So perhaps before coming to “certain” conclusion about the involvement of this rebel or that, the key questions one should ask before casting blame, is why did the pilot divert from his usual flight plan, why did he fly above restricted airspace, and just what, if any instructions, did Kiev air control give the pilot in the minutes before the tragic explosion?”
“”Good enough for Obama, good enough for you. : )” Reviewed 13 August 2012
This is a nice hotel [Formerly ITT Sheraton Chicago, now Starwood Sheraton Chicago with a Presidential suite rigged by Serco/ITT Exelis for Military/Civil Separation (Black/Red) communications ] with a fantastic view and location (walking distance to Navy Pier and Michigan Avenue). However the real reason I was inclined to write this review was to acknowledge the tremendous service we received on a stay there this weekend. From the front desk at check-in to the bellmen assisting with our luggage, they could not have been friendlier. We had an especially remarkable experience with one of the housekeepers (Patricia) who provided outstanding and friendly customer service (that I won’t fully detail here), but it is worth noting that she wouldn’t even accept my tip. I sent a note to the General Manager to specifically acknowledge her, but the service we received warranted a post here as well.
P.S. President Obama was even having a private 25-person fundraiser there the Sunday we left . . . if it’s good enough for him, it’s probably good enough for you.”
“Canadian Forces School of Aerospace Control Operations (CFSACO) (at Cornwall, Ont.)
The Canadian Forces School of Aerospace Control Operations (CFSACO) is the only unit of 16 Wing not physically located in Borden. It is located approximately 500 kms away at the NAVCAN Training School in Cornwall, Ontario.
The role of CFSACO is to carry out military aerospace control training. A range of basic and specialty courses and conversion training are offered to Aerospace Control Officers and Aerospace Control Operators. Military members are trained to become either Air Traffic Controller/Operators or Air Weapons Controller/Operators.
Among the many subjects on the course syllabus are airborne weapons, systems, ground control systems and radar, meteorology, radio telephony and procedures, air regulations and navigation orders, Aircraft performance characteristics, command and control directives governing the control of interceptor Aircraft as well as the states of alert.
Success graduates of the Canadian Forces School of Aerospace Control Operations, once certified at their respective units, will be ready to start their first assignment as Aerospace Controllers/Operators, controlling live aircraft.
The CFSACO crest carries the School’s motto “Excellentia Super Omnia” – “Excellence Above All”
CFSACO is collocated with the NAV Canada Training Institute (NCTI) along the St Lawrence River in Cornwall, Ontario. It is approximately one hour’s drive from Ottawa and Montreal. See Map
NAV Can is one of the most self-sufficient training complexes in Canada. Its academic side contains classrooms and some of the most advanced Aerospace Control Operations simulators in Canada. The residential side includes over 600 bedrooms, a gym, tennis court, and swimming pool.
From 1957 to 1966, air controllers went to RCAF Station Camp Borden to receive their training at the School of Flying Control.
In the wake of unification (1966), CFB Borden became home to Air Training Wing followed by the Air Traffic Control Company of the Canadian Forces School of Aerospace Ordnance and Engineering (CFSAOE) from 1968 until 1979.
March 23, 1979 marked the beginning of a new era for controller training and the end of an era in Borden. Following the government’s decision to share air traffic control facilities between Transport Canada and DND, the Air Traffic Control Training Company of CFSAOE was moved to the Transport Canada Training Institute (TCTI) in Cornwall, Ontario. The first officer course graduated in November 1979.
Initially, the school was a unit of CFB Kingston. Later, it was transferred to CFB Ottawa, then to 7 Wing and again to CFSU (Ottawa). After the formation of 16 Wing Borden in October 1994, the School of Air Traffic Control was made a unit of 16 Wing.
Another milestone came in 1996 when the School of Air Traffic Control and Air Weapons Control and Countermeasures School amalgamated, unifying controller training by forming the new School of Aerospace and Control operations in Cornwall.
Also in 1996, Bill C-20 came into effect, privatizing most of Transport Canada. This resulted in turning the training institute over to the new company, NAV Canada. Although under new ownership, changes in the institute have had no effect on military training.
On January 9, 2008 CFSACO officially became part of 22 Wing/Canadian Forces Base North Bay, although the move was to be short lived. Following the creation of 2 Canadian Air Division the following year, CFSACO returned under control of 16 Wing Borden on December 10, 2009.
Our Contact Details
Canadian Forces School of Aerospace Control Operations
NAV Canada Training Institute
1950 Montreal Road
Cornwall, Ontario K6H 6L2″
“ITT INDUSTRIES GILFILLAN DIVISION WINS CANADA CONTRACT
White Plains, NY January 10, 2000 ITT Industries, Inc. (NYSE: IIN) announced today that its Gilfillan Division has been awarded a contract from Computing Devices Canada Ltd., a General Dynamics company [Lester Crown of Pentagon pricuremnet fraud is the patron of Obama], to provide three highly mobile GCA-2000 radar systems for an undisclosed price. The first system will be delivered in 16 months. The GCA-2000 will provide the precision approach landing system capability for Canada’s 8 Air Communication and Control Squadron. The Canadian Department of National Defense (DND) recently awarded this contract to Computing Devices.
The GCA-2000 system, transportable via a single C-130, will support the worldwide deployment of the Canadian Forces with its capability to control follow-on aircraft into an austere location and to provide tactical air traffic control services on demand. These systems will replace Gilfillan’s Quadradars, which were delivered to Canada in the late 1950s and are still fully operational and supported.
The contract award was made after a detailed and thorough evaluation by the DND. Gilfillan’s systems contributed significantly to the award due to their proven high accuracy and availability for such diverse, demanding locations as theMiddle East deserts or above the Arctic Circle. This same GCA-2000 configuration is also the choice of the United States Air Force for its rapid deployment air traffic control mission requirements.
Gilfillan, a unit of ITT Industries, provides state-of-the-art surveillance, multifunction and air traffic control radar systems for US and international land and maritime applications. Gilfillan (http://www.ittgil.com) is also a leader in the development of miniaturized active array antenna modules and subsystems for sensor and communications applications.”
Field McConnell, United States Naval Academy, 1971; Forensic Economist; 30 year airline and 22 year military pilot; 23,000 hours of safety; Tel: 715 307 8222
David Hawkins Tel: 604 542-0891 Forensic Economist; former leader of oil-well blow-out teams; now sponsors Grand Juries in CSI Crime and Safety Investigation