Don’t Miss this Exciting Air Show!
The Battle of Britain 2010 Air Show is at the Midland Huronia Airport this weekend.
Saturday and Sunday
July 17, and July 18, 2010
Gates Open to the Public at 9:00 am
Air Show begins at 12:00 Noon
See you at the Show!
The editors of LearnToFly.ca will see you at this exciting Air Show. And it will be a great weekend filled with Aviation History. We were fortunate enough to be invited to the Media Day Preview today (Friday), and the Air Show Preview was AWESOME!
Third Strike Wingwalking
Carol Pilon of Thrid Strike Wingwalking is pictured above with LearnToFly.ca Editor, Geoff McKay. Carol had just finished practicing her incredible Wing Walking Air Show Routine when she took a few minutes to meet with us.
Don’t Try This at Home!
Carol is an incredibly talented, daring and exciting aviation acrobat. During her dangerous and death defying wing walking routine, she was defying gravity, and at times even hanging upside down from the top of her fantastic Biplane.
Pictured here, Carol thrills the media guests as she practices her wing walking routine. Her complete routine included a Full speed dive, Eight point loop over the top, Nose up- Hammer head, Cuban eight around the circuit, and Climbing wing over.
Thrid Strike Wingwalking will be one of the highlights of the Midland Huronia Air Show, and her breathtaking performance will both terrify and astonish the entire crowd.
The Media Day was a particularly windy day, and you could see the biplane bumping around in the air, as Carol walked around the wings. The inverted flying and loops are especially awesome to see as Carol maintains perfect balance and poise.
Yak-52 Soviet Trainer
Here’s Geoff in front of Martin Mattes’ Yakovlev Yak-52 Soviet Trainer. What an incredible aircraft!
Geoff had the pleasure to meet the Yak-52 Pilot and owner, Martin Mattes, just after Martin finished practicing his entire Air Show routine at the Midland Huronia Airport.
Martin Mattes operates Bandit Airshows from Brantford, Ontario. And Martin’s Air Show Performance in his Yak-52 is spectacular!
Martin’s routine is one of the best. His High-G Aerobatics and High Energy Performance will be one of the favourite exhibitions at the Air Show.
Russian Built Yak-52 Aircraft
The all-metal Yak-52 is powered by a 268 kW (360 hp) Vedeneyev M14P 9-cylinder radial engine. For sustained, inverted flight, the Yak-52 has inverted fuel and oil systems. This permits the aircraft to fly inverted for as long as two minutes. And Martin will certainly make full use of the Yak-52′s extreme flight capabilities during his exciting Air Show performance.
The Yak-52 has an empty weight of 2,200 pounds, and it is extremely responsive and well built and designed for to withstand the G’s and stresses of full aerobatic flight. The aircraft can sustain stresses to +7 and –5 Gs, and it has a roll rate of 180 degrees per second!
Talking with Martin after his performance, I congratulated him on having one of the best performances of the day.
Rick and his Sukhoi SU-26M
It was great to spend a few minutes with Rick Volker at the Waterloo Aviation Expo and Air Show. Before Rick’s amazing aerobatic performance, he gave me a quick introduction to his Russian built Sukhoi SU-26M.
The Sukhoi SU-26M was designed and built in Moscow by the Sukhoi Design Bureau. Founded by Pavel Sukhoi in 1939, the Sukhoi Design Bureau is a major Russian Aircraft Manufacturer famous for its fighters. In fact, Sukhoi is the principal supplier of fighters, bombers and attack aircraft to the Russian military.
The Sukhoi SU-26M has a titanium airframe, and it’s powered by a huge 360-400 HP nine cylinder radial engine. This incredible combination of excess power with a strong, but light airframe results in an aircraft capable of hovering in place! Watch the Video of Rick’s aerobatic performance – it’s towards the end of this article. You will see Rick make his Sukhoi SU-26M actually hover in place!
The Sukhoi SU-26M can easily attain speeds in excess of 300 mph in a dive and maintain 210 mph in level flight.
Rick’s Sukhoi SU-26M can handle G-Forces in the range of Plus 12 G’s to Minus 10 G’s. It’s capable of handling more G-Forces than an F-16 fighter jet. G-Forces, or ‘Gravitational Forces’ can be very destructive on aircraft, and also pilots. A standard 1g force applies to all objects at rest on the earth. This is known as ‘Standard Gravity’. At 12g’s (positive), the forces and ‘weight’ of an object becomes 12 times its actual weight. For the average human, with a weight of 170 lbs, that would be like weighing over 2,000 lbs. In other words, at plus 12 g’s, you would effectively weigh over one ton!
