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Ottawa: CF-18 upgrades will keep jets flying until 2025
CTV News
The Harper government says it will extend the life of its aging fleet of CF-18 fighters. The jets are an important component of Canada's defence and will be updated to keep them flying for another decade, said Johanna Quinney, a spokeswoman for Defence Minister Rob Nicholson. "We remain committed to ensuring that our brave men and women in uniform have the equipment that they need to do the work that is asked of them," Quinney said in an emailed statement.
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How the Harper government lost its way on defence spending
The Globe and Mail
A few years ago, I wrote that no government since that of Louis St. Laurent in the 1950s had done more to improve the defence of Canada than Stephen Harper's Conservatives. The St. Laurent Liberals built up the armed forces to deal with the war in Korea and with the defence of North America and western Europe in the face of Soviet expansionism. At its peak, the defence budget took more than seven per cent of Canada's Gross Domestic Product, and the army, navy, and air force had as many as 120,000 men and women in the regular forces.
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CAE to deliver training systems and services to Canadian and U.S. militaries
Air Force Technology
CAE has been awarded a series of contracts with a combined value of $115 million to provide a range of training systems and services for the Canadian and U.S. armed forces. Under the first contract, CAE USA will continue the provision of MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper remotely piloted aircraft aircrew training services and courseware development to the U.S. Air Force. The award, which is the exercise of a contract option, covers the provision of classroom, simulator and live flying instruction for more than 1,500 trainees at Holloman Air Force Base (AFB), Creech AFB, March Air Reserve Base and Hancock Air National Guard Base, U.S.
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Lasers cause eye damage to more pilots flying out of YVR
News 1130
A scary incident for pilots on a flight from Vancouver recently as both suffered eye damage after getting hit with a laser while landing in Ottawa. Sgt. Cam Kowalski is responsible for YVR as part of the Richmond detachment and says this has become a growing problem. "It is a global problem actually, numbers in the United States are through the roof and increasing in Canada." The reason is simple, he says, "it's just the availability (has gone up) and the cost has gone down. And the power has gone up."
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RCAF's 442 Transport and Rescue Squadron helps freighter crewman during medical emergency at sea
Ottawa Citizen
Crews from the Royal Canadian Air Force's 442 Transport and Rescue Squadron were called to evacuate a freighter crewman on recently 26 after he suffered a medical emergency at sea. More details follow in the news release issued by 19 Wing Comox.
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Probe of RCAF chopper crash still not complete
North Bay Nipissing News
More than three years after the crash of a military helicopter forced a halt to one of Canada's final combat missions in Afghanistan, investigators say they are nearing the end of their probe into what went wrong but still can't say when they will reveal the results. A report on the crash of the Chinook in May 2011 remains conspicuous by its absence given that information is readily available on 20 more recent incidents involving Royal Canadian Air Force aircraft.

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Canadian fighter jets intercept Russian bombers in Arctic
Yahoo!
Fighter jets intercepted two Russian bombers flying about 75 kilometres off Canada's Arctic coast recently, NORAD revealed to CBC News. Two CF-18s met the Tupolev Tu-95 long-range bombers, commonly referred to as "Bears," as they flew a course in "the western reaches" of Canada's Air Defence Identification Zone over the Beaufort Sea, said Maj. Beth Smith, spokeswoman for North American Aerospace Defence Command.

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Here are the details on the RCAF's new uniforms and ranks
Ottawa Citizen
Here are the details on the RCAF's new uniforms and ranks as outlined in the air force's news release: The Royal Canadian Air Force's (RCAF) new uniform respects the contributions and sacrifices of airmen and airwomen who served — and continue to serve — with pride and professionalism. Main aspects of the new uniform are drawn from pre-unification rank insignia maintaining the modern elements and terminology familiar to serving members.

