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National Aviation Day

Celebrate the 106th anniversary of Canadian aviation with us on National Aviation Day with fun activities for the whole family. On February 23 1909, J.A.D. McCurdy, a member of the Aerial Experiment Association (A.E.A.), rose from the ice in Baddeck, Nova Scotia, aboard the Silver Dart, achieving the first controlled powered flight in Canada.

This celebration will highlight this momentous achievement in Canadian aviation with crafts, specials guests, guided tours and more! Learn all about our rich aviation history at our National Aviation Day Celebration.

Special Activities

Ornge *

February 21 from 11a.m. to 1 p.m.
Ornge is a medical transfer service that provides medical transport for ill and critically injured patients both in the air and on the ground. Ornge air ambulance services are part of a province wide system of patient care that links to hospitals and communities, enabling access to specialized care for the people of Ontario.

For National Aviation Day, Ornge will be flying in their AW139 AgustaWestland helicopter. Visitors will have the opportunity to see this rotor wing aircraft up close and can meet with the pilots and paramedics who fly and work on this wonderful flying machine!

*Subject to availability. Weather permitting.

Careers in Aviation Expo

February 21
Designed as a live version of the Careers in Aviation print guide that runs in the January/February issues of Wings and Helicopters, CIA Expos present a tremendous opportunity for developing students interested in aviation and aerospace careers to rub shoulders with industry leaders from a variety of sectors from coast-to-coast. Special presentations and panel sessions throughout the day cover a broad spectrum of pertinent topics. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to help your career soar - register online at careersinaviation.ca/expo.

*Advance registration and additional costs apply to participation in this activity

The Fantastic Flight of the Silver Dart Storytelling Workshop

10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
The little ones will be captivated by this story and will get to use their creativity as they complete the craft activity that follows. The illustrated children’s story book recounts the tale of Dr. Alexander Graham Bell and his involvement with Canada’s first powered flight.

Silver Dart Photo Opportunity: Visitors will get the chance to have their photo taken sitting in the Museum’s Silver Dart half-scale cockpit.

Printmaking Workshops - Celebrating Canada's First Powered Flight

1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
On February 23, 1909, the A.E.A. Silver Dart took off from Bras d'Or Lake in Baddeck, Nova Scotia. Artist Suzanne Walsh captures this historic moment, as well as the team of talented men who were behind it, in her carvings.

Family Activities:

Kids Tour -  Mail Must Fly!

11 a.m.
Help deliver mail throughout the Museum, and discover the aircraft involved in airmail delivery.

Ejection Seat Demonstrations

1 p.m.
Learn how an ejection seat can save a pilot’s life. Have a blast while listening to our enthusiastic guides as they describe the ups and downs of ejecting from a fighter jet! Sit in an authentic ejection seat and learn how pilots use this essential piece of equipment.

Cockpit Interpretation

Meet our friendly and knowledgeable staff who will assist you in boarding our Canadair Tutor, MiG and CF-18 cockpits.

Cessna Interpretation Centre

Want the experience of flight but prefer to keep your feet on the ground? Here is your chance to sit at the controls of an aircraft without taking off! One of our staff will assist you in boarding our Cessna 150 aircraft, and answer any questions you may have.

Hang Glider Studio

This special activity area is the perfect place for younger children and parents to enjoy LEGO®, puzzles, puppets, and more.

F-16 Flight Simulator ($)

Climb aboard a replica of an F-16 cockpit and test your flight skills!

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