Pilot vs. Plane
With the Sukhoi SU-26M, the pilot becomes the limiting factor. The Pilot will break, before the Aircraft breaks. This makes the Sukhoi the single most sought-after competition aircraft in the world.
Rick Volker – High Performance
Rick Volker is an International Aerobatic Club pilot. He’s rated in the unlimited category with a surface waiver. This gives him special permissions and extended privileges when performing at air shows. This special rating allows Rick to perform unlimited aerobatic manoeuvres, and he can also fly close to the surface with death defying stunts.
Many air show demonstrators are required to fly at certain altitudes, above the surface, for extra safety. However, Rick has earned a surface waiver allowing him to perform his acrobatic routine very close to the surface, and close to the crowd.
When you meet Rick, you can’t help but notice his excellent physical condition. Extreme physical conditioning is required to fly the types of routines in Rick’s performance. His acrobatic manoeuvres test the limits of human endurance. With Rick’s stunt flying, his body is subjected to alternating G-Forces ranging from plus 11 G’s to minus 9 G’s, and often these punishing G-force extremes are in the same manoeuvre. Acrobatic Pilots in the Unlimited Category must continuously train for this type of extreme flying.
Rick Volker has won many regional competition events including the Can-Am, Henry Haigh and Kathy Jaffe Challenges. In addition to Rick’s flying competitions, he was a former competitor in athletic events such as swimming, speed skating, bicycle racing, cross-country skiing and also body building.
Rick’s performance in his Sukhoi SU-26M is truly amazing. However, Rick has also competed in aerobatic competitions for many years in various different high performance aircraft.
Rick’s Piloting Demonstrations have included such aircraft as the Pitts Biplanes (Two Wings) and Sukhoi acrobatic Monoplanes (Single Wing). In addition, Rick Volker also flies the Extra 300L, and the truly spectacular and well known W.W. II Supermarine Spitfire MK IX.
CF-18 Formation Flight
Rick Volker was asked by the Canadian Forces to join their exclusive Heritage Flight team. Rick was honoured to fly in close formation with a CF-18 Jet Fighter. Rick also instructs other pilots, as he teaches advanced aerobatics and warbird emergency training. Rick is both a warbird and High Performance aerobatic ACE (Aerobatic Competency Evaluator).
The Snowbirds have arrived in Waterloo. The 11 Snowbird jets are parked in a perfect line before the big event.
The Waterloo Aviation Expo and Air Show is Father’s Day Weekend!
Don’t miss this incredible event, and the opportunity to see the Snowbirds in full force.
Waterloo Aviation Expo and Air Show
Saturday June 19
Sunday June 20, 2010
Show Hours: 9am – 5pm Daily
Air Show begins at 1:00 pm Daily
Snowbirds – 40th Anniversary
2010 is the 40th anniversary of the Canadian Forces Snowbirds. Celebrate this incredible milestone by watching the exciting Snowbirds performance at the Waterloo Air Show this weekend.
Eleven Snowbird Jets are in Waterloo for the Air Show, and nine will be performing an awesome aerobatic formation display. The Snowbirds team is based in Moose Jaw, SK. Former Snowbird pilot, and women aviator Maryse Carmichael is the new Commanding Office of the team.
An Amazing Sight!
It’s a truly amazing sight to see the Snowbirds get ready for an Air Show. The editors of LearnToFly.ca were in Waterloo today (Friday June 18, 2010), and they enjoyed the great opportunity to meet the Snowbirds team. The pilots took the time to explain their upcoming performance, and they gave us a personal tour of the aircraft.
Air Show Performance
Today was setup and practice for the big Air Show event on the weekend. The Pilots performed a practice run of their entire performance, and they gave the media a chance to ask questions and visit.
Ready for Take-Off!
From our close vantage point, we were only feet away from the action. The ground crew team were positioned in front of each Snowbird as the Pilots lit the Jet engines. The noise and feel of the jet engines is fantastic. The smell of jet fuel filled the air, and the Snowbird Pilots prepared for take-off.
It was like a symphony as each Jet closed its canopy, and then taxied to the runway in order. From the flight line, you could see the precision and organization of the display.
