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'A proud moment' for 450 tactical helicopter squadron
Ottawa Citizen
Recently, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada David Johnston, on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada, returned 450 Squadron's colour — its squadron standard — to Lieutenant-Colonel Townsend and all members of the squadron at the squadron's new hangar at Canadian Forces Base, Petawawa, ON.
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MacDonald, Dettwiler signs national defence deal for 8 radar systems
The Prince George Citizen
MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates has signed a $64 million contract with the Department of National Defence to deliver eight radar surveillance systems. The technology will be integrated into Canada's fleet of CP-140 Aurora maritime patrol aircraft that's used by the Royal Canadian Air Force. The radar surveillance system uses high-resolution imaging to detect, locate and classify vehicles and ships.
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Afghanistan War veteran proud of Canada's mission
Hinton Parklander
An Afghanistan War veteran from Hinton, AB is proud to have served in that conflict, and believes life is better for Afghanis because of the Canadian Forces' accomplishments. The end of Canada's mission in the Afghanistan War was marked recently with flags in front of government buildings and schools flying at half-staff. Wolfgang Brettner, who graduated from Harry Collinge High School in 2001, served an eight-month tour of duty in 2009–2010 as an infantry corporal.
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Canadian company brings robotic aviation to the commercial market
North Shore News
A Canadian company is set to take robotic aviation by storm. ING Robotic Aviation, an Ottawa-based company that builds and supplies unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs, is now turning its attention to the commercial market. The company debuted one of its aircrafts at Mosquito Creek in North Vancouver last fall.
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'A proud moment' for 450 tactical helicopter squadron
Ottawa Citizen
Recently, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada David Johnston, on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada, returned 450 Squadron's colour — its squadron standard — to Lieutenant-Colonel Townsend and all members of the squadron at the squadron's new hangar at Canadian Forces Base, Petawawa, ON.

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Royal Canadian Air Force rewrites rules after fatal Arctic rescue
Global News
The Royal Canadian Air Force is considering a rewrite of its rules for high-risk search-and-rescue missions following the investigation of a dramatic Arctic rescue. "Appropriate regulations would serve to restrict operations when the risk is pre-determined to be too high," says the final report into the mission.

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F-35's French rival pitches 'Canadianized' fighter jet
CBC News
Dassault Aviation of France is making an aggressive bid to sideline the F-35 and to sell its own jet fighter to Canada, offering to transfer technology, create jobs and share billions of dollars in business if Canada buys its Rafale fighter to replace its outdated fleet of CF-18s. Dassault leads the French consortium that makes the twin-engined Rafale for the French air force.

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Philippines to buy Canadian helicopters as it bolsters its military forces
Montreal Gazette
The Philippines will spend more than $100 million to buy eight Canadian-built helicopters as the country bolsters its military with new equipment, including fighter jets, to counter Chinese interests in the region. The first of the Bell 412 helicopters are to be delivered next year, said Philippines Defence Undersecretary Fernando Manalo. Manalo described the helicopters as "combat utility" aircraft, but also added that some of the choppers would be used to fly government officials.
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Troops home from Afghanistan, tour for Portraits of Honour
Waterloo Region Record
The now internationally famous Portraits of Honour, created by Cambridge, ON, artist Dave Sopha, takes off on another season of visiting Canadian cities. To help cover expenses of showing the portrait across the nation, John McCash, president of the Preston International Hockey Tournament (PIHT), presented Sopha with a cheque for $1,000. The money was raised in January and was given in recognition for having a 50-foot masterpiece containing the portraits of the 158 Canadian soldiers who lost their lives serving under NATO in Afghanistan at the tournament.
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Esquimalt history: Arthur McCurdy looked to the stars
Victoria News
Once situated at the corner of Head Street and Esquimalt Road, "Thoburn" was the home of Arthur Williams McCurdy and his family. Arthur was the father of Douglas McCurdy, who is credited with making the first flight of a powered air machine in Canada. In 1909, Douglas piloted the Silver Dart for Alexander Graham Bell in Baddeck, N.S. Considered the father of Canadian aviation, Douglas declared in 1917 that flying machines would come into commercial use at the close of the First World War.
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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
RCAF
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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