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Air force brass say air-to-air refuelling critical for next fighter, F-35 incompatible with current systems
Canada.com
Military brass warned Defence Minister Peter MacKay that being able to refuel Canadian fighter jets in mid-air is critical to the defence of Canada, and should be closely linked to the purchase of any new warplane. That may have significant bearing on whether the government chooses the F-35 as Canada's next fighter because the stealth jet is incompatible with the Royal Canadian Air Force’s current air-to-air refuelling fleet.
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Larger reserve force, maritime patrols part of DND plan for Goose Bay
Ottawa Citizen
The Canadian Forces will increase the size of its reserve force in Goose Bay, try to improve its chances to attract foreign training, and hire a contractor to conduct maritime surveillance patrols as it tries to meet the Conservative government's election promises for the base, according to documents obtained by the Citizen. But the initiatives fall far short of those originally planned by Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
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Harper's appointment of Walter Natynczyk to Canadian Space Agency raises eyebrows
National Post
Prime Minister Stephen Harper has appointed the country's former top soldier to head the Canadian Space Agency in a surprise move that has raised questions about whether the civilian program is about to be militarized. Harper announced that former chief of defence staff Walter Natynczyk will become president of the Montreal-based space agency.
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RCAF pilot assigned to protect skies over Washington
Ottawa Citizen
It seems unbelievable that a small-town kid from Clinton, ON, would end up being the first Royal Canadian Air Force pilot assigned to protect the skies over Washington, D.C. But for effery M. Powell, a 13-year RCAF aviator, that is exactly what has happened.
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Canada welcomes International Forces to exercise Maple Flag 46
Market Wire
Aircrews from Canada's allies and partners will fly alongside the Royal Canadian Air Force in Exercise Maple Flag 46. This large-scale, international air combat exercise is hosted annually at 4 Wing Cold Lake. "Exercises such as Maple Flag make an enormous contribution to improving the interoperability between the Royal Canadian Air Force and the armed forces of partner nations," said the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence.
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Air force brass say air-to-air refuelling critical for next fighter, F-35 incompatible with current systems
Canada.com
Military brass warned Defence Minister Peter MacKay in September that being able to refuel Canadian fighter jets in mid-air is critical to the defence of Canada, and should be closely linked to the purchase of any new warplane.

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Air force base opens doors to the public
The Digby County Courier
Static displays and aerial displays will demonstrate Royal Canadian Air Force capabilities in the areas of air mobility, long range patrol and search and rescue. Additionally, the Air Force's aerobatic capabilities will be displayed as the Canadian Armed Forces Snowbirds.

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Pilot completes first F-35 vertical landing for Royal Air Force
Canadian Skies
Squadron Leader Jim Schofield recently became the first Royal Air Force pilot to complete a vertical landing of a Lockheed Martin [LMT] F-35B short takeoff and vertical landing (STOVL) Lightning II.

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CCTT National Technology Conference
CCTT
The Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists (CCTT) invites you to the National Technology Conference in Winnipeg, Manitoba, September 26-28, 2013. The National Technology Conference will bring together business leaders, educators and skilled technicians from across all sectors in order to ensure that the workforce of the future is ready for the challenges that lie ahead. More details can be found at cctt.ca or by contacting CCTT at 1-800-891-1140 ext 224 or visiting http://www.cctt.ca/home.asp?lang=1.

EVENT NAME: CCTT National Technology Conference
DATES: September 26-28, 2013
LOCATION: Winnipeg, Manitoba
WEBSITE: http://www.cctt.ca
CONTACT: Issy LeBlond
EMAIL: ileblond@cctt.ca
TEL: 1-800-891-1140 ext 224

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OP HUSKY AND THE RCAF
RCAF
On July 10th 1943, Canadian soldiers landed at Pachino, Sicily, marking the beginning of the Sicilian Campaign. While this campaign is little known, "Operation Husky" represented the first independent role for Canadian soldiers in the Second World War. They fought with courage and knocked the pins out of the German defences in Sicily. Their success came at a cost of over 560 men in honour of those who fought and those who fell. We are organizing a memorial capaign for the operation's 70th anniversary. Our campaign begins on the beaches of Pachino on July 10th, 2013 and features two main ceremonies.
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The Goldfish Club
The Goldfish Club
The 2013 reunion of The Goldfish Club will be held 13-14 September 2013, at the Gleneagles Hotel, Torquay, Devon, U.K. Dinner, Bed & Breakfast are included for the Friday events, and Bed & Breakfast are included for the Saturday events, within the total registration cost which organizers sincerely hope should not exceed £400. Please note the amount is in british pounds sterling. The reunion dinner and dance will be held at the Britannia Naval College, in Dartmouth. The committee continues to work actively to secure corporate sponsors, thus seeking to lower the cost for everyone.
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