RCAF Association News
Sep. 5, 2014

RAF hand over Baltic air policing mission to RCAF
Ottawa Citizen
Royal Air Force No. 135 Expeditionary Air Wing has formally handed over the role of supporting nation in the Baltic Air Policing mission to the Royal Canadian Air Force, the United Kingdom's Ministry of Defence says. The hand-over ceremony marked the conclusion of the four-month deployment of four RAF Typhoon fighter aircraft that have been providing reassurance to the U.K.'s allies in the region.More

Canada talks tough on Ukraine, but cuts $2.7 billion from defence in 2015
CTV News
Stephen Harper has been one of the toughest talking leaders throughout the Ukraine crisis, yet newly released figures show National Defence is expected to face an even deeper budget hole in the coming year than previously anticipated. The ongoing reductions come as the prime minister is expected to resist pressure from allies at this week's NATO summit to spend substantially more on the military. More

Canadian relief supplies going to Iraq, RCAF flies in donated weaponry
Coast Reporter
Canada is sending relief supplies to Iraq from a newly established warehouse in Dubai. International Development Minister Christian Paradis says the Dubai stockpile includes including tents, blankets, kitchen sets, hygiene kits and jerry cans. "We are dealing with persecuted religious minorities," Paradis said. "There are very, very basic needs to be addressed." So far this year, Canada has earmarked $21 million for humanitarian needs in Iraq.More

Hamilton's Lancaster back in the air
Hamilton Spectator
Hamilton's Lancaster successfully took a test flight in northeast England recently, to try out an engine on loan from the Royal Air Force. The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum said on social media that the plane "has safely returned to RAF Coningsby." The test flight comes after a mechanical crew conducted a ground test. The Lancaster's fourth engine malfunctioned recently, forcing a smoky emergency landing at Durham Tees Valley Airport. The plane is on a tour of air shows in the United Kingdom. More

Pentagon: Cost to fix F-35 engine issue 'relatively minor'
Pentagon chief arms buyer Frank Kendall said the United States was close to a design fix for the Pratt & Whitney engine that powers Lockheed Martin's F-35 fighter jet after a major engine failure in June, and the cost would be "relatively minor." Kendall told reporters after a defense conference that the Pentagon was setting up test fixtures to ensure that the corrective action proposed by engine maker Pratt, a unit of United Technologies was acceptable and adequate.More

Air Force enlists 3-D printing for rocket engines
Defense Systems
Aerojet Rocketdyne has won an Air Force contract to use 3-D printing technology to develop liquid-propellant rocket engine applications destined for military launchers, the company announced recently. Aerojet, based in Sacramento, CA, said the demonstration contract, awarded through the Defense Production Act Office at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, would allow the manufacturer to purchase large laser sintering machines used in 3-D manufacturing. More

NORAD fighter jets escort commercial aircraft
North American Aerospace Defense Command
The North American Aerospace Defense Command scrambled two CF-18 fighter jets based out of Bagotville, QC recently as a precautionary measure to escort Sunwing Flight 656 as it returned to Toronto. Once the aircraft was safely on the ground, the Canadian fighters returned to their home base. NORAD is the bi-national Canadian and American command that provides maritime warning, aerospace warning and aerospace control for Canada and the United States.More

120,000 tonnes of cargo transported for Operation NANOOK 2014
Ottawa Citizen
Some quick facts from the DND on Operation NANOOK 2014, the premier annual Canadian Forces operation held in Canada's North: This year's operation involved more than 800 participants, including personnel from all branches of the CAF and 12 federal and territorial departments and agencies. Aircraft involved in the operation flew approximately 26,000 nautical miles (225,000 kilometres) with 440 hours in the air.More

Armed Canadian fighter jets move to Russia's door-step
Toronto Star
As NATO leaders prepare to beef up the military presence in eastern Europe as a deterrence to Russia aggression, Canadian fighter pilots are already there. Six CF-18 fighter jets were sent to Romania in early May, dispatched to Europe as part of a show of force in the face of Russian military moves in Ukraine. The Canadian fighter jets have now moved to Lithuania to patrol the skies at the front lines of what some worry could be the next stand-off with Russia.More

Cold War navy pilots honoured on Cypress
North Shore News
More than 50 years after their military jet crashed in Cypress Provincial Park, two Canadian navy pilots who were largely forgotten now have a memorial. A crowd of active and veteran members of the Canadian Armed Forces gathered at the top of Mount Strachan recently to honour Lt. Norman Ogden and Lt. Donald Clark. The navy scrambled search teams on November 23, 1963 after Ogden and Clark's Lockheed T-33 jet lost contact with Vancouver air traffic control and disappeared from radar.More

U.S. pushes for multi-use missile defence sensors in the Arctic
American military officials have shed some light on what Canada could contribute to the missile-defence program should it choose to join after a decade spent on the sidelines. Several conversations with high-ranking U.S. military officers point to a common desire: multi-purpose sensors in Canada's Arctic that would sniff out a wider range of potential threats than just intercontinental ballistic missiles.More

70th anniversary of the founding of the RCAF's first 3 squadrons dedicated to air transport operations
The National Air Force Museum of Canada's Ad Astra stone program 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 program 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

Spitfire Dance
October 23-26, 2014 — Barney Danson Theatre — Canadian War Museum

In a world of war-time aviation dominated by men... Women had other ideas. Spitfire Dance tells the stories of pioneer female aviators — their courage, their daring and their frustrations. They were the women who dared compete in that most male of establishments: aviation.

Written and directed by Clint Ward. Starring Karen Cromar, Glen Bowser and Brian Jackson (Music Director).More

Canadian Aerospace Summit announces first program confirmations
Aerospace Industries Association of Canada
The Summit program will feature industry experts on technology, skills, advanced manufacturing, space, and more.

Themed "One World: Delivering Results in a Global Market," the 2014 Canadian Aerospace Summit's conference program will include:

Barry Kohler, President and CEO, Bell Helicopter Textron Canada
Perrin Beatty, President, Canadian Chamber of Commerce
Jayson Meyers, President and CEO, Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (CME)
• Space panel with senior representatives from NASA and CSA
• Global aerospace trends panel with international industry experts, moderated by Joe Anselmo, Editor-in-Chief, Aviation Week
• Major platform presentations with senior representatives of major global OEMs, including Debbie Rub, Vice President and Global Manager, Global Strike, Boeing.

Register now!More