Up Close and Personal LearnToFly.ca Editor, Geoff McKay, meets the Snowbirds team at the Waterloo Air Show. The Snowbirds team was ready to answer questions, and discuss their Weekend Air Show plans. As the jets were being readied for the show, the pilots and crew explained what it is like to be part of such a high performance, and high visibility, iconic team.
The Snowbirds have flown the two-place CT-114 Tutor jet since 1971. The aircraft was designed and built in Canada and was used by the Canadian Forces as its basic pilot training aircraft until 2000. The Snowbirds are symbols of Canada, and they are painted in a distinctive red and white paint scheme symbolic of Canada’s national flag.
The CT-114 Tutor Jet weighs approximately 7170 lbs (3260 kgs) and is powered by a J-85 jet engine. The engine produces an awesome 2,700 pounds of thrust. Top speed of the CT-114 aircraft, with smoke tanks attached, is 412 knots (470 mph or 750 km/h).
Interested in a Seaplane Rating?
Georgian Bay Airways (GBA), located in Parry Sound, Ontario, is Canada’s largest Float Training Unit. Earn your Float Endorsement in the heart of the 30,000 Islands on Georgian Bay.
The Parry Sound and Georgian Bay area is an ideal location for float training. There’s a variety of terrain that is easily accessible, including large open water as well as smaller inland lakes and rivers. You’ll experience big water, small lakes and rivers, and big Harbours providing you with beautiful scenery and an excellent flight training experience. Georgian Bay Airways has the solution to your float training needs.
Floatplane Refresher Workshop
GBA offers a comprehensive Floatplane Refresher Workshop for pilots who have not flown on floats for a while. This is a great opportunity for you to become current again, and review the float flying basics. Spend a day at GBA and get back to flying on floats.
Seaplane Charter Experience
Georgian Bay Airways takes pride in delivering comprehensive flight training programs, including Float Training, in a friendly and professional manner. Their flight training instructors are all experienced pilots and working Charter Pilots with actual seaplane charter experience. They are teaching you from real world experience.
Aspiring bush pilots will find top notch Floatplane Training at Georgian Bay Airways. Earn your Float Endorsement at one of the most thorough floatplane training facilities in Canada!
The Seaplane Fleet at GBA provides students with great aircraft for flight training. Their fleet includes the locally manufactured Found Bush Hawk, and the well known Cessna 180′s.
Found Bush Hawk
This seaplane is the newest addition to the GBA fleet of aircraft, and it’s locally made in Parry Sound by Found Aircraft Canada Inc.
The Bush Hawk is fast, comfortable and a pleasure to fly in. The Found Bush Hawk features large windows, providing excellent visibility. This airplane is great for sightseeing, and well designed for unobstructed view and photography of the beautiful Georgian Bay landscape and scenery. The Bush Hawk is a four place aircraft, and it also provides ample room for golf clubs. It’s ideal for a quick trip to the golf course, and excellent for sightseeing or fishing trips with loads of cargo room.
The GBA Fleet also includes the well known Cessna 180’s. These are an essential part of the bush flying industry. The Cessna 180 is extremely reliable, and it’s exceptionally popular and well known for performing sightseeing trips, charters, aerial photography, fishing trips, camping trips, and cargo runs. Cessna 180’s are a great Seaplane for float training, as this aircraft type is likely to be used during your flying career.
July 17 – 18, 2010, Midland, Ontario
Yes, the Muskoka 2010 Air Show has now moved to Midland, Ontario.
Midland Huronia Airport
Midland, Ontario, Canada
Don’t miss this exciting Air Show celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain and the Battle of Norway. These crucial aerial battles were two of the key turning points during W.W. II securing the victory in Europe.
W.W. II Warbirds
The Battle of Britain Air Show will feature World War II Warbirds and other great Aviation displays. One of the most exciting displays will be the Wing Walking!
Third Strike Wingwalking
Carol Pilon is the owner, operator and primary wing-walker of Third Strike Wingwalking. This aerial adventure at the Battle of Britain Air Show will be incredible.
This is one of the most challenging and entertaining acts, and certainly a highly anticipated highlight of the Air Show. This 15 minute aerial act includes precision flying and death defying wing walking before your eyes.
