2011 Canadian Aviation Expo

The Canadian Aviation Expo is set to take place on April 30th and May 1st of this year at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Hamilton. There are many new exhibitors taking part this year and many of the same faces as in previous years.

One of the really cool additions this year is the “Warbird Ground School and Flight Program” which essentially gets you prepped for a flight in one the Heritage Museum’s vintage aircraft. According to the site, courses are being offered in:

  • North American Harvard IV – WWII Trainer


  • Beech D18S – Transport


  • North American B25J – Bomber


  • Lockheed T-33 Silverstar – Jet


Each course is limited to 30 trainees and the best performer gets the chance to fly the bird. You must have a valid Canadian Private Pilot’s Licence and a Valid Current Aviation Medical to take part in the training. The cost of the class includes a weekend pass to the expo.

There will be lots of other things to see and do at the expo, including taking a ride in a helicopter or airplane (Cessna 172). If you want to get a feel for Canadian Aviation before the start of Airshow Season I recommend you attend at least one day.

I’ll leave you with a video I took in 2009 at the tail end of an airplane ride. Cessna 172 landing on runway 24 at CYHM. Enjoy and save the date!