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  • October 19, 2020 12:49 | Todd Legault (Administrator)

    One hundred years ago, an intrepid group of Canadian aviators completed a significant nation-building effort – the first crossing of Canada by air. The flight began at Canadian Air Board Station Dartmouth, N.S., at 8 a.m. on Oct. 7, 1920, and touched down at Minoru Park Racetrack in Richmond, B.C., at 11:25 a.m. on Oct. 17 — having flown nearly 5,400 kilometres (3,355 miles) in 10.5 days and logging just over 49 hours of flying time.

    This noteworthy accomplishment needs to be viewed in context. The First World War had recently finished, and a new combat arm, the Air Force, had been born over the fields of Flanders, the deserts of the Middle East and the trackless wastes of the Atlantic and North Sea. Canada played a significant role in achieving victory in the air as more than 20,000 young Canadian men took to the skies. Though they did so as part of the British Flying Services and not as part of a Canadian military air service.

    Read the full article Posted on October 19, 2020 by Retired colonel John L. Orr on Skies Magazine...

  • October 09, 2020 11:38 | Todd Legault (Administrator)

    The first artifact recovered by the “Raise the Arrow” team broke the surface of Lake Ontario on August 12, 2018—seeing the light of day for the first time in more than 60 years.

    The artifact was discovered during the search for the 1/8th-scale free flight models (FFM) of the famed CF-105 Avro Arrow that were launched over Lake Ontario during testing of the supersonic aircraft’s design in the 1950s. “This is an unexpected success,” said John Burzynski, leader of the “Raise the Arrow” project. “It’s something we didn’t really know existed.”...

    Read the full article from the Maple Leaf on the RCAF website...

  • September 09, 2020 09:47 | Todd Legault (Administrator)

    For the first time ever — and as Canada works to reposition itself in the crowded global space race — the federal government has tasked a woman to lead the Canadian Space Agency.

    The Government of Canada announced today that Lisa Campbell will replace Sylvain Laporte as president of the CSA. The news release announcing her appointment noted that new appointments to key agencies and departments "respect the principle of diversity."

    "One thing I have learned through my career is you've got to dream big and you've got to reach for your own stars. So I tried to do that throughout my career," Campbell told CBC News. "I am humbled and honoured by this opportunity."

    Read the full story on CBC News...

  • September 08, 2020 11:32 | Todd Legault (Administrator)

    Join Secure World Foundation on September 9, 10, and 11 for in-depth conversations on trends, opportunities, and challenges for space sustainability in 2020 and beyond. SWF be discussing how to incentivize good behavior in orbit, space forces around the world, cislunar and lunar sustainability, spectrum governance, and space arms control. 

    Register now to be a part of the conversation, and see below for more details.

    • The daily agenda will feature two panel discussions, one keynote, and parallel interactive sessions covering trending topics.
    • Speakers from across the space industry, and the world, are confirmed for exciting contributions to the dialogue. Four unique spotlight talks are already available for viewing.
    • Our sponsors have demonstrated their support, and will be sharing sustainability-focused content in the coming week.
    • All registration fees go to support SWF's young professionals engagement projects including the Student Essay Competition.
    • Free registration for government employees, media, and students.

  • August 19, 2020 14:31 | April Duffy (Administrator)

    George "Ray" Gibson
    April 14, 1926 - August 14, 2020

    CASI Associate Fellow Member

    CAHS National and Toronto Chapter member (CAHS # 1220).

    Ray was a founding member of the Toronto Branch of the Canadian Aeronautical Institute (CAI) and which is known to-day as the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute.  He served many years on the Branch's Executive.  

    He worked for Avro Canada from 1953 to 1959 and was in charge of the jet engine tests on the ground prior to the first flight and then in the air of the Pratt and Whitney engines installed in the first five CF-105 Arrow aircraft that Avro built and had test flown.

    Suddenly on August 14, 2020 at his residence, surrounded by his family. Ray has gone to join his beloved wife June of many years. Cherished father of son Glenn Gibson and daughter Cheri Gibson.

    During his youth Ray was a talented pilot and had worked on many aerospace projects. Ray will be missed by his friends and colleagues in The Rotary Club of Bramalea, The Society of Manufacturing Engineers and The Honorable Company of the Freemen of the City of London.