The Third Strike Wing Walking performance will include:
Full speed dives
Full power climbs
Eight Point Loop Over the Top
Climbing Wing Overs
Four Point Hesitation Rolls
Wing Walker Head Stand Fly-By
Low Flight Fly-Bys
Lots of Smoke
Air Show Performers
There will be many other great performances at the Battle of Britain 2010 Air Show.
Air Show Scheduled and pending performers now include:
1940 Boeing Stearman – Third Strike Wingwalking
1942 Supermarine Spitfire MK IX – Russell Group Aviation
Supermarine Spitfire MK IX 100% Replica
1942 Hawker Hurricane XII – Russell Group Aviation
1939 Messerschmitt BF-109E – Russell Group Aviation
1944 North American Mustang MK IV – Vintage Wings of Canada
1943 Curtiss P-40N Kittyhawk – Vintage Wings of Canada
Study for the Transport Canada Written Exam
Aerotech, located in Mississauga, Ontario, has designed and produced a Complete Private Pilot Licence (PPL) Ground School Course. This interactive course is a CD based, user-paced, self-study program to help the student pilot study and prepare for the Transport Canada Written Exam.
Transport Canada Exam
Early in your student pilot flight training, you will begin your Private Pilot Ground School. Traditionally, this is approximately 45 hours of class-room training to develop your understanding of Aviation and Aeronautical general knowledge. You may now use the Aerotech Canadian Private Pilot Ground School Course on CD-ROM. This interactive Computer Based Training (CBT) will guide the student through the required Transport Canada PPL Ground School curriculum.
The Student Pilot must then pass the Transport Canada Written Exam. This is a knowledge based written exam covering the concepts and lessons covered in the PPL Ground School Course.
Transport Canada Exam Overview:
100 Multiple Choice Questions
3 Hour Time Limit
Pass Mark of 60%
Four Mandatory Subject Areas
The exam Candidate must achieve an overall pass mark of 60% on the entire exam, and also achieve a pass mark of 60% in each of the following Four Mandatory Subject Areas:
AIR LAW: Air Law and Procedures
NAVIGATION: Navigation and Radio Aids
AERONAUTICS – GENERAL KNOWLEDGE: Airframes, Engines, and Systems; Theory of Flight; Flight Instruments; Flight Operations; Human Factors
Aerotech Private Pilot Ground School
The Aerotech PPL Ground School Course is well designed, following the Four Mandatory Subject Areas as outlined by Transport Canada. The course includes complete Study Notes of approximately 150 pages, and also four interactive CD-ROM’s for Computer Based Training (CBT).
The Study Notes exactly parallel the content of the CD based course, and the supplied notes also include supplemental reference material such as sample charts and reference tables.
There are four CD’s in the package, with each CD covering one of the 4 mandatory subject areas outlined. The companion Study Notes manual is also divided into the same four study areas. This logical break-down of the ground school material helps to keep things organized and easy to follow.
This self-paced study program was designed to fulfill the Transport Canada requirements of ground school training for the issue of a Canadian Private Pilot License (PPL). The Aerotech course allows the student pilot to study at their own pace, and without the restriction of having to attend pre-arranged classroom instruction. The course may also be used as an excellent supplement to the traditional classroom learning, or as a refresher course for pilots wanting to review essential course material from the comfort of their own home.
The purchase of the PPL Ground School Course includes additional Tutorial support available by email from dedicated Aerotech Instructors. As you proceed through your CD based ground school training, you now have access to essential tutorial support to answer questions or clarify any difficult topics you might encounter.
Upon completion of each major topic in the PPL Ground School Course, there is a sample test available to evaluate your understanding of the material. This will help you determine if you are prepared and ready to take your Transport Canada written examination. The student is instructed to request the sample (practice) test directly from Aerotech to evaluate their understanding of the course material covered. This is handled as an email request, allowing Aerotech to grade the practice test, and follow-up with the student to correct any mistakes. Aerotech interacts with the student to ensure proper understanding of the course material. When a student purchases the Aerotech CD-ROM Course, they will also receive email updates from Aerotech during the correspondence period to help keep the student current regarding potential new air regulations. This helps the student to keep current throughout their entire learning process.
The Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre (WWFC) is a non-profit organization with over 80 years dedicated to pilot training.
K-W Flying Club
Originally known as the Kitchener Waterloo Flying Club, WWFC has grown from a small grass strip into a first class aviation facility. The flight centre is registered with the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, as a Private Career College.
