RCAF Association News
Oct. 24, 2014

Photos: Here are the weapons RCAF CF-18 pilots could face
Ottawa Citizen
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) released on Twitter some photos from the Iraqi city of Ramadi, now occupied by its forces. They show some anti-aircraft guns operated by ISIL (it actually looks like the same truck-mounted AA gun, just photographed in different locations). This is the type of threat CF-18 pilots could be facing from the ground.More

Royal Canadian Air Force squadron returns to RAF Leeming to take part in exercise for first time since it was based there in WWII
The Northern Echo
A Royal Canadian Air Force squadron has returned to RAF Leeming more than 70 years after using it as a base during World War Two. A crew from 405 Squadron (RCAF) flew in to the base to take part in Exercise Joint Warrior — a multi-national operation involving the Navy, Air Force and Army from the U.K. and visiting units from Allied nations. Ships, submarines, aircraft and ground troops simulated battles at sea, in the air and on land in an area which stretches from the Irish Sea, north to Cape Wrath and east to the Moray Firth. More

Operation Boxtop supplies remote Canadian station
Colorado Springs Military Newspaper Group
Located just 508 miles from the North Pole and 1,140 miles north of the Arctic Circle, Canadian Forces Station Alert and its small contingent of personnel provides signals intelligence there and for its detachment stations. Due to its remote geographic location at the northernmost inhabited location on earth, CFS Alert requires a bi-annual resupply mission to sustain the inhabitants so the mission can be completed and they can make it through the harsh Greenlandic winter.More

Canada seeks ISR planes for special operations
Defense News
Canada's special operations forces are planning to acquire a small fleet of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft to improve their capability to track and target insurgents on the ground. It would be the first time that Canada has fielded such a capability. Four aircraft will be purchased, outfitted with signals intercept capability and sensors to target ground movement. The Royal Canadian Air Force would operate the planes, mainly for the Canadian Special Operations Forces Command (CANSOFCOM), although they can be made available to other units.More

U.S. military urged to follow Canada's transgender policy
CBC News
There are many things that make Canada distinct from the United States but aside from the usual clichés — passion for hockey, maple syrup, and Timbits — there is perhaps a lesser known difference when it comes to our militaries. The Canadian Forces has something the American military does not: a policy that allows transgender people to serve. In the U.S., Pentagon rules prohibit transgender members and if they're discovered, the military can discharge them.More

CF-18s rely on tracking system, despite Canada's withdrawal from program
Ottawa Citizen
The Conservative government is defending Canada's withdrawal from a key NATO airborne surveillance system, even though Canadian fighter jets are benefiting from it in Eastern Europe. Fifteen NATO allies are contributing personnel to the alliance's airborne early warning program, known as AWACS, which is playing a key role tracking Russian military aircraft in response to the crisis in Ukraine. More

Canadian military may get its $3.1 billion back
Even as the Harper Conservatives have deployed CF-18 fighter jets to Eastern Europe, and now to Kuwait to join the air war against Islamic State, the Canadian Forces have seen their funding slashed. But that may be about to change, as the government considers adding back part or all of the $3.1 billion removed from the military's piggy bank in last February's budget.More

Fighter jets depart from CFB Cold Lake, Alberta to Middle East
Edmonton Sun
Heavy security controlled the scene at 4 Wing, Cold Lake, as six CF-18 Hornet fighter jets took off from northern Alberta recently with their sights set on Iraq. Minister of Defence Rob Nicholson was on the ground as the pilots deployed to Iraq and acknowledged the elevated security on home-soil after a soldier in Quebec was killed and another injured recently in what appears to be a "lone wolf" terrorist attack. More

Winnipeg Air Force personnel heading to Iraq
Global News
Winnipeg-based Air Force personnel are geared up recently to head out to the Middle East. The operation, dubbed Operation Impact, is part of coalition effort to help security forces in Iraq do battle with terror group ISIS and will include members from 17 Wing in Manitoba. Senior Air Force staff were expected to be in attendance at a special send-off. More

New, improved Typhoon fighter jets enter service
Ottawa Citizen
BAE Systems, a partner in the Eurofighter consortium that builds the Typhoon, said recently that the first 15 of the RAF aircraft fitted with what is known as the Phase 1 Enhancements Package are now in service. Separately, BAE is also working on a new set of upgrades for the jet, and a company spokesman said BAE expects to be under contract to integrate the latest version of the Brimstone ground attack missile, known as Brimstone 2, on Typhoon in the first quarter of 2015.More

70 years after final flight, 4 will be buried in Victoria
Times Colonist
The remains of four young air force men will be laid to rest in the Royal Oak Burial Park in November, more than 70 years after their plane disappeared on a training flight out of Victoria. "It will be a full military honours (ceremony)," said Stephen Olson, executive director of the Royal Oak Burial Park. The ceremony will take place November 10 at 10:00 am at the park's Commonwealth War Graves area. Family and members from the Royal Air Force and Royal Canadian Air Force will attend. The public is also welcome.More

Second World War Tribute Request
Veterans Affairs Canada
To mark the 75th anniversary of Canada's engagement in the Second World War, beginning September 10, 2014, living Canadian Veterans of the Second World War may request a special commemorative lapel pin and certificate of recognition.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, 2015More