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Canadians step up air strikes in Iraq
Canadian fighter jets flying over Iraq have stepped up the pace of their attacks on Islamic State extremists, dropping bombs for five straight days.
Details are sometimes vague about what was hit but since combat operations started in late October, CF-18 fighters have dropped munitions 22 times and eight of those missions have happened since New Year's Day.
And in one five-day stretch ending recently, CF-18s dropped precision-guided munitions against ISIL targets six times.
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Canada confident no civilians were killed in CF-18s strikes
Canadian fighter bombers have conducted a total of seven attacks in Iraq over the last couple of weeks and their commander is confident none of them caused civilian casualties.
Brig.-Gen. Dan Constable held a conference call recently with an update on the combat mission, the first since the U.S. announced it was reviewing data surrounding two coalition bombing missions — one in Iraq, the other in Syria.
Canada's Iraq war air commander gets promotion
Just recently, he was Col. Daniel Constable, Commander of Joint Task Force — Iraq. Today, he is Brigadier-General Daniel Constable, Commander of Joint Task Force — Iraq.
Constable will be updating reporters on the progress of Canada's Iraq war and operations against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
RCAF rescues hunters stranded in Hudson Bay
The Weather Network
Eight hunters stranded on an ice floe in Hudson Bay were air-lifted to safety by the Royal Canadian Air Force recently.
The men went adrift, prompting a call for help and the scrambling of aircraft to their aid.
Royal Canadian Air Force Maj. Steve Neta told CTV the men were hunting near Coral Harbour, on Nunavut's Southampton Island, when the ice broke away, and local rescuers couldn't reach them safely.
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Miller draws on Canadian history with Avro illustrations
Strathroy Age Dispatch
The love of art and aviation have created some historic opportunities for new Strathroy, ON, resident, Phillip Miller, even though some of his biggest projects never did see the light of day.
Miller was a technical artist and animator for Canadian aerospace manufacturer Avro in the late 1950s and early 1960.
RCAF names CF-18 Demonstration Team pilot
The Royal Canadian Air Force has announced the appointment of Captain Denis "Cheech" Beaulieu as the pilot for the 2015 CF-18 Demonstration Team. Flying his specially painted CF-18 commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, Capt. Beaulieu will wow crowds around the continent during the 2015 air show season.
Vancouver Island's Viking Air flying high with reincarnation of Twin Otter
The Globe and Mail
David Curtis likes to say that aircraft manufacturing is not for the faint of heart. But in a Viking Air hangar near Victoria where four Twin Otters are in the final stages of assembly, his company's big gamble on an old workhorse is paying off. The employee parking lots are full — 450 workers in B.C. alone — and the plant is running staggered shifts 21 hours a day.
Boeing delivers maintenance training system to Petawawa for Chinook maintainers
Boeing recently delivered a maintenance training system to the Royal Canadian Air Force that will help prepare technicians to keep the RCAF's CH-147F Chinook helicopters mission ready, according to a news release issued by the company. The Chinook Maintenance Trainer includes a complete air-frame and an interactive display system that allow the technicians to gain experience addressing a number of scenarios.
Comox Air Show to soar again in August
One of the biggest shows in the Comox Valley is coming back this summer.
After a successful display that attracted around 15,000 spectators in 2013, 19 Wing Comox is again hosting the Comox Air Show in August.
Wing Commander Col. Tom Dunne officially launched the Comox Valley Armed Forces Day that will be combined with the air show.
The air show will highlight military and civilian acts. Commitments are also being secured for an array of vintage and U.S. military aircraft for the ground static displays.
F-35 Program Office: Gun remains on schedule
The gun on the F-35 joint strike fighter remains on schedule to go operational in 2017, the Pentagon said recently.
The Daily Beast reported last month that the gun would not be able to be used until 2019, but in a statement F-35 Joint Program Office spokesman Joe DellaVedova described that story as a "misreporting" of the facts.
The gun in question is a 25mm system known as the GAU-22, developed by General Dynamics.
Here's what every fighter pilot remembers about their first air support mission
We Are The Mighty
Opening fire on the wrong target could mean death for the good guys. It's called friendly fire, and it's every fighter pilot's worse nightmare.
Answering an air support call for the first time is a gut-wrenching experience, and it's something fighter pilots will never forget. All of the flight hours and training boils down to their first life and death test, a test that will become routine on deployment.
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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.
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
National Volunteer Week 2015 theme: 'Volunteers are part of the ripple effect'
A volunteer action is like a stone thrown in a lake: its effect has a direct impact. At the same time, like ripples, volunteer efforts reach out far and wide to improve communities. Undeniably, volunteers rock.
National Volunteer Week is a time to recognize, celebrate and thank Canada's 13.3 million volunteers. NVW 2015 takes place April 12-18. It marks the 12th consecutive year we've delivered the NVW campaign in partnership with Investors Group, Canada's corporate leader in volunteer recognition.
Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame to induct 4 new members and honour a Belt of Orion recipient
Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame
Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame (CAHF) will induct four new members at its 42nd annual gala dinner and ceremony to be held Thursday, June 4th, 2015, at the Ontario Science Centre, in Toronto.
The new members are:
• Arthur Roy Brown, DSC: WWI pilot and combat leader
• James Stuart "Jim" McBride: aviation entrepreneur
• George Miller, CD: leader of the Snowbirds aerobatic team, 1973
• Owen Bartley "O.B." Philp C.M., DFC, CD: a military pilot and driving spirit behind the formation of Canada's Aerial Demonstration Squadron — the Snowbirds.
• AeroVelo Inc. — Belt of Orion Award for Excellence.
RCAF Airwomen's 12th Reunion
June 5-7, 2015
The Coast High Country Inn
4051 4th Avenue, Whitehorse, Yukon. Y1A 1H1
Your 12th Reunion Committee is hard at work finalizing plans for our reunion at The Coast High Country Inn in Whitehorse, YK.
50 Minthorn Blvd., Suite 800, Thornhill, ON, L3T 7X8