Canada Aviation and Space Museum: Behind the Scenes

Typically, the museum invites over 20 partners to participate in our on-site Canada Day celebrations. These diverse partners fly in aircraft, set up interesting and interactive displays, and perform shows or parachute jumps. For Virtual Canada Day 2020, our partners are offering up a “sneak peek” at what happens behind the scenes. Check out these rarely-seen photos and videos — and learn what it takes for these organizations to entertain us, to keep the aerospace industry strong, or to keep our communities safe.


NAV CANADA

A major partner of the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, NAV CANADA is the private not-for-profit company that owns and operates Canada’s civil air navigation service. NAV CANADA has made significant contributions to several museum events, including Canada Day, and is supporting the development of a new exhibit about air traffic management in Canada. The Company provides air traffic control, airport advisory services, weather briefings and aeronautical information services for more than 18 million square kilometres of Canadian domestic and international airspace. On Canada Day, NAV CANADA takes pride in our country’s aviation achievements, which are recognized on the world stage. Watch this video to see how NAV CANADA demonstrated its international leadership by being the first in the world to deploy satellite-based surveillance technology in domestic airspace.

NAV CANADA is the first in the world to deploy space-based ADS-B domestically. And, along with our North Atlantic partners, we’re the first to deploy the new technology over the busiest oceanic airspace in the world – solidifying Canada’s position as a global innovator.

Canadian Forces Snowbirds

A national icon, the Canadian Forces Snowbirds are comprised of Canadian Armed Forces members and National Defence Public Service employees. The Snowbirds have contributed to the Canada Day festivities at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum in so many ways. They have performed fly-pasts over the museum, given presentations to the visitors, and taken the time to sign autographs. Because of the current pandemic, the Snowbirds had to cancel their Canada Day 2020 fly-past over Ottawa and the museum. However, they have provided us with the opportunity to see them perform in this amazing airshow video. Please note that this video is shown in English only.

A national icon, the Canadian Forces Snowbirds are comprised of Canadian Armed Forces members and National Defence Public Service employees.

The Snowbirds have contributed to the Canada Day festivities at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum in so many ways. They have performed fly-pasts over the museum, given presentations to the visitors, and taken the time to sign autographs. Because of the current pandemic, the Snowbirds had to cancel their Canada Day 2020 fly-past over Ottawa and the museum. However, they have provided us with the opportunity to see them perform in this amazing airshow video.

The SkyHawks: Canada’s military parachute demonstration team

Comprised of Canadian Forces members, the SkyHawks perform events across North America and around the world — thrilling audiences with their aerobatic parachute formations in the sky. At the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, the SkyHawks have often played a huge role in Canada Day celebrations; the team has performed amazing demonstrations, interacted with visitors, and signed autographs for their fans. The video below shows the SkyHawks preparing for the 2019 skydiving season.

The SkyHawks are back in the skies over California and refining their parachuting skills!

The Canadian Armed Forces Parachute Team, The SkyHawks, is Canada’s only military parachute demonstration team. For over 40 years, we have represented Canada and the Canadian Armed Forces to over 75 million spectators worldwide under our signature Canadian flag parachutes.

Sauvetage Benevole Outaouais – Ottawa Volunteer Search and Rescue

SBO-OVSAR is a not-for-profit, volunteer organization that assists individuals and communities through search-and-rescue operations, education and prevention programs, and by providing support to emergency response organizations. The images below will demonstrate what this team and museum partner does for our community, and will give you a snapshot of what it is like to be a volunteer ground searcher for this amazing team!

This started out as a project to put a few photos together to introduce our group to prospective new members. It turned into this.

Parachute GO Skydive

Whether you’re doing a jump for the first time or simply watching these parachutists in action, GO Skydive lets you live the experience of your life! These professional skydivers have performed many amazing demonstrations at the museum as part of Canada Day. Check out their video below to see what this incredible Canadian company can offer.

Whether you’re doing a jump for the first time or simply watching these parachutists in action, GO Skydive lets you live the experience of your life! These professional skydivers have performed many amazing demonstrations at the museum as part of Canada Day.

HM Aero

HM Aero is an Ottawa-based consulting firm that serves airports across Canada. The HM Aero team works on a range of projects such as long-term airport master plans, infrastructure design projects, and business studies. HM Aero’s staff of planners and engineers are passionate about the aviation industry and would like to share an overview of the opportunities of airport planning. 

HM Aero is an Ottawa-based consulting firm that serves airports across Canada. Our staff of planners and engineers are excited to share an overview of the opportunities of airport planning.

Gervais Towing

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A big thank you to Gervais Towing who, every Canada Day, donate a flat bed truck for the museum to use as a stage for the outdoor activities!

The Canadian Coast Guard

The Canadian Coast Guard owns and operates the federal government's civilian fleet and provides key maritime services to Canadians. As a special operating agency of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, they help the ministry meet its responsibility to ensure safe and accessible waterways for Canadians. They also play a key role in ensuring the sustainable use and development of Canada's oceans and waterways. For Canada Day, the Canadian Coast Guard normally flies in their Bell 429 helicopter and displays interactive activities and equipment for the visitors to try!

The Canadian Coast Guard is the leading maritime authority in the country and operates 24/7 in some of the most challenging conditions on the earth to provide services that are critical to safety, security and economic growth.

Our Helicopters are a vital part of our Icebreaking program. Join us on an ice reconnaissance flight over one of the busiest trans-border shipping routes in North America. Enjoy the ride!