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Centennial College supporter H. Bruce MacRitchie, whose Aviation Technician Scholarship is named in memory of his late brother Douglas, has furnished a major new gift to the college – the largest by a private individual to date – amounting to more than $1 million worth of small aircraft, engines, equipment and funds.
Boeing and SpiceJet celebrated the delivery of the carrier's first 737 MAX 8. The airline plans to use the 737 MAX to expand and standardize its fleet, while leveraging the jet, based on its technological advances for efficiency, to reduce fuel costs per airplane by US$1.5 million a year. This is the first of up to 205 planned 737 MAX deliveries for SpiceJet.
SITA, a technology provider for the air transport industry, is delivering an airport collaborative decision making (A-CDM) solution for Toronto Pearson International Airport, in partnership with Wipro Limited, a global information technology services company. The system aims to help drive efficiencies through real-time information sharing between airport stakeholders. It is the first such deployment at an airport in North America.
The Aerospace Industries Association of Canada today introduced VISION 2025, Beyond our Imagination, to help chart a course for growth and investment in the country's aerospace sector. The initiative will be led by former Premier of Quebec Jean Charest, currently a partner at McCarthy Tétrault.
Boeing completed the acquisition of KLX Aerospace Solutions to expand its services business, which the company describes as a US$2.8 trillion, 10-year aerospace services market.
The board of directors of Airbus SE selected Guillaume Faury as the future chief executive officer of Airbus. Faury, 50, who currently serves as president of Airbus Commercial Aircraft, will succeed Tom Enders, 59, who remains CEO until the Annual General Meeting on April 10, 2019, when the appointment of Faury as executive member of the board will be submitted to shareholders.
The inaugural Global Aviation Gender Summit was held from August 8 to 10, 2018, in the oldest city in South Africa, the coastal city of Cape Town. The summit had the backing of prominent aviation organizations, including host South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) with support of the Government of the Republic of South Africa through the Department of Transport.
Jet fuel prices are on the rise which usually means the higher costs are passed on to consumers through higher fares. During the second quarter, the average price of jet fuel was 83 cents a litre, up 37 per cent over the 60 cents average during the corresponding period from a year earlier.
Zunum Aero, which operates in the electric aviation sector, selected Safran Helicopter Engines to provide a prime power source of its hybrid-to-electric commercial aircraft, currently called the ZA10, which is scheduled to be available in the early 2020s.
Michael Rodyniuk becomes chief executive officer, president and accountable executive of the West Wind Aviation Group of Companies, which is First Nations and employee-owned, in addition to significant shareholders Athabasca Basin Development and Prince Albert Development Corp. West Wind Aviation (WWA) is a Certified Aboriginal Business designated by the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business. 
Jazz Aviation LP, a subsidiary of Chorus Aviation, won a contract for heavy maintenance work for airBaltic of Latvia. Under terms of the agreement, Jazz Technical Services, the company's MRO division, will provide airframe maintenance in support of airBaltic's 12 Q400 NextGen aircraft.
Following an agreement on September 28 to move forward with the merger of First Air and Canadian North airlines, the board of directors of parent company Makivik Corporation announced a change of leadership. The move replaces Brock Friesen who served as president and CEO of First Air for the past five years.
Boeing and United Airlines reached a deal that will see the carrier expand its 787 Dreamliner fleet again with a new order for nine 787-9 airplanes, the longest-range member of the Dreamliner family. The deal is valued at US$2.53 billion according to list prices.
Héroux-Devtek Inc. of Longueuil, Que., an international manufacturer of aerospace products, completed the acquisition of Compañia Española de Sistemas Aeronáuticos, S.A. (CESA), a subsidiary of Airbus SE, for a purchase price of 137 million euros ($206 million), including CESA’s net outstanding debt of 23 million euros ($35 million). The transaction is subject to customary closing adjustments.
No, I don’t work with red wands out on the apron;   no, I don’t get cold working outside in winter; and, no, the airplane noise does not hurt my ears. But, yes, these are all questions I have heard when I tell people about what I do as an air traffic controller. I want to highlight some of the careers in air traffic services and showcase two women who help make the skies safe.

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