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Royal Canadian Air Force Foundation to Support Canada’s Future Leaders with Unique Scholarship Program

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Twenty $1000 scholarships available for students’ study in S.T.E.M. or flight

TORONTO, June 18, 2021 /CNW/ – The Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) Foundation today announced the details for the firstRCAF Foundation Student Scholarships.

Developed for Canada’s next generations of leaders, and explorers in science and space, these twenty $1,000 scholarships are open to any Canadian youth 25 years of age or younger. They are designed to encourage all students in S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) areas of study or flight that could lead to future careers the fields of either Aviation or Aerospace. 

“We have thousands of brilliant young people in our country who have big dreams. These scholarships are to inspire our students and to meet the rapidly growing demand for skilled people in the private and defence sectors and to be leaders in Canada and the world,” said former Commander of the RCAF Lieutenant-General (Ret’d) Michael Hood, CMM CD.”There are few areas more exciting than science and flight. My career was outstanding, and I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to learn and succeed. Our future is now in the hands of Canada’s youth.”

To apply students, choose one of three categories and answer two questions:
1.  What are your career aspirations and vision for your future in the Aviation and Aerospace?
2.  What is the most important character attribute or personal life experience you possess that will help you make a meaningful contribution to your future workplace and community?

“The RCAF Foundation is leading the way to support these young people so they can make a difference in the future of Canada – whether it be in space exploration, arctic sovereignty or life changing discoveries,” said Jeremy Diamond, Founding CEO, RCAF Foundation. “We know there are students who crave a challenge and think big, and beyond the norm. We want to help them reach for the stars through careers in aviation and aerospace.”

The deadline for applications is midnight July 16, 2021. More information on the RCAF Foundation Student Scholarship is available here: https://rcaffoundation.ca/portfolio-items/student-scholarship/

The Foundation’s first campaign #ONE DAY I WILL Challenge asked youth across Canada to share their hopes for their future in a short video clip. Submission highlights can be viewed here: https://rcaffoundation.ca/portfolio-items/one-day-i-will-challenge-winners/

The RCAF Foundation is an arms-length not-for-profit organization whose mission is to recognize, foster and celebrate the Royal Canadian Air Force through community engagement, education programs and commemorative activities.

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Source: https://canadianaviationnews.wordpress.com/2021/06/18/royal-canadian-air-force-foundation-to-support-canadas-future-leaders-with-unique-scholarship-program/

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Alberta International Airshow a go for takeoff in August

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Adam Lachacz, CTVNewsEdmonton.ca Digital Journalist | Saturday, July 24, 2021

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A Canadian Air Force CF-18 Hornet takes off from the City Centre Airport prior to the Edmonton Indy race in Edmonton on Sunday, July 22, 2012. (John Ulan / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

EDMONTON — Another airshow will be coming to the Edmonton area later this summer.

The Alberta International Airshow, previously known as the Edmonton Airshow, will take place Aug. 20to 22 at the Villeneuve Airport.

The name change of the event was made to reflect the scale of regional and provincial organizers and participants, event coordinator RWE Events said.

Some of the military acts scheduled to perform at the event include the Royal Canadian Air Force CF-18 demo team, the United States Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II demo and UH-1 Huey search and rescue demo, as well asa flyover from a B-52 and B-1B “Bone” bombers.

Other acts include local pilot Bill Carter, Yellow Thunder, and Mrazek Airshow, with further acts to be announced.

Ticket sales will open on Tuesday for the event.

“The return of the Alberta International Airshow could not have been more timely – showcasing all we have to offer as we reopen,” said MLA for Lac St. Anne-Parkland Shane Getson in a statement. “I join everyone in welcoming all, local, national, and international, to discover the power and promise that is Alberta.”

Tom Ruth, Edmonton Airports president and CEO, said he was pleased to welcome the return of the airshow.

“The Alberta International Airshow is an exciting event for the community, and it attracts tourism to our region and promotes the aviation industry and investment opportunities at Villeneuve Airport and the surrounding area,” Ruth said in a statement.

The Villeneuve Airport is located in Sturgeon County, Alta., on Highway 44, about 10 kilometres northwest of Edmonton’s city limits.

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Source: https://canadianaviationnews.wordpress.com/2021/07/26/alberta-international-airshow-a-go-for-takeoff-in-august/

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Canadian Forces members rescue pilot whose plane crashed near Petawawa, Ont.

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Ted Raymond, Digital Multi-Skilled Journalist | Sunday, July 25, 2021

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Search and Rescue personnel at the scene of a plane crash north of Petawawa, Ont. on Saturday, July 24, 2021. (Photo courtesy of 8 Wing Trenton, RCAF)

OTTAWA — Members of the Royal Canadian Air Force rescued a pilot whose plane had crashed north of Petawawa, Ont. on Saturday.

