RCAF Association News
Sep. 12, 2014

Veterans should transcend party politics
The Globe and Mail
Traditionally, Canada's veterans have enjoyed outstanding moral support from a grateful public, in recognition of the nation's solemn obligation to care for those who have served and suffered in harm's way. But the veterans landscape is changing. With a steady decline in the huge numbers who served in the Second World War, today's veteran community is characterized by a new set of men and women whose military experience stems from the Korean conflict, the Cold War, peacekeeping missions, upheaval in the former Yugoslavia, the first Persian Gulf war and Afghanistan.More

DND scientists return from Arctic after testing unmanned technology
Ottawa Citizen
A team of Department of National Defence scientists, technicians, and project staff have returned from a successful mission to test unmanned technology in Arctic conditions, the DND stated in a news release. It is the first time such an experiment has been undertaken in an Arctic environment, the release stated.More

Vancouver high-tech alloys makers lands F-35 contract
Business in Vancouver
A Vancouver-headquartered company that specializes in making highly specialized metal alloys has landed a $2 million contract with Lockheed Martin to supply components for the F-35 fighter jet. Under the contract, IBC Advanced Alloys will manufacture a proprietary beryllium-aluminum alloy called Beralcast to be used in the housing of an optical guidance system on the F-35 Lightning II.More

Spitfire replica unveiled in Essex
Windsor Star
A fibre-glass replica of a Mk IX Spitfire painted to look exactly like the one Essex native Jerry Billing flew on D-Day exudes memories as his wife Karen runs her hands over its rivets. She wasn't with him, of course, in any Second World War dog-fights, but she remembers hopping on many a Spitfire wing after her husband had landed at air shows. The high nose of the Spitfire made it impossible for a pilot to see the ground in front of the plane so as women did in the war, Karen perched on a wing to give him directions.More

McKennitt named honorary colonel of RCAF
Winnipeg Sun
A former Manitoba singer and song-writer has been appointed as an honorary colonel of the Royal Canadian Air Force. National Defence Minister Rob Nicholson announced recently that former Morden resident Loreena McKennitt, a Grammy- and Juno Award-nominated singer who has sold more than 14 million records, will assume the ceremonial post. She had previously been appointed eight years ago as the honorary colonel of the 435 Transport and Rescue Squadron at 17 Wing in Winnipeg.More

Nato aircraft in summit flypast over Newport and Cardiff
BBC News
Thousands of people gathered to watch 22 military aircraft from nine countries fly over Newport and Cardiff. The flypast — on day two of the Nato summit — was watched by President Barack Obama, David Cameron and other leaders from the Celtic Manor. The RAF's Red Arrows were joined by fighters from the U.S.A., Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Poland, Portugal and the Netherlands.More

RAF hand over Baltic air policing mission to RCAF
Ottawa Citizen
Royal Air Force No. 135 Expeditionary Air Wing has formally handed over the role of supporting nation in the Baltic Air Policing mission to the Royal Canadian Air Force, the United Kingdom's Ministry of Defence says. The hand-over ceremony marked the conclusion of the four-month deployment of four RAF Typhoon fighter aircraft that have been providing reassurance to the U.K.'s allies in the region.More

Hamilton's Lancaster back in the air
Hamilton Spectator
Hamilton's Lancaster successfully took a test flight in northeast England recently, to try out an engine on loan from the Royal Air Force. The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum said on social media that the plane "has safely returned to RAF Coningsby." The test flight comes after a mechanical crew conducted a ground test. More

Source: Canadian government favours U.S. fighter jets over Europe
The Globe and Mail
Canada is likely to choose between two major U.S. firms when it buys a new fleet of jet fighters, excluding two European competitors, according to a source with direct knowledge of the matter. The source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said Lockheed Martin's F-35 stealth fighter and Boeing's F-18 E/F Super Hornet were deemed more suitable for the variety of tasks the military has laid out.More

