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.
Based at the Peterborough, Ontario Airport (CYPQ), W.M. Aeroflight provides Flight Training in the Kawarthas area. WM Aeroflight is the only flight training centre at the Peterborough airport. WM Aero has friendly staff, and they are proud of their well-maintained aircraft and personal 1-on-1 flight training instruction.
Learn to Fly in Peterborough
Aspiring pilots in the Peterborough, Ontario area should contact W.M Aero Flight for great rates on Aircraft rentals and flight instruction. Flight Instructors will guide you through all your pilot training requirements including Recreational Permit, Private Pilot Licence (PPL), Night Rating, VFR Over The Top Rating, and Instrument Rating.
WM Aero Flight provides flight training in either a Cessna 172 or a Cessna 152 airplane. Both models are ideal trainers for new pilots. The Cessna 152 is a 2 seat trainer and an economical way to Learn to Fly. Both are high-wing aircraft that are stable, proven, flight trainers.
Most student pilots learn to fly in a Cessna, and almost all pilots have some air-time in the Cessna 172. There’s room for two pilots in the front, and there is a bench seat in the back for a maximum of four in the aircraft.
Book a fun and informative discovery flight.
This is a great way to begin your flight training, and you will love the excitement of being in the air for your very first time. Your Intro Flight is only $80, and it includes a 15 minute briefing with a qualified Flight Instructor, followed by a 30 minute flight in a Cessna 172. While in the air, your instructor will explain the basic controls, and even let you fly!
Private Pilot Ground School
WM Aero Flight provides a comprehensive Private Pilot Ground School. This 42 hour night-school course is offered once per week over 14 weeks. Ground School Topics include:
Theory of Flight & Aerodynamics
Engines & Airframes
Meteorology 1: Theory
Meteorology 2: Theory
Meteorology 3: Practical
Air Regulations 1
Air Regulations 2
Human Factors & Pilot Decision Making
Instruments and Radio & Electronic Theory
Navigation 1: Theory
Navigation 2: Planning
Navigation 3: Radio Aids
Review for Written Test
Your Private Pilot Ground School will give you confidence and the necessary knowledge for the required Transport Canada PPL Ground School Written Exam.
Don’t miss the Dryden Centennial Air Show on the May long weekend 2010. Celebrating 100 years, Dryden Ontario Centennial events include this spectacular air show.
The City of Dryden has partnered with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) and the Department of National Defence (DND) to present this amazing air show.
The Dryden Centennial Air Show will be held at the Dryden Regional Airport. Visitors will enjoy incredible air and static aviation displays and demonstrations never before seen in Northwestern Ontario!
Your entire family will love the air show. There’s something for everyone including fantastic air show demonstrations, static ground displays, aviation information, vendor tents, VIP areas, snacks, food and refreshments. This air show is family oriented with exciting aviation demonstrations for everyone.
Air Force Aircraft
The Canadian Armed Forces will have displays at the air show, and both the United States Air Force and the Canadian Armed Forces are expected to provide some spectacular fly-bys. Several Vintage Military Aircraft are also planned to be on display at the air show providing visitors with a glimpse of aviation history.
Civilian and Military Aircraft
Visitors will enjoy a wide variety of aircraft types on display including both Civilian and Military Aircraft.
The Canadian Snowbird Jets
One of the most exciting parts of this air show will be the Canadian Snowbird Demonstration Team. The Snowbird pilots will be flying the Canadair CT-114 Tutor. As the ‘Tutor’ name implies, the CT-114 Tutor is a jet trainer aircraft and it has been widely used as the Canadian Forces (CF) primary jet trainer from 1961 until 2000. The Tutor is affectionately known as “Toot” because of it’s use as a primary trainer for Jet Aircraft CF pilots.
Canadair CT-144 Tutor Performance
Maximum speed: 486 mph (782 km/h)
Range: 944 miles (1,520 km)
Service ceiling: 44,500 ft (13,560 m)
Rate of climb: 4,220 ft/min (21.4 m/sec)
The Canadian Snowbird Demonstration Team is a group of experienced and dedicated pilots and technicians. They work hard to provide thrilling air show performances demonstrating their professionalism, teamwork, excellence, discipline and dedication.
