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Delivery schedule for new RCAF search and rescue aircraft unknown at this point
The request for proposals on the Fixed Wing Search and Rescue aircraft project is now in the hands of industry. As Defence Watch readers know, this project has floundered for quite a number of years.
"The intent of the Department of National Defence is to procure a fleet of new sensor-equipped aircraft, including long-term In-Service Support for a period up to 20 years, in order to provide an effective response to SAR incidents anywhere in the Canadian area of responsibility," the RFP documents noted.
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RCAF receives 5th CC-177 Globemaster
The new C-17, or CC-177 in Canadian service, will augment the current fleet of Globemasters operated by 429 Squadron and based at 8 Wing Trenton and extend the fleet's life expectancy by around seven and a half years.
According to the air force, the aircraft increases its flexibility to support various missions, including combat, peace support and humanitarian assistance. It allows the RCAF to have at least three CC-177 aircraft available more than 90 per cent of the time to respond to international or domestic crises.
Sources: Canada's military operations commander Jonathan Vance in line for top defence post
A former combat commander, who leads Canadian military operations both at home and abroad, has emerged as the front-runner to be the country's next top military commander.
Sources say Lt.-Gen. Jonathan Vance, who twice led the army's task force in Kandahar during the Afghan war, is the likely successor to Gen. Tom Lawson, the current chief of the defence staff.
Lawson announced earlier this year that he was stepping down, and is expected to be replaced by early summer, before the next federal election.
U.S. military to ask Canada for new missile sensors in the Arctic
The U.S. military is preparing to ask that new sensors be installed in the Canadian Arctic that would be able to track different types of incoming missiles.
A senior defence official said recently the request is being made to U.S. policy leaders — as well as the Canadian government. He said it's too early in the process to set a target date.
"I don't think we have a timetable just yet," said Admiral William Gortney, the head of the Canada-U.S. Norad program and of Northern Command — the Colorado-based body with tracking responsibility for the U.S. missile defence program.
Some events of 1941
The RCAF Station Diary of Gander Military Airport was classified as top secret for many years after the war. Following are some interesting Diary entries.
Calian subsidiary awarded air force contract renewal
Ottawa Business Journal
Amtek Engineering Services, a subsidiary of Calian Technologies, was awarded a $15 million contract renewal recently with the Royal Canadian Air Forces' Airworthiness Program based in Gatineau. Amtek and subcontractor Valcom Consulting Group will provide aeronautics training to more than 40 engineers to ensure the RCAF's aerospace equipment meets all of Transport Canada's requirements.
Search and rescue takes flight once again after 25 years
After 25 years, Lethbridge has its own search-and-rescue team with CASARA taking to the skies once again.
When lives are in danger, volunteers with the Civil Air Search and Rescue Association of Canada (CASARA) will be ready to provide air search assistance to the Royal Canadian Air Force.
CASARA volunteers are specially trained to carry out searches for missing people or airplanes using light aircraft and ground vehicles, and to work as spotters on military aircraft.
The helmets that go with the F-35 cost $400,000 and allow pilots to look around as if the plane wasn't there
The F-35 Lightning II is one of the most complicated weapons systems ever developed, a sleek and stealthy fighter jet years in the making that is often called a flying computer because of its more than eight million lines of code. The Joint Strike Fighter comes in three versions, including one that is designed to take off and land on an aircraft carrier and another that lands vertically, as if it were a helicopter.
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Veteran honoured at street naming
During the Second World War, Chick Hewett, now 93, flew 35 missions as a navigator in a Lancaster Bomber between 1944 and 1945 as part of the Royal Air Force Bomber Command.
"I was, perhaps, one of the lucky ones to survive in that situation," Hewett says.
"If you've ever watched any war movies, you know that's no easy feat," Councillor Bob Chapman told the throngs of Hewett's family, veterans and other members of city council gathered outside the 420 Wing.
Tender call issued for military search planes
The Harper government has issued a long-awaited call for tenders to replace Canada's aging fixed-wing search planes, more than a decade after the project was first proposed. The Public Works secretariat overseeing the program is asking the defence industry not only for aircraft, but also a capability-based solution, which means would-be contractors can propose details such as where the planes should be based.
RCAF's new bird reaches its nest
There is a brand new workhorse in the Royal Canadian Air Force's hangar of strategic airlifting capabilities. Canada's fifth Boeing-manufactured C-17 Globemaster landed at Canada's largest air base recently. Using existing defence budgets, the new cargo aircraft comes at an estimated $415 million price tag, in addition to 12 years of integrated in-service support valued at $30 million.
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.
Museum Expansion Gala
Bomber Command Museum of Canada
Saturday, May 9, 2015
5:30 pm to 10:00 pm (MDT)
Please have a look at our expansion plans, plan on attending our Museum Expansion Gala, and support the project by bidding on some fantastic items such as a two-hour flight in an L39 Albatros Jet!
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 4, 2015, at the Skyservice hangar in Toronto, ON, at the Toronto Pearson International Airport. The annual black-tie event is a highlight in Canadian aviation celebration and draws attendance from across Canada.
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.
5th Annual Memorial Golf Tournament
Canadian Heroes Foundation
The Canadian Heroes Foundation, together with American Heroes Racing, are proud to announce that our annual memorial golf tournament will be taking place on...
September 17, 2015
At John Daly's first Signature golf course: Thundering Waters Golf Club
Niagara Falls, ON
This year, we will be playing in memory of two Fallen Heroes: a Canadian soldier and an American soldier, both of whom served their countries while abroad.
1 Air Division (Europe) Reunion 2015!
1 Air Division Reunion 2015 Committee
Registration is now open for the 1 Air Division (Europe) Reunion 2015 at the beautiful Tigh-Na-Mara Resort in Parksville, B.C., on Oct. 30-31, 2015!
Come and celebrate with us at a destination reunion on Vancouver Island! Former 1 Air Division personnel and their children are welcome.
2016 #1 Air Division Cruise Reunion
There is going to be a 2016 #1 Air Division Cruise Reunion, open to all who served in Europe from 1950 to 1991.
You can access the information at our webpage.
You can contact Gary Arnold, retired military, at 604-226-6894 or 1-800-661-3770.
You may also contact Christine Eden.
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