RCAF Association News
Jan. 9, 2015

RCAF names CF-18 Demonstration Team pilot
Ottawa Citizen
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.More

RCAF to test rapid rescue response time as new planes remain in limbo
Brandon Sun
The air force is planning to test an expanded, more flexible response time for search and rescue along the East Coast in the coming year, even as long-delayed plans for new aircraft remain in a holding pattern. National Defence has been quietly evaluating the merits of positioning its helicopters and fixed-wing planes to respond within 30 minutes of an emergency call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.More

Air Force says it remains 'exceptionally effective' despite young personnel
CTV News
The Royal Canadian Air Force "continues to be exceptionally effective" as it participates in missions around the world, the Department of National Defence says in response to a report that claims Canada's air personnel are young and inexperienced after years of spending cuts, low recruitment rates, and retirements. In a statement to CTV's Canada AM recently, the DND says that the Canadian Armed Forces recruited about 4,500 Regular Force personnel in 2014, and remains "one of the most highly trained and respected militaries in the world." More

The Canadian Forces' good (and bad and ugly) year ahead
National Post
Now that 2015 has arrived, the New Year will require Canadians to think about defence issues anew and the nation's political leaders to define where they stand. The past year saw over a decade of involvement in Afghanistan end, just as new missions emerged in Iraq, with NATO in Europe and against Ebola in West Africa. Our mission against the Islamic State in Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) in Iraq will soon be considered by Parliament again, and will either be ended or extended. More

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.More

Text of statement from Julian Fantino
Metro News
The text of a statement was issued recently by Julian Fantino after he was removed as minister of veterans affairs and returned to his old job as associate minister of defence.More

Aviation Hall of Fame welcomes Langley Snowbird
Langley Advance
A man with a passion for flying who has made a huge commitment to the aviation industry and the community has been named to Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame.More

New fighter jet options mean Ottawa could avoid buying F-35s
The Globe and Mail
A new report prepared for Ottawa on options for new fighter jets gives the government an excuse to avoid buying the F-35 if it chooses.More

Canada faces new Cold War in Europe and hot war against ISIS in 2015
CTV News
It could very well be that 2014 is remembered as the year when Canada traded one shadow war for possibly two others. The flag was barely folded and put away in Kabul, marking a formal end to more than 12 years of counter-insurgency war against the ghostly Taliban, before CF-18s were dispatched to begin pounding extremist targets in Iraq. More

Major-General Richard Rohmer of Collingwood named as Honorary Advisor to the Chief of the Defence Staff
Collingwood Enterprise Bulletin
Major-General (Retired) Richard Rohmer of Collingwood has had a military career like no other. Now Canada is continuing to recognize him for his many contributions, with an additional recognition from Canada's Chief of the Defence, General Tom Lawson, who named Rohmer Honorary Advisor to the Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS) in a recent press release.More

A North American missile-defense alliance?
The National Interest
America's discussion about missile defense tends to be a one-sided conversation. More often than not, it revolves around what capabilities the United States has fielded to date, and what it plans to provide to its allies overseas. But in the not-too-distant future, the United States might be able to count on a new voice in the missile-defense debate, as political and intellectual shifts progressively nudge Canada into alignment on the need to defend North America against ballistic-missile attack.More

How to design the fighter cockpit of tomorrow
If you think your office needs a lick of paint and some new furniture, spare a thought for fighter pilots. Those who fly fighter aircraft like the F-16 or the Tornado are still, in effect, working in a 1970s office — because that's when those aircrafts were originally designed. It takes a very long time to build a new fighter jet. Lockheed Martin's F-22 Raptor is currently the only supersonic stealth fighter in active service — but when the contract for the first prototype was signed in 1986, Apple's top-of-the-range Macintosh Plus computer had a mere one megabyte memory and no hard drive. 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

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

National Volunteer Week 2015 theme: 'Volunteers are part of the ripple effect'
Volunteer Canada
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.More

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.More

RCAF Airwomen's 12th Reunion
RCAF Airwomen
June 5-7, 2015
The Coast High Country Inn
4051 4th Avenue, Whitehorse, Yukon. Y1A 1H1

Hello ladies,
Your 12th Reunion Committee is hard at work finalizing plans for our reunion at The Coast High Country Inn in Whitehorse, YK. More