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RCAF's new bird reaches its nest
Belleville Intelligencer
There is a brand new workhorse in the Royal Canadian Air Force's hangar of strategic airlifting capabilities. Canada's fifth Boeing-manufactured C-17 Globemaster landed at Canada's largest air base recently. Using existing defence budgets, the new cargo aircraft comes at an estimated $415 million price tag, in addition to 12 years of integrated in-service support valued at $30 million.
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RCAF to equip Chinook Fleet with Northrop's latest generation DIRCM system
Airforce Technology
Northrop Grumman has been selected to supply infrared missile protection systems to the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF). The company will provide its latest generation directional infrared counter-measures (DIRCM) system to help safeguard the RCAF's fleet of CH-147F Chinook helicopters. Northrop Grumman infrared counter-measures vice-president Carl Smith said: "Battle-tested in the harshest conditions and in use around the world, Northrop Grumman's infrared counter-measure systems have been protecting war-fighters for more than 50 years."
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RCAF focused on dealing with air defences in Syria in preparation for bombing campaign
Ottawa Citizen
How to avoid missile batteries and navigate defensive radar systems in Syria are among the issues preoccupying military planners as Parliament debates the merits of expanding and extending Canada's Middle East mission, writes Murray Brewster of the Canadian Press. So far, the debate among MPs has revolved around the need for a broader military mission in Iraq and the legality of extending air strikes to include that country's troubled neighbour.
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Tender call issued for military search planes
Metro News
The Harper government has issued a long-awaited call for tenders to replace Canada's aging fixed-wing search planes, more than a decade after the project was first proposed. The Public Works secretariat overseeing the program is asking the defence industry not only for aircraft, but also a capability-based solution, which means would-be contractors can propose details such as where the planes should be based.
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Whidbey SAR trains with RCAF
Kitsap Sun
Naval Air Station Whidbey Island's Search and Rescue (SAR) unit performed a biannual joint training exercise with the Royal Canadian Air Force's (RCAF) 443 Maritime Helicopter Squadron recently. SAR trains with RCAF to better understand their techniques in the likely event that they work together on a mission. "You have to prepare for things that are going to happen to you in real life rescues," said SAR swimmer, Naval Aircrewman 2nd Class Adam Trump.
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National soaring competition coming to district
Mountain View Gazette
The Central Alberta Gliding Club will be hosting the 2015 National Soaring Competition, officials announced recently. The 30-member club will host the competition at the Olds-Netook airfield, with competitors vying for prizes and chances to qualify for the world championships. The competition will involve a variety of classes of glider aircraft, with competitors judged on criteria such as distance flown, times and speeds. Half a dozen tow aircraft will be used in the competition.
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Brazilian aircraft maker Embraer's decision to target regional jet market pays off
National Post
The battle for global regional jet supremacy is over. Embraer, the feisty Brazilian aircraft maker, has won a huge victory worth tens of billions of dollars, crushing Bombardier, its beleaguered Canadian rival. Since Embraer began producing E-Jets in 2004, it has received 1,500 orders from about 60 airlines in 48 countries. With top-sellers E175, E190 and E195, it has captured 62 per cent of the regional jet market and is now consolidating that lead by spending $1.7 billion to develop three more fuel-efficient variants of the E-Jet-E2.
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Air Force: We must invent the future
Defense One
During his remarks at a U.S. Air Force Academy commencement in June 1963, President John F. Kennedy said, "For some of you will travel where no man has ever traveled before. Some of you will fly the fastest planes that have ever been built, reach the highest altitudes that man has ever gone to, and lift the heaviest payloads of any aviator in history. Some of you will hold in your hands the most awesome destructive power which any nation or any man has conceived."
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MPs told ISIS mission will take more than 1 year
Global News
The training of Kurdish peshmerga fighters has been a slow undertaking that could mean Canada's mission in Iraq and Syria will take more than a year, The Canadian Press has learned. That was the message officials from the Canadian Forces and Foreign Affairs delivered behind closed doors recently to the main critics of the New Democrats and the Liberals.

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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.

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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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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 Division 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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2016 #1 Air Division Cruise Reunion

There is going to be a 2016 #1 Air Division Cruise Reunion, open to all who served in Europe from 1950 to 1991.

You can access the information at our webpage.

You can contact Gary Arnold, retired military, at 604-226-6894 or 1-800-661-3770.

You may also contact Christine Eden.

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