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    Naval Flight Officers’ Unmanned Future

    Looking at the numbers from about 8 months ago, pilots were staffed at ~86% PML, ACSOs at ~92% and AESOps at ~82%. The shortage of pilots may not be seen at the Wing level, but it is certainly felt in HQs where those positions are sacrificed to staff tactical unit positions. As an example, AF...
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    Naval Flight Officers’ Unmanned Future

    The pilot (Wings Standards) QS is broad and some elements could be tailored/reduced to account for a UA Pilot occupation however, I would argue that all aspects of the QS are still relevant to all CAF pilots (Plan, Pre/Post Flight, Ground Handing, Take off, Landing, Clearhood, Formation, Nav...
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    Naval Flight Officers’ Unmanned Future

    I have said that in the long term, both trades will likely merge but keep reading what you want to read. Change takes time. Until we are allowed to fly big UAS in foreign non-segregated airspace with non-pilots, there isn’t much we can do. But I am not sure how you envison both the ACSO and...
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    Naval Flight Officers’ Unmanned Future

    Sure, in the long term, when all aircraft are uncrewed, both trades will likely become one. I the short and medium term, this is not realistic. There are reasons why pilots were not selected to be ACSOs and vice versa and with crewed platforms, we can’t change that paradigm.
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    Canadian Federal Election 44 - Sep 2021

    But when « life sucks » for most average people, that’s when intervention is required.
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    Naval Flight Officers’ Unmanned Future

    I never suggested that all UAS require pilots at the helm but rather, those subjected to Airworthiness Processes. Class 1 UAS (like the one pictured) can be operated, in the CAF, by anyone with a Basic and/or Advanced UAS Operator course. Our regulations are very much in line with what TCCA...
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    Naval Flight Officers’ Unmanned Future

    I am not slinging mud, merely suggesting a way forward (which is being considered btw). If we want to make it work within the existing structures, it will have to pilots flying UAS subjected to the Airworthiness processes, as other nations do not recognize non-pilots as UAS operators.
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    Naval Flight Officers’ Unmanned Future

    Ah yes, we all know that managing the systems with one person is much easier than with a crew. Flying the Hornet is fairly easy. Managing its systems while flying is not. Not saying one is more difficult than