But if you thought you had experienced everything it had to offer, then buckle up and get ready for an exhilarating ride because you couldn't be more wrong! This summer, the AAM is taking off to new heights with an array of exciting exhibits and events that will leave you breathless. From vintage aircraft to modern marvels, there's something for everyone to enjoy. So fasten your seatbelts and prepare for takeoff as we embark on a thrilling journey through Alberta's aviation history.”
“One of the biggest things coming up this summer is the launch/unveiling of our new Bell 206 JetRanger exhibit,” says Nicholas Mather, Marketing & Advancement Coordinator. “The helicopter is currently in the final stages of restoration and the launch date is still being confirmed. Stay tuned to our website and social media pages so know when to attend the big reveal.”
The Bell 206 Jet Ranger is a classic helicopter that was first introduced in January 1966. It quickly became one of the most popular helicopters of all time, and for good reason. It was designed for both civilian and military use, and its versatility and efficiency have made it a favourite for everything from sightseeing tours to emergency medical services. It was a major departure from the traditional helicopters of the time, which were mostly heavy and cumbersome. The Jet Ranger, in contrast, is light and nimble, making it perfect for a wide range of applications.
Another key feature of the Jet Ranger is its fuel efficiency. The lightweight construction and high-tech engine allow it to fly farther than most other helicopters without needing to refuel. This makes it ideal for long distance travel, as well as for use in remote areas where fuel supplies may be limited. It can travel at speeds of up to 140 miles per hour, making it one of the fastest helicopters in its class.
Mather notes, “The helicopter is being restored in RCMP colours as part of a display that will pay tribute to the Air Services Branch's more than 85 years of service.
The Jet Ranger’s reveal is exciting, but that’s not all you have to look forward to.
“Another amazing program that we are running is our Simulator Saturdays, which has been rapidly gaining in popularity,” Mather says. “One of our newest volunteers enjoys cosplaying as Maverick from Top Gun, and loves helping everyone get up to speed in the simulators
There is good news about the camp program as well. Mather notes that it has been expanded.
“Families can choose from a selection of five different camp opportunities. Bursaries are also available (generously sponsored by the Sir Winston Churchill Society of Edmonton).
There is plenty to explore in the museum itself, but the space is also a community hub for markets and events. Step into the open hangar on select weekends for some exciting markets and events. Whether you're looking to buy from local artisans, support your furry (or scaly) family members, or a lively night of entertainment, be sure to mark your calendar:
- The Second Chance Animal Rescue Society (SCARS) Market: May 6-7
- The Edmonton Reptile & Amphibian Society Expo: May 13-14
- The Love Out Loud Night Market: June 16
- Aviation Museum Show N Shine: August 20
There is never a shortage of things to view and experience at the AAM. Be sure to hit “like” on Facebook so you never miss an upcoming event. AAM is also active on Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and TikTok.