Month: March 2020

Citabria – March 22, 2020

Well we postponed our trip to Alberta this week to transport a new project back to Ontario. The Citabria checkride I was going to do this weekend was postponed. So solo circuits at CYPQ this afternoon was better than no flying at all. There were a few other solo pilots but not very many people around the airport. I made sure the Citabria kept its distance from any other planes 🙂

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Yuri’s Night Global Webcast on April 11, 2020

Due to health concerns, we have cancelled our plans to host a Yuri’s Night event this year. The good news is that there will be a Global Webcast on April 11 so that we can all celebrate Yuri’s Night together! This online event will be free and available to anyone around the globe. It will be an opportunity for people around the world to connect with each other while avoiding crowds.

Join us on April 11! Details and more information will be available at

About Yuri’s Night

Yuri’s Night is a grassroots annual event with hundreds of parties around the globe (and beyond!) centered around April 12, the anniversary of the first human spaceflight and the first launch of the space shuttle. These events celebrate all that humanity brings with us as we explore the cosmos: music, art, science, culture, and each other! Local groups, science centers, museums, NGOs, and other non-profit groups independently produce events in the US and worldwide. We use space to bring the world together, to empower the greatest parts of who we are, and give vision to where we are going.

Yuri’s Night 2019 with the Air Cadets

Yuri’s Night 2018 at the Beyond Blue Hangar

Black Brant IV Assembly

The Black Brant is a family of Canadian-designed sounding rockets originally built by Bristol Aerospace, since absorbed by Magellan Aerospace in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Over 800 Black Brants of various versions have been launched since they were first produced in 1961, and the type remains one of the most popular sounding rockets ever built.

The original Black Brant IV was a two-stage rocket consisting of Black Brant V first stage with the Black Brant III second stage and was used by the Canadian Space Agency and NASA.


  • Length: 43.9″ (111 cm)
  • Diameter: 1.72″ (43.7 mm)
  • Weight: 5.54 oz. (157 g)
  • Motor Mount: 24 mm.
  • Recovery System: 18″ Plastic Parachute, Ejection Baffle
  • Projected Max Altitude: 1650 ft. (500 m)
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