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RCAF Brigadier General to discuss Canada's plans to buy a flight trainer for the F-35
Brigadier General Phil Garbutt, Director Force Development for the Royal Canadian Air Force, will be a keynote speaker at the Military Flight Training conference in London, England next March. It's not unusual for Canadian military officers to speak at such conferences and this one is higher profile in the training community.
But what's interesting here is what Garbutt will be talking about.
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Restored F86 Sabre fighter jet to be re-dedicated in the new year
Sarnia's golden tribute to the air force is back at Germain Park.
Volunteers who've been working to restore the F86 Sabre fighter jet since early 2013 were recently preparing it to go back to its resting place on a park pedestal.
Plans are to have it back on its Germain Park perch, said John Stewart, president of the Air Force Association of Canada's 403 wing.
"I'm so proud of how they did with it," he said, looking on as members the Canadian Owner Pilots Association Flight 7 in Sarnia moved the wings into place.
Ottawa pumps $300 million into Pratt & Whitney research and development
The Globe and Mail
Ottawa is investing $300 million in Pratt & Whitney Canada to help the company develop new jet engines.
The money, in the form of a "repayable loan" under the Strategic Aerospace and Defence Initiative program, will support close to 1,500 jobs in Quebec and Ontario over the next five years, according to the federal government. It is not clear if those are 1,500 new jobs being created.
RCAF CP-140 Aurora involved in search for suspected Russian submarine
The sighting of a periscope off the west coast of Scotland in November sparked a NATO effort to track down the submarine.
A CP-140 Aurora aircraft along with planes from the U.S. and France took part in the search organized by the Royal Air Force.
The search continued until recently, the BBC has reported.
Britain no longer has its own fixed-wing aircraft specifically designed to search for submarines so it called in aircraft from its allies, noted BBC defence correspondent Jonathan Beale in his report.
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Military band entertains while helping
Winnipeg Free Press
Sgt. David Grenon is passionate about singing. As a voice in the Royal Canadian Air Force Band, Grenon has performed for audiences around the world.
He wasn't always confident in his singing ability, though. Growing up in Chibougamau, a town in central Quebec, Grenon played the piano, saxophone and trumpet. He enjoyed singing, but was too shy to take centre stage.
RCAF fighting in Middle East
CAE launched its next generation CAE Medallion-6000 image generator at the Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) now underway in Orlando, FL. The image generator is designed to help provide realistic, high-performance synthetic environments specifically for the defence and security market, the company noted in a news release.
Royal Air Force gets first A400M airlifter — planes to replace C-130s
Airbus Defence and Space recently delivered the first Airbus A400M airlifter to the Royal Air Force. The aircraft is the first of 22 ordered by the U.K. and will be known in service as the A400M Atlas, according to a news release from the company. The A400M will replace the C-130 in RAF service, but because it can carry approximately twice as much load, or the same load twice as far, fewer aircraft will be required.
Canadian military confident no civilian deaths in mission against ISIS
The Canadian military is confident that no civilians have been killed to date as a result of its airstrikes against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, a spokesman said recently.
That assurance came as the country's joint operations command revealed details of two additional bombing missions that took place last month.
Military video offers first glimpse into Sea King crash at CFB Shearwater
Sparks flew and ground crew members sprinted away when a Sea King helicopter tipped forward, smashing its five rotor blades on the tarmac of Canadian Forces Base Shearwater last year, military security video shows.
The video offers the first public glimpse into the moments when the chopper suddenly jerked forward during the nighttime incident on July 15, 2013, in Halifax.
It shows the rotors striking the runway and slicing off the rear tail from the fuselage as the helicopter slightly lifts off the ground.
Local veteran shares war stories
An Airdrie resident was honoured with the request to share his story last month.
Jack Hilton, 95, was asked to be the guest speaker at the Cold Lake Mess Hall Dinner.
He spoke in front of 200 people, many of them members of the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF), about his own years of experience in the RCAF as a pilot during Second World War.
"I've been to two mess dinners but never been a speaker, they treated me like royalty," said Hilton. "In the military it's quite the honour, it doesn't happen very often."
Australia commits to a military spending spree while Canada dithers
Tony Abbott's government has embarked on an unprecedented peace-time military spending spree that is stunning when compared to how little Canada is spending on its army, air force and navy.
Australia will allocate more than $30 billion to its armed forces next year. Canada will likely spend less than $20 billion in 2015.
Australia already expends 1.7 per cent of gross domestic product on its armed forces, with a NATO-like goal of two per cent by 2023. Canada's military spending will likely dip just below one per cent of GDP next year.
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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.
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, 2015
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.
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 4th, 2015, at the Ontario Science Centre, in Toronto.
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.
50 Minthorn Blvd., Suite 800, Thornhill, ON, L3T 7X8