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Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group Canada to help support RCAF C-130s
Ottawa Citizen
The AVS OWSM program is one of three contracts planned by Canada's Department of National Defence (DND) to support the RCAF's CC130 Hercules legacy transport fleet. The Primary Air Vehicle (PAV) OWSM Program, on which Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group Canada is also the engineering subcontractor, has been underway since 2006. The AVS OWSM program extends the reach for overall CC130 aircraft life-cycle management, and the contract with Cascade Aerospace will extend until 2016 with options for additional tranches.
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Fuel for Lancaster bomber's tour of U.K. rings in at $340,000
OurWindsor.ca
You think you spend a lot on gasoline? Well, some figures are in, and the recently completed seven-week tour of the United Kingdom by Hamilton's Lancaster burned a whopping $340,000 worth of fuel. Officials from the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum knew the bomber nicknamed Vera would use a lot of petrol, but a tough headwind on the second leg of the return trip made things even worse than they predicted.
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Saskatchewan-born WWII pilot remembered in France
News Talk 980 CJME
The story of a Second World War pilot started on a Saskatchewan wheat farm and ended in a wheat field in France. Don Beerbower spent his very early years on a farm near Kenaston before moving to Hill City, Minnesota with his family because of drought. By 1944, 22-year-old Beerbower was squadron commander and an accomplished pilot, known as a triple ace, having shot down more than 15 German planes.
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More than a decade after first F-22 delivered to U.S. military, fighter jet sees first combat
Times Colonist
Envisioned in the 1990s as crucial to U.S. military superiority in the next century, the sleek, radar-evading F-22 Raptor has finally seen its first combat. Never used in Afghanistan or Iraq, the Air Force's newest fighter jet made its combat debut recently, taking part in the second wave of air strikes over Syria, according to the Pentagon. Here are five things to know about the F-22.
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Emirates' first female fighter pilot led mission in Syria
Hamilton Spectator
When fighter jets from the United Arab Emirates took part in air strikes against the Islamic State recently, the mission was led by a woman, the country's ambassador to the United States said. The pilot, Major Mariam Al Mansouri, was among the first women to graduate from the Emirates' air force academy after it began to admit women, and became the nation's first female fighter pilot. "She is a fully qualified, highly trained, combat-ready pilot, and she led the mission," the ambassador, Yousef Al Otaiba, said on the MSNBC program, Morning Joe.
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50th Anniversary Celebration of the CT-114 Tutor — Moose Jaw, SK — October 3-4, 2014
RCAF
The Tutor aircraft was produced in 1963 and entered service in 1964. Join us in celebrating this historic aircraft's 50th year of continuous service. For 50 years, the CT-114 Tutor has been a key part of training Canadian and international pilots, while also serving as an air show-capable aircraft of superb quality. This year, we honour this iconic Canadian aircraft, and celebrate its continuing history. To do so, we have planned a weekend of festivities, events, and social gatherings in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan from October 3-4, 2014. As members of the RCAF Association, and stakeholders in support of our great organization, we hope that you might help us get the word out, to ensure everyone interested in participating in this once-in-a-lifetime reunion will know of it. Please visit the website to learn more. Thank you for being a part of our communication effort. Per Ardua Ad Astra.
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Spitfire Dance
RCAF
October 23-26, 2014 — Barney Danson Theatre — Canadian War Museum

In a world of war-time aviation dominated by men... Women had other ideas. Spitfire Dance tells the stories of pioneer female aviators — their courage, their daring and their frustrations. They were the women who dared compete in that most male of establishments: aviation.

Written and directed by Clint Ward. Starring Karen Cromar, Glen Bowser and Brian Jackson (Music Director).

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Canadian Aerospace Summit announces first program confirmations
Aerospace Industries Association of Canada
The Summit program will feature industry experts on technology, skills, advanced manufacturing, space, and more.

Themed "One World: Delivering Results in a Global Market," the 2014 Canadian Aerospace Summit's conference program will include:

Barry Kohler, President and CEO, Bell Helicopter Textron Canada
Perrin Beatty, President, Canadian Chamber of Commerce
Jayson Meyers, President and CEO, Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (CME)
• Space panel with senior representatives from NASA and CSA
• Global aerospace trends panel with international industry experts, moderated by Joe Anselmo, Editor-in-Chief, Aviation Week
• Major platform presentations with senior representatives of major global OEMs, including Debbie Rub, Vice President and Global Manager, Global Strike, Boeing.

Register now!

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Call for Papers: AERO 2015 Conference
Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute
AERO 2015 Conference will be held in beautiful Montréal QC, Canada's largest aerospace hub and home to Bombardier, Bell-Helicopter-Textron, Pratt & Whitney and more. The venue will be at the Delta Hotel on President Kennedy Avenue from Tuesday April 21 through Thursday April 23.

Also part of AERO 2015 will be the Women in Aerospace Reception on Tuesday, the Talent Meets Market Student Breakfast on Wednesday, the Senior Awards Reception and Gala Dinner on Wednesday evening, and the Turnbull Lecture Luncheon on Thursday.

Call for Papers:
Initial abstracts: January 21, 2015
Notification of abstract acceptance: February 4, 2015
Full papers/extended abstracts: April 21, 2015

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