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Canada's military has started work on a multi-billion dollar program designed to train its future pilots.
Industry representatives are being asked for feedback on the Future Pilot Training (FPT) project, expected to be worth at least $4 billion. The project will be put in place over the next five years, with a contract set for 2021. It will cover a 20-year period.
The Canadian government has been considering keeping a military refuelling aircraft and Aurora surveillance planes overseas and allowing them to continue taking part in the war against the Islamic State.
The CBC went further, stating that the decision is a done deal.
Tina Crouse, a spokeswoman for Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan has told Defence Watch that no decision has been made.
The move would placate coalition allies, particularly the United States, who view the refuelling plane and the surveillance aircraft as valuable contributions to the ongoing air campaign.
The military's research arm is looking for better ways to protect satellites from catastrophic failure after a 2011 space incident exposed Canada's vulnerability to communications collapse.
Defence Research and Development Canada is launching an initiative with the private sector to improve the reliability of satellites threatened by space debris, harmful radiation and even software glitches that can shut down essential services, from internet access to airline flights.
For the first time, new, state-of-the-art Canadian CH-147 Chinooks flew the nest, crossing Canada's border into the United States for a training exercise.
Canadians piloted the latest version of the Boeing-made helicopters from Petawawa, ON, over the border and into the United States, stopping only once in Syracuse to refuel — flexing its impressive range — before landing for a training exercise with the 82nd Airborne Division.
Hastings County council was given a look behind the curtain of the largest RCAF Base in Canada at its recent council meeting.
CFB Trenton's commanding officer, Col. Colin Keiver, led the delegation which outlined current operations as well as expressing gratitude for ongoing support from local municipalities.
"The men and women of 8 Wing Canadian Forces Base Trenton are busier right now today than we have been in 20 years, and that includes during Afghanistan."
Keiver attributes the increase in workload to a "significant investment" in the base's capabilities.
KB882 had a long service life, and then, a far less deserving fate, and finally enthusiasts are trying to give the historic plane a better future.
Of the over 7,000 built, this plane is one of only 17 survivors and KB882 is one of an even fewer number with actual wartime bombing service.
Flown in as a serviceable aircraft to the small airport at Edmunstan, N.B., the plane sat as an outdoor monument for decades, slowly deteriorating in the elements, winter and summer.
The Grey Cup Festival brought thousands of CFL fans flocking to Winnipeg from across the country and entertainment took to the streets and the air to wow the crowds.
The Royal Canadian Air Force's Snowbirds performed two flybys at the beginning of the Grey Cup Festival Santa Claus Parade. From downtown Winnipeg, it looked like the aircraft were skimming the tops of buildings.
The Conference of Defence Associations Institute (CDA Institute), in partnership with the Canadian Global Affairs Institute (CGAI) invite nominations for the 2015 Ross Munro Media Award (RMMA).
Initiated in 2002 to recognize Canadian journalists who have made a significant and extraordinary contribution to increasing public understanding of security and defence issues of importance to Canada and Canadians, the RMMA commemorates Ross Munro, the celebrated Canadian war correspondent who reported on the Second World War in Europe.
Nominations must be received by Dec. 4, 2015.
Canadian Aviation Historical Society
Just in time for Christmas, the CAHS is offering the sale of two books about Air Marshal Gus Edwards. Suzanne Edwards wrote about her father's life, from a self-educated trapper boy to becoming one of the most senior officers in the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War. Gus: From Trapper Boy to Air Marshal is a 234-page paperback that also includes blank-and-white photographs. Suzanne also wrote a version to inspire children. The Adventures of a Trapper Boy is a 47-page paperback edition that has both photos and illustrations. These books would make great gifts for both adults and children this holiday!
It is my hope that fellow RCAF Association members in the Clearwater and Tampa, FL, areas can join us on Jan. 11th, 2016, to honour those Floridians who volunteered with the RCAF and RAF during the Second World War. The Royal Canadian Legion Post 144 plans to host the event during their meeting at the American Legion Post 7 facility in Clearwater, FL. Canadian Forces personnel from around Florida will attend. Karl Kjarsgaard, who is a Board Member of Bomber Command Museum of Canada and the Director of Halifax 57 Rescue (Canada), will be speaking and displaying Bomber Command Museum's transportable memorial. We will also have representatives or members of the Civil Air Patrol (U.S. Air Force Auxiliary) and Florida Aviation Historical Society. Hopefully, RAF, USAF and other officials will agree to attend. The building's occupancy capacity is 225 persons. The two plaques that will be dedicated can be seen here and here. Note that Halifax 57 Rescue (Canada) donated the aluminum for the RCAF crest. The metal was obtained from a downed Halifax bomber. I will update everyone again once additional details become known. Mr. Dann Oliver (RCL Post 144 & RCL Eastern Division, U.S.A.) and I are planning and coordinating.
The following links provide additional information:
The Royal Canadian Legion Post 144
American Legion Post 7
Bomber Command Museum of Canada
Halifax 57 Rescue (Canada)
John T. Stemple, M.A.
P.O. Box 3893
Winter Haven, FL 33885
Telephone: (863) 291-3190
A reunion cruise has been set up, to reunite former serving members, civilian staff and dependents who had the great fortune to be part of #1 Air Division in Europe.
The cruise will be aboard the Holland America ship, MS Nieuw Amsterdam — a highly-rated and new ship in their fleet. We will depart from Ft. Lauderdale, FL on April 10, 2016 — sailing through the Panama Canal on her way to Vancouver, B.C. The cruise length is 20 nights. The ports of call will be:
Cruising Panama Canal
Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica
Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala
Puerto Chiapas, Mexico
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
San Diego, California
As with all Panama Canal cruises — the ship will book up quickly — so the recommendation is to book soon to avoid disappointment. Already a core group are booked and ready to enjoy the companionship, the memories, wonderful weather, the ports and all the great amenities of life aboard a beautiful ship.
Visit our website!
Or, see us and join us on Facebook — #1 Air Division (Europe) Reunion — 2016
For further information, contact Gary Arnold — email@example.com
The Toronto Garrison Officers' Ball 2016 will be held on Saturday, April 2nd, 2016, at the Allstream Centre, Exhibition Place, Toronto. This annual event is the highlight of the Garrison's social season and it may be of interest to the membership of the RCAF Association. Subscription pricing ranges from $125.00 to $175.00 per person, and based on previous years, we sell out quickly. Please visit www.torontogarrisonball.ca for additional information.
408 Goose Squadron Association
Come out and celebrate the 75th anniversary of 408 Squadron!
The 408 Goose Squadron Association is proud to celebrate the 75th Anniversary and Reunion of the formation of 408 Squadron on the weekend of June 24-26, 2016. Register now for the early-bird rate!
Click here to view the event poster.
Click here to learn more about the event.
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