July 17 – 18, 2010, Muskoka (Midland) Airport
World War II Aircraft will thunder into Muskoka, Ontario, Canada. Don’t miss the spectacular Thunder in Little Norway Air Show this July in Muskoka (Midland).
The Muskoka 2010 Air Show will feature flying performances by World War II Warbirds, an incredible Wing Walking Act, Stunt planes, and a great line up of static aircraft for up-close viewing.
Bring the entire family out and tour the many aviation related vendors. You and your kids will experience aviation history, and you can even get involved with aircraft building. There are children’s activities including a fun and exciting colouring area with aviation cartoons featuring Mike Da Mustang - an animated children’s series the kids (and even the adults) will love!
The Muskoka 2010 Air Show commemorates the 70th Anniversary of the Battle of Norway and the Battle of Britain. These two battles were major turning points during World War II, and they helped turn the tide of the war and preserve our freedoms as we know them today. The Norwegian theme is especially fitting this year taking place in the Muskoka (Midland) region. History was made at this same Muskoka location – where the Norwegian Air Force training base was located during the war! In celebration, the Muskoka 2010 Air Show will also include a complete line up of WWII fighter aircraft including a roundup of PT-26 Cornells that were flown by the Norwegians at Little Norway.
Royal Air Force (RAF) Vintage WWII Spitfire Fighter Aircraft
Have you been up close to a vintage or replica WWII Fighter Aircraft? Don’t miss this exciting and rare opportunity to experience an exciting piece of Aviation history. These vintage and replica aircraft have been meticulously restored or replicated with perfect attention to detail. You don’t have to be an aviation enthusiast to appreciate these incredible flying machines. The incredible power and Thunder of these fighting machines will be unforgettable.
These WWII fighter airplanes were originally designed as short-range, high-performance interceptor aircraft. However, the Spitfire fighter airplane was used in many other crucial combat roles including photo-reconnaissance, fighter-bomber, carrier-based fighter, and advanced fighter trainer.
One of unique design features of these high speed fighter aircraft was the elliptical wing with thin cross-section. This advanced wing design provided a higher top speed than the Hawker Hurricane and many other contemporary fighter aircraft. Speed in combat conditions was recognized as absolutely critical for home defence against enemy bombers.
The Battle of Britain
During the Battle of Britain, the Royal Air Force (RAF) relied on both the Spitfire and also the Hurricane fighter aircraft to battle against the Luftwaffe. One of the main adversaries of the Spitfire and Hurricane was the Messerschmitt Bf 109. All these powerful fighter aircraft used similar designs focusing on small, streamlined airframe powered by enormous liquid-cooled V12 engines to help achieve the top speed needed to beat the enemy in combat.
After the Battle of Britain, the Spitfire became the backbone of RAF Fighter Command. The Spitfire was used in many combat situations including the European Theatre, Pacific Theatre and the South-East Asian theatre. The Spitfire has been a favourite of pilots for generations, and it’s rare to see one of these flying today. The Muskoka 2010 Air Show provides a rare and unique opportunity to see replicas of these aircraft up close.
Flight Training School
Harv’s Air Service is a family owned and operated air service and Flight Training School with two locations in the Winnipeg, Manitoba area. Flight Training locations in both Steinbach and St. Andrews.
Harv’s Air has experienced management and has been family owned since 1972. They provide Certificate, Diploma and Degree programs in conjunction with Red River College and Providence College. Harv’s Air Service is also an Air Taxi and complete aircraft Maintenance service.
Harv’s Air has trained thousands of student pilots since it began flight training in 1972. They offer the best in flight training, in a safe and enjoyable environment. Flight Training at Harv’s Air includes accelerated and very comprehensive courses for all pilot licences and pilot permits. International students are welcome, and accommodations are available for 40 student pilots at the flight school located on the airport.
