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November 5, 2014

New Canada Aviation and Space Museum app lets all Canadians be a First World War flying ace

OTTAWA, November 5, 2014 – As Canadians across the country commemorate the Centennial of the beginning of the First World War, the Canada Aviation and Space Museum (CASM) offers them a new way to relive the experience of the dawn of military aviation by launching its first mobile app.

Available on both Android and Apple platforms, the Ace Academy app is now available for download on the Apple App Store and Google Play. The app can be downloaded onto mobile devices and offers users an immersive, hands-on way to learn the basics of flight as the first military pilots did. The app also provides users with an opportunity to appreciate the CASM’s world-renowned collection of First World War aircraft.

“Through this exciting mobile application, our Government is pleased to help make the Canada Aviation and Space Museum’s unique collection of First World War aircraft more accessible to all Canadians,” said the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages. “As we prepare to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary in 2017, it is a wonderful time for Canadians to learn more about our country’s history.”

“Much like aviation technology affected the course of the conflict a century ago, today digital technology is affecting the way museums engage with their audience,” said Alex Benay, President and CEO of the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation (CSTMC). “We are taking a number of strategic steps at our museums to broaden our national reach by leveraging exciting new technologies.”

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INFORMATION:

Olivier Bouffard
Media relations
613-410-5943

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