The aviation world, as it were, descended on Ottawa for the CANSEC Defence and Security Trade Show May 31-June 2, which is hosted by the Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries (CADSI).
You may have seen the story that has been circulating media channels regarding how little money the federal government has been allocating our military to meet the obligations we put on them at home and abroad.
March 19, 2015, Vancouver Island, B.C. - Mass casualties litter the rigid terrain in a remote location on northern Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Two hikers lie injured in a mountainous region inaccessible by road. And a small multi-engine aircraft is still missing along the coast of mainland British Columbia, the next of kin anxious for positive news of its location.
March 5, 2015, Orlando, Fla. - AgustaWestland has announced it has signed a contract with AAR Airlift Group to provide two next generation AW189 helicopters to perform search and rescue in the Falkland Islands.
Jan. 14, 2015, Trenton, Ont. - The Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) rescued eight men adrift on an ice floe near Coral Harbour, Nunavut. The group went adrift on Jan. 9, which initiated a local rescue effort.
Dec. 18, 2014 – Two search and rescue helicopters have declared emergencies while in the air recently.
Canada is blessed with myriad aerospace companies leading the charge in a variety of capacities, yet some seem to operate under the radar, despite the fact they work on influential aircraft making their mark across the globe.
Call me crazy, but it’s almost comforting that the price of copper is near what it was when I graduated from high school. I say comforting for two reasons. One, it makes me think of when I had hair – sort of. Two, it means it can’t possibly go lower, can it?
Having recently returned from the U.K., I was struck by a number of interesting observations – the Guinness tastes better, there are video cameras EVERYWHERE and there is a pervasive presence of “safety” equipment. Safety vests are worn by virtually every worker on a job site, by bicyclists and motorcyclists alike and many workplaces have visible elements of safety promotion. Now, I can’t say for certain that the U.K. is a safer place to work than Canada, but it is striking for sure.
May 7, 2015, CFB Trenton, Ont. - More than 70 personnel from 424 (Transport and Rescue) Squadron with their CC-130H Hercules aircraft and CH-146 Griffon helicopters, supported by more than 100 civilian search and rescue (SAR) partners, are conducting a SAR exercise called TIGEREX 2015 in the Barrie/Orillia, Ont. area from May 4 to 7, 2015.
In military operations and training, standardization, consistency, and commonality are highly desirable. The more consistently routine tasks can be repeated, the better able warriors are to then manage complexity as well as recognize and respond to abnormal situations.
April 24, 2015, London, U.K. - With an expected market share of more than 33% in 2025, the Asia Pacific region is set to become the largest military helicopters market, growing at a CAGR of 3.1% over the next decade.
The 2015 Aerospace, Defence and Security EXPO in mid-August offered an intense two-day program of events leading into this year’s Abbotsford International Air Show. Though the two events are not directly linked, ADSE showcases the brain trust for British Columbia’s growing aerospace sector while the air show provides the eye candy.
March 18, 2015, Ottawa - The Conservative government doesn’t appear any closer to producing a new Canadian defence strategy than it was more than four years ago, after the original was declared unaffordable.
Nov. 26, 2014, Ottawa - It’s out with IRBs and in with value proposition. Ottawa’s requirements for military contracts will shift soon from so-called industrial regional benefits (IRBs) to proof that Canadian companies can add unique content, Infrastructure Minister Denis Lebel told assembled defence and security industry executives Monday.
In our world of instant and immediate communications technology, it seems that all too often the quantity outweighs the quality in terms of the actual message.
Aug. 25, 2014, Winnipeg - Public Works Minister Diane Finley and MP Joyce Bateman (Winnipeg South Centre) met with members of Manitoba's aerospace industry in Winnipeg Friday to discuss defence procurement and the new Defence Procurement Strategy (DPS).
June 23, 2014, Ottawa - The Conservative government has agreed to accept new helicopters to replace Canada's 50-year-old fleet of Sea Kings even though they don't meet a key requirement recommended for marine helicopters by Canada's air safety investigator, CBC News has learned.
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