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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

Peterborough Airport 50th Anniversary Air Show

On September 21st Beyond Blue Aerospace’s hangar home celebrated its 50th Annivesary in high style with an incredible airshow and evening gala event. The highlight of the show was Canada’s own Snowbirds and an amazing flight demonstration of an F-18  

Jason and Dave
Great Fans
Steve loving a jet

A Gala Evening

The evening had the BBA crew dressed better and ready to network with Peterborough’s VIPs – Great catering, music and conversations went late into the night.

Snow Birds

Tailwheel Conversion Handbook – Kindle Edition now Available

The Kindle Edition of the Tailwheel Conversion Handbook – Citabria 7ECA – 2nd Edition is now available at the Kindle Store.

The Tailwheel Conversion Handbook is a primary source of ground school information for pilots interested in learning to fly tailwheel aircraft in the Citabria 7ECA.

Tailwheel flying is more demanding than flying tricycle gear aircraft. Conversion training from nose to tail wheel can be completed in as few as seven to ten hours of flight instruction, depending on pilot experience and skill.

Prior to booking your first tailwheel flight, read all of the ground school material in the handbook and complete the quiz located at the end of the handbook. Once you have read through the handbook and found a pilot qualified to provide you with tailwheel conversion training then you will be well prepared to begin the flight training.

Tailwheel Conversion Training at CYPQ

Canada’s Role in The Apollo Program

As the world celebrates the 50th anniversary of humans first setting foot on the moon under the US Apollo program, it’s a great time to highlight some of the Canadian achievements that contributed to this great success.

James Arthur Chamberlin was the chief of technical design for the Avro Arrow program. He went to NASA and became the chief engineer for the Mercury program and then went on to design the Gemini spacecraft.

The Apollo landing module was primarily designed by Sarnia, Ontario born Owen Maynard, an engineer who also had worked on the Avro Arrow program. Owen went on to become chief engineer for Apollo.

Chamberlin, Maynard and about 25 others who were laid off from Avro Canada on what was dubbed Black Friday were quickly snapped up by the Americans to help them fulfil President Kennedy’s 1961 edict that the country land a man on the moon within the decade.

Arrows to the Moon by Chris Gainor provides great detail of the Canadian contribution to moon landings.

Another Canadian was John Hodge. He was one of the original flight directors at Mission Control. Hodge returned to NASA in the 1980s to launch the Space Station program. Along with other Avro engineers such as Dennis Fielder, Tec Roberts and Fred Matthews, Hodge helped build Mission Control and the network of tracking stations that guided Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo.

William Carpentier is a physician born in Edmonton, Alberta and raised in Lake Cowichan, British Columbia. He is best known as the flight surgeon assigned to the United States’ Apollo 11 mission.

Kennedy’s goal was accomplished on the Apollo 11 mission when astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed their Apollo Lunar Module on July 20, 1969, and walked on the lunar surface, while Michael Collins circled in lunar orbit in the command and service module. All three landed safely on Earth on July 24.

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