Last Buffalo out to pasture

The RCAF’s last de Havilland CC-115 Buffalo is being reassembled at the Canada Aviation & Space Museum in Ottawa after delivery on six flatbed trucks. Purchased in the late 1960s, the fleet provided medium tactical transportation and search and rescue services at home and abroad, eventually focusing on SAR mission out of Comox, B.C. [node:read-more:link]

Australian search involves Canadians

Four Australian Army personnel are missing after their MRH-Taipan utility helicopter, a variant of the European NH-90, ditched off Queensland during a multinational exercise. Canadian assets are involved in the recovery effort. [node:read-more:link]

Four federal ministers quitting

Two days ahead of an expected federal cabinet shuffle, four ministers confirmed July 24 that they would be stepping down. They include Transport Minister Omar Alghabra, Public Services & Procurement Minister Helena Jaczek and Mental Health and Addictions Minister Carolyn Bennett, all from Toronto ridings, and Fisheries & Oceans Minister Joyce Murray of Vancouver, who also is responsible for the Canadian Coast Guard. [node:read-more:link]

RCAF SAR crews honoured

The RCAF’s 442 Transport and Rescue Squadron at 19 Wing Comox on Vancouver Island, has been recognized by the U.K.-based Honourable Company of Air Pilots for its efforts during last year's devastating floods in British Columbia. AgustaWestland CH-149 Cormorant helicopter crews airlifted 311 persons, 26 dogs and a cat stranded on a highway between landslides in south-central B.C. [node:read-more:link]

RMC professor praises C295 as FWSAR choice

In early December, after a prolonged search, the government announced the purchase of 16 Airbus C295 aircraft for the search and rescue role. Ruben Perez, an engineering professor at RMC said the Airbus aircraft's ability to spend more time in a search area was a key attribute in its selection. [node:read-more:link]

Cormorant crash at Gander

An RCAF CH-149 Cormorant search and rescue helicopter from 103 SAR Squadron at 9 Wing Gander in central Newfoundland crashed at low speed and altitude on a training flight today. The six-member crew of the AgustaWestland aircraft were taken to hospital but four were released. Images show the fuselage on its side, missing its tail and rotor. [node:read-more:link]

Spain wants Grand Banks search resumed

Canada is being urged by Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Albares to resume the search, weather permitting, for 12 crewmembers missing after a 50-metre trawler sank Feb. 15 off Newfoundland. The search, which involved two RCAF aircraft and a Coast Guard vessel, was called off late Feb. 16. Three crewmembers were rescued and the bodies of nine others were found at the site about 460 kilometres east of St. John's. [node:read-more:link]

Fixed-wing SAR aircraft delayed

The RCAF’s new fleet of 16 Airbus CC-295 search-and-rescue aircraft, built in Spain and originally scheduled to become operational last year, will not be in service this summer. DND spokesman Dan Le Bouthillier says certification and qualification are “running longer than anticipated as a result of the volume and complexity of the work . . . and the global COVID-19 pandemic situation” [node:read-more:link]

Electric resupply/SAR drones proposed

BAE Systems and British drone manufacturer Malloy Aeronautics have joint ranks to develop an electric quadcopter capable of transporting up to 300kg. As displayed at a London trade show, it would be capable of carrying stores, weapons, sensors and even a life raft for marine search and rescue with a proposed range of more than 30km. [node:read-more:link]

Canadian helicopter crash confirmed

The Department of National Defence and NATO confirmed 30 April that an RCAF Sikorsky CH-148 Cyclone helicopter serving with a NATO task force in the Mediterranean had crashed the previous evening. Greek media say that it had taken off from the frigate HMCS Fredericton with up six persons and that one body had been recovered. NATO has not released crew details but DND says it has contracted all “primary family” members of those who were aboard.” [node:read-more:link]

Canada receives new search and rescue aircraft

The RCAF marked the arrival of the first aircraft of its future fixed-wing search and rescue fleet. The new fleet will be called Kingfisher. The CC-295 Kingfisher fleet will be based at four locations across Canada, in Comox, Trenton, Greenwood, and Winnipeg. The aircraft will arrive in phases as crews are trained in turn at each location. [node:read-more:link]

Joint rescue operation saves 31

Canadian and U.S. Canadian search and rescue helicopter crews lifted 31 seafarers from a sinking scallop dragger off Nova Scotia March 3. The Atlantic Destiny had reported that it begun taking on water in large seas after catching fire. [node:read-more:link]

Canadian helicopter crash being investigated

10 May update: Partial remains of second crew member, Captain Brenden Ian MacDonald, have been identified after CH-148 Cyclone accident. A repatriation ceremony for all six Canadian Armed Forces members killed at sea in a helicopter crash, took place on 6 May 2020. Read original story and updates here.​ [node:read-more:link]


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