On Oct. 18, 2001, the Canada Aviation Museum took delivery of a McDonnell Douglas CF-18 Hornet as an addition to its collection. The airplane was landed on the 3,300-ft Ottawa Rockcliffe Airport runway behind the museum using a mobile arresting gear system. The aircraft was then handed over to the Museum by the Department of National Defence in a brief ceremony. This particular aircraft is the very first CF-18, a two-seater. It was accepted by the Canadian Forces at a ceremony in 1982 which included Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau.
For its return, the aircraft was piloted by Lieutenant Colonel Zans, Commanding Officer, 410 Squadron, 4 Wing Cold Lake (Alberta). The second seat was occupied by Lieutenant General (Ret’d) A.M. De Quetteville, Former Chief of the Air Staff, Honourary National President, Air Force Association of Canada, Vice-President, Boeing Canada and the Commanding Officer, 410 Squadron when this aircraft entered service.
CF-18 Delivered to the Canada Aviation Museum
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FLYING BC - November 2001
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) announced Friday that third quarter billings for the industry reached a record high of $6.5 billion, up 2.4 percent over the same period last year. Export billings grew by 10 percent to $1.8 billion during the first three quarters of 2001.
Industry shipments for the period ending September 30 dropped 6.2 percent from the same period last year, although shipments of turbofan airplanes were up slightly from 433 units to 436 units. Turboprop shipments were down 6.0 percent from the same period last year, from 233 units to 219 units.
Shipments of piston-engine airplanes decreased 8.5 percent from 1,336 units to 1,222 units. Total export shipments through the third quarter were down 16.7 percent, from 444 units to 370 units.
"Although industry billings remain impressive, it is apparent the impact of the September 11 attacks is being felt," said GAMA President Ed Bolen.
"We went through a period where aircraft deliveries were halted, production test flights were grounded, and flight schools stopped all training. Even today, many airports remain closed to VFR traffic, thousands of general aviation aircraft are idle and general aviation flights to and from all but a few countries are prohibited.
It is vital that we move quickly to address these restrictions in a manner consistent with national security."
Jets Up, Props Down, as Industry has a Generally Good Year........So Far!
Compared to third quarter last year, piston-engine airplane sales decreased 8.5 percent, from 1,336 to 1,222 units. But turbofan sales were up slightly from 433 to 436 units for the quarter ending September 30, according to figures compiled by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association. Overall, the industry saw a drop of 6.2 percent in shipments. The decline may be partially attributed to the terrorist attacks.
PISTON SALES DECLINE FOR THIRD QUARTER
Date: November 24
Place: Kamloops (CYKA)
Time: 10:00 hrs.
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