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Parliamentary secretary launches National Aviation Day

Feb. 24, 2011, Ottawa - The Government of Canada proudly celebrated Canada's air transportation safety, strength and success on this third National Aviation Day. The Canada Aviation and Space Museum hosted a career day for students where Transport Canada joined industry and education leaders to showcase the many aviation career opportunities.


February 24, 2011
By Carey Fredericks

"This day is about inspiring our youth to pursue rewarding careers in aviation and highlighting the progress we've made toward safe, efficient and sustainable aviation in Canada," said the Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities. "The men and women in the Canadian aviation sector keep Canadian skies safe for travellers, giving us a safety record that is the envy of the world."

During the celebration, Parliamentary Secretary to Minister Strahl, Brian Jean, awarded the Transport Canada Aviation Safety Award to Mr. St. Clair McColl of Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, to honour his commitment to aviation safety in Canada. Mr. McColl has been a pilot for over 30 years, and owns and operates Saltspring Air. In his many years in the business, he has offered thousands of passengers safe transportation to a wide variety of locations in all weather conditions imaginable.

Mr. McColl demonstrated industry leadership in the fall of 2009 when his company was the first to have emergency push-out windows installed for his entire fleet of de Havilland Beaver floatplanes.

"I would like to congratulate Mr. McColl for his tremendous contribution to aviation safety and for being such an excellent role model for other aviation professionals and those considering a future career in this field," said Mr. Jean.

The Transport Canada Aviation Safety Award was established to recognize persons, groups, companies, organizations, agencies or departments that have contributed, in an exceptional way, to aviation safety in Canada.