Heroes of Canadian Aviation: Andrew Mynarski

 

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Pilot Officer Andrew Mynarski. Photo courtesy of National Defence and the Canadian Forces

 

Canada’s Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) aviation history is shaped by the brave and the selfless.

The RCAF has a tradition of producing fearless members who use their skill to raise the standards of flight, both in combat and in peace time.

My name is Bruce “Bez” Beswick. I am a retired RCAF Captain and pilot with 25 years of military service. Today, I am proud to be part of the Solar Ship team as their Flight Test Director.

How to Succeed in Aerospace

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At the age of 15, Mikaela Shopa had a rare experience. She took a career aptitude test that was accurate.  Some kind of high-school software algorithm determined that she should 1) become an Aerospace engineer or 2) become a Sanitation worker (a garbage collector).  While both seemed like admirable careers, Mikaela found herself drawn into the complex and challenging field of Aerospace.

 

3 Problem Solvers and How They’re Creating Change

Solar Ship is about finding solutions to problems and supporting people who aren’t afraid to use great ideas to overcome big obstacles. Here are a few problem solvers who are on our radar.

What is disruptive innovation?

Margaret Milde began working for Solar Ship in May, 2015. One year later, she reflects on Solar Ship’s mission and the true meaning of disruptive innovation. 

 

What’s a nice girl like me doing in a place like this?

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Not quite my first thought during my initial day at Solar Ship, but it was something similar. After completing a seemingly useless Masters degree in English, I went travelling and came home, broke and unemployed. 102 carefully crafted resumes sent out and not one response. Majoring in reading doesn’t seem useful to most employers.

 

Lessons in Problem Solving: My Education Starts in East and Southern Africa

To begin with…

There are few feelings comparable to the excited, nervous anticipation of the unknown preceding an adventure. The sensation builds in stages, beginning in fantasy, fuelled by planning, and peaking in the final hours before departure, when everything is prepared and there is nothing to do but wait. For those A-type folks out there, who have their luggage washed, folded, labeled, and packed days in advance, this waiting game can be a foe. I’ve seen travellers far more worldly than I reduced to bundles of nerves as departure day looms.

Fortunately for me, I have a tendency to leave trivialities like packing until the absolute last minute, and thus have very little time to contemplate the likelihood of contracting beastly stomach bugs, getting robbed, or becoming the next front page consular case in a foreign land.

Flight over Uganda