    Donations may be made in memory of Ray to the Health League of Canada. For more information and to sign the guestbook please visit here: https://www.arbormemorial.ca/scott-brampton/obituaries/george-raymond-gibson/54128/Guestbook

  • July 03, 2020 08:39 | April Duffy (Administrator)

    Are you a university student and looking for an exciting opportunity to gain hands-on experience outside of the lecture hall? Here is your chance to fly your experiment on a sounding rocket or a stratospheric balloon with the REXUS/BEXUS programme!

    The Call for Proposals for 14th cycle of the Swedish-German REXUS/BEXUS programme is now open until the 14th of October 2020, 23:59 (CEST).

    The REXUS/BEXUS Programme allows students from across ESA member states, Slovenia and Canada to apply for a unique opportunity to fly their experiment to the edge of space on board a sounding rocket (REXUS) or a stratospheric balloon (BEXUS). Every year around 20 teams participate in this exciting programme.


  • May 08, 2020 08:09 | Todd Legault (Administrator)

    The coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic is affecting all segments of the space community. In this weeks SpaceQ podcast, Marc Boucher speaks with Geoff Languedoc from CASI.

    With the COVID-19 virus becoming a global pandemic I wanted to talk to people within the space community about how their organizations are coping, and also get a little personal and talk about life at home. This is the second interview in this feature.

    Geoff Languedoc is the Executive Director of the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute. CASI as it’s known, is a not-for-profit scientific and technical organization that traces its roots back to 1954. It became the formal organization it is today in 1962 with the merger of the Toronto based Canadian Astronautical Society and the Montreal-based Astronautical Society of Canada. This put the organization squarely at the forefront of the new space age. Today the organization serves a diverse membership across Canada and hosts some important annual conferences that brings the community together.

    Listen to the SpaceQ Podcast

  • April 24, 2020 08:06 | April Duffy (Administrator)

    H. Clare Eatock
    May 15, 1927 - April 21, 2020

    Charter Member of CASI (1954), Fellow (1975), Chair of Montreal Branch in 1974-5, CASI President in 1990-91.

    Henry Clare Eatock (Clare) was the beloved husband of Ruth, née Purdon; father of Brian Clare Eatock (Judy Keays), Ruth Anne Eatock (John Maunsell), and Lori Jane Forester (Gord Forfar); and grandfather of Alex and Ben Forester and Helen and James Maunsell.

    Clare studied aeronautical engineering at the University of Toronto (class of 1948) and moved into a long and fulfilling career in gas turbine engine research, design and management at A.V. Roe and Orenda Engines (1948-1968) and Pratt and Whitney Canada (1968-1994). Clare’s love of work and sense of his own good fortune imbued his life with optimism. Please visit here to read more, make a donation and share a memory with his family.

  • April 20, 2020 14:18 | April Duffy (Administrator)

    Major General DW (Bill) Goss, CD, P Eng, Fellow of CASI  June 18, 1922 - April 11, 2020 

    He served for 36 years in the RCAF and Canadian Forces, and was a wartime flying instructor and Mosquito pilot. Post war, he was an engineer and project manager for the Velvet  Glove air to air missile, the Arrow, the BOMARC, and the CF-104 programs, followed by many senior appointments.

    He retired from the Canadian Forces in 1976 to become a successful businessman, from which he retired in 2002 at age 80. Please visit here for more and to sign the guestbook.

  • April 09, 2020 10:23 | Todd Legault (Administrator)


    Aerospace Tech Week 2020 was prevented from happening, due to the Coronovirus outbreak, and we are delighted to announce new dates for the next event of 24th-25th March 2021 - ensure you save the dates in your diary for the premier exhibition and conference for the aerospace technology community.

    In the meantime we are delighted to be able to offer you a series of short Free to Attend Training Webinars delivered by AFuzion. These One-Hour Webinars will provide an introduction to key areas and help you better understand developing regulations and compliance requirements.

    More details and to register visit www.aerospacetechweek.com/webinars


    Tuesday 5th May
    10am(EST) / 3pm(UK) / 4pm(CET)

    Optimizing Avionics Software Development/Certification per DO-178C

    Monday 25th May
    10am(EST) / 3pm(UK) / 4pm(CET)

    Understanding Aviation Cyber-Security
    per DO-326A / ED-202A Set

    Thursday 11th June
    10am(EST) / 3pm(UK) / 4pm(CET)

    Applying Model Based Development (MBD) per DO-331

    Thursday 25th June
    10am(EST) / 3pm(UK) / 4pm(CET)

    Best Practices for Aircraft/Avionics System Development per ARP4754A


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