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August/September 2016

Fly through nearly 100 years of aviation in Canada’s North. Our special Aviation Issue chronicles pioneering pilots in rickety bush planes in the 1920s, through the post-WWII heyday that saw the Arctic wilds open up to robust de Havilland bush planes, all the way to the airlines and jets of the present day. We interview Northern flying legends like Max Ward, Joe McBryan, and Fred Carmichael. Plus: Tim Edwards takes us through some of the ongoing mystery crashes of the North, and Katie Weaver profiles aviation-inspired art. And, in honour of the Queen’s birthday, we showcase her four visits to Canada’s North. 

In This Issue

What To Wear?

The 1928 Arctic pilot edition

By Herb Mathisen
Sep 06
2016

Service You Can Bank On

When you could get a loan on an airplane

By Tim Edwards
Aug 31
2016
Joe Sparling's equally at ease piloting a Boeing 737 or his company, Air North. Photo by Ian Stewart/Yukon News

Joe Sparling And The Yukon’s Biggest Airline

Air North has taken over the Yukon’s skies and has no plans to leave

By Daniel Campbell
Aug 26
2016
The original clubhouse of the Yellowknife Golf Club: the fuselage of a downed DC-3. Derek Bodington/Outcrop.

FORE!

The Yellowknife Golf Club’s strange relationship with airplanes

By Herb Mathisen
Aug 25
2016
Photo by Émilie Smith

The Last Pioneer

Max Ward took on the world with his airline, but it’s his time navigating the Northern wilderness he reveres most

By Daniel Campbell
Aug 24
2016
Queen Elizabeth II speaks to an Inuk woman during her 1970 visit to the NWT, and Jean Chretien (then minister of Indian and Northern Affairs) cracks a smile. Photo by Doug Griffin/Cp Images.

The Queen And The North

On her 90th birthday, we look back at Queen Elizabeth’s four Northern visits

By Up Here
Aug 23
2016
Sergey Ananov's chopper crashed. And then his real troubles began. Photo courtesy of FAI - World Air Sports.

Charging Polar Bears

From cruising in the air to choosing when to use your flare

By Katie Weaver
Aug 22
2016
For some, the plane is a muse; for others, it is a saviour, as depicted here in Wally Wolfe's "Found at last."

Visions Of Flight

Take-offs and landings in Northern art

By Katie Weaver
Aug 19
2016
Melissa Haney enjoys the view from the front. Photo courtesy Melissa Haney.

To New Heights

Melissa Haney’s hard work pays off

By Katie Weaver
Aug 19
2016
Grant McConachie was what you might call a shrewd businessman. Photo courtesy of the Fort St. John North Peace Museum

The Yukon's Deal-maker

Grant McConachie could wheel and deal on the fly

By Daniel Campbell
Aug 18
2016