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Government of Canada
On Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, the first round of aircrew conversion training began for pilots at 406 Maritime Operational Training Squadron in 12 Wing Shearwater, Nova Scotia, in preparation for operational employment on the CH-148 Cyclone.
Personnel on pilot conversion training courses 1 and 2, consisting mostly of CH-124 Sea King-experienced airmen and airwomen, will spend the next 90 training days learning new aircraft systems and tactics while transferring their knowledge and skills from the Sea King to the Cyclone. This group of pilots will form the first operational Cyclone air detachments ready to deploy on Royal Canadian Navy ships starting the summer of 2018.
Gouvernement du Canada
Le lundi 11 septembre 2017, les équipages du 406e Escadron maritime d'entraînement opérationnel de la 12e Escadre Shearwater, en Nouvelle-Écosse, ont commencé la première étape de leur entraînement de conversion en vue de leur utilisation opérationnelle de l'hélicoptère CH-148 Cyclone.
Les deux premiers cours de conversion de pilotes, composés principalement d'aviateurs et d'aviatrices comptant de l'expérience à bord du CH-124 Sea King, passeront les 90 prochains jours d'entraînement à apprendre les tactiques et les systèmes du nouvel appareil, et à appliquer leurs connaissances et leurs compétences du Sea King au Cyclone. Ce groupe de pilotes formera les premiers détachements opérationnels de Cyclone, prêts à être déployés à bord des navires de la Marine royale canadienne au début de l'été 2018.
While Canada is considering purchasing Australia's F/A-18 classic Hornets, the US State Department has approved a potential sale of Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornets to their northern neighbours.
The proposed sale would include 10 single-seat F/A-18Es and eight two-seat F/A-18F Super Hornet aircraft, along with a host of equipment including 100 Raytheon AIM-9X Sidewinder Block II missiles, according to the State Department notice.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recently threatened to scrap his government's planned purchase of Boeing Super Hornet fighter jets in direct retaliation for the U.S. company's trade complaint against Bombardier.
Flanked by British Prime Minister Theresa May, who had expressed fears that jobs at a Bombardier plant in Northern Ireland could be hit by Boeing's trade actions against the Canadian company, Trudeau upped the ante in the increasingly bitter trade dispute with the United States.
The highest-ranking Canadian officer at Norad has demolished a long-held political assumption by telling a parliamentary committee that the U.S. is under no obligation to defend Canada in the event of a ballistic missile attack.
Lt.-Gen. Pierre St-Amand recently laid out — in stark terms — where the military lines of each nation begin and end in the event the North Korean crisis erupts into a shooting war.
The U.S. government has offered Canada a batch of Super Hornet fighters at a price that is six times higher than the U.S. Navy is paying for the same aircraft, analysis of official U.S. documents reveals.
It is generally understood that the cost of combat aircraft varies according to the amount of options, ancillary equipment, spares and weapons included in the package.
International Business Times
Even though Qatar has been dogged by the ongoing crisis and a boycott by seven Gulf nations, who have accused the country of funding terrorism, it seems to have its sights set on strengthening its defence position. In June, it had agreed to buy F-15 jets from the U.S. for 10 billion euros, and on Sunday, it signed a deal with the U.K. to purchase 24 Typhoon fighter jets.
It's time national leaders speak realistically about missile defense.
The number one reason we don’t shoot down North Korea's missiles is that we cannot.
Ian Allan Travel
On Aug. 17, 1917, South African General Jan Smuts presented a report
to the British government's War Council setting out his ideas on the future
of air power. The report was duly approved and led to the formation of the
world's first air force being born on the April 1, 1918.
The Royal Air Force (RAF) was formed by the amalgamation of the
squadrons and military personnel of the British Army's "Royal Flying Corps"
(RFC) with the Royal Navy's "Royal Naval Air Service" (RNAS).
Air Cadet League of Canada
RCAF Association members and especially those in support of Canada's Air Cadet program, we encourage you to visit this website at this link, here, to view items and prizes that go up for auction beginning Sept. 23. Proceeds from the online auction will help fund the air cadet program.
If you own a business, or know of a business, and would like to feature a product from the business, on the auction, please contact "Anthony" at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please help promote the online auction!
In the coming weeks, we ask that you pass this on to everyone in your network... it is all about getting lots of bidders to our site in order to achieve success! Email, Facebook, webpages…any avenue you have to help promote it to your network will be helpful!
We hope there might be a unique gift that fits your fancy. You can view the items now; if you see something you like, be sure to register as a bidder (it's free to register). The bidding will start on Saturday Sept. 23 and run until Monday Oct. 9. You will be notified throughout the auction if someone else has bid higher, but you can keep on bidding to make sure you win that special gift!
The RCAF Association mission is: "YOUTH-HERITAGE-ADVOCACY"
As you can see our kids are first in our thoughts! Help support the Air Cadet League Today!
The Government of New Brunswick is showing their tremendous support of the Golden Hawks by providing $15,000 towards our Appreciation event and another $9,000 towards our Golden Hawk exhibit! In addition, the city of Quinte West (Trenton), Ontario is going to be a Gold Sponsor, providing $7,500 to help our efforts.
Tickets for the 75th Anniversary Gathering of the Lions Gala are now on sale! This all-ranks event will take place Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017, to include a dinner catered by Ullrich's on Main, live music from a selection of the Ottawa Valley's best artists, and a chance for Lions, both current and former, to come together in celebration.
Calling all Thunderbirds home to the nest! This year, we're celebrating our 75th anniversary and are hoping to have the flock come home to help us remember our history and heritage. Please mark Oct. 20-22 in your calendar and join us for a huge party. If you have humorous stories or anecdotes to share, please send them to the following address:
MWO Christine Krueger
426 Sqn 8 Wing/CFB Trenton
PO Box 1000, Stn Forces
Astra, ON, Canada K0K 3W0
On Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, in collaboration with the Royal Military College, the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum is honoured to present the Birchall Leadership Award to Colonel (Retired) Chris Hadfield, OC, OOnt, MSC, CD. Colonel Hadfield was the first Canadian to walk in space. A Royal Military College graduate, an engineer, and former Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) fighter pilot, Colonel Hadfield has flown two space shuttle missions and served as Commander of the International Space Station.
For more information about the Birchall Leadership Awards Banquet: http://everitas.rmcclub.ca/birchall-leadership-award-dinner-28-oct/
Aerospace Industries Association of Canada
The Aerospace Industries Association of Canada event brings together Canadian and international companies of all sizes, government, and academia for two days in the nation's capital. More than 1,200 participants — primarily C-suite executives and government officials — are expected to attend.
Sea King Retirement Committee
After more than 50 years of service, the Sea King will be retired December 2018 at 443MH Victoria. Advance planning is underway. Visit www.skr18.ca for updates.
Air Cadet League of Canada
Were you an Air Cadet? The Air Cadet League wants to know where being an Air Cadet has taken you; join the Air Cadet Alumni and share your "Cadet Story" with us.
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