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Replacement for Aurora surveillance aircraft deemed unaffordable
Canada.com
Canada's air force concluded almost two years ago that the Conservative government’s plan to buy new maritime surveillance aircraft was unaffordable, leaving it little choice but to upgrade the existing fleet of 30-year-old Aurora surveillance planes, according to documents obtained by the Citizen. Defence Minister Rob Nicholson announced that four additional Auroras would be structurally overhauled and modernized, and that additional improvements would be made to another 10.
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Far removed from reality
Ottawa Citizen
Charles Nixon's assertion that Canada does not need to replace its fleet of CF-18 aircraft is so far removed from reality that one hardly knows where to begin. For example, it is ludicrous to suggest that any aerial vehicle (a Cessna, perhaps?) bearing an official logo, buttressed by a diplomatic response, is all Canada needs to ensure its sovereignty.
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Royal Canadian Air Force 90th anniversary tribute
Edmonton Journal
The Alberta Aviation Museum unveils a special temporary exhibit as a tribute to the 90th anniversary of the Royal Canadian Air Force. Executive director Tom Kinderks talks about the significant role that the RCAF has played in Alberta aviation history while retired Brig.-Gen. Bill Buckham talks about the men and women that were part of this rich history.
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Canada doesn't need fighter-capable aircraft
Ottawa Citizen
Canada does not need to replace the CF-18s with fighter-capable aircraft. The CF-18s, modernized and in storage, be surveyed with the objective of extending their life a few years. The interval so provided would allow time to conduct a thorough assessment of the global state and trend in affairs relevant to Canada’s defence planning.
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Replacement for Aurora surveillance aircraft deemed unaffordable
Canada.com
Canada's air force concluded almost two years ago that the Conservative government’s plan to buy new maritime surveillance aircraft was unaffordable, leaving it little choice but to upgrade the existing fleet of 30-year-old Aurora surveillance planes, according to documents obtained by the Citizen.

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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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RCAF: Hiring an advisor to deal with honorary colonels a necessity
Ottawa Citizen
Canada's air force is looking to hire a retired senior officer to deal with honorary colonels such as Guy Lafleur and singer Sass Jordan. Such a group of high-profile public figures, which also includes businessmen and senators, expect to liaise with a senior official, explained RCAF spokesman Capt. Jean-François Lambert. He also noted awarding the job to a retired officer is a tradition that has been going since the 1990s.
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Canadian pilot helps in search for lost Malaysian Airlines jetliner
CTV News
As he strides across the tarmac at the Australian air force base that's launching search efforts for the missing Malaysian Airlines jetliner, the Canadian flag on Capt. Mike MacSween's left arm stands out against his army-green flight suit. The Royal Canadian Air Force pilot, on exchange with the Royal Australian Air Force for the last year and a half, is one Canuck playing a part in the massive effort to find any debris from the plane that vanished.
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432 Algoma Wing
RCAF
RCAF is pleased to be hosting the 65th Ontario AGM in Sault Ste. Marie. Follow the link below for registration forms, conference location, and other details. We look forward to seeing you on 16 May 2014.
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Join us at CANSEC 2014
CANSEC
CANSEC is Canada's premier defence technology showcase. This year's show will feature 120,000 square feet of indoor exhibits as well as outdoor displays. Showcasing leading-edge technology, products and services, CANSEC is a must for Industry and government agencies and departments with an interest in defence, national security and public safety. You simply don’t want to miss this show!
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Call for abstracts
Forum 2014
The Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research (CIMVHR) announces its 5th annual research Forum, the foremost national conference focused on research related to the health needs of military personnel, Veterans and their families. Forum 2014 is the premiere event of its kind in Canada and offers the unique opportunity to link with researchers, clinicians, military personnel, Veterans, government, industry and numerous other stakeholders and caring Canadians.
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CDA Institute 17th Annual Graduate Student Symposium
CDA
The Conference of Defence Associations Institute (CDA Institute) will hold its 17th Annual Graduate Student Symposium on 16-17 October 2014 at the Royal Military College of Canada, in Kingston, ON. This impressive and well-attended Symposium is held in partnership with the Royal Military College of Canada and is sponsored by Bombardier, and supported by the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute and the Royal Canadian Military Institute.
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Sea Air Space 2014
International Trade Mission
Dear CADSI Member, Register today to showcase your products and solutions at the largest maritime exhibition in the U.S. The Navy League's Sea-Air-Space Exposition will take place in Maryland, U.S. and it will bring together the U.S. defence industrial base, private-sector companies and key military decision makers in a dynamic, innovative and educational atmosphere.
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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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