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Nils Christensen started his aviation career in 1942 when at the age of 21 he joined the Royal Norwegian Air Force in New York and was sent to “Little Norway” in Toronto as an aircraft mechanic. In 1943 he went overseas to the U.K. and joined 333 Squadron as a flight mechanic working on Mosquito’s engines. In 1944 he became a flight mechanic/air gunner on the Catalina’s. In 1945 he was a crewmember on the first aircraft to land in Norway with the Peace Commissionaires to sign the Allied Peace Commission to end German occupation. In 1945 he was the Chief Engineer on the King of Norway’s aircraft flying around Norway to view the devastation created by the Germans. In 1947 he left the air force and worked for a Norwegian company.
James (Jim) Chatham Leggat was born in Melrose, a small village outside of Edinburgh Scotland on July 31,1916. Jim was educated at the Edinburgh Institute, a private boy’s school run under the auspices of the Presbyterian Church. Jim studied animal husbandry at the Agricultural College in Edinburgh a, nd completed his apprenticeship on a farm in Melrose. On April 1, 1933 Jim immigrated to Canada where he joined his brother on a farm the family had purchased in the town of Warren, located outside Sudbury, Ontario.
Mr. Shannon has dedicated 52 years of his life to the aircraft maintenance industry and aircraft maintenance in military service (US army). During this period he has been primarily involved in maintenance and operation of large air carriers and support equipment. His early years were with US operations such as: TWA, Pan AM World Airways, LB Smith Inc. (major engine overhaul facility), International Aircraft Maintenance Co. in Burbank.
There’s a story told about NASA back in the 1960s. A visitor walked into one of the buildings and saw a man sweeping the floor. He asked the man what he was doing and the worker replied, “I’m sending a man to the moon.”
Corporate aviation continues its record growth rate in
Canada. The Canadian Business Aviation Association reports the Private Operator Certificate (POC) program that it administers is growing at 10% per year for new or expanding operators.

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Establishing good communications and understanding what’s required

A new company is entering the commercial aviation maintenance industry.
A few blocks south of Calgary International airport is an unassuming blue building.....
Six years ago, Innotech Aviation went through a downsizing that would have obliterated many companies.
What makes a brand new flight school an industry leader in just a few short years?
The $3.9 billion Canadian aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul sector is leveraging home field advantage to pursue business opportunities abroad.
Air Canada announced that up to 49% of the new enterprise was for sale.
The failures of the de Havilland Comet I, demonstrated the importance of materials science and testing.
Eclipse Aviation claims its Eclipse 500 Microjet can be assembled in nine days.
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