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The final push is on for the Alberta Aviation Museum to raise enough funds to send Canada's first ever team to the Schools Aerospace Challenge in England.
Warrant Officer Second Class Richard Oxlade (far right), Flight Sergeant Tyvon Harvey (2nd from the right), Flight Corporal Harry Bayrock (3rd from the right), and Sergeant Matthew McLean (far left).
Executive Director Tom Hinderks says they’re close, but still no cigar.
"We're about 75 percent of the way there, plus or minus," remarked Hinderks. "We're at the point where we're looking to cut costs, but there's not a lot to trim."
Hinderks they've had a lot of people and a few associations step forward with tax deductable donations as they try to reach their goal of $45,000.
He says they have to start making decisions on June 9th, with the team from 12 Squadron Air Cadets hoping to leave for the prestigious contest in mid-July.
"They've made huge leaps on things like creating a multi-camera, remote control helicopter that uses synthetic vision. Visiting air traffic control centres, Nav Canada, working with the unmanned aerial vehicle guys out at 408 Squadron and a lot more with computer simulations and displays."
This year the contest involves pilot training and simulation on unmanned aerial vehicles.
The goal is to turn the yearly event into a province wide competition, opening the Aerospace door to Canada's future generations. (td)