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Oct. 25, 2012

Oldest Battle of Britain veteran, Spitfire pilot William Walker, dead at 99
CTV News
William Walker, whose poem is part of a national monument to his comrades in the Battle of Britain, has died at age 99. The Battle of Britain Trust said Walker died recently at home in London.More

Okanagan College student lands aviation scholarship
Veron Morning Star
An Okanagan College student has become the first student outside of the United States to receive a scholarship from the International Cessna 170 Association. Ben Peters, 19, received the $1,000 U.S. scholarship just as he completed his aircraft maintenance engineer–M training at Okanagan College's Vernon campus. More

4 in a row for Alberta Aviation Museum
The Alberta Aviation Museum has just returned from the 2012 Canadian Aeronautical Preservation Association conference, held this year at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Hamilton, ON. At this three-day conference representing Aviation Museums from across Canada the Alberta Aviation Museum was chosen by its peers to receive the C.A.P.A National Award for an Outstanding Outreach Program.More

Flight instructor mourned after Pitt Lake float plane crash
The Province
The staff at Pitt Meadows' Pacific Rim Aviation Academy are mourning their colleague, instructor James Stevens this week, after the 71-year-old was killed in a float plane crash. "James Stevens was a man among men and a gentle giant whose instructional capabilities, were beyond exception. He loved to fly," flight school owner Chris Georgas said in a statement to the media. Stevens was killed when the Cessna 172 he was flying in with a 55-year-old male student flipped in Pitt Lake. The cabin was submerged under water. His student survived with only minor injuries and was treated and released from hospital.More

Sky always retains sense of awe, mystery
The Sault Star
Even though the skies have felt a bit of this human's touch, they will always retain a sense of awe and mystery. There is something universal (pardon the pun) about those rolling puffs. Their ethereal shapes and colours are beyond anything we can conjure. For this fall's air show over Lake Superior seems to be wilder than ever. Bulbous mountains of grey and indigo sweep across the horizon shape shifting from battleship to rosebush to feather. Although they bring us our daily rain, they are all magnificent.More

Hawker Beechcraft says talks with Chinese suitor fail
Aircraft maker Hawker Beechcraft said it intends to emerge from bankruptcy as a standalone company after talks to sell itself to China's Superior Aviation Beijing Co failed, and may close its entire jet business if it doesn't get a strong bid.More

Flying cars go back to the future
One spring day more than 15 years ago, Col. Joe Kittinger, an experimental test pilot and world-renowned extreme skydiver, slid into the driver's seat of a 1954 Taylor Aerocar, coaxed it to a speed of 130 km/h on a runway outside Minneapolis, and took the craft, looking something like a stubby Volkswagen with wings, to the air. Kittinger was in his mid-70s and, as a fellow in the Society of Experimental Test Pilots, had flown dozens of aircraft over a career that spans 16,800 flying hours. Yet this was the first flying car, and it was almost 50 years old.More

Memories of the east end air show
Hamilton Spectator
My friend Jim Margueratt and his big brother Ed called the other week to let me know they’d finally found it. The elusive Hamilton Municipal Airport plaque. Now, I know what you're thinking. A plaque would be hard to find in Mount Hope. It's a big, sprawling backcountry where there aren't a lot of markers or people to ask. Needle in a haystack, right?More

Calgary engineer finds fame with suit used in skydive from space
As a young boy growing up in Lake Bonavista, Shane Jacobs was always fascinated with the way the world worked. His father and grandfather, both engineers, instilled his innate wonder. And a handful of inspiring math and science teachers at Bishop Carroll High School helped him thrive in a unique, individually run program allowing him to work at his own, brisk pace of study.More

Ottawa rolls the dice with air travel safety devastating cuts to airport security screeners an unnecessary risk
"Our federal government is rolling the dice with the safety of the travelling public in this country by reducing the number of airport security screeners across Canada," said an angry Dave Ritchie, Canadian General Vice President of the IAM, the largest airport security screener union in the country.More

Spitfire pilot honoured
Nanaimo Bulletin
With Remembrance Day a few weeks away, many Vancouver Island families are thinking about family members that served in the Canadian Armed Forces during the Second World War. The Neils of Nanaimo is one such family. Born in Nanaimo on Nov. 17, 1919, John William 'Jack' Neil would become one of the most highly decorated fighter pilots from Vancouver Island.More

Better accomodating passengers with reduced mobility and disabilities
Any passenger in the U.K. that faces difficulty travelling within an airport or on board an aircraft — through disability, injury, age or any other reason — is entitled to help from the airport or airline. The U.K. Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is today reminding travellers of their rights and offering advice on what to do to improve their air travel experience.More

Airports to get new, less-invasive body scanners
STL Today
Just in time for holiday travel, Chicago's O'Hare International Airport is receiving a new type of body scanner that should help speed up the lines at security checkpoints and that displays a generic outline of each passenger rather than specific body images that critics have blasted as 'a virtual strip-search,' the Transportation Security Administration has said.More