Flight Training is provided for all permits, licences, endorsements, ratings and types including:
Private Pilot License (PPL)
Commercial Pilot License (CPL)
Instrument Flight Rating (IFR)
Float and Ski flying
Online Ground School Courses
Harv’s Air has an enrolment of 250 students a year operating with a large fleet of over 30 airplanes. Student Pilot training is provided by 21 full-time flight instructors with combined 35,000 hours flight training experience. Instructors have experience with tail-draggers, aerobatics, floats, corporate aviation, and air taxi flight. There are also 3 flight test examiners, 4 office/admin staff and 4 aircraft engineers. Harv’s Air Flight Instructors are all fully qualified and dedicated to making your pilot training experience as enjoyable and fulfilling as possible. The Designated Flight Test Examiner (DFTE) on staff at Harv’s Air will ensure the highest standard of flight training.
Fleet of Training Aircraft
Harv’s Air Service operates a fleet of thirty training aircraft. Their advanced fleet of airplanes includes:
17 Cessna 152′s
7 Cessna 172′s
1 Piper Warrior
1 Piper Navajo
1 Pitts S2B
1 Beechcraft Travel Air
This is one of the younger fleets in the flight training industry, and the different types of aircraft provide variety for your advanced flight training possibilities. The entire aircraft fleet is maintained to the highest standards by Harv’s Air on-staff Aircraft Engineers. All airplanes are well maintained, with excellent paint, interiors, intercomms, and avionics including GPS.
Expand Your Horizons
Instinct Windsports offers hang gliding training for the aviation enthusiast. Hang Gliding is the easiest and least expensive form of aviation. Using modern hang gliders, and modern hang gliding instruction techniques, Instinct Windsports will quickly have you in the air, learning to hang glide.
In the Air – First Lesson!
Instinct Windsports offers new students a four hour introductory session. You will quickly and safely learn about modern hang gliding training techniques. And, you will get to Fly the Hang Glider YOURSELF, on your first lesson! Your introductory flight will be from flat ground, with little or no wind, and you will stay within 5 feet of the ground as you learn for yourself, how much fun Hang Gliding really is. It’s a great venue to learn how to fly Hang Gliders.
Your Hang Gliding Intro Session includes a brief but thorough instruction about hang gliding including a look at the hang gliding aircraft and equipment.
Instinct Windsports uses a ‘Scooter-Tow’ to get you in the air on your first lesson. The Scooter-Tow is the glider industry standard method of instruction for introducing new glider pilots to flying in the air. Don’t worry. You’ll never get higher than you are comfortable with, and a certified glider is used that is designed for beginner instruction.
Instinct Windsports provides a variety of courses to suit the needs of all aspiring Hang Glider pilots. They also provide sales & service of certified hang gliding equipment.
Hang Gliding Instructors at Instinct Windsports include:
Mark Dowsett - Your in-class instructor, scooter-tow instructor, and day-taster
Ryan Wood - Your flight instructor and tandem pilot
Steve Younger – Your tandem pilot, aero-towing pilot, and day-taster
The Canadian Harvard Aircraft
A favourite at the Canadian Aviation Expo (2008) was the Canadian Harvard Aircraft. Based in Tillsonburg, Ontario, the Canadian Harvard Aircraft Association (CHAA) maintains a fleet of vintage Harvard Aircraft beautifully restored and maintained.
The CHAA is a volunteer organization started 1985 at a small grass airstrip in Woodstock, Ontario. These Harvard lovers help keep the legend of the Harvard alive.
CHAA Website: www.Harvards.com
Also known as the AT-6, Yale, Texan, SNJ, or Wirraway based on the same airframe, the Harvard is always a crowd pleaser. The Harvard is one of the best known training aircraft in the world.
Supersonic Propeller Tips
The 9 foot propeller is powered by a massive radial engine causing the propeller tips to go supersonic causing an unforgettable roar.
The Harvard Aircraft was an advanced trainer used by 137,000 aircrew who came from all over the world to Learn to Fly in Canada as part of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan.
The Harvard filled the gap between the elementary trainers of the day like the D.H. TIGER MOTH, and the high performance fighters such as the Spitfires, Hurricanes and Mustangs. The Harvard Aircraft is fully aerobatic and pleasant to fly, but student pilots were taught to respect the aircraft if they wished to survive.
The Perfect Trainer
The new Cessna 162 Skycatcher is the ideal trainer. It’s simple to fly, and very responsive. With fingertip control, the student pilot will quickly learn to fly, and is certain to fall in love with this docile training airplane.
