Flight of The Silver Dart

2009 will mark the 100th anniversary of the first powered flight in Canada and the British Empire. Baddeck will play host to aviation enthusiasts from all over the world as they celebrate this centennial with events and activities throughout 2009 with supplements report.
The Silver Dart and the Birth of Canadian Aviation

On a cold morning in February, the vision of flying a powered aircraft for the first time in Canada came to be when the Silver Dart took to the air above the frozen waters of Baddeck Bay in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.

This inaugural Canadian aviation feat on February 23rd, 1909 was the result of innovative thinking, entrepreneurial spirit, unrelenting determination and a talented team of experts.

When world-renowned and accomplished inventor Alexander Graham Bell decided to turn his gaze toward the skies and find a way for man to fly, it was based on a lifelong fascination with flight. His wife Mabel, knew if he were to realize his dream, he would have to enlist the help of like-minded men who were just as enthusiastic about flight but had other technological knowledge.

J.A.D. “Douglas” McCurdy, a friend of the Bell family and a mechanical engineer studying at the University of Toronto was the first to join Bell. He brought with him a fellow classmate, Frederick W. “Casey” Baldwin. Lieutenant Thomas Selfridge, an artillery officer with the United States Army and motorcycle engine manufacturer Glenn Curtiss rounded out the team.

Together, this group of men formed the Aerial Experiment Association with the financial backing of Mabel Bell and began building aircrafts and conducting experimental flights. It started with the Cygnet, a man-carrying massive tetrahedral kite designed by Bell followed by the airplanes or “aerodromes” as Bell called them, the Red Wing, the White Wing, the June Bug and then, the most advanced of them all, the Silver Dart.

A year and four months after the AEA was formed, the Silver Dart, piloted by Douglas McCurdy and under the watchful eyes of Bell, Baldwin and Curtiss, was brought onto the ice at Baddeck Bay.

McCurdy started the engine and volunteers on skates pushed it into position. The Silver Dart glided along the ice and finally lifted off to the astonishment of onlookers. It rose 9 metres into the air and flew for almost a kilometer and a half at 65 kilometres per hour. The first flight of a flying machine in Canada and the entire British Empire was a huge success.

Avoid these 6 Car Rental Mistakes at All Costs

Car rental today is a part and parcel of life. Whether you’re running late to work, embarking on a road trip, the homecoming trip from the airport, rented cars are saviors. However, a hired car generally takes up lots of money, and most days’ people end up spending $45 dollars or more on rented cabs.

Now, the sad part is, most of the times the people end up spending extra dollars on hired cars. In reality, people assume they just have to pay whatever is charged without questioning the company. However, car hires can be cost-effective, if one avoids a few noted mistakes.

Today here’s stating down 6 mistakes to avoid during car hires, for a cheaper ride.

Check Them Out:

  1. Hiring from the Airport

Airports are the den of surcharges and that’s no secret. Hence, while it’s understandable that you got baggage, try to take a cab and find downtown Toronto car rental companies away from an airport. In this way, you not be charged extra and you can get your car hire at a reasonable rate.

airport car rental

  1. Prepaying for Fuel

Often certain car hires require you to pay for the gas or fuel once you hire the vehicle. Now, certain millennials in a rush opt for prepaying for fuel to avoid pit stops on the road. Now, this is a direct loss, because say the car burned only half the fuel to reach your destination.

This means you ended up paying extra and incurred a loss. Hence, opt for leaving early and stopping for fuel to pay for what is required.

  1. Not Searching for Options

While selecting a downtown Toronto car Rental Company the main flaw is going for ‘first come first go.’ Different companies charge various prices depending on lead time, mileage and other factors. For example, certain agencies offer unlimited miles driving option. This means you can drive the car as long as you want. However, certain companies charge extra after certain mileage coverage.

Hence, it’s best to compare prices of various companies on websites like for example, AutoSlash.com to ensure that you pick the most convenient car hire for you.

  1. Paying for Car Seat & GPS

Often downtown Toronto car rental companies offer convenient options like GPS services and car seats. Now, these extras may seem attractive but GPS itself charges around $10 extra per day. So, in case you don’t wish to pay extra, it’s advisable to use your cell phones’ GPS system to map out routes.

Toronto downtown car rental

  1. Returning Car Late/Early

Most of you know that downtown Toronto car rental companies charge extra in case you return the car after the speculated given time. However, few vehicle hire companies even charge extra if you return the car early.

Hence, the solution is ensuring that you keep aside time on your return date, to deliver the car to the selected company.

Well, avoiding these 5 mistakes can help you hire a vehicle at a much cost effective rates. So, give these a try and ride the smart way.

2009 Events Listing

Flight of the Silver Dart, Baddeck 2009 Media Launch – August 15, 2008
Silver Dart Flight Centennial Anniversary – Feb. 20 – 24, 2009
Friday, February 20, 2009
Coin & Postage Stamp Unveiling
Student Assembly throughout Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board

Saturday, February 21, 2009
Centennial Gala Dinner & Community Celebrations with the Governor General of Canada & Representative of the British Royal Family

Sunday, February 22, 2009
Flypast of Golden Hawks and vintage civilian aircraft (CAPA)
Launch of National Aviation Art Exhibit, Alexander Graham Bell Museum
Community Events (Curling Bonspiel, Snowmobile Rally, etc.)

Monday, February 23, 2009 – National Aviation Day
Media Reception & Unveiling of Plaque
Flight of the Silver Dart Replica by Welland Aviation Group
Celebratory Fireworks

Think Tank Symposium – April 25 – 27, 2009
First Wednesday Night Think Tank for Symposium Presenters
Symposium #1

Think Tank Symposium #2 – May 20 – 22, 2009
Second Wednseday Night Thank Tank for Symposium Presenters
Symposium #2

Silver Dart Youth in Aviation – June 21 – 27, 2009
Youth in Aviation Week Activities
Silver Dart Air Show
Aviators Ball

Aerial Experiment Association Comes Alive in Baddeck – July & August, 2009
community activities
Silver Dart Cup, Bras d’Or Yacht Club Annual Regatta

Silver Dart Aviation Week – August 16 – 22, 2009
Simulators & Skyhawks
Aviation Day at the Alexander Graham Bell Museum – August 16th

Bell Kite Festival & Harvest Home Picnic – September 17 – 20, 2009
International Kite Makers Workshop
Kite Festival
Silver Dart Legacy Golf Tournament
Harvest Home Picnic, September 20th

“Building on the Spirit of the Silver Dart” Annual Innovation Conference –
October 1 – 3, 2009
this annual knowledge and technology conference would be aimed at various scientific, engineering, technology industry segments and groups
Baddeck and the AGB Museum would play hosts providing the motivation, locale, accommodations, logistical support but the industry or special interest group would provide the programming guidance and access to their audiences
The concept would be to become inspired by Bell and his work and the beautiful Baddeck area to promote progress and innovation in a particular industry or among an expert group

Think Tank Symposium #3 – November 18 – 20, 2009
Third Wednseday Night Thank Tank for Symposium Presenters
Symposium #3

Salute to the Silver Dart Centennial – December 31, 2009
Wrap-Up & Thank You Reception, Alexander Graham Bell Museum

In addition to the Sivler Dart Celebration, other events are happening across Canada as part of the Canadian Centennial of Flight. For more information, contact (we’ll get you this email or web address).