RCAF Association News
Sep. 26, 2014

Here are the details on the RCAF's new uniforms and ranks
Ottawa Citizen
Here are the details on the RCAF's new uniforms and ranks as outlined in the air force's news release: The Royal Canadian Air Force's (RCAF) new uniform respects the contributions and sacrifices of airmen and airwomen who served — and continue to serve — with pride and professionalism. Main aspects of the new uniform are drawn from pre-unification rank insignia maintaining the modern elements and terminology familiar to serving members. The insignia for most ranks will be recognizable as the symbols that air force personnel have worn for nearly half a century.More

CADSI Board of Directors appoints Christyn Cianfarani as new President
Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries
The Board of Directors of the Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries (CADSI) is pleased to announce the appointment of Christyn Cianfarani as President of the Association. Ms. Cianfarani joins CADSI following 17 years at CAE where most recently she was Director of Advanced Training Solutions and Government Relations. She has also held the position of Director of Government Programs, Research and Development, and Intellectual Property, in addition to managing over her substantial career a wide range of portfolios from product and project management to bids and proposals.More

Battle of Britain commemorated during RCAF Association ceremony
Cumberland News Now
"Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth and danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings..." Those words from the poem High Flight by American airman John Gillespie Magee Jr. were a fitting tribute during the RCAF Association 105 (Cumberland) Wing's observation of the 74th anniversary of the Battle of Britain recently. Read by Wing member Vince Ginley, the poem helps honour the thousands of young airmen who went into the skies over England in 1940 to fight waves of Nazi fighters and bombers trying to destroy the country's air defences in preparation for an invasion.More

RCAF Helicopter Squadron rescues hiker
AM 770
A seriously injured hiker was saved by members of the Royal Canadian Air Force Edmonton-based 408 Tactical Helicopter Squadron near Cline River Heliport. A landing zone reconnaissance flight was underway when they received a radio request from the nearby heliport asking for assistance. The Griffon was landed and the members carried the hiker by stretcher to the waiting chopper.More

Canadian fighter jets intercept Russian bombers in Arctic
Fighter jets intercepted two Russian bombers flying about 75 kilometres off Canada's Arctic coast recently, NORAD revealed to CBC News. Two CF-18s met the Tupolev Tu-95 long-range bombers, commonly referred to as "Bears," as they flew a course in "the western reaches" of Canada's Air Defence Identification Zone over the Beaufort Sea, said Maj. Beth Smith, spokeswoman for North American Aerospace Defence Command.More

Former pilot flew Sidney's landmark jet
Peninsula News
During the early 1960s, powerful new jets were being flown in Canada and overseas by the military after decades of propeller aircraft that once dominated the sky. One pilot of such aircraft recalls high-stakes flying in Europe during the Cold War, passing so close to Soviet planes that one might have been able to wave hello.More

Minister's office defends use of museum parts in RCAF Hercules
Ottawa Citizen
The Ottawa Citizen has learned that in July 2012 air force technicians raided an old Hercules airplane that is on display at the National Air Force Museum of Canada because they needed navigational equipment for a similar aircraft still in use. The revelation highlights the difficulties military personnel have increasingly faced in keeping Canada's ancient search-and-rescue planes flying after more than a decade of government promises to buy replacements.More

Daring pilots of Cold War era gather for Victoria reunion
The Vancouver Sun
Sixty years ago, daring young NATO pilots were protecting the skies over Cold War Europe from the Soviet menace. "We were a formidable force," said Syd Burrows, 84, of Comox. "The Russians were threatening all the time — like they are today." Burrows helped bring more than 400 former Royal Canadian Air Force jet fighter pilots and their family members to Victoria for a reunion. The Canadian pilots were the protective forces for the West German populace, he recalled. More

Hamilton Lancaster U.K. tour ends with $180,000 engine repair bill
CBC News
After a wildly successful British tour, Hamilton's Lancaster bomber finally headed home — but with an expensive bill in tow. The crew of the beloved plane left the U.K. recently on its way back to Hamilton, making stops in Iceland and Newfoundland before heading home to the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum. The return trip was aided by an engine borrowed from a British company. More

CAE wins contracts on Predator UAV and RCAF CP-140
Ottawa Citizen
CAE of Montreal recently announced that it has won a series of contracts valued at approximately $115 million to provide a range of training systems and services for various customers. These include contracts to continue providing MQ-1 Predator/MQ-9 Reaper aircrew training to the United States Air Force, a contract to update the Royal Canadian Air Force's CP-140 simulator, and a contract to design and manufacture a UH-72A flight training device for the United States Army, according to the company's news release.More

HMCS Toronto commander recalls encounter with Russian jets on Black Sea
CTV News
As HMCS Toronto sails across the Black Sea as part of a NATO training mission, its crew members are recounting a "provocative" incident earlier this month, in which Russian fighter jets circled the Canadian warship. "It was slightly provocative in nature," Commanding Officer Jason Armstrong told CTV's Richard Madan, who is aboard HMCS Toronto with an exclusive look at the vessel's operations. Two Russian fighter jets and a Russian surveillance aircraft "buzzed" the Canadian frigate, with one jet coming within several hundred metres of the ship.More

F-15 Eagle vs. CF-18 Hornet vs. F-16 Fighting Falcon: A pilot's perspective
The Aviationist
Developed as a multi-role naval fighter, the McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) F/A-18 Hornet has become the backbone of the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Marine Corps and several air arms around the world. Among them there is also the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF), formerly known as Canadian Forces Air Command, that began receiving a slightly modified version of the standard legacy Hornet, designated CF-18 (Canadian military designation is CF-188), in 1982.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

50th Anniversary Celebration of the CT-114 Tutor — Moose Jaw, SK — October 3-4, 2014
The Tutor aircraft was produced in 1963 and entered service in 1964. Join us in celebrating this historic aircraft's 50th year of continuous service. For 50 years, the CT-114 Tutor has been a key part of training Canadian and international pilots, while also serving as an air show-capable aircraft of superb quality. This year, we honour this iconic Canadian aircraft, and celebrate its continuing history. To do so, we have planned a weekend of festivities, events, and social gatherings in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan from October 3-4, 2014. As members of the RCAF Association, and stakeholders in support of our great organization, we hope that you might help us get the word out, to ensure everyone interested in participating in this once-in-a-lifetime reunion will know of it. Please visit the website to learn more. Thank you for being a part of our communication effort. Per Ardua Ad Astra.More

Ready at a Moment's Notice Conference
Van Horne Institute
Conference on Emergency Response + Military Preparedness + Disaster Mitigation

This conference will focus on the expertise developed by government and civilian agencies, industry and the Military, in supply chain and logistics as applied to field deployment and emergency preparedness.

October 16-17, 2014
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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.

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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