RCAF Association News
Jun. 13, 2014

Harper won't rule out Canada joining U.S. missile defence program
The Globe and Mail
Stephen Harper addressed the revived debate about whether Canada should join the U.S. ballistic missile defence system, declining to rule out this country's participation in light of shifting global events. Speaking after a Group of Seven meeting in Brussels, the prime minister said Canada has not changed its position.More

Canadian pilots calling for tougher measures against laser pointing
CTV News
Shine a laser at your cat and you'll be in for hours of fun. But point it at an airplane and you could end up in jail. Recently, the FBI began offering up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest of anyone who aims a laser at an aircraft. And though the reward is specific to the U.S., it's a problem Canadian pilots want to see addressed as well.More

Defence Minister's office defends spending cuts; military leaders warn cuts having long term impact
Ottawa Citizen
The Ottawa Citizen's Lee Berthiaume is reporting that Canada's air force, army and navy commanders have been quietly warning that all the fat has been trimmed when it comes to certain spending cuts, and reductions are now having deep and long-term impacts. Those impacts include more vehicle fleets parked, shortages of spare parts and an overall decline in the military's ability to respond quickly to the government's demands and do its job effectively.More

4 boaters rescued by RCAF search and rescue crew near Sooke
Global News
Four boaters had to be rescued recently after their small skiff lost engine power and hit a rock near Sooke, B.C. Search and rescue crews from the Royal Canadian Air Force's 442 Transport and Rescue Squadron left from 19 Wing Comox to rescue the group. Luckily, the four boaters were able to steer their craft to shore and had a radio with them to call for help.More

Canada signals decision on replacing jet fighters may come soon
Business News Network
Canada signaled recently it is likely to make a decision in the next few weeks on whether to replace its aging CF-18 fighter jets with F-35 stealth fighters from Lockheed Martin or hold an open competition among aircraft makers. Public Works Minister Diane Finley said the Conservative government will finish its review of reports on how to replace its jet fighters in the coming weeks. More

Governor General's statement on Canadian Armed Forces Day
Ottawa Citizen
Canadian Armed Forces Day offers us an opportunity to thank the soldiers, sailors, airmen and airwomen of our military for their service and dedication to Canada. As Canadians, we are fortunate to be able to count on our armed forces throughout the year. Whether deployed domestically in support of relief or rescue efforts or in missions abroad, the men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces make an invaluable contribution to our shared well-being.More

Photos: CF-18 flying with Romanian MiG-21s
Ottawa Citizen
Here are photos courtesy of Combat Camera of the Canadian contingent at Câmpia Turzii, Romania, where the Canadian Air Task Force is participating in NATO reassurance measures. As well, the last photo shows a CF-18 Hornet flying in formation with two Romanian MiG-21 LanceR aircraft. More

Report: Single-engine F-35 jets too risky for military
CTV News
A new report released by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives argues that the controversial F-35 fighter jets, which would replace the air force's aging CF-18 fleet, are too dangerous to be used by the Canadian military. The report, titled One Dead Pilot, was released recently. It suggests that the single-engine F-35 poses too many risks, and could fail over the ocean or the remote Arctic. More

Federal officials expected de facto sole-source coast guard chopper deal
570 News
Federal officials overseeing the plan to replace Canada's coast guard helicopters were aware almost from the outset that only one bidder might come forward. Documents from May 2013 also show that just weeks after the bidding to supply 15 light helicopters got underway, officials looked for ways to justify a de facto "sole source" outcome to the request for proposals.More

Only the best jet fighter is good enough for RCAF
The StarPhoenix
Choosing a new fighter jet for Canada has been a long and arduous ordeal, which is surprising since the choice is obvious. We have to go with the American F-35. It's the best, a fifth-generation fighter in a field of fourth-generation rivals, and in air combat, the best prevails. Generations of Canadian fighter pilots have learned the value of the best, sometimes the hard way.More

70th anniversary of the founding of the RCAF's first three squadrons dedicated to air transport operations
The National Air Force Museum of Canada's Ad Astra stone programme has proven very successful both at raising funds for the museum and providing a modest but poignant means of recognizing those who have served, or are serving, with Canada's Air Force. As the programme was implemented in 1995, five decades after the end of the Second World War, it is unsurprising that those most deserving of recognition — those who gave their lives during the war... are least represented amongst the over 10,500 stones in the RCAF Memorial Air Park.More

RCAF St-Hubert Reunion
The bi-annual Junior Ranks Reunion is held for those who were stationed at RCAF Station St. Hubert — including but not limited to those who worked with the 401 & 438 Reserve Sqn’s, 104 KU, 426 Sqn, ADCHQ, and all other units. Today St. Hubert has so much less activity that we hold our reunion at RCAF Base Trenton. Our 9th bi-annual reunion will be held in the WOs' & SGTs' Mess at 8 Wing Trenton, Ontario between June 20th – 22nd, 2014.More

75th anniversary of the Harvard in Canada
2014 marks the 75th anniversary of the Harvard in Canada. The Harvard Mark II saw service with the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan from 1939 to 1945. The Harvard Mark IV saw service as an advanced trainer during the 1950s and 60s. The Canadian Harvard Aircraft Association invites anyone who flew, trained with or serviced this magnificent aircraft to join us on the weekend of 20-22 June, 2014 as we celebrate 75 years of the Harvard with “The Gathering of Harvards and Heroes”. We have invited all currently flying Harvard aircraft to join us at the Tillsonburg airport, and we will have presentations, aircraft flying, contests and a banquet on the Saturday night. On Sunday we will attempt to put into the air the largest formation of Harvards since they were in service. More information for accommodations, program of events and participating aircraft can be found at our website and on Facebook. This will be a wonderful opportunity to see, touch and even fly in these historic aircraft. Please join us as we continue the legend. More