RCAF Association News
Mar. 20, 2015

New simulation strategy sets road-map for RCAF future
Royal Canadian Air Force
The Royal Canadian Air Force is at a crossroads. The current training system, which relies heavily on the use of real aircraft, is becoming more and more unaffordable. At the same time, the ability to train by using advanced simulation continues to improve. Therefore, the RCAF will transform its training system from one that relies on aircraft to one that exploits new technologies to train aviators in a simulation-focused system that creates, in effect, a "virtual battlespace."More

Operation IMPACT CP-140 Aurora Detachment completes 100th mission in theatre
National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces
As the sun sank into the dusty desert of Kuwait, turning the sand a deep orange hue, the throb of four Allison turboprop engines announced the safe return to base of the 100th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance mission by a CP-140 Aurora aircrew over Iraq. Members of Air Task Force-Iraq's CP-140 Long Range Patrol Detachment have been engaged in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant since late last fall, amassing nearly 900 hours of flying during 100 missions and gathering considerable information and imagery on ISIL activities.More

First 'made in Canada' flight engineer wings for RCAF CH-147F crew member awarded
Ottawa Citizen
Corporal Reid Bellamy achieved a significant milestone for his squadron — 450 Tactical Helicopter Squadron — the RCAF is reporting in an article on its website. Recently, the squadron's commanding officer, Lieutenant-Colonel Chris McKenna, presented CH-147F Chinook helicopter flight engineer wings to Corporal Bellamy. To earn his wings, Corporal Bellamy successfully completed operational cadre training for the new category II CH-147F flight engineer qualification.More

Airborne alert! Soldiers training in Strathcona County
Edmonton Sun
It's a bird, it's a plane, it's a... soldier. About 125 soldiers from the 3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry will be training in Strathcona County to hone their airborne skills in the seizure and securing of an airfield objective. The exercise, SPARTAN VARSITY, is also to commemorate Operation VARSITY, a successful allied 1945 WWII airborne operation. More

Second World War air force veteran receives service medals 70 years late
Cape Breton Post
It's taken 70 years, but Roy Morrison's long-awaited war medals are now in hand. "Finally," the 91-year-old Truro Heights resident said, of his reaction when the five medals he earned as a member of the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War recently arrived in the mail.More

A rare interview with a Canadian commander fighting the Islamic State
If Canada's CF-18 Hornet fighter jets are the muscle in the nation's war against the Islamic State, then its CP-140 Auroras are the eyes and ears. The high-tech surveillance aircraft are arguably the most advanced manned reconnaissance aircraft in the world, and they're Canada's secret weapon in outsmarting the Islamic State's evolving tactics. More

Snowbirds date set for Valley training
Comox Valley Record
The Canadian Forces Snowbirds will, once again, grace the skies over the Comox Valley in preparation for their 2015 air show season this spring. The Snowbirds' Spring Training Camp is an annual event that affords the team the opportunity to practice flying over water, mountains and diverse terrain away from its operational home base of Moose Jaw, SK. More

8 Wing Commander looks forward to the challenge of promotion and new command
Inside Belleville
8 Wing Commander Col. David Lowthian continues preparations for his promotion and transfer this summer. While looking forward to his promotion to Brigadier-General and appointment to Deputy Commander (Force Generation) at 1 Canadian Air Division (1 CAD) Headquarters in Winnipeg, he acknowledges he will leave CFB Trenton with mixed emotions. More

Were you a BRAT? There's a reunion planned for Comox
Comox Valley Record
What is a BRAT? For many parents of unruly or mischievous children, they call them "brats." But for children of military families, it is a term of endearment. The acronym BRAT originated back in the 1800s when the British Army sent troops to the colonies in Africa and India. Some personnel, in particular officers, were permitted to have their families accompany them. These family members were documented as "British Regiment Attached Travellers," or BRATs. More

Veteran sharing stories in print
Airdrie Echo
Writing your life story can be a daunting task. But that's exactly what Airdrian and Second World War veteran Jack Hilton is hoping to accomplish. Hilton, who served as a fighter pilot with the 438 Squadron, has lived a life of near-death experiences, crash landings and the loss of many squadron mates — now it is time to put pen to paper and share his story with the world.More

Auditor: F-35 faces further delays, cost increases
The StarPhoenix
A new U.S. government report lends support to Canada's wait-andsee approach toward the F-35 stealth fighter. In its recent report, the U.S. Government Accountability Office says progress has been made on some of the problems that have plagued the controversial jet fighter's development for years. These include designing a new pilot's helmet and fixing an issue that resulted in cracks in the aircraft's frame.More

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.More

The Great Escape: A Canadian Story by Ted Barris — 71st anniversary of the Great Escape

This month marks the 71st anniversary of the historic prison break. Ted Barris, author of The Great Escape: The Canadian Story, will be in Ottawa on Friday, March 20th for an event at the Vintage Wings Museum in Gatineau from 7:00-8:30 pm, and then will have a second presentation at the Ottawa Writers Festival on Monday, March 23rd from 7:00-9:00 pm at the Christchurch Cathedral in downtown Ottawa. He'll be speaking about the Canadian POW officers involved in the iconic prison break.More

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

Museum Expansion Gala
Bomber Command Museum of Canada
Saturday, May 9, 2015
5:30 pm to 10:00 pm (MDT)
Nanton, AB

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!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 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.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

1 Air Division (Europe) Reunion 2015!
1 Air Div 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.More