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4 of the RCAF's 6 challenger jets at the end of their service life
Ottawa Citizen
Four of Canada's six Challenger jets have reached the end of their service life, but National Defence has yet to retire them or develop a plan to replace them. An analysis conducted for the military's second in command says two models of the executive jet, which has often been at centre of political storms, are "at the end of their upgradeability and would require additional capital investment" if they were to remain flying past 2014.
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RCAF cancels Snowbirds' U.S. shows after budget cuts
iPolitics
Canada's famed Snowbirds aerobatic flying team has been forced to cancel all shows in the United States because of budget cuts. Snowbirds spokesman Capt. Thomas Edelson says the number of flying hours were cut for the squadron, which is based in Moose Jaw, SK, so the four U.S. shows were cancelled. "While we love going to the States and while we regret not being able to fulfil being able to go down to the States as we had previously planned, it does make sense that we need to aim our priorities at the Canadian audience," Edelson said.
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The Canada Aviation and Space Museum named among top aviation museums around the world
Ottawa Citizen
The Canada Aviation and Space Museum has received a touristic "shot in the wing" by landing the number 10 spot on a CNN list of top aviation museums around the world. The U.S. network described its admittedly unscientific listing as a grouping of 14 sites that "capture the achievements and products of the pilots, designers and engineers who got us from those rickety first flights to space travel and people clipping their toenails next to us in seat 17B."
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Canadian government announces Canada's plan for our future in space
Yahoo
Industry Minister James Moore and Canadian Space Agency (CSA) President Walter Natynczyk joined Canadian astronauts Jeremy Hansen and David Saint-Jacques at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa to unveil the framework for Canada's future in Space. This framework will serve as a guide for Canada's str ategic activities and future in space, ensuring a strong and commercially competitive space industry that will continue to inspire Canadians for years to come.
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8 Wing expansion project
Northumberland View
In the early 2000s, the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces began considering a new location to accommodate the growing needs of the Canadian Special Operations Forces Command (CANSOFCOM), as their current facility in Dwyer Hill, ON, was too small. Following the identification of this requirement, an extensive options analysis was conducted in 2005 and 2006 to determine the best possible option.
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4 of the RCAF's 6 challenger jets at the end of their service life
Ottawa Citizen
Four of Canada's six Challenger jets have reached the end of their service life, but National Defence has yet to retire them or develop a plan to replace them. An analysis conducted for the military's second in command says two models of the executive jet, which has often been at centre of political storms, are "at the end of their upgradeability and would require additional capital investment" if they were to remain flying past 2014.

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RCAF training flight ends with ejection
Flying
A Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) instructor pilot and student now have an uneven number of takeoffs and landings in their logbooks. Both qualified for membership in the Caterpillar Club by ejecting from their Beechcraft CT-156 Harvard II trainer during routine training.

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Civilian participation in Arctic search and rescue expanded
Ottawa Citizen
Search and rescue capabilities in Canada’s vast North expanded last year with the establishment of two new civilian search and rescue units in Canada’s North. At the same time, Civil Air Search and Rescue Association (CASARA) certified 30 civilian search and rescue spotters for the new units, located in Arctic Bay and Pond Inlet, Nunavut, thereby strengthening Canada's search and rescue capabilities in the high Arctic.

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The Future of Helicopter Cockpit Technology
Aviation Today
Avionics magazine has taken notice recently that the world's largest avionics companies are increasing their development of advanced technologies — once reserved for air transport and corporate jets — for helicopters. Thus, ahead of Heli Expo, we want to gather the industry's top experts in this area for a webcast discussing the latest developments and challenges to implementing these systems into the next generation of helicopter cockpits.
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TACTIX' 2014 Budget Commentary
TACTIX
Budgets are all about choices. Choosing how billions of dollars of revenue should be allocated amongst the thousands of interests competing for those dollars. Choosing when to balance the books and when to determine that deficit financing is more prudent. Choosing how a government wishes to be defined by the electorate. These are choices that all Prime Ministers and Finance Ministers face when putting the finishing touches on a budget. The choices made by Prime Minister Harper and Finance Minister Flaherty are revealed in Budget 2014.
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Call for papers: 25th Military History Colloquium
The Laurier Centre for Military Strategic and Disarmament Studies
We invite proposals for panels and papers to be presented at the 25th Military History Colloquium, to be held at Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, ON, on May 9-10 2014.
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2014 SME Day
CADSI & AICDS
Is your small to medium-sized business (SME) trying to better understand the Canadian procurement process in order to sell defence and security-related goods and services and increase market share? Do you want to know more about the Government programs available to help businesses like yours? Then you won't want to miss the 2014 SME Day ― an event specifically tailored for small and medium-sized enterprises ― on February 18, 2014 at the Westin Hotel in Ottawa.
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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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75th anniversary of the Harvard in Canada
Canadian Harvard Aircraft Association
2014 marks the 75th anniversary of the Harvard in Canada. The Harvard Mark II saw service with the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan from 1939 to 1945. The Harvard Mark IV saw service as an advanced trainer during the 1950s and 60s. The Canadian Harvard Aircraft Association invites anyone who flew, trained with or serviced this magnificent aircraft to join us on the weekend of 20-22 June, 2014 as we celebrate 75 years of the Harvard with “The Gathering of Harvards and Heroes”. We have invited all currently flying Harvard aircraft to join us at the Tillsonburg airport, and we will have presentations, aircraft flying, contests and a banquet on the Saturday night. On Sunday we will attempt to put into the air the largest formation of Harvards since they were in service. More information for accommodations, program of events and participating aircraft can be found at our website and on Facebook. This will be a wonderful opportunity to see, touch and even fly in these historic aircraft. Please join us as we continue the legend.
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