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As you know, the RCAF Association delivers RCAF Association News direct to your inbox each Friday, briefing you on the latest industry news that impacts your practice. But we know you are busy and may have missed an important article or two. To that end, here's your monthly recap of the top five stories your peers accessed last month. For more articles, or to see what's trending now, visit the RCAF Association News portal. To unsubscribe from this monthly recap, click here.


Snowbirds date set for Valley training
Comox Valley Record
The Canadian Forces Snowbirds will, once again, grace the skies over the Comox Valley in preparation for their 2015 air show season this spring. The Snowbirds' Spring Training Camp is an annual event that affords the team the opportunity to practice flying over water, mountains and diverse terrain away from its operational home base of Moose Jaw, SK.
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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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Pilots, fuzzy procedures blamed for RCAF crash in Afghanistan 4 years ago
CTV News
A helicopter crash that seriously injured a soldier and forced a halt to one of Canada's last combat missions in Afghanistan was the result of pilot error and fuzzy procedures, a long-awaited report concludes. The crash on landing in 2011 in a remote part of Panjwaii district destroyed the $45 million Chinook and left eight others with minor injuries, according to the report released recently.
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Avro Lancaster KB882 has a new home
Warbirds News
As Warbirds News reported previously, the combat veteran Avro Lancaster KB882, which has long been on outside display in Edmundston, NB, was set to move to a new home. The local town council, which owns the former RCAF bomber, had come to the sad conclusion that they no longer had the means to care for the rare aircraft in its deteriorating state, and decided they had to pass the torch to another group, even if that meant that KB882 had to leave its home in the maritimes.
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New simulation strategy sets road-map for RCAF future
Royal Canadian Air Force
The Royal Canadian Air Force is at a crossroads. The current training system, which relies heavily on the use of real aircraft, is becoming more and more unaffordable. At the same time, the ability to train by using advanced simulation continues to improve. Therefore, the RCAF will transform its training system from one that relies on aircraft to one that exploits new technologies to train aviators in a simulation-focused system that creates, in effect, a "virtual battlespace."
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