The McDowall monoplane is the oldest surviving aircraft built in Canada. The home-built, pioneer-era plane first flew in 1915, but only a few short hops. It is on display at the Canadian Aviation Museum.
On December 10, 1931, Ghost of Charron Lake, a Fokker Standard Universal, G-CAJD, crashed in a Manitoba snowstorm and was not found until 2005. A search team from the Western Canada Aviation Museum, using side scan sonar, found the plane. It was raised in 2007 and taken to the Museum, located in Winnipeg.
Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport is named after the founder of Western Canada Airways Ltd. Richardson founded the airline in 1926 and in 1930 he amalgamated it with five eastern carriers to create Canadian Airways Limited.
In 2008 the 442 Transport and Rescue Squadron at 19 Wing Comox won the Trans-Canada (McKee) Trophy. In October 2006, the 442 squadron crew rescued three victims of a chopper crash along Knight Inlet, B.C. It is the oldest (est. 1927) aviation award in Canada.
In 1983 the space shuttle, piggybacking on a Boeing 737, made its first landing outside the United States in Goose Bay on runway 08/26. At 11,046 feet long, the runway can accommodate any aircraft in the world. It is an alternate emergency landing site for NASA space shuttles.
In January 2009 NAV CANADA and Aéroports de Montréal announced it would deploy a surface surveillance system for locating aircraft on the runways and apron. Called Multistatic Dependent Surveillance (MDS), it uses a form of triangulation to locate aircraft using their transponder squits.
A Canadian competitor for the $10-million Ansari X Prize used a two-stage rocket design based on a German V2. The Toronto-based da Vinci Project planned to launch its Wild Fire spacecraft called the Canadian Arrow, from a huge helium balloon. Scaled Composites won with its SpaceshipOne flight on October 2, 2004.
On April 4, 1997, A Russian trawler off the coast of Vancouver intentionally lasered a Canadian Forces Sea King helicopter. One pilot suffered debilitating eye damage that ended his flying career. A 2002 Canadian Aviation Regulations amendment forbids pointing a bright light into navigable airspace that could cause injury or damage to pilot or aircraft.
The Museum of Civilization says the first international airmail flight was from Vancouver to Seattle on August 25, 1919. But a $1 commemorative stamp issued by the Aero Club of Canada gives this distinction to a Toronto-New York flight that occurred on March 3, 1919.