As one of the oldest continually operating airfields in the United States, Pearson Field is the perfect venue for a museum dedicated to the history and development of aviation. The Pearson Air Museum pays tribute to the milestones in aviation history that took place at Pearson Field and provides interesting information on aviation in the Pacific Northwest, along with displays of vintage aircraft, including the world’s first bomber, an interactive science center, aviation movies and a flight simulator lab.
The museum offers visitors a glimpse into the early years of aviation, when pioneering pilots in their open-cockpit aircraft were the dare-devil heroes to pave the way for future developments. Exhibits include a 1913 Viosin III (one of only three worldwide); a 1941 DeHavilland Tiger Moth; a 1932 Fleet II; a 1941 Ryan Recruit; a 1941 Boeing Stearman; a 1942 Myers OTW; a 1943 AT-6D/SNJ-5 Texan; a 1979 Baby Great Lakes; a Formula One Air Racer; Piper L-4 Grasshopper; a reproduction of a Fokker DR-1; and a 1953 Cessna 170 which flew around the world in 1956-1957.
Visitors can view the world’s first bomber and the 1918 wooden hanger which is the second oldest of its kind in the United States. The reproduction World-War I-era Fokker DR-1 Tri-plane is the same type of aircraft flown by the infamous Red Baron. Exhibits include a variety of aviation paraphernalia including priceless Russian Transpolar Flight memorabilia. Aircraft in the hangar are all in working condition, with many having served as World War II trainers for beginner and advanced pilots.
With the theme of “Learn from the past. Prepare for the future.” the museum encourages class field trips and an educational coordinator is on hand to discuss program options and reserve a date so that both teachers and students gain as much out of the experience as possible. The optimum size for a group of students is less than 20 students, but up to 40 can be accommodated.
The Pearson Air Museum is operated by the nonprofit organization, Fort Vancouver National Trust. Site hours are Wednesday-Saturday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Helpful and informative volunteer museum guides are on hand to answer questions and offer additional information on the exhibits and the fascinating world of aviation.
Canada is a beautiful country with plenty to offer the average visitor. However, the terrain is varied and vast and sometimes the cities and towns are remote. Because of this many visitors often choose to travel by air and even some locals prefer the convenience of flight for long distance travel over road or train. What’s more, some of the more remote parts of the country can usually only be reached by small aircraft with facilities for water-landings. Thus, if you are planning to go anywhere other than the usual, more popular cities, you would do well to investigate the matter thoroughly in order to choose your mode of transport wisely. There are plenty of airports in Canada for you to choose from.
If you are from another country you will most likely choose the Vancouver International Airport as your destination of choice. However, you should keep in mind that these are certainly not the only international airports available in Canada. The Calgary International Airport, the Ottawa International Airport and the Halifax International Airports are just a few examples of other international airports that you might consider. Of course there are a large number of much smaller airports that cater mainly to private aircraft scattered throughout the country. If you are planning to fly your own aircraft – or if you have your own private jet and need to get to your destination in a hurry – you might want to consider landing at one of these smaller airfields since they are much less busy and you will spend less time working your way through official processes and dodging Boeings than you might at one of the country’s major airports.
Of course there are also those few, very remote parts of the country that can only be reached by air and that do not have even a small airport. These places are usually situated near to some large body of water such as a lake or river and small aircraft fitted with flotation devices such as pontoons are usually the only ones capable of landing in the area. While very few visitors venture this far into Canada’s remote areas, there are those who may find that this is the only form of transport available to them. So investigate the matter thoroughly before you decide how to set off across the beautiful country of Canada.
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The Toronto Pearson International Airport, also known as the Lester B Pearson International Airport, was opened as the Malton Airport in 1939. It under went its first name change in 1960 when it was named the Toronto International Airport and its second name change was in 1984 to the Lester B. Pearson International Airport. The control and management of the airport was transferred from the Canadian Government to the GGTA (Greater Toronto Airports Authority), who decided that the official name for the airport was to be Toronto Pearson International Airport.
Locals refer to the airport as “Pearson”. The Toronto Pearson International Airport received nineteen of the flights that were diverted on 11 September 2001, during Operation Yellow Ribbon. The Institute of Transport Management or ITM, bestowed the “Best Global Airport” on the airport in 2006. The award was given to Toronto Pearson due to the airport’s quality of services and facilities, its management approach and the focus they put on passenger services.
Toronto Pearson operates out of two terminals, namely Terminal 1 and 3. The old Terminal 1 was demolished and rebuilt to accommodate Air Canada. It is responsible for international, transborder and domestic flights. A new pier was opened for use on 30 January 2007 that accommodates exclusively international and transborder flights. This new addition to Terminal 1 is Pier F. Terminal 3 of the Toronto Pearson International Airport was opened for passenger traffic in 1991. The new Terminal incorporated all the latest technology and design, and also became home to the pre-clearance facility for the U.S Customs Department. Passenger facilities were improved, more check-in counters were made available to increase the flow of traffic and baggage claim and security areas were made larger.
The Toronto Pearson International Airport is the largest airport in Canada, with the largest flow of passenger traffic. It is ranked amongst the busiest airports in the world and accommodates approximately 29.9 million passengers in a year. About 409 500 aircraft are dealt with by the airport every year and it is responsible for the Greater Toronto Area, of which its primary concern is the welfare of Air Canada.
The terminals try to accommodate passengers in every way possible by offering facilities that include bars, restaurants, fast food stands, retail shops, gift shops, duty free shops and banking facilities, on both sides of the security screening points. Porter services are also available.
Transport to and from the Toronto Pearson International Airport is serviced by LINK train, taxis, prearranged limousine services, car rental services and the public transport system.