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Dec. 13, 2012

Historical first flight for Canada's first electric fixed wing aircraft

In a historic aviation event, eUP Aviation, based at the Freedom Flight Park near Lumby British Columbia, successfully flew Canada's first battery-powered fixed wing electric aircraft, the Green1, at the Pitt Meadows Airport Dec. 8 2012.

Piloted by eUP developer and co-owner, Randy Rauck, the powered ultralight hang glider trike took off at approximately 10:00 a.m. Saturday Dec. 8 to the thrill of excited aviation enthusiasts.More

Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame inducts 4 new members
The Ottawa Citizen via Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame
Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame (CAHF) will induct four new members, and honour a Belt of Orion recipient, at its 40th annual gala dinner and ceremony to be held in Ottawa on May 30, 2013. The new members are: Victor R. Bennett, former Innotech Aviation chief executive; James 'Stocky' Edwards, WWII Royal Canadian Air Force fighter pilot and command leader; Joseph Fernand 'Frank' Henley, former executive of Maritime Central Airways, Nordair and Hydro Quebec; and, John Sandford, former president of de Havilland Canada. Canadian Pacific Air Lines will be presented with the Belt of Orion award.More

New app prepares travelers for the holiday rush
Crowded airports and delayed flights are unavoidable hallmarks of holiday travel, but a new app aims to make the experience more navigable. TravelNerd is designed to alleviate the stumbling blocks that can arise during air travel, such as finding amenities, or figuring out the most cost-effective form of transportation to and from the airport.More

South Cooking Lake airport sold
Sherwood Park News
Now under new ownership, the South Cooking Lake Airport is expected to boost economic activity in the south end of Strathcona County, airport operators said. As one of the busiest small general aviation airports in Canada, operation and ownership of South Cooking Lake Airport was transferred from Edmonton Regional Airports Authority to the Cooking Lake Airport Condominium Association (CLCA).More

Calgary airport improvement fee hike to hurt Canadian airlines
The Financial Post
Calgary International Airport is set to raise its airport improvements fees next spring, dealing a blow to Canadian airlines — WestJet Airlines in particular, which uses the airport as its base. Jody Moseley, Calgary airport authority spokeswoman, said the increase would help pay for a $2-billion renovation underway at the airport, including a new runway and terminal.More

'Fiscal cliff' negotiations could bring aviation impacts
With the leaders of both political parties locked in high-stakes brinkmanship over taxes and spending, there is concern that the so-called 'fiscal cliff,' and the deep spending cuts and tax increases that would follow, could do significant damage to aviation. The FAA stands to lose $1 billion of its $15.8 billion budget if automatic spending cuts are allowed to proceed, and impacts would be felt by general aviation, aerospace manufacturers, and airline interests alike. More

Airport link to Pearson will be ready by 2015
Toronto will have a rail link between Union Station and Pearson International Airport by 2015. Kathy Haley, Metrolinx president of Air Rail Link, told members of the Metrolinx board that the construction of the Union-Pearson Express is ahead of schedule. Haley attributed good weather in the summer to helping speed up work on the line. More

Ornge announces new chief operating officer
Ornge has announced the appointment of Rob Giguere to the role of Chief Operating Officer (COO). Mr. Giguere will oversee Aviation, Operations and the Operations Control Centre to ensure all teams are working together and moving forward to support Ornge's focus on patient care and Ontario operations. He brings decades of experience and knowledge in aviation having worked in senior executive positions with Air Canada and Skyservice Airlines. He then became an independent aviation consultant and joined Ornge as a special advisor for aviation in April 2012.More

Status Update: Medium-to-heavy lift helicopter project
As part of its commitment under the Canada First Defence Strategy, the Government of Canada is purchasing 15 medium-to-heavy lift Chinook F-model helicopters (also known as CH-147F) to fulfill Canada's transport requirements in this area. More