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Government of Canada marks National Aviation Day 2018

Transport Canada Press Release | February 23, 2018

Estimated reading time 3 minutes, 47 seconds.

From visiting friends and family, to travelling to medical appointments, and getting goods to market, Canadians rely on a safe and efficient aviation system to support and sustain our vibrant communities.

Canadian Forces Snowbirds in flight
The Canadian Forces Snowbirds aerobatic team is an enduring symbol of Canadian military aviation excellence. Here, two Snowbirds soloists in CT-114 Tutor jets break away from the main pack during spring training exercises in 2017. Mike Reyno Photo

As we celebrate over 100 years of aviation history, Transport Canada recognizes the many people, including airline and airport employees, flight crews, engineers, air traffic controllers and maintenance workers, who help maintain the safety and security of aviation for all Canadians and keep Canada’s aviation system one of the safest in the world.

National Aviation Day 2018 is also an occasion to highlight the Government of Canada’s Transportation 2030 strategy and its commitment to supporting greater choice, better service, lower costs, and new rights for air travellers.

Bill C-49, the Transportation Modernization Act, aims to:

  • Mandate the Canadian Transportation Agency to create regulations to provide air passengers with rights that are clear, consistent, transparent, and fair, including clear standards of treatment and compensation;
  • Liberalize international ownership restrictions from 25 to 49 per cent of voting interests of Canadian air carriers to allow more investment capital and bring more competition into the Canadian air sector; and
  • Create a more predictable and streamlined approach to the consideration of airline joint ventures.
  • National Aviation Day also offers Canadians an opportunity to advance this vital industry by encouraging youth to pursue careers in Canadian aviation and to learn more about aviation safety.

Transport Canada invites all Canadians to help keep the skies safe by visiting the Drone Safety and Not a Bright Idea websites to learn how to use their drones and laser pointers safely and legally.

J.A.D. McCurdy sits in the Silver Dart on Bras d'Or Lake near Baddeck, as skaters position him for take-off Feb. 23, 1909. Photos courtesy of Larry Milberry
J.A.D. McCurdy sits in the Silver Dart on Bras d’Or Lake near Baddeck, as skaters position him for take-off Feb. 23, 1909. Photos courtesy of Larry Milberry

“This year’s National Aviation Day is about celebrating the tremendous commitment and effort of the women and men who help keep Canada’s aviation system safe and operating efficiently as we advance the future of transportation in Canada and pave the way for future workers who choose careers in this challenging, yet rewarding field,” said Marc Garneau,
Minister of Transport.

Quick Facts

  • Feb. 23 is the anniversary of the first powered flight in Canada. On Feb. 23, 1909, Pilot J.A.D. McCurdy flew the Silver Dart nearly 800 metres in Baddeck, N.S.;
  • In 1934, Jessica Jarvis became the first woman in Canada to earn her commercial pilot’s licence;
    Canada has the third-largest aerospace sector in the world. It generates $29.8 billion in annual revenues, and represents: 211,000 direct and indirect jobs in Canada, 140,000 Canadian jobs in the airlines, airports and related services industry and five per cent of jobs in the North.

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