Sikorsky & DND Receive AHS International Award for Successful CH-148 Shipboard Tests

AHS International has recognized Canada’s Department of National Defence (DND) and Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, for “conducting an extraordinary international effort” to demonstrate flight and shipboard operation of the CH-148 Cyclone maritime helicopter from a Royal Canadian Navy Halifax-class frigate. The award cites successful expansion of the flight envelop to Sea State 6 conditions, where waves reached a height of six meters (20 feet) with winds up to 55 knots (100 km/hour or 63 mph). On May 16, 2018, representatives from the Canadian Maritime Helicopter Project (CMHP) Combined Test Force accepted the…

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Japan Announces Canadian Assistance in North Korea Monitoring

Google Translation Ministry of Defense April 28, 2018 1. With regard to illegal maritime activities including North Korea-registered vessels prohibited by the UN Security Council resolution, in addition to the United States, related countries, based on the US Army Kadena Air Base in Japan, We decided to conduct watch surveillance activities by aircraft. At the moment, Australia and Canada will dispatch patrol aircraft and are planning to engage in that activity based on the UN military status agreement. 2. Also, on April 10 this year, the British frigate ship “Sutherland”…

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Proposed Settlement of LGBT Purge Class Action

Government of Canada and certain former members of the Canadian Armed Forces (“CAF“), RCMP and employees of the Federal Public Service (“FPS“) who were directly affected by the LGBT Purge in the CAF, RCMP and FPS have reached a proposed settlement of class action lawsuits. The proposed settlement must be approved by the Federal Court before there is any money available. Your legal rights are affected even if you do nothing. Please read this notice carefully. The “LGBT Purge” refers to actions taken to identify, investigate, sanction, and in some cases, terminate the…

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Discovery Air Defence Announces Corporate Rebranding, Re-emerges as Top Aces

Top Aces Inc., formerly Discovery Air Defence Services Inc., today announced the return to the company’s original name. With an unparalleled record of flight safety and safety-first culture, Top Aces has the experience that matters. It has flown 68,000-plus accident-free flight hours and is the exclusive adversary air provider to the Australian, Canadian, and German armed forces. “2018 is a very exciting year for Top Aces and the global adversary air industry,” said Paul Bouchard, President of Top Aces. “This rebrand builds on our proud history. It aligns our geographical…

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Civil Sikorsky S-92® Featured in New Science Channel Series “Mega Machines”

The S-92® helicopter produced by Sikorsky, a civil aircraft Canada is trying to make into a shipborne ASW helicopter, takes center stage in the debut of the new Science Channel series “Mega Machines.” This debut episode airs Thursday, Jan. 4, at 10 p.m. EST/PST on the Science Channel.  The engineering-focused show highlights the robust design and reliability of the S-92 and features Cougar Helicopters Inc., which exclusively operates S-92 helicopters and performs search and rescue and worker transport missions to oil rigs off the Canadian coast. “With a fleet of nine S-92 helicopters,…

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Final Aurora Welcomed Home from Operation Impact

Families and Canadian Armed Forces leaders welcomed the return of the final CP-140 Aurora and its aircrew from the Middle East on Saturday, December 16, 2017. Members of the Royal Canadian Air Force’s CP-140 Aurora squadrons have maintained a presence on Operation Impact as part of Air Task Force-Iraq since Canada joined the Coalition to counter Daesh in October 2014. During Operation Impact, two Auroras deployed on short notice to provide an essential overland intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance capability to the Coalition using a number of upgraded, technologically-advanced sensors. The…

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RCAF Hornet Demo Team to fly at RNAS Yeovilton Air Day

One of the world’s most dynamic and powerful solo fast jet displays becomes RNAS Yeovilton International Air Day’s first confirmed flying participant. The Royal Canadian Air Force’s CF-18 Hornet Demonstration Team is making its first UK appearance in ten years and its first Air Day visit in decades. Canada’s display Hornet is just part of the substantial international line-up now taking shape as discussions with various nations progress. The twin-engined, twin-tailed Hornet is a potent modern day multirole fighter that Canada has operated since the early 1980s.

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Canadian NORAD Region announces Santa’s escort pilots and trackers

The Canadian NORAD Region (CANR) marks its 62nd year of tracking Saint Nicholas’ yuletide journey from the North Pole with the naming of its escort pilots, maintainers and tracking crews for the high-profile assignment. Captain Pierre-David Boivin and Captain Pierre-Claude Quirion were selected from 3 Wing Bagotville, Que., as Santa’s escort pilots. Sergeant Marc-André David is the maintainer supporting the CF-18 Hornet pilots. This year’s team from 3 Wing belongs to 433 Tactical Fighter Squadron. Santa’s escort pilots from 4 Wing Cold Lake, Alta., are Lieutenant-Colonel Forrest Rock and Captain…

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Sale of Australian Classic Hornets to Canada

Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, today announced the Government has agreed to the sale of 18 Royal Australian Air Force F/A-18 A/B Classic Hornets to the Government of Canada. The offer follows an expression of interest from the Canadian Government received in September. The sale of the aircraft and associated spares remains subject to final negotiations and Country of Origin export approvals. Defence plans to withdraw its fleet of F/A-18A/B Classic Hornets from service by 2022, which will be progressively replaced by the F-35A Joint Strike Fighter,…

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