RCAF Association News
Aug. 23, 2013

RCAF says it sets the rules for drone flights over Canada
Ottawa Citizen
Canada's air force has determined that unlike its counterparts in the U.S. and Europe, it does not need approval from civilian aviation agencies to fly drones in domestic airspace and it will operate those unmanned planes as it sees fit, according to newly released Department of National Defence documents. But the air force acknowledges that flying the drones in domestic airspace shared by civilian jetliners and other aircraft will be challenging.More

Unique piece of Canadian aviation history unveiled at Alberta Aviation Museum
Global Toronto
A unique and important part of Canada's aviation history has been unveiled at the Alberta Aviation Museum. The F-104 Starfighter known as the fastest fighter the Royal Canadian Air Force ever had- was unveiled to an adoring crowd at the museum.More

Billie is a believer in the F-35
Canadian Skies
There's no doubt that Canadian test pilot Billie Flynn is a believer in the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II. A former RCAF 441 Squadron commanding officer during the UN-led Kosovo bombing campaign in 1999, Flynn has real-time combat experience in the Boeing CF-18 Hornet. More

Silver Dart replica helps tourism soar
CBC News
The Alexander Graham Bell museum in Baddeck, N.S., is crediting the Silver Dart replica with a boost in tourism. The Silver Dart aircraft flew over Baddeck on Feb. 23, 1909. It was the first powered flight in the British Empire. The replica was built to mark the 100th anniversary in 2009.More

F-35 support costs fall 22 per cent, pentagon manager estimates
Bloomberg
A fleet of Lockheed Martin Corp. (LMT)'s F-35 fighters will cost $857 billion over 55 years to operate and support, 22 per cent less than previously estimated, according to the head of the Pentagon office developing the plane. The new estimate reflects the aircraft's performance in 5,000 test flights over 7,000 hours, Air Force Lieutenant General Christopher Bogdan, the Defense Department's program manager for the F-35, told the Senate Armed Services Committee in written answers last month that haven’t been made public until now. More

RCAF says it sets the rules for drone flights over Canada
Ottawa Citizen
Canada's air force has determined that unlike its counterparts in the U.S. and Europe, it does not need approval from civilian aviation agencies to fly drones in domestic airspace and it will operate those unmanned planes as it sees fit, according to newly released Department of National Defence documents.More

Warplanes land at the Edson Airport
Edson Leader
You may have noticed two unusual aircraft at the Edson Airport. They were two old warplanes, both from the Harvard series. One of the pilots, Dave Watson said they were on their way to Vanderhoof, B.C., for the Vanderhoof Airshow.More

Avcorp Industries to supply parts for Chinook Helicopters
Ottawa Citizen
Avcorp Industries recently announced that it has received a purchase contract from The Boeing Company for the production and supply of tunnel cover assemblies for the CH-47 Chinook Helicopters.More

Time to reboot Canada's defence strategy
Canada.com
The following oped is offered by former lieutenant-general George Macdonald, a research fellow of the Canadian Defence & Foreign Affairs Institute and senior consultant with CFN Consultants: The Canada First Defence Strategy, released in May 2008, remains unchanged even though many of the circumstances that existed when it was written have evolved.More

CCTT National Technology Conference
Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists
The Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists (CCTT) invites you to the National Technology Conference in Winnipeg, Manitoba, September 26-28, 2013. The National Technology Conference will bring together business leaders, educators and skilled technicians from across all sectors in order to ensure that the workforce of the future is ready for the challenges that lie ahead. More details can be found at cctt.ca or by contacting CCTT at 1-800-891-1140 ext 224.

EVENT NAME: CCTT National Technology Conference
DATES: September 26-28, 2013
LOCATION: Winnipeg, Manitoba
WEBSITE: http://www.cctt.ca
CONTACT: Issy LeBlond
EMAIL: ileblond@cctt.ca
TEL: 1-800-891-1140 ext 224 More

The Goldfish Club
The Goldfish Club
The 2013 reunion of The Goldfish Club will be held 13-14 September 2013, at the Gleneagles Hotel, Torquay, Devon, U.K. Dinner, Bed & Breakfast are included for the Friday events, and Bed & Breakfast are included for the Saturday events, within the total registration cost which organizers sincerely hope should not exceed £400. Please note the amount is in british pounds sterling. The reunion dinner and dance will be held at the Britannia Naval College, in Dartmouth. The committee continues to work actively to secure corporate sponsors, thus seeking to lower the cost for everyone. More