June 7, 2013, Montreal - CAE today announced the appointment of Mr. Nick Leontidis as Group President, Civil Simulation Products, Training and Services, effective immediately. Mr. Leontidis replaces Mr. Jeff Roberts who is leaving the company.
June 5, 2013, Gatineau, Que. - The Transportation Safety Board says there is no indication that mechanical problems were a factor in the fatal Ornge helicopter accident near Moosonee, Ont. last Friday.
June 3, 2013, Ottawa - It’s been called the “black hole” effect, when sky and ground blur into one seamless, disorienting curtain of darkness.
May 29, 2013, Toronto - Teams from the University of Maryland and the University of Toronto are poised to claim the coveted Sikorsky Prize and $250 000 for building the first human powered helicopter to climb three metres, stay airborne for 60 seconds, and stay in a 10 metre square.
May 21, 2013, Toronto - The Northern Lights Award Foundation (NLAF) has announced the winners of its 2013 aviation and aerospace awards. The Foundation’s prestigious award program, called the Elsie MacGill Northern Lights Awards, is named after aviation pioneer Elsie MacGill who had a pivotal role in the design and production of the Hawker Hurricane in Canada during the Second World War, earning her the title, “Queen of the Hurricanes.” MacGill was the first Canadian woman to graduate with a degree in electrical engineering and the first woman in North America to earn an advanced degree in aeronautics.
Green airworthiness certification maintenance release tags hang off neat coils of 50-, 75- and 100-foot-long lines, nets and fat blue bags packed with Bambi Buckets.
One of the best things about having a career in aviation is meeting interesting characters and listening to the stories they tell.
At one of the forestry briefings I joined last year, I was impressed by the age of the attending pilots.
May 13, 2013, West Vancouver - Eight drivers were ticketed and their vehicles impounded after they were caught going nearly double the posted speed limit on the Sea to Sky Highway.
May 6, 2013 – By Matt Zuccaro - We talk a lot in our industry about the importance of a “Safety First” culture, but I think a conversation about our No. 2 priority also needs to occur: minimizing the impact of a helicopter’s sound on the environment. Why, you ask, did I call it sound, instead of noise? Noise just sounds bad, like an annoying intrusion. I like to think discussions about sound, on the other hand, create a tone of neutral scientific review of the issue.
April 17, 2013, Stanford, Ca. - Puzzlebox Productions and its mind-controlled helicopter are easy to spot at tech events like this week’s Robot Block Party at Stanford University.
April 8, 2013, Toronto - The much anticipated pilot and aircraft mechanics shortage is here, opening career opportunities for a wide array of young Canadians. That was the take-away message received by over 160 attendees at the first Careers in Aviation Expo held this past Saturday near Toronto’s Pearson International Airport.
April 4, 2013, Miami, Fla. - Federal investigators are dismantling a helicopter that crashed shortly after takeoff from Kendall Tamiami Executive Airport Wednesday afternoon, killing the pilot and passenger. Read more here:
March 14, 2013, Washington, D.C. - The International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST) is adding additional focus to its safety efforts in the U.S. helicopter community by designating two of its current executives to lead the United States Helicopter Safety Team (USHST) and concentrate solely on safety issues within the U.S. civil helicopter community.
The email comes across your desk – XYZ Company wants to complete an audit at your Northern base next week. Can you facilitate the visit?

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