WWFC is located at the Waterloo Regional Airport (CYKF). The airport has paved runways 4,100 and 7,000 feet in length, and multiple instrument approaches. The airport also has a Control Tower making this an ideal location for professional pilot training.
Watch the WWFC Video!
Watch this exciting video to learn more about the Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre
WWFC is one of the Top Flight Schools in Canada. The training centre has hundreds of members and a large group of qualified and helpful instructors. The Flight School is modern and fully equipped for professional and private pilot training. The classrooms utilize the latest state of the art presentation equipment for ideal training. The facility also includes both individual study rooms and pre/post flight briefing rooms for private feedback and instruction from your flight instructor.
WWFC’s new building offers students three classrooms, instructional aids, briefing and study areas, on-site computers with Internet access to obtain aviation weather, and a pilot supply shop stocked with aviation books, aviation gear, charts, maps and aviation clothing.
The Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre operates a modern and well maintained fleet of 25 aircraft including 18 Cessnas and two twin engine Piper Seminoles and also a certified Flight Simulator.
The WWFC aircraft fleet is ideal for your private pilot and professional pilot needs. From the 2 place Cessna 152 up to the Piper Seminole multi-engine Twin, you will have the opportunity to fly the best airplane suited to your flight training needs.
In addition, WWFC operates a certified Elite Flight Simulator. This is great for IFR training without the cost of aircraft time. Students can log their hours, and benefit from advanced training in the flight simulator. The hourly cost is much less than it would cost the student to log the same hours in the air.
2 Piper Seminoles
8 Cessna 172s (N and S model)
7 Cessna 152s
3 Cessna 172RGs
3 Diamond Katana DA-20s
1 Certified Elite Simulator
The Flight Centre and airport facilities provide:
Rental Car Services
Complete Maintenance Facilities
Full Service Restaurant (Runways Cafe)
New Modern Building and Training Facility
Nav Canada Tower Operation
Multiple IFR approaches including RNAV
VOR on the field
Convenient access from a large Parking area
Direct Access from the Ramp
Pilot Flight Planning area
Passenger Waiting area
The Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre facility is designed for your advanced flight training needs.
Your entire family will enjoy the awesome thrills of the Waterloo Aviation Expo & Air Show. It’s a spectacular two-day event packed with ground and flying displays. The Air Show promises to entertain, educate and inspire aviation enthusiasts of all ages. You will enjoy the thrill and power of flight, up close and personal.
Father’s Day Weekend Saturday June 19, 2010 Sunday June 20, 2010
9am – 5pm Daily
Don’t miss this exciting display of aircraft and flight performances at the Waterloo International Airport. You will see civilian aircraft, military aircraft, aviation displays and incredible flying demonstrations.
B-17 Memphis Belle Flying Fortress
This famous and formidable WWII Bomber will be proudly displayed at the Waterloo Air Show.
“Memphis Belle” was the nickname of a B-17F Flying Fortress flown in combat during the Second World War.
This well known aircraft inspired two full-featured motion pictures:
1944 documentary film: Memphis Belle - A Story of a Flying Fortress
1990 Hollywood feature film: Memphis Belle
25 Combat Missions
The Memphis Belle was the first U.S. Army Air Forces heavy bomber to complete 25 combat missions. The plane and crew then returned to the United States to sell war bonds to help finance the country and the war.
The Memphis Belle is a Boeing-built B-17F-10-BO with the Serial Number 41-24485. This heavy bomber was added to the United States Air Force assets on July 15, 1942.
The Memphis Belle was then delivered to the 91st Bomb Group at Dow Field, Bangor, Maine, in September 1942.
Canadian Forces Snowbirds
Watch the Snowbirds at the Waterloo Air Show
The Canadian Forces Snowbirds will be headlining this year’s aerial display. The Snowbirds perform an incredible 9-plane aerobatic formation flying routine.
For 40 seasons, the Snowbirds have thrilled audiences and demonstrated incredible skill and professionalism. The Snowbirds Pilots and entire team will ensure your visit to the Waterloo Aviation Expo & Air Show is memorable and exciting.
Central Helicopter Training Academy
Located in St. Thomas, Ontario, CHTA provides Helicopter Flight Training. Based at the St. Thomas Municipal Airport, CHTA operates from the uncontrolled licensed aerodrome. From this location they serve the wider markets of London, Hamilton and Kitchener.
