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Bombardier selling military training unit to CAE, including NATO pilot school
Bombardier is preparing to sell its Military Aviation Training unit for $19.8 million to CAE, a Montreal-based company that specializes in training equipment and services.
Among other things, CAE will take over as prime contractor for the NATO Flying Training in Canada, or NFTC, a program that Bombardier has been operating out of Canadian Forces Base Moose Jaw in Saskatchewan and CFB Cold Lake in Alberta.
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Canadian forces engage in 2 gun-fights with ISIS on the ground in Iraq
Canadian soldiers have engaged in two more gun-fights with Islamic State militants since the military reported the first such clash. The news was revealed recently as the Official Opposition said it would request an emergency debate due to concerns of mission creep.
In a briefing on Operation IMPACT, Cpt. Paul Forget stressed that the 69 special forces soldiers on the ground in Iraq try to avoid fire-fights, but will return fire if shot at.
Successful air search and rescue conducted near Rankin Inlet
A 52-year-old man was found by Canadian Forces and RCMP on the land near Rankin Inlet, NU, recently, following a successful air search.
According to Canadian Forces spokespeople, the Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre, based out of CFB Trenton, responded to a request for air assistance in a search and rescue operation recently from Arviat RCMP.
Military watchdog worried about flaws in bill to give veterans first crack at civil service jobs
Canada's military watchdog is worried about what it says are flaws in a bill intended to give veterans first crack at federal civil service jobs, writes Murray Brewster of the Canadian Press. Bill C-27, which is currently before the Senate after passing in the House of Commons last June, gives Veterans Affairs the power to determine whether a military member's medical release is a result of service in the Canadian Forces.
Sneak peek: Trailer for Lancaster documentary goes viral
A trailer from a documentary film about the historic trip by Hamilton's Lancaster to England last summer is going viral online.
Return of Giants is being produced by the Dundas documentary company Suddenly SeeMore and is scheduled for release this summer.
The company was hired by the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, which is hoping to have the documentary shown on television and then sold on DVD.
How the maple leaf became forever
Recently, a Canadian Auschwitz survivor returned to the scene of her childhood horror, arm in arm with her daughter. The two women chose to drape themselves in a large Canadian flag.
Literally half a world away, and in an utterly different context, the Aussie fanboys of glamorous Canadian tennis star Eugenie Bouchard — calling themselves the Genie Army — wore t-shirts emblazoned with the geometrically stylized maple leaf plucked from the Canadian flag.
How the Air Force helps keep technology cool
Armed With Science
A next-generation, micro-chip carrier is currently in development by ThermAvant Technologies, located in Columbia, MO, and is already being tested by manufacturers of several major commercial and military satellite and aerospace systems. This innovative cooling solution will reduce the temperature of high-power satellite components to levels manageable by the spacecraft's thermal control system.
Air Force wants to thwart network snoops
C4ISR & Networks
Like any smart soldier, good cyber-warriors conduct proper reconnaissance of a network before they hack into it. To that end, the Air Force has put out a research proposal for counter-reconnaissance systems for its networks. There are actually two types of network reconnaissance, according to the Air Force: Passive, which is merely collecting open-source information, or active, which is breaking into network hosts and servers.
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Call for Presentations — Aviation History Convention
Canadian Aviation Historical Society
The Canadian Aviation Historical Society (CAHS) is holding its 2015 convention in Hamilton, Ontario, from June 17-21, at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel. The theme will be "Celebrating Canada's Aviation Industry" with sessions exploring civilian and military topics.
This convention is open to all — university students, aerospace industry professionals, academics, professionals in aviation or heritage industries, and aviation enthusiasts of every kind.
If you are interested in participating in our conference, please send a short proposal and a short biography (one page each maximum) to Richard Goette and Jim Bell at CAHSHamilton2015@gmail.com. The deadline for submissions is February 15, 2015.
Second World War Tribute Request
Veterans Affairs Canada
To mark the 75th anniversary of Canada's engagement in the Second World War, beginning September 10, 2014, living Canadian Veterans of the Second World War may request a special commemorative lapel pin and certificate of recognition.
National Volunteer Week 2015 theme: 'Volunteers are part of the ripple effect'
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.
UPDATED: 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. (Please note the new location.) 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.
RCAF Airwomen's 12th Reunion
June 5-7, 2015
The Coast High Country Inn
4051 4th Avenue, Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 1H1
Your 12th Reunion Committee is hard at work finalizing plans for our reunion at The Coast High Country Inn in Whitehorse, YK.
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 October 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.
50 Minthorn Blvd., Suite 800, Thornhill, ON, L3T 7X8