Boeing mobile laser weapon tested in rain and fog against aerial targets
Ottawa Citizen
Boeing and the U.S. Army have proven the capabilities of the High Energy Laser Mobile Demonstrator (HEL MD) in various conditions, successfully targeting a variety of aerial targets at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, according to a news release from Boeing. "Under windy, rainy and foggy weather conditions in Florida, these engagements were the most challenging to date with a 10-kilowatt laser on HEL MD," said Dave DeYoung, Boeing Directed Energy Systems director.More

What is hypoxia — and why does it affect pilots?
CTV News
When a small plane began to drift off course early Friday, the North American Aerospace Defence Command anticipated a scenario it had seen before. "F-15 fighter jets are currently escorting an unresponsive small aircraft over the Atlantic, possible hypoxia," NORAD tweeted recently. "Hypoxia" — the medical term for oxygen deprivation — has been the culprit in several air crashes of the past. A lack of oxygen to the brain, called cerebral hypoxia, can be caused by things like smoke inhalation, carbon monoxide poisoning or — in what could be the case of the Florida-bound pilot — high altitudes.More

Pictou County 'aces' of First World War
NG News
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War. Two known Pictou County airmen, 25th Squadron, Second Lieutenant, William Drummond Matheson of New Glasgow and 103 Squadron Second Lieutenant, John Bernard Russell of Pictou, had the distinction of being called "aces" and won medals for "acts of bravery" and "devotion to duty while flying in active operations against the enemy." The name "ace" is an original French term and was adopted by the air forces during the Great War.More

70th anniversary of the founding of the RCAF's first 3 squadrons dedicated to air transport operations
The National Air Force Museum of Canada's Ad Astra stone program has proven very successful both at raising funds for the museum and providing a modest but poignant means of recognizing those who have served, or are serving, with Canada's Air Force. As the program was implemented in 1995, five decades after the end of the Second World War, it is unsurprising that those most deserving of recognition — those who gave their lives during the war... are least represented amongst the over 10,500 stones in the RCAF Memorial Air Park.More

Spitfire Dance
October 23-26, 2014 — Barney Danson Theatre — Canadian War Museum

In a world of war-time aviation dominated by men... Women had other ideas. Spitfire Dance tells the stories of pioneer female aviators — their courage, their daring and their frustrations. They were the women who dared compete in that most male of establishments: aviation.

Written and directed by Clint Ward. Starring Karen Cromar, Glen Bowser and Brian Jackson (Music Director).More

Canadian Aerospace Summit announces first program confirmations
Aerospace Industries Association of Canada
The Summit program will feature industry experts on technology, skills, advanced manufacturing, space, and more.

Themed "One World: Delivering Results in a Global Market," the 2014 Canadian Aerospace Summit's conference program will include:

Barry Kohler, President and CEO, Bell Helicopter Textron Canada
Perrin Beatty, President, Canadian Chamber of Commerce
Jayson Meyers, President and CEO, Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (CME)
• Space panel with senior representatives from NASA and CSA
• Global aerospace trends panel with international industry experts, moderated by Joe Anselmo, Editor-in-Chief, Aviation Week
• Major platform presentations with senior representatives of major global OEMs, including Debbie Rub, Vice President and Global Manager, Global Strike, Boeing.

Register now!More

Call for Papers: AERO 2015 Conference
Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute
AERO 2015 Conference will be held in beautiful Montréal QC, Canada's largest aerospace hub and home to Bombardier, Bell-Helicopter-Textron, Pratt & Whitney and more. The venue will be at the Delta Hotel on President Kennedy Avenue from Tuesday April 21 through Thursday April 23.

Also part of AERO 2015 will be the Women in Aerospace Reception on Tuesday, the Talent Meets Market Student Breakfast on Wednesday, the Senior Awards Reception and Gala Dinner on Wednesday evening, and the Turnbull Lecture Luncheon on Thursday.

Call for Papers:
Initial abstracts: January 21, 2015
Notification of abstract acceptance: February 4, 2015
Full papers/extended abstracts: April 21, 2015 More