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RCAF Cormorant helicopter crew receives accolades for difficult rescue
AgustaWestland has congratulated the Royal Canadian Air Force crew of search and rescue helicopter "Rescue 903" for winning this year's Cormorant Trophy. The crew that performed the outstanding rescue on 1st August 2013 and awarded the Cormorant Trophy were:
• Major Troy Maa — Aircraft Commander;
• Captain Francois Fasquelle — First Officer;
• Master Corporal Kent Campbell — Flight Engineer;
• Master Corporal Christian Morrissette — SAR Tech Team Leader; and
• Sargent Guy St-Denis — SAR Tech Team Member.
All were stationed as the crew of AW101 Cormorant helicopter "Rescue 903" with 442 Squadron at Canadian Forces Base Comox at the time of the rescue.
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Canadian officials deny reports of secret fighter jet purchase
The Globe and Mail
Senior Canadian government officials say Canada will under no circumstances be purchasing F-35s on an expedited basis and that no decision has been made on which new war-plane to buy.
In the face of a U.S. military report that Ottawa has made a secret decision to buy U.S. F-35 stealth fighters, officials say the lack of firm details on cost and capabilities has not instilled confidence.
CF-18s hit ISIS IED-making facility
Four CF-18s struck an ISIS warehouse used for manufacturing improvised explosive devices in the third bombing strike of Canada's mission in Iraq, the Department of National Defence says.
The Canadian jets were participating in their first-ever "pre-planned strike" recently when they dropped eight 500-pound bombs on the ISIS compound, Defence Minister Rob Nicholson said in a statement.
"All eight bombs hit their target and they did so simultaneously," Nicholson later said in the House of Commons.
Task force commander: ISIS hiding and on the defensive
Sun News Network
Islamic State fighters are on the defensive, hiding equipment and limiting their movements in response to coalition air strikes, Col. Daniel Constable said recently.
Constable, the commanding officer for the Joint Task Force in Iraq, told reporters during a teleconference briefing that coalition air power has allowed Iraqi government forces to "go on the offensive" in northern Iraq. The RCAF also conducted two air strikes when a CF-18 Hornet dropped laser-guided ammunition on an Islamic State (ISIS)-operated piece of artillery in northern Iraq that was being used to fire on Iraqi ground troops.
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Spam on menu for hockey fans at war
The air war in 1944 took a major turn for the Allies. An aggressive campaign against German fighter planes meant that by March of that year, Luftwaffe forces had been severely battered, and by that time, few could get through the screen of Allied fighters to get at the Allied bombers.
The heavy losses that had dogged the Allied air crews were behind them, and the landings at Normandy, to be followed by the liberation of Europe, were ahead of them.
War medal mystery unites families
One rainy day some 60 years ago, Mary Holland spotted a flash of metal at the bottom of a watery ditch. The Mission, B.C., high school student fished the object from the water. It was sterling silver, a cross tipped with three maple leaves and a single crown, a royal insignia wreathed at its heart. The back held an engraving: "F. O. K. D. Wallingford."
JSF Program Office looks at Canada F-35 swap
A radical fast-track plan to jump-start Canada's stalled effort to buy the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is revealed in a briefing document obtained by Aviation Week. A recent brief from JSF Program Executive Office director USAF Lt. Gen. Chris Bogdan to Air Force secretary Deborah James calls for Canada to receive four F-35s next year, by diverting them from U.S. Air Force low-rate initial production Lot 7 orders.
A RIFL2E shot from Canada for AISR and SATCOM
Modern imaging and search sensors have a big data problem — they produce more information than can be practically transmitted and analyzed for the development of actionable intelligence and pilots often have to fly within range of a traditional line-of-sight data link to transfer their surveillance data.
Operators must be able to access intelligence data quickly enough so that it remains actionable.
Gaglardi's jet and other flight legends on display at B.C. Aviation Museum
Tofino-Ucluelet Westerly News
A shiny, chrome-coated Beechcraft 18 aircraft that was once used by former provincial cabinet minister Phil Gaglardi to inspect the province's highways is one of the historic exhibits at British Columbia's Aviation Museum.
Gaglardi's tricked-out Beechcraft Pac Aero Tradewind, which landed in the government's books as a snow-plow, is one of the many aviation exhibits the Victoria-area museum's volunteers have painstakingly restored for public viewing.
Located in a hangar adjacent to Victoria International Airport, the museum is dedicated to preserving aviation heritage.
Air Force working on plans to allow women to compete for last 7 male-only jobs in the service
The Air Force's top boss said recently she hopes to make all jobs in the service open to qualified women in the next year and a half.
Seven jobs in the service are closed to women, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James told reporters during a recent visit to Hawaii.
James said the Air Force is working on establishing gender-neutral standards for the positions and opening them to whoever is qualified.
"That is to say, whatever the standard is, it would be the same for men and women," she said.
Pentagon moves to integrate technology with wearable equipment
Waterloo Region Record
The Pentagon has invested millions of dollars to make the size, weight and power of wearable technology and equipment smaller and easier for troops to carry.
Wearable technology, like helmet mounted displays, allow combat airmen on the ground to link into what airborne cameras see and may give air traffic controllers a way to spot where aircraft fly, according to Gregory M. Burnett, chief engineer at the Battlefield Air Targeting Man-Aided Knowledge, or BATMAN lab, at the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson base in Ohio.
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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.
Western SME Day
Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries
November 26, 2014 — Renaissance Harbourside Hotel, Vancouver B.C.
The Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries (CADSI) is pleased to present Western SME Day, an opportunity for small and medium-sized businesses in western Canada to learn how to pursue defence procurement opportunities in Canada and internationally.
• Learn how to do business with Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) and how to succeed on the global stage.
• Listen to a panel discussion about the continued evolution of the Defence Procurement Strategy and why it is important to your company.
• Hear presentations from representatives from National Defence, Industry Canada, PWGSC and the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development.
To reserve at the Renaissance Vancouver Harbourside Hotel, please click here.
To download the agenda, please click here.
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
50 Minthorn Blvd., Suite 800, Thornhill, ON, L3T 7X8