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$35 million military plane upgrades highlight Canada's procurement delays
CBC News
The government estimates it will cost nearly $35 million to extend the life of 14 Canadian CP-140 Aurora long-range patrol aircraft. In what amounts to another tacit admission that Canada's military is somehow structurally unable to swiftly procure the gear it needs, the Conservative government has quietly announced it's restarting a twice-cancelled plan to extend the life of the CP-140 Aurora maritime patrol aircraft. The news arrived last week in the tabling in Parliament of supplementary estimates.
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RCAF to look to universities and industry to help with future air power needs
Ottawa Citizen
Lieutenant-General Yvan Blondin, the commander of the Royal Canadian Air Force, spoke to more than 100 members and friends of the Montreal Council on Foreign Relations. He spoke about creating the Air Force of the future by capitalizing on innovation. In his remarks, he touched on three RCAF initiatives that will help the Air Force respond to today's realities and will assist in maintaining and improving the Air Force's operational capability: The Emerging Skies Initiative (ESI) will bring together the Air Force, industry and universities to explore innovative solutions to Canada's future air power needs. The Canadian solutions proposed by the ESI collaborative working groups will benefit all partners.
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Feds shelve plans to buy new military patrol airplanes
Canada.com
The federal Conservative government's centrepiece defence strategy has taken another hit as plans to buy a new fleet of airplanes to patrol Canada's coasts and its Arctic territory by 2020 have been effectively shelved. Instead, documents tabled in the House of Commons say the government will invest more than $2 billion to keep its existing Aurora maritime patrol aircraft flying until 2030, by which point the planes will be nearly 50 years old.
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$35 million military plane upgrades highlight Canada's procurement delays
CBC News
The government estimates it will cost nearly $35 million to extend the life of 14 Canadian CP-140 Aurora long-range patrol aircraft. In what amounts to another tacit admission that Canada's military is somehow structurally unable to swiftly procure the gear it needs, the Conservative government has quietly announced it's restarting a twice-cancelled plan to extend the life of the CP-140 Aurora maritime patrol aircraft.

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RCAF training flight ends with ejection
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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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Boeing, L-3 MAS complete final phase of CF-18 modernization for RCAF
Ottawa Citizen
Boeing and L-3 MAS have completed the last scheduled phase of the CF-18 Incremental Modernization Program, ensuring that the avionics systems on the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) fighter jets remain operationally relevant and interoperable with Canada’s allies. "Boeing appreciates the long-term partnership with both L-3 MAS and the Government of Canada, resulting in innovative, flexible and affordable solutions that have been key to the overall success of this program," said Joe Veile.
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Canadian Aviation and Space Museum
Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation
This year the Canadian Aviation and Space Museum will be highlighting their rotary wing exhibit during March Break, the first week in March for the Quebec schools and the second week for Ontario schools. The Museum would like to have retired or serving helicopter pilots come in and share their experiences with visitors.
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ICAO 2nd air transport symposium
ICAO
For this second edition, the ICAO Air Transport Symposium will bring together the stakeholders of the air transport industry. This unique event will provide stimulating and dynamic interactions on topical issues and future strategies with the goal of arriving at a broad-based consensus on implementation procedure of a new regulatory framework.
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Ladies and gentlemen aviators
Vintage Wings of Canada
If one single aircraft type can be said to represent the flying spirit of New Zealand and its adventurous citizens, it is the delicate looking yet rugged de Havilland DH-83 Fox Moth. Please click the read more button below to learn more.
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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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