You’re invited to the Bushplane to see a UAS – and there will be cake!


Donation of Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services’ (AFFES) First Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) to the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre Museum

The Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre in partnership with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (AFFES branch) invite the public and honoured press to the handover ceremony of the Aviation Services Section’s first UAS, at the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre 50 Pim Street, on March 5, 2018 from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm.

There will be a display of the current fleet of UAS and cake will be served.

As this first UAS is being retired, the MNRF want to take the time to celebrate the great progress that they have achieved to date.

Over the past four years, the Aviation Services Section has been at the forefront of advancing UAS within the Ministry, from taking the leap of purchasing their first UAS to where they are today with a fleet of nine UAS and their role as the only dedicated UAS operator in the Ontario Public Service.

This past year, their UAS pilots have accumulated in excess of 110 hours of flying time, exceeding the previous three years combined!

The Unmanned Aerial Systems have been used to map fire hot spots in respect to forest fire prevention as well as before and after maps from prescribed burns from a  ecology aspect.

The potential for use of the UAS is rapidly expanding, but they have just scratched the surface.

The dedication of the first UAS to the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre Museum will be a reminder to each of them of where this exciting journey had begun.

The Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre continues to preserve the present for the future and will proudly display the UAS  in an exhibit for all visitors to enjoy.