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  • November 02, 2020 08:34 | Todd Legault (Administrator)

    Grabbing that Dream by the Tail: Helping Youth to Achieve their Dream to Fly

    Online Presentation 19:00 EST Nov 24, 2020

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    Major General Mark Smith is the Civil Air Patrol’s Chief Executive Officer and 24th National Commander. Following an overview of the CAP, he will show how this organization is inspiring youth towards pursuing and achieving their dreams of flying. Illustrated by his personal journey, General Smith will share the power of mentorship in the lives of young people. He will describe how the CAP provides a broad range of opportunities for youth to explore Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)-related careers as well as opportunities for youth to fly. General Smith will also share lessons he has learned from leading a large organization during the global Coronavirus pandemic.

    Major General Smith was appointed by the Civil Air Patrol Board of Governors on June 18, 2017 and assumed command on September 2, 2017. In August 2019, General Smith accepted the Board of Governors’ offer to extend his three-year term as CEO/National Commander by an additional year. General Smith retired as a Colonel from the Air Force in 2000 after 26 years of service, followed by many years as a leader in the business world and other non-profit organizations.

    General Smith holds a Bachelor of Science in International Affairs from the U.S. Air Force Academy, a Master of Aviation in Management from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, and a Doctor of Education in Ethical Leadership from Olivet Nazarene University. A resident of Albuquerque, New Mexico, General Smith is widowed, has two adult children and two granddaughters.

    There is no charge for the Lecture, but attendees are requested to pre-register by November 22, 2020 online at raes-montreal.org/AK2020 Please sign up early as our webinar platform is limited.

  • October 20, 2020 15:25 | April Duffy (Administrator)

    There is currently an opening for a postdoctoral visitor (PDV) in the climate dynamics research group of Prof. Neil Tandon at York University in Toronto. This group is based in the Department of Earth and Space Science and Engineering (ESSE) within the Lassonde School of Engineering <http://esse.lassonde.yorku.ca>. The PDV appointment is for one year and is renewable for one additional year conditional on satisfactory progress. Extension of the PDV appointment beyond two years may be possible depending on the availability of funding. The PDV will receive a competitive salary and benefits package. The PDV appointment is expected to start in summer 2021, but the precise start date is flexible.

    There is a wide range of possible research topics, including variability and long-term changes of the atmospheric circulation, cloud-circulation interaction, the dynamics of extreme precipitation, motion of Arctic sea ice, and variability of the ocean overturning circulation. Prof. Tandon’s group is computationally focused, combining numerical model simulations with analysis of various datasets. Additional information about Prof. Tandon’s research may be found at <http://www.yorku.ca/tandon>.

    The minimum requirements for prospective PDVs are:

    1. a PhD in atmospheric science, physical oceanography, climate science or a related field. All requirements for the PhD should be already completed or on track to be completed before the start of the PDV appointment.

    2. fluency in spoken and written English.

    3. strong skills in a scientific computing language, such as MATLAB, R or Python.

    4. at least one publication as lead corresponding author in a peer-reviewed journal.

    5. prior experience presenting at a scientific conference.

    Prior experience with numerical modelling in a high-performance computing environment is also highly valuable but not an absolute necessity.

    Given the current uncertainty relating to work permit applications, preference will be given to citizens of Canada, permanent residents of Canada and non-Canadians already residing legally in Canada. York University values diversity throughout its community and does not discriminate based on race, ethnicity, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability or family status. Qualified women are especially encouraged to apply.

    Toronto is a wonderful place in which to live and work. It is known for its diversity, inclusiveness, vibrant arts scene, walkable neighbourhoods and beautiful green spaces. Members of the York community enjoy a stimulating research environment both on campus and through interactions with nearby institutions like Environment and Climate Change Canada, the University of Toronto and the University of Waterloo.

    Does this position appeal to you? If so, then please email Prof. Tandon <tandon@yorku.ca> no later than November 4, 2020. In your email, please include the following:

    1. a current CV.

    2. your Canadian immigration status (Canadian citizen, Canadian permanent resident, or neither).

    3. your current physical mailing address, making clear whether you are currently residing inside or outside Canada. If you are a non-Canadian currently residing in Canada, please indicate the type and expiration date of your work permit.

    4. a brief (2-3 paragraph) description of research interests, including at least one idea for a project that you would lead.

    5. the contact information (name, affiliation, phone and email) for two professional references.


  • 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.

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  • 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.

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