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When will the RCAF buy a fleet of drones?
Ottawa Citizen
The RCAF's quest for a fleet of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) has been a long running saga. The various options for a UAV purchase were outlined in 2005 for air force officers. Work was started. Then the delays began. The turnover of military staff in the project office and the unclear procurement process were two issues behind the delays, according to a Department of National Defence audit.
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RCAF's first CP-140 aircraft features ViaSat's mobile satellite system
Air Force Technology
ViaSat has successfully integrated its advanced airborne satellite communication system onto the Royal Canadian Air Force's CP-140 Aurora maritime patrol aircraft. The company will be working in collaboration with L-3 Electronic System Services, the Canadian Department of National Defence and IMP Aerospace. It also completed first flight of the upgraded aircraft in less than 90 days from the beginning of the quick reaction capability project.
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Search to replace senior military commander narrowed to 4 men
The Globe and Mail
Canada's senior military commander will be stepping down in a matter of months — possibly by the summer — and a search for his replacement has been narrowed to four men, sources say. As reported previously, General Tom Lawson is leaving after one term as Chief of the Defence Staff and a hunt is under way for his successor.
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Report: Commercial planes forced to dodge 'cloaked' Russian bombers flying in Irish airspace
National Post
Passenger jets had to dodge two Russian bombers that had "cloaked" their presence during an incursion into Irish airspace, according to media reports. An investigation by the Irish Examiner found that two Tu-95 bombers flew just 40 kilometres off the coast of Ireland, and crossed through civilian airline traffic lanes. As a result, planes carrying hundreds of passengers had to be diverted or delayed to avoid a potential collision with the bombers.
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Flying through life
Moose Jaw Times Herald
Al Seward held an old, thick book tight against his chest. The title, Pilot's Flying Log Book, was written in capital gold lettering. "It's a very special book. I really value it," said Seward, who lives at Providence Place. "When I die, this will be the record of my flying career. It's got everything in it."

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Canadian CF-18 fighter jets strike ISIS bomb factory
Metro News
The military says Canadian CF-18 fighter jets conducted a single attack in Iraq recently, leading a coalition strike that destroyed a factory making improvised explosive devices. Navy Capt. Paul Forget says the recent attack was a success.

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F-22 Raptor coming to Abbotsford International Air Show
Saanich News
The United States Air Force is returning to the Abbotsford International Air Show. The Air Force announced its schedule for its F-22 Raptor Demonstration recently, with Abbotsford on the list of only 21 approved show sites this season.

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Around and around in the Fixed Wing Search and Rescue Aircraft maze
Ottawa Citizen
Officials with aerospace firms have their fingers crossed that a request for proposals for a new fleet of Fixed Wing Search and Rescue aircraft will be released shortly. Once that happens, then the actual race to replace the RCAF's aging Buffalo SAR aircraft (and older Hercs) is on. As Defence Watch readers know, the Canadian military's quest to purchase a new fleet of search and rescue aircraft has been a lengthy one — 11 years and counting.
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Veterans will need to verify lost limbs every 3 years, instead of annually
Huffington Post
A wounded soldier who lost both legs in Afghanistan will have to verify his condition and the kind of support needed, including his wheelchair, to Veterans Affairs every three years, rather than annually under a policy change. The revision was quietly unveiled in the House of Commons by Pierre Lemieux, parliamentary secretary to the veterans minister.
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A paralyzed woman flew an F-35 fighter jet in a simulator — using only her mind
Washington Post
Over at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, (DARPA), there are some pretty amazing things going on. But one notable component of a DARPA project was revealed by a Defense Department official at a recent forum, and it is the stuff of science fiction movies. According to DARPA Director Arati Prabhakar, a paralyzed woman was successfully able use her thoughts to control an F-35 and a single-engine Cessna in a flight simulator.
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Leadership lessons from one of the first female fighter pilots
Fast Company
On the surface, it might not seem like Carey Lohrenz's old office has much in common with the rhythms and interactions found in the typical modern workplace. That's because, back in the 1990s, her job as a naval aviator meant she spent most of her time in the cockpit of an F-14 Tomcat, a beast of a fighter jet armed to the teeth with a machine gun and missiles with a range of more than 100 miles.
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Second World War Tribute Request
Veterans Affairs Canada
To mark the 75th anniversary of Canada's engagement in the Second World War, living Canadian Veterans of the Second World War may request a special commemorative lapel pin and certificate of recognition.
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National Volunteer Week 2015 theme: 'Volunteers are part of the ripple effect'
Volunteer Canada
A volunteer action is like a stone thrown in a lake: its effect has a direct impact. At the same time, like ripples, volunteer efforts reach out far and wide to improve communities. Undeniably, volunteers rock.

National Volunteer Week is a time to recognize, celebrate and thank Canada's 13.3 million volunteers. NVW 2015 takes place April 12-18. It marks the 12th consecutive year we've delivered the NVW campaign in partnership with Investors Group, Canada's corporate leader in volunteer recognition.

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Museum Expansion Gala
Bomber Command Museum of Canada
Saturday, May 9, 2015
5:30 pm to 10:00 pm (MDT)
Nanton, AB

Please have a look at our expansion plans, plan on attending our Museum Expansion Gala, and support the project by bidding on some fantastic items such as a two-hour flight in an L39 Albatros Jet!

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Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame to induct 4 new members and honour a Belt of Orion recipient
Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame
Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame (CAHF) will induct four new members at its 42nd annual gala dinner and ceremony to be held Thursday, June 4, 2015, at the Skyservice hangar in Toronto, ON, at the Toronto Pearson International Airport. The annual black-tie event is a highlight in Canadian aviation celebration and draws attendance from across Canada.

The new members are:
Arthur Roy Brown, DSC: WWI pilot and combat leader
James Stuart "Jim" McBride: aviation entrepreneur
George Miller, CD: leader of the Snowbirds aerobatic team, 1973
Owen Bartley "O.B." Philp C.M., DFC, CD: a military pilot and driving spirit behind the formation of Canada's Aerial Demonstration Squadron — the Snowbirds.
AeroVelo Inc. — Belt of Orion Award for Excellence.

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RCAF Airwomen's 12th Reunion
RCAF Airwomen
June 5-7, 2015
The Coast High Country Inn
4051 4th Avenue, Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 1H1

Hello ladies,
Your 12th Reunion Committee is hard at work finalizing plans for our reunion at The Coast High Country Inn in Whitehorse, YK.

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1 Air Division (Europe) Reunion 2015!
1 Air Div Reunion 2015 Committee
Registration is now open for the 1 Air Division (Europe) Reunion 2015 at the beautiful Tigh-Na-Mara Resort in Parksville, B.C., on Oct. 30-31, 2015!

Come and celebrate with us at a destination reunion on Vancouver Island! Former 1 Air Division personnel and their children are welcome.

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