RCAF Association News
Oct. 18, 2013

As National Defence looks to cut costs, it faces tough decisions on the future of the Canadian Forces
Canada.com
An auditor general's report to be released this fall on the federal government's vaunted national shipbuilding plan is expected to blow last year's F-35 stealth fighter controversy out of the water. The Conservative government has held up the $35 billion plan as a glowing success story that will re-energize Canada's Navy and Coast Guard, while simultaneously creating thousands of jobs on both coasts and transforming Canada into a world-class shipbuilding nation.More

Snowbirds to keep name despite violating federal language law
Leader-Post
anada's air force won't be changing the name of the Snowbirds aerobatic team despite a complaint that alleges the nickname violates federal government language laws because it is an english-only term. The Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages received a complaint in April 2012 about the Snowbirds name painted on the team's Tutor jets as well as the unilingual acronym CAF on the wings. CAF stands for Canadian Armed Forces.More

World War II bomber fighting for its survival in New Brunswick woods
The Province
It survived 14 combat missions over Nazis Germany, but can it survive another winter standing unprotected in the New Brunswick wilderness? That's what keeps Troy Kirkby awake at night. He was still eight years away from being born when Lancaster Bomber KB882 rolled to a stop for the final time in 1964 to retire at a small rural airport beside the TransCanada Highway just east of Edmundston. More

Canadian chopper makes emergency landing
Union Sun & Journal
A Canadian Royal Air Force search and rescue helicopter made an emergency landing in Wilson, the Niagara County Sheriff's Office said. Five crew members were on the chopper and no injuries were reported. The crew reportedly said they were working with the U.S. Coast Guard on a search and rescue operation, looking for a ship in distress on Lake Ontario.More

Missing Ontario pilot found safe
Wawa News
Search and rescue (SAR) crews from the Royal Canadian Air Force, Civil Air Search and Rescue Association, and Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) together located and rescued a missing pilot yesterday northeast of Chapleau, Ontario, following an extensive search.More

As National Defence looks to cut costs, it faces tough decisions on the future of the Canadian Forces
Canada.com
An auditor general's report to be released this fall on the federal government's vaunted national shipbuilding plan is expected to blow last year's F-35 stealth fighter controversy out of the water.More

Snowbirds save the day
Canada.com
The Royal Canadian Air Force Snowbirds entertained crowds in Sacramento, recently, headlining the annual California Capital air show. Meanwhile, the Miramir air show, one of the biggest events in the U.S., was cancelled due to the government shut down.More

Official met with Cyclone rivals as Tories consider ditching chopper program
Times Colonist via The Canadian Press
Senior National Defence and Public Works officials have informally asked rival aircraft makers if they can step in to pick up the pieces if the troubled CH-148 Cyclone helicopter program is cancelled, The Canadian Press has learned.More

Multi-crew Pilot Licence Symposium
ICAO
The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) invites its Member States, industry partners, sponsors and exhibitors to the Multi-crew Pilot Licence Symposium to be held in Montréal from Dec. 10-12. This event will bring together key partners from the aviation industry including, rule-making authorities, commercial air transport operators, flight training organizations, international organizations, aeroplanes and flight simulation training devices manufacturers and other stakeholders. More

The Passionate Alouette
Gilbert Boulanger, D.F.C.
The Passionate Alouette tells us about the adventure of a teenager who was not born to fight — yet passionate about aviation. He volunteered to serve in the RCAF and participated in the biggest tradgedy of the twentieth century: World War 2. Please click the read more button to contact the author and order the book.
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Looking to share your expertise? Want to get published? Call for contributors
Multibriefs
In an effort to enhance the overall content, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of RCAF, your knowledge of the industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit and our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you’re interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.More

RCAF St-Hubert Reunion
RCAF
The bi-annual Junior Ranks Reunion is held for those who were stationed at RCAF Station St. Hubert - including but not limited to those who worked with the 401 & 438 Reserve Sqn’s, 104 KU, 426 Sqn, ADCHQ, and all other units. Today St. Hubert has so much less activity that we hold our reunion at RCAF Base Trenton. Our 9th bi-annual reunion will be held in the WOs’ & SGTs’ Mess at 8 Wing Trenton, Ontario between June 20th – 22nd, 2014 More