A release from 8 Wing Trenton said the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre Trenton was notified at around 11 a.m. Saturday of a mayday call and received a subsequent signal from an emergency location transmitter about 74 km north of Petawawa.

Members of 424 Transport and Rescue Squadron based out of Trenton responded with a CH-146 Griffon Helicopter and CC-130H Hercules aircraft. They were joined by an aircraft from the Civil Aviation Search and Rescue Association out of Ottawa and a Bell 412 Helicopter from the Sûreté du Quebec.

“By working with the JRCC and our CASARA partners, we were able to quickly and safely locate and rescue this individual. This is just one example of the many Search and Rescue missions that our personnel execute each year, helping our fellow Canadians in their time of need,” said Lt.-Col. J.P. Landry, the Commanding Officer of 424 Transport and Rescue Squadron in a release.

The pilot was located at around 2 p.m. The individual was the sole person aboard the plane and was taken to a hospital in Pembroke, Ont. in stable condition.

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Uncertified aviation fuel trucks pulled from service at Prince George Airport

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WestJet flight from Prince George to Vancouver had to stop to refuel in Kamloops 

Kate Partridge ·  Jul 23, 2021

The Prince George International Airport where uncertified aviation fuel trucks were recently pulled from service. (Andrew Kurjata/CBC)

A Transport Canada inspection at the Prince George Airport discovered multiple trucks being illegally used to refuel planes.

The trucks, which need to be licensed to transport dangerous goods like jet fuel, were pulled from service Wednesday after the agency found they were operating without proper certification.

The move resulted in a temporary loss of fuelling service at the largest airport in northern B.C. WestJet confirmed that a flight from Prince George to Vancouver had to stop to refuel in Kamloops. 

Prince George Airport Authority president Gordon Duke also confirmed the disruption but said flights can now refuel as expected. He says the airport authority is “working with all agencies involved to ensure that we continue fuelling operations here.” 

Fuelling services to the Prince George airport have been provided by third party operator Airconsol Aviation since 2007. The company did not respond to requests for comment.  

In a statement to CBC, Transport Canada confirmed the trucks had been detained and will need to be recertified before they can be put back to work.

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British Airways and partners shortlisted for UK government funding to decarbonize aviation

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British Airways made this announcement:

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  • Eight projects have been shortlisted for funding by the Department for Transport’s Green Fuels, Green Skies competition – part of the Prime Minister’s Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution, announced in November 2020
  • The grants will drive meaningful progress towards the development of sustainable aviation fuel plants in the UK and the decarbonization of the aviation industry
  • Projects British Airways has invested in include turning household waste and wood waste into sustainable aviation fuel and capturing carbon from the atmosphere and form part of the airline’s plans to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050

Four aviation decarbonization projects supported by British Airways and designed to help the industry achieve its targets of net zero carbon emissions by 2050, have been shortlisted for Government funding.

The Department of Transport’s Green Fuels, Green Skies (GFGS) competition has awarded the funding to develop the UK’s first sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) production facility. In total the Government shortlisted eight projects to potentially receive a share of £15 million in its competition, all of which have a clear potential to produce SAF capable of reducing emissions by more than 70% on a lifecycle basis when used in place of conventional fossil jet fuel.

British Airways is directly involved in four of those projects which, pending the completion of grant agreements, can all press ahead with developing their feasibility and engineering plans.

The airline is partnering with technology company Velocys on the Altalto project to build a commercial waste-to-SAF plant in Immingham, Lincolnshire. Altalto will take more than half a million tonnes per year of household and commercial waste and produce up to 80 million litres of cleaner burning SAF and naphtha. The project has already received planning consent from North East Lincolnshire Council and is in the final stages of preparation for Front End Engineering Design.

Project Speedbird is a collaboration between British Airways, LanzaJet and Nova Pangaea, with a goal of producing 100 million litres of sustainable fuel a year from 2025, sufficient to power 2,000 flights from London to New York operated by an A350 aircraft. The technology is based on Nova Pangaea’s REFNOVA® process of converting waste wood into alcohol. LanzaJet’s alcohol-to-jet (ATJ) technology, which was developed by LanzaTech and the Pacific Northwest National Lab, then converts the alcohol to produce sustainable aviation fuel and renewable diesel.

British Airways is also working on two further decarbonization projects with LanzaTech and LanzaJet that, if successful, could each produce more than 100 million litres a year of SAF. The first would involve capturing carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere and converting it into SAF. The second would support the development of a SAF plant in Port Talbot, South Wales that would produce SAF from waste and industrial gases, with the potential to support significant jobs in the area.

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Source: https://worldairlinenews.com/2021/07/26/british-airways-and-partners-shortlisted-for-uk-government-funding-to-decarbonize-aviation/

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