Celebrate National Aviation Day for free
February 23, 2011 By Carey Fredericks
Feb. 23, 2011, Ottawa - Today, the Canada Aviation and Space Museum will celebrate National Aviation Day with a series of special activities highlighted by the inauguration of the new learning and multimedia centre.
The day will feature the first Green Aviation Research and Development Network (GARDN) conference, a special appearance by the Snowbird team on the ground and the second annual Canada Aviation and Space Museum Career Day.
“The Canada Aviation and Space Museum connects individuals and communities to the wonders of the world of flight,” says Stephen Quick, Director General. “We do this through the Museum’s spectacular collection, programming, educational activities, special events and the sharing of ideas and dreams.”
On National Aviation Day, the Museum shares its space with leading aviation and aerospace organizations to showcase the diverse career opportunities found in these sectors. The event will include information booths, live demonstrations, activities, and presentations by Jean Pierre Guay, retired chief pilot of water bombers, Cedric Paillard of the Ottawa Aviation Services, and Lieutenant Colonel Maryse Carmichael, Commanding Officer, 431 “Snowbirds” Squadron.
Lt. Col. Maryse Carmichael will also speak on February 23rd in the evening at the Snowbird CT-114 Tutor dedication ceremony and official inauguration of the new Museum wing at 5 p.m.
This new Aviation and Space Learning Centre, comprising the auditorium, a grand hall, two classrooms, and a multi-purpose room will be a place where Canadians will connect, where the industry will showcase the latest technologies and where the youth of today will be formed into the decision makers of the future.
“The Museum’s mission is to facilitate the connection between education and inspiration, to bring Canadians closer to an understanding of their rich aviation heritage, to share ideas and to tell the stories of the men and women who have followed their dreams,” says Denise Amyot, President and CEO of the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation. “The Museum’s state of the art new wing will allow it to make those important connections with individuals, groups, and communities from coast to coast to coast.”