RCAF Association News
Nov. 1, 2013

Ice fishing tales of a gun plumber
Donald Norrie
I was a poor munitions and weapons technician on the strength of CEPE/AAED at RCAF Station Cold Lake. I say "poor" because I had purchased a new mobile home and financed it through the only institution an airman in those days could get credit: the Industrial Acceptance Corporation. The monthly payments turned out to be higher than contracted, and I was in a financial pickle. I could sell the unit or get a part-time job. I chose the latter and became a bartender in the officers' mess at 50 cents an hour.More

MDA awarded contract to provide unmanned aerial surveillance solution to DND
Wall Street Journal
MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates, a global communications and information company, announced that it has been awarded a contract valued at $11.3 million with Canada's Department of National Defence (DND) to provide an unmanned aerial surveillance solution. The solution includes the delivery of The Raven-B(R) unmanned aerial vehicles built by AeroVironment, MDA's full-motion video exploitation tools, training, maintenance, and support services. More

Government expected to give Sikorsky another shot at delivering Cyclone helicopters
Ottawa Citizen
Department of National Defence officials are expecting the government to once again give a U.S. aerospace firm another chance to deliver aircraft to replace the military's aging Sea King helicopters, according to DND documents. DND officials are waiting for Public Works and Government Services Canada to OK the necessary changes that would see the acceptance of interim Cyclone helicopters from aircraft manufacturer Sikorsky.More

Chopper delivery vowed
The Chronicle Herald
Sikorsky Aircraft is still telling investors it will deliver eight Sea King replacements to the Canadian government by the end of December. In its third-quarter conference call, the company said six fully assembled and flight-tested CH-148 Cyclone helicopters are at its facility in Plattsburgh, NY.More

RCAF: Increased search and rescue posture carries hefty price tag
Ottawa Citizen
In 2012 then Defence Minister Peter MacKay wanted to find out how much it would cost if the Canadian Forces adopted a 30 minute/24-7 search and rescue posture. MacKay had come under fire in the House of Commons after questions continued to be raised about the state of Canada's search and rescue system.More

Mural salute to Canadian Navy and Air Force
Capital News
The culmination of a two-year planning and fundraising process was officially celebrated outside the Okanagan Military Museum. Located on the south wall of Memorial Arena, where the military museum is housed, now is hung a third mural depicting the valley’s military history, this one dedicated to the Canadian Navy and Air Force.More

Chopper delivery vowed
The Chronicle Herald
Sikorsky Aircraft is still telling investors it will deliver eight Sea King replacements to the Canadian government by the end of December.More

Canadian chopper makes emergency landing
Union Sun & Journal
A Canadian Royal Air Force search and rescue helicopter made an emergency landing in Wilson, the Niagara County Sheriff's Office said. Five crew members were on the chopper and no injuries were reported.More

World War II bomber fighting for its survival in New Brunswick woods
The Province
It survived 14 combat missions over Nazis Germany, but can it survive another winter standing unprotected in the New Brunswick wilderness?More

NATO Flying Training In Canada celebrates 200,000 flying hours on Harvard ll Aircraft
Ottawa Citizen
The NATO Flying Training in Canada program celebrated 200,000 flying hours on the CT-156 Harvard II aircraft at 15 Wing Moose Jaw, SK. Hundreds of people — including Bombardier personnel, industry partners and military personnel — gathered at 15 Wing headquarters to mark the milestone. Captain Charles Barker, a pilot with 2 Canadian Forces Flying Training School, and Second Lieutenant Joel Anderson, a student at the school, were officially recognized as the pilots that clocked the 200,000th flying hour on the Harvard aircraft.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