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Critics wonder what air force is giving up in new Cyclone deal
The Chronicle Herald
The New Democratic opposition and a defence expert say they want to know what sort of compromises the air force might have to swallow in order to accept its long-delayed maritime helicopters. A series of government and defence sources revealed this week that public works had struck an agreement with the U.S. manufacturer of the CH-148 Cyclone helicopters to amend the purchase contract.
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Canada to let private companies decide where search-and-rescue aircraft are based
Leader-Post
It will be up to aerospace firms vying to supply Canada with new search-and-rescue aircraft to decide where such planes are to be located — a process that raises questions about private companies deciding the country's defence policy and where military staff are located. The Department of National Defence has confirmed that bids for the $3 billion search-and-rescue aircraft project will not only include details about the planes being offered but also where they are to be based.
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F-35 decision back in government's court as air force completes major study
Montreal Gazette
The countdown on a decision over the F-35 has begun now that air force officials have completed a highly anticipated study of the controversial stealth fighter and its competitors. The Harper government accepted the "options analysis" report, officially putting the issue back in their laps after more than a year-and-a-half with the Defence Department.
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Critics wonder what air force is giving up in new Cyclone deal
The Chronicle Herald
The New Democratic opposition and a defence expert say they want to know what sort of compromises the air force might have to swallow in order to accept its long-delayed maritime helicopters. A series of government and defence sources revealed this week that public works had struck an agreement with the U.S. manufacturer of the CH-148 Cyclone helicopters to amend the purchase contract.

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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 aircraft take part in Operation SPRING FORWARD
Ottawa Citizen
Please click the read more button to view recent photos from Operation SPRING FORWARD. These photos were taken by Cpl Kevin McMillan, Canadian Forces Combat Camera.
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How survivors were rescued from an ice floe adrift in the Canadian high arctic
Calgary Herald
The day before I departed on an extreme snorkelling expedition to Nunavut, I camped out in the living room, packing and repacking my gear. Triumphant, I succeeded in reducing my kit — it covered the entire living room floor — to approximately 200 kilograms which included an arctic-rated dry suit, mask, fins and snorkel, a hydrophone to record whales' vocalizations, five layers of clothing, including a huge parka, several cameras with waterproof housings, a computer, and a suite of geological maps, the latter a must for any earth scientist.
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RCAF uses systems from Ngrain and Meggitt for small arms training
Ottawa Citizen
Maintaining small arms qualifications has always been challenging for the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) due to the limited availability of live fire ranges and trained personnel as well as Canada's often inclement weather. It was clear that improvements needed to be made in how the training was delivered and to increase the number of personnel who achieve their annual small arms qualification. The RCAF has found a solution in innovative simulation technologies.
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MoD looks at giant patrol drone to replace axed Nimrod
The Telegraph
The Ministry of Defence is considering using huge drones to patrol Britain's coastline to help replace the axed Nimrod surveillance aircraft. A military team will travel to America this summer to train for two months on the U.S. navy's Triton reconnaissance drone which has the wingspan of a small airliner and can fly at a height of 10 miles for more than 24 hours.
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Registration now open for the 25th Military History Colloquium
The Laurier Centre for Military Strategic and Disarmament Studies
The Laurier Centre for Military Strategic and Disarmament Studies and Wilfrid Laurier University are pleased to host this year's Military History Colloquium on 9-10 May 2014. The preliminary conference program is available to download here. This year's colloquium will feature a number of special plenary sessions and keynotes from speakers including Terry Copp, Tim Cook, and Mark Humphries. There will be the usual Friday night banquet, which is included in the conference registration fee.
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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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