CHTA is only 10 minutes south of London, Ontario. They have a 12,000 square foot hangar where they have all the latest training equipment.
Zimmer Air Services Inc.
CHTA is operated as a division of Zimmer Air Services which has over 30 years of experience as a commercial aviation helicopter service provider. Zimmer Air has an experienced staff of maintenance engineers, pilots and support personnel. The qualified staff contribute to CHTA’s success.
All training aircraft are maintained in-house by Zimmer Air Services’ Aircraft Maintenance Organization. The full time experienced maintenance staff ensure maximum aircraft serviceability. This benefits student pilots by ensuring minimal disruptions of your flight training schedule due to aircraft maintenance requirements. Paul Zimmer is the President of Zimmer Air Services, and also the CHTA Campus Manager. Paul is dedicated and committed to the students of Central Helicopter Training Academy. Paul has 35 years experience in helicopter operations in Canada.
Primary Flight Training is provided on the CHTA Fleet of helicopters. This includes two Robinson R44 helicopters, one Robinson R22 helicopter, and one Bell 206B Jet Ranger helicopter. Additional training and endorsements are also available utilizing their other helicopters including an Eurocopter AS350 A-Star and an AS355 Twin-Star. CHTA has well maintained, current equipment, and highly qualified instructors.
FLYIT Professional Helicopter Simulator
CHTA owns and operates a FLYIT Simulator. This is a two place, side-by-side seating flight training device. The simulator has a cockpit with dual controls and it provides hands-on instruction for hovering and all flight manoeuvring. The complete instrument panel is ideal for both visual and instrument training.
The extreme realism of the FLYIT Professional Helicopter Simulator is ideal for flight training. Student pilots can spend more time flying to train, maintain and enhance their proficiency without the continued cost of expensive helicopter flight time. The simulator is just like a real helicopter! The replica switches and controls are identical size, shape, color and location of those in the real helicopter.
This Advanced Helicopter Flight Simulator provides an accurate flight model including translational lift, ground effect, torque, auto-rotation, and other common flight characteristics. Manufactured by FLYIT Simulators, Inc., this flight simulator may be configured to replicate MD, Bell, Robinson, Enstrom and Schweizer model helicopters. The FLYIT Professional Helicopter Flight Simulator has been evaluated and approved by Transport Canada as a Level 2 Flight Training Device. Flight time logged in the FLYIT Simulator counts towards your flight instruction hours, and may be used towards the issuance of your Helicopter Pilot rating saving you both time and money.
I had a Great Time at the Canadian Aviation Expo!
It was another great aviation expo, and a wonderful way to spend a Saturday in May.
There were many exciting and informative displays, and the location was great. It was a nice touch when I arrived to find there was free parking for show visitors.
The expo was held at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum at the Hamilton Munro International Airport in Mount Hope, Ontario.
There was plenty to see at the show, and it was a great family day for everyone. Show visitors could visit the Warplane Heritage Museum, as well as browse the many static displays and booths inside the building, and then go outside on the tarmac to view even more displays and aircraft.
Lockheed Canadair CF-104 Starfighter
Arriving at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, you can’t miss the famous CF-104 Starfigher Landmark serving as a beacon to aviation enthusiasts. A retired Lockheed Canadair CF-104 Starfighter is vertically mounted to welcome all visitors. The Canadian built CF-104 was one of the most successful jet fighter aircraft to serve with Canada’s Air Force. The CF-104 Starfighter is a CF-104D model, and it was used as a trainer. It is a two-seat fighter jet.
In 1959, the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) ordered 200 of the CF-104′s, and the first was built in Canada in 1961. In total, Canadair built 340 of these fighter aircraft in Canada. The CF-104 was in active service from 1961 until 1986 when it was eventually retired. The CF-104 was used by the RCAF for various roles including fighter, strikes, and photo reconnaissance.
Experience the thrill of flying in a World War II training aircraft. Imagine a ride in the backseat of an authentic HARVARD, or a front seat of a Tiger Moth. In addition, CHAA now offers backseat rides in the recently restored YALE.
Helicopter Rides at the Canadian Aviation Expo
National Helicopters provided show visitors with the chance to fly in a Helicopter. It was enjoyable to just watch the Helicopters take-off and land. Imagine the excitement of being a passenger as the Helicopter took flight and gave an aerial tour of the Hamilton Munro International Airport and surrounding area.