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Canadian air force bending on medical requirements to deal with experienced pilot shortage
National Post
Canada's air force has been bending on minimum medical standards such as vision and hearing requirements as it contends with a critical shortage of experienced pilots. The Royal Canadian Air Force has long struggled to retain enough trained military pilots to fly its fighter jets, search-and-rescue aircraft and helicopters, but a growing "experience gap" is making the situation worse than ever.
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Peter MacKay defends chopper deal
The Chronicle Herald
Former defence minister Peter MacKay says Canadian Forces operations would have been jeopardized if government had cancelled the maritime helicopter contract with Sikorsky. Ottawa announced that it is sticking with the problem-plagued CH-148 Cyclone helicopters despite hinting it would strike a deal with another manufacturer.
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Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame to induct four new members
Royal Canadian Air Force
Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame (CAHF) will induct four new members at its 41st annual gala dinner and ceremony to be held in Calgary on Thursday, May 29, 2014. The new members are:

Clive J. Beddoe, founder of WestJet airlines.

Lorna De Blicquy, flight instructor and trailblazing advocate for the role of women in aviation.

Robert P. Engle, founder of Canada's Northwest Territorial Airlines.

Fred Moore, a military and civilian pilot and administrator responsible for improving air force aircraft acceptance standards, as well as the use of weapons systems simulators and, later, a senior manager at Northwest Industries and Okanagan Helicopters.

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408 tactical helicopter squadron personnel returns from the Philippines
Ottawa Citizen
Members of Edmonton-based 408 Tactical Helicopter Squadron (THS) have begun returning home from their mission in the Philippines just in time for the holidays. The first 408 THS personnel arrived and were greeted by family, friends, squadron members and VIPs. Additional members of the Squadron will be returning to Edmonton over the next several days via Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) CC-177 Globemaster III transports.
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UAVs and the F-35: Partners in air power?
The Diplomat
What role will drones play in planning for high intensity war in the Pacific? A recent report from the USNI indicates that the Navy is planning to use the UCLASS UAV, an F-14-sized piece of equipment with some stealth characteristics, as a potential missile truck. Although knowledge that drones had a role to play in air superiority had become more or less widespread within the national security community, this is one of the best descriptions of how, specifically, the Navy envisions integrating its drones into its air defense system.
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Canadian air force bending on medical requirements to deal with experienced pilot shortage
National Post
Canada's air force has been bending on minimum medical standards such as vision and hearing requirements as it contends with a critical shortage of experienced pilots. The Royal Canadian Air Force has long struggled to retain enough trained military pilots to fly its fighter jets, search-and-rescue aircraft and helicopters, but a growing "experience gap" is making the situation worse than ever.

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Chris Hadfield went through customs upon return from Space
CBC News
In a recent Q&A session on Reddit, the Canadian astronaut and social media superstar answered dozens of questions from fans pertaining to the 5 months he spent aboard the ISS and what he's been up to since his return in May 2013.

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Cadets looking for a new home
Sherwood Park News
The 12 Edmonton Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron have flown the coop from Sherwood Park — but not by their own choice. The group had been meeting at the old F.R. Hawthorne school at the corner of Sherwood Park Freeway and Highway 216 as of two months ago.

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Military's fighter-jet reports to put ball in Ottawa's court on F-35s
The Globe and Mail
The Canadian Forces have finished exploring the world market for fighter jets, putting pressure on the government to decide whether to launch a competition or forge ahead with the sole-sourced purchase of F-35s before the next election. According to documents posted on a federal website on, the Canadian Forces have already prepared draft reports on the price, the technical capabilities and the strategic advantages of the four fighter jets in the running.
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Despite delays, Ottawa pushes ahead with Cyclone chopper plan
The Globe and Mail
The "worst procurement in the history of Canada" has suffered another setback, with Ottawa announcing it now plans to get its long-awaited fleet of maritime helicopters in 2018, or 10 years behind schedule. In a news release, the federal government announced a deal with aircraft-manufacturer Sikorsky to start receiving 28 "fully capable" CH-148 Cyclone helicopters in four years. The helicopters are designed to replace the nearly 50-year-old Sea Kings on the Royal Canadian Navy's frigates for military operations around the world.
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More about the 424 transport and rescue squadron who rescued the Kingston crane operator
Ottawa Citizen
Joanna Calder of DND/CF public affairs has more detail about the rescue of a Kingston, ON Crane operator by a crew from 424 Transport and Rescue Squadron, located at 8 Wing Trenton, ON. Here is more of which she writes: A fire broke out in a student residence that was under construction on Princess Street in Kingston. The wooden structure was quickly engulfed in flames and nearby buildings, including a gas station and a senior citizens' residence, were threatened by the massive blaze.
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RCAF St-Hubert Reunion
RCAF
The bi-annual Junior Ranks Reunion is held for those who were stationed at RCAF Station St. Hubert - including but not limited to those who worked with the 401 & 438 Reserve Sqn’s, 104 KU, 426 Sqn, ADCHQ, and all other units. Today St. Hubert has so much less activity that we hold our reunion at RCAF Base Trenton. Our 9th bi-annual reunion will be held in the WOs' & SGTs' Mess at 8 Wing Trenton, Ontario between June 20th – 22nd, 2014.
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