoration is a recreation of the the dawn-to-dusk first transcontinental flight across Canada aboard the CASM's own Redbird flight simulator, programmed to replicate J.D. Tudhope and J.D. Hunter's July 30, 1937 achievement. City of Ottawa River Ward Councillor Maria McRae will be at the commands for the initial leg of the simulated flight, beginning at 10 a.m.

Visitors can sign up to try part of the journey and share the experience. Visitors will also be able to stop by Transport Canada's display and learn how Transport Canada employees help to keep Canada's air transportation industry one of the safest in the world. Transport Canada employees will also give visitors information on the wide variety of careers available in aviation – from becoming a pilot, or an aviation engineer or even a Transport Canada inspector. National Aviation Day 2013 will also mark the opening of the application period for Transport Canada's Civil Aviation (TCCA) Student Internship Program; a paid, two-month summer work term at Transport Canada headquarters in Ottawa and is open to students currently enrolled in grades 11 and 12, Secondary V or the first year of CEGEP who are interested in civil aviation.

For those who would want to preserve a closer memory of the Silver Dart's maiden flight will also be invited to have their picture taken aboard the Museum's scaled replica of the famous aircraft.

Those who are fascinated by birds of prey won't want to miss afternoon presentations by wildlife control officers from Falcon Environmental Services, and some of their birds of prey: the American kestrel, Harris hawk, and Peregrine falcon. Learn about the important job these raptors perform on airport sites, and how they are trained to deter nuisance birds to prevent bird strikes at Canadian airports.



Olivier Bouffard
Media Relations
613 949-5732

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