November 4: 10am-4pm #LoveYYC Day. We love Calgary and we love celebrating our local history! On November 4th we'd like to encourage our community to do the same by coming in for a visit. This day only, purchase one adult or one senior admission and receive one free child admission (valid for ages 3-11; may not be combined with any other offers or discounts).
November 9: Movie Night. We are playing Flight (2012, 138 minutes) at 7:00pm. Whip Whitaker is a commuter airline pilot. While on a flight from Orlando to Atlanta something goes wrong and the plane starts to fly erratically. With little choice, Whip crashes the plane and saves almost all on board. When he wakes up in the hospital, his friend from the airline union introduces him to a lawyer who tells him there's a chance he could face criminal charges because his blood test reveals that he was intoxicated with alcohol and cocaine.
November 11: Remembrance Day Service at 10:30am. See below for further details.
November 28: Giving Tuesday. This year our target for Giving Tuesday is to reach our fundraising goal for sending the 2018 Western Canadian delegate to FISE: United Space School. We will provide more information in the next newsletter, but if you're interested in giving to this cause early, simply mention the United Space School when donating in person, or add it to the comments when donating online!
2017 Remembrance Day Ceremony
November 11, 10:30am
Dress for the weather and join us on November 11th for our Remembrance Day Ceremony. The ceremony will be held outdoors so that we can accommodate any number of guests. Please arrive early if you would like to be seated. We also ask for everyone in attendance to arrive and be situated before the ceremony start time of 10:30am.
We hope you'll stay and see our exhibits after the ceremony. We're taking admission by donation for the remainder of the day. Feel free to also bring donations for the Veteran's Food Bank. We will ensure your donations to their cause reach them.
Sleepover Youth Programs
Brand new for this fall: bring your group of cubs, beavers, scouts, cadets or even a school class for an evening of education then catch some zzzs amongst the planes! Sleepovers are offered 7 days a week with arrival times beginning at 5:00pm.
If you have visited the Museum during a busy week day you've most likely met Neil Pfeifer, one of our education volunteers who accumulated nearly 400 hours in 2016. In 2009, Neil had dropped off a family member at the Calgary International Airport, and had a couple hours before he had to pick another family member up. Instead of driving home, he decided to finally stop into the aviation museum on McKnight that he had driven by so many times. Soon after he arrived, a woman approached him asking if he knew anything about airplanes. The woman was a teacher who had mixed up her booking dates. She had a group of school children, but no tour guide was available. Neil saved the day and was able to show the class around. On his way out of the Museum he was handed a volunteer application and he hasn't looked back since!
Neil has been an education volunteer with the Museum for over 8 years, but his love for aviation started way before then. Neil took his first flight at the age of 5 when his brother in law offered to take him up in a float plane. While his mother wasn't happy when she found out about the flight, Neil was hooked. After his first taste of flight, he would go down to the docks and ask every pilot if he could join them on their flight. He continued this throughout his childhood and by the age of 15 he had over 800 flying hours. At 16 he received his private license and maintained it until he was 19. After he got married he no longer flew as a pilot, but he would still take any opportunity to fly as a passenger.
Neil is a great asset to the volunteer team; he is always willing to lend a hand, whether with a class on a field trip, or opening his favourite plane, the DC-3, for visitors.