In 2009, the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities declared February 23 as National Aviation Day, marking the anniversary of Canada’s first powered flight which took place on February 23, 1909 (for more information, please click here).

Today, National Aviation Day is an opportunity for Canadians across the country to celebrate past achievements and open new chapters in aviation excellence.
National Aviation Day is an occasion to recognize Canada’s world-class reputation for aviation safety and an opportunity to promote further growth of our vibrant aviation industry by encouraging youth to pursue careers in aerospace in Canada.

From the 1909 Silver Dart to Bombardier’s 2008 launch of its “green” fuel-efficient jets, Canada has much to celebrate. Marking February 23 as National Aviation Day honours 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 celebrate the aircraft engineers and operators, airport planners and traffic controllers, lawmakers and safety and security experts who share the credit for Canada’s aviation safety, strength and success.

For more information on Canada’s aviation history, view the Canadian Centennial of Flight.

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