National Aviation Day – February 23

Transport Canada and the Canada Aviation and Space Museum are reaching out to local high schools inviting them to join a Canada 150 celebration of flight in Canada. This celebration marks National Aviation Day on February 23, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Aviation has played an important role in Canada’s first 150 years, and holds even more promise for the future.

Students will have the opportunity to watch presentations and visit displays that focus on a variety of aviation and flight safety topics, including drones, cabin and passenger safety, laser strikes, and electronic and lithium batteries.

Flight experts from Transport Canada, the Canadian Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Air Force will be on hand to talk to students about their roles in the aviation field. Students will have the opportunity to visit two aircraft flying in just for this event; a Transport Canada King Air C90A and a Coast Guard Bell 412 helicopter!

Celebrate Canada's air transportation safety, strength and success!

On February 23rd, Canadians celebrate Canada's air transportation safety, strength and success. On National Aviation Day, we commemorate the past, celebrate the present and advance the future of aviation in Canada.

100 Years of Connecting Canadians and the World

We weren't the first country to take to the skies, but our contribution to aviation has been significant. On February 23rd, Canadians honour the pioneers who opened the skies as a way to connect people and move goods safely and quickly within our large nation and around the world. We also celebrate the many people throughout Canada's aviation history who share the credit for Canada's aviation safety, strength and success.

Click here to see highlights from Canada's aviation heritage.

Celebrating Canada's air transportation safety, strength and success

Canada has one of the safest air transportation systems in the world. During the last decade, the accident rate has continually declined. In 2000, this rate was nearly eight accidents per 100,000 hours flown; today, this rate is fewer than six accidents a year per 100,000 hours flown. That's a 25% drop. In fact, Canada recently saw the total number of accidents decline to the lowest recorded figure in modern aviation history. National Aviation Day is a celebration of excellence in aviation; an occasion to recognize Canada's world-class reputation for aviation safety.

We celebrate the air operators, aerospace engineers, aircraft maintenance engineers, pilots, flight attendants, airport personnel, air traffic controllers, air operations specialists, Transport Canada employees, and all those in the aviation community who share the credit for Canada's aviation safety, strength and success.

Advancing the future of aviation in Canada

Aviation in Canada is a big part of the Canadian lifestyle. Aviation connects Canadians in large and small communities with one another; it contributes to the health of the economy; and, it creates jobs. For example, annual sales of Canadian aerospace products and services total more than $20 billion, with exports of aerospace goods and services approaching $17 billion.

Due to the significant economic and social contributions of aviation in Canada, we must promote the growth, the safety and the accessibility of this sector.

National Aviation Day offers Canadians an opportunity to advance this vibrant industry by encouraging youth to pursue careers in Canadian aviation.

Click here to learn about some of the career opportunities available in aviation.

For further information, please contact:

Civil Aviation Communication Centre

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