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As you know, RCAF 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 this 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.


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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American navy drone wanders into Canadian airspace off Nova Scotia
CBC News
An American navy drone wandered into Canadian-controlled airspace off the coast of Nova Scotia. It was over the ocean when it crossed into the Canadian zone about 230 kilometres southwest of Yarmouth. The U.S. navy's Global Hawk drones have a wingspan of nearly 40 metres, wider than a Boeing 737.
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NORAD launches northern flight training exercise
Nunatisiaq Online
If you hate airplane noise and live in Iqaluit, get ready to use your ear plugs. The North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD, has launched a training exercise around Canada's North. Iqaluit is one of the deployment spots for Royal Canadian Air Force aircraft, along with Inuvik and Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories, and Goose Bay in Newfoundland and Labrador.
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Report on F-35 rivals now complete, cabinet to decide on open competition
The Province
The ball is now firmly in the Harper government's court when it comes to deciding whether to stick with the oft-maligned F-35 fighter jet program. After almost 18 months of exhaustive research and analysis, a key report that will determine whether there will be an open competition to replace the air force's aging CF-18s has been completed, the public works minister said.
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Air force researchers test Google Glass for battlefield use
USAF
Whether trying to coordinate multiple aircraft in a three-dimensional battlespace, calling in precise close air support or evacuating personnel caught behind enemy lines – effective multitasking is at the heart of the mission for Air Force special operators. Researchers with the 711th Human Performance Wing at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, OH, are now working to make missions lighter and faster for Airmen by testing Google Glass and its head-mounted optical see-through display technology, for potential battlefield use.
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