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Independent report: Extending life of CF-18s to 2025 to cost about $400 million
Brandon Sun
A long-awaited market analysis into which fighter jet could replace the CF-18s tells the Harper government it can postpone a decision and keep flying the current fleet until 2025, but it will cost roughly $400 million. The report by a panel of independent experts, part of a package of documents put before the federal cabinet last summer, warns that the aging jets should not be flown much past that date because that would pose an unacceptable, costly risk.
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Conservative government looks at purchasing another C-17 transport aircraft for the RCAF
Ottawa Citizen
The Royal Canadian Air Force is looking to add another C-17 strategic transport aircraft to its flight-line. The move to buy another Globemaster has been underway for several months now and has the support of the Conservative government, sources told Defence Watch. CTV News is reporting on the deal, noting that the price tag for transport plane will be $1.7 billion.
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New fighter jet options mean Ottawa could avoid buying F-35s
The Globe and Mail
A new report prepared for Ottawa on options for new fighter jets gives the government an excuse to avoid buying the F-35 if it chooses. Analysis undertaken by the Department of National Defence found that it's "highly unlikely" Canada would find itself participating in first-strike conflict with other countries that have sophisticated air defence systems — a scenario where the Lockheed Martin F-35's vaunted stealth capabilities and other features might be most useful.
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Aviation Hall of Fame welcomes Langley Snowbird
Langley Advance
A man with a passion for flying who has made a huge commitment to the aviation industry and the community has been named to Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame. The honour is being bestowed upon George Miller, a retired Royal Canadian Air Force colonel, Team Leader of the Canadian Snowbirds Aerial Demonstration Team in the 1960s, and Team Leader of the Fraser Blues Formation Team, which is renowned for its numerous local Remembrance Day fly-pasts.
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The key to winning a dog-fight? Focus
The Globe and Mail
On May 10, 1972, Bill Driscoll was flying his 170th combat mission over North Vietnam, a radar intercept officer in the back seat of an U.S. F-4 Phantom jet fighter. He and his crew were providing cover near the Gulf of Tonkin for 18 essentially defenceless aircraft and things were going smoothly — too smoothly, as it turned out.

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RCAF Brigadier General to discuss Canada's plans to buy a flight trainer for the F-35
Ottawa Citizen
Brigadier General Phil Garbutt, Director Force Development for the Royal Canadian Air Force, will be a keynote speaker at the Military Flight Training conference in London, England next March. It's not unusual for Canadian military officers to speak at such conferences and this one is higher profile in the training community. But what's interesting here is what Garbutt will be talking about.

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Restored F86 Sabre fighter jet to be re-dedicated in the new year
Sarnia Observer
Sarnia's golden tribute to the air force is back at Germain Park. Volunteers who've been working to restore the F86 Sabre fighter jet since early 2013 were recently preparing it to go back to its resting place on a park pedestal. Plans are to have it back on its Germain Park perch, said John Stewart, president of the Air Force Association of Canada's 403 wing.

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Avro Anson L7056 recovery
WarbirdsNews
Back in June, WarbirdsNews published a story concerning the discovery in late 2013 of four missing airmen and their wrecked Avro Anson Mk.I in British Columbia, Canada. Anson L7056 was stationed at 32 (OTU) Patricia Bay and disappeared during a training mission over Vancouver Island on Oct. 30, 1942. The deceased airmen included RCAF Sgt.William Baird and RAF Pilot Officer Charles Fox, Pilot Officer Anthony Lawrence, and Sgt. Robert Luckock.
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CAE flight simulator to train Polish Air Force pilots for C295 transport planes
Canadian Business
CAE has received $115 million worth of contracts for training equipment and services from military customers in Poland and elsewhere. The Montreal-based company will design and build a full flight simulator for the Polish Air Force, to be delivered in 2017, to train crews for C295 transport planes. The contract was awarded by Airbus Defence and Space, which makes the twin-engine, propeller-driven planes.
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Pentagon selects Italy and Turkey for F-35 maintenance in Europe
Airforce Technology
The U.S. Department of Defense has announced the European locations for heavy engine and air frame maintenance, repair, overhaul and upgrade (MRO&U) of the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter aircraft. Based on the data collected from European partners and their industries that was compiled and analyzed by the F-35 Joint Program Office, Italy was selected to provide F-35 initial airframe MRO&U capability, while Turkey was chosen to provide engine heavy maintenance by 2018.
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Industry executive: China's stealth fighter could 'take down' foreign rival
Reuters
China's new stealth fighter could certainly "take down" its opponent in the sky, the president of China's top aircraft maker said recently, referring to its U.S.-made counterpart. Lin Zuoming, president of Aviation Industry Corp of China, which developed the J-31 stealth fighter, made the remarks in an interview on state broadcaster China Central Television. "When it takes to the sky, it can definitely take it down," he said, in a reference to the U.S.-made F-35. "That's a certainty."
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Second World War Tribute Request
Veterans Affairs Canada
To mark the 75th anniversary of Canada's engagement in the Second World War, beginning September 10, 2014, living Canadian Veterans of the Second World War may request a special commemorative lapel pin and certificate of recognition.
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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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National Volunteer Week 2015 theme: 'Volunteers are part of the ripple effect'
Volunteer Canada
A volunteer action is like a stone thrown in a lake: its effect has a direct impact. At the same time, like ripples, volunteer efforts reach out far and wide to improve communities. Undeniably, volunteers rock.

National Volunteer Week is a time to recognize, celebrate and thank Canada's 13.3 million volunteers. NVW 2015 takes place April 12-18. It marks the 12th consecutive year we've delivered the NVW campaign in partnership with Investors Group, Canada's corporate leader in volunteer recognition.

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Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame to induct 4 new members and honour a Belt of Orion recipient
Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame
Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame (CAHF) will induct four new members at its 42nd annual gala dinner and ceremony to be held Thursday, June 4th, 2015, at the Ontario Science Centre, in Toronto.

The new members are:
Arthur Roy Brown, DSC: WWI pilot and combat leader
James Stuart "Jim" McBride: aviation entrepreneur
George Miller, CD: leader of the Snowbirds aerobatic team, 1973
Owen Bartley "O.B." Philp C.M., DFC, CD: a military pilot and driving spirit behind the formation of Canada's Aerial Demonstration Squadron — the Snowbirds.
AeroVelo Inc. — Belt of Orion Award for Excellence.

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RCAF Airwomen's 12th Reunion
RCAF Airwomen
June 5-7, 2015
The Coast High Country Inn
4051 4th Avenue, Whitehorse, Yukon. Y1A 1H1

Hello ladies,
Your 12th Reunion Committee is hard at work finalizing plans for our reunion at The Coast High Country Inn in Whitehorse, YK.

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