The 162 model number should immediately give you an good impression of this great airplane. Many pilots learned to fly in the older Cessna 150 and Cessna 152 airplanes. The 150 & 152 models were both two-seat tricycle gear airplanes perfect for flight training. The Cessna 172 is a larger four-seat tricycle gear airplane common for flight training today. Now, we have something in-between. The Cessna 162 is a modern version of a two-seat tricycle gear training airplane.
At first glance, the Skycatcher is immediately recognized as a ”fun-to-fly” airplane. It’s the ideal, economical flight training aircraft. Student pilots will easily achieve the joy of flight in this modern trainer as they quickly learn to fly.
Fun to fly, and Looks Great!
The Cessna 162 Skycatcher looks as good as it feels to fly. This high-wing, tricycle gear trainer comfortably seats two. The modern interior is beautifully designed, with an open and wide view for near unobstructed visibility. The Skycatcher boasts the very latest technology with great affordability and easy flyability. The Skycatcher is pure fun. It’s easy to fly, and most importantly, easy to land. The Cessna 162 has two-seat capacity including the pilot. Ample luggage space is provided aft of the seats. Left hand and right hand gull-wing doors allow easy access for both the pilot and passenger as they swing upward.
Canada’s Largest Aviation Trade Show
And, Canada’s Largest Fly-In!
Ultra Lights to Very Light Jets, Vintage Warbirds and Classic Trainers. Fly-ins, Warbird Rides, Helicopter Rides, Airplane Rides and Demo Flights!
With hundreds of Aircraft, and thousands of Products, the Canadian Aviation Expo is Canada’s largest Aviation Tradeshow for Pilots, Aircraft Owners and Aviation Enthusiasts.
Free on-site parking for cars and planes, and NO Landing Fees!
Friday April 30, 2010 VIP ONLY! (6pm – 8pm)
Saturday May 1, 2010 (9am – 5pm)
Sunday May 2, 2010 (9am – 5pm)
Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum Canada’s Flying Museum
Hamilton Munro International Airport
Mount Hope, Ontario, Canada
$40 per person!
Enjoy a 15 minute scenic flight in a four seat Cessna airplane. Invite your date, or take your family on an aerial tour. Rides will be flown by experienced pilots of the Brampton Flight Centre. Aviation Enthusiasts will love the experience of flight. Both young and old can share the dream of flight at the Canadian Aviation Expo.
$60 per person!
$210 per family of four.
It’s always exciting to fly. But, to fly in a Helicopter is amazing. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to take to the air in a Helicopter at the Canadian Aviation Expo. You will have a great view from above, and Helicopter rides are unique and memorable. Share the experience with your friends, family or date.
For the really daring, why not fly in a piece of Aviation History…
The Brampton Airport (CNC3) is located on 240 acres just north of Brampton, Ontario, Canada. It’s located near the town of Caledon, and it’s just 12 miles north-west of Toronto’s Lester B. Pearson International Airport (CYYZ). The Brampton airport is close to the GTA, conveniently located 30 minutes from Toronto by automobile and 20 minutes from Pearson International Airport.
World Class Flight Training Facility
Brampton Flight Centre (BFC) is recognized as a world class flight training facility and is internationally respected as one of the top aviation schools in Canada. Since 1946, over 50,000 pilots have trained at Brampton. BFC owns its own airport, and the airport is home to over 200 private and business aircraft. The flight training practice area is located only five minutes from the flight school, and it is not constrained by the severe airspace congestion often experienced at other flight schools.
The Brampton Flying Club Flight Training School is considered one of the best in the World!
BFC operates over 23 aircraft, and has over 30 instructors. Training aircraft available at BFC include Cessna 172’s and both a Piper Seminole and a Piper Seneca. The Flight school provides training for all license types. If you are looking for a Recreational Pilot Permit, or you need to advance right through to the Airline Transport Pilot License, you will find everything you need at BFC.
BFC operates a Cessna Maintenance facility. BFC is Canada’s first and largest Cessna Pilot Centre. It utilizes the world’s first interactive computer based flight training system.