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RCAF commander issues statement — CF-18s can do the Iraq mission
Ottawa Citizen
Here is the statement from Lt.-Gen. Yvan Blondin: "As the Commander of the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) and CF-18 pilot, I wish to dispel any questions pertaining to the relevance of the CF-18. I am completely confident in the ability of the aircraft and personnel to extend Canadian air power anywhere in the world, such as in support of the current air operations underway in Iraq."
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Windsor to commemorate 90th anniversary of RCAF
Windsor Star
The public is invited to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Royal Canadian Air Force October 23rd and 25th at the Windsor airport. The Passing the Torch Committee in partnership with the Canadian Historical Aircraft Association is honoring those who served the Royal Canadian Air Force during two free open houses that include tours, exhibits and a concert.
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Canada sending fighter jets to Iraq for 6-month mission
Toronto Star
Canadian fighter pilots will be in combat for the second time in three years after Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced CF-18 jets are being dispatched to the region to battle Islamic State militants. Political lines were quickly drawn over the planned six-month mission, with the New Democrats and Liberals telling the Commons in a dramatic stand-off that they would oppose the military operation when MPs debate and vote on it.
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Canada's Hornet upgrade delays new fighters
Aviation Week
Canada's conservative government, which has spent four years pushing for a non-competitive purchase of the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, announced at the end of September it would delay retirement of the Royal Canadian Air Force's Boeing CF-18A/B Hornets for up to five years, until 2025. Canada will, however, continue to support JSF. With an election due next year, Prime Minister Stephen Harper appears to have passed the Next-Generation Fighter Capability decision to the next administration, after reports in June that the announcement of a JSF buy was imminent.
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Why aren't air strikes stopping Isil's advance?
The Telegraph
Air strikes are an easy option for politicians to turn to, but they are not all powerful. Rather they have their strengths and limitations just like any other military tool. In the case of the current strikes against Isil, the efficacy depends significantly on how they are employed, against whom, and in what context.

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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.

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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.

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Canadian ISIS attacks will operate out of a Kuwait airfield... But the planes won't get there for at least a week
National Post
Canadian warplanes that are to bomb targets in Iraq held by the Islamic State of Iraq & Al-Sham (ISIS) will operate from an airfield in Kuwait. However, it will be at least one week and perhaps not until near the end of October before six Canadian CF-18 Hornets from CFB Cold Lake are launched from the tiny Persian Gulf emirate, only 400 kilometres from territory held by ISIS, the ultra-radical jihadists who now rule large swaths of Iraq and Syria.
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Canada's youngest female Private Pilot
London Free Press
It was with flick of the official black pen, that Emma Redfearn from Ailsa Craig, ON became Canada's latest and youngest private pilot (male or female) on her 17th birthday recently. With it, Emma successfully completed her goal to become a third generation pilot, following in the steps of her father also a private pilot, and grand-father, an ex-RCAF fighter pilot. Her "youngest Private Pilot" status may be a short reign, ending when the next young aviator comes of age, but the accomplishment is still noteworthy.
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Midland residents asked for help by young World War II researcher
Simcoe.com
A Dutch teenager has reached out to readers of The Mirror for help contacting the family of a Midland native who died in the Second World War. John William Hugh McEachern was born in Midland in 1915 to Mr. and Mrs. Frank McEachern of Frederick Street. According to information dug up by Mike van Venrooij, 15, of the Netherlands, the family moved to Belleville when John — known as Jack to friends and family — was eight years old.
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France bestows honour on local World War II veteran
MyKawartha.com
While he admits a trip to Paris would have been swell, Bob Hull is still pretty excited about what awaits him closer to home, likely in Toronto or Ottawa. A Second World War RCAF veteran, Mr. Hull, 91, has been named, by France, a Chevalier, or Knight, of the National Order of the Legion of Honour. The honour was established in 1802 by Napoleon Bonaparte. A letter received in September by the president of 428 Wing of the Royal Canadian Air Force Association first gave notice of the honour. Now Mr. Hull is awaiting details as to the date and location of the presentation.
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Spitfire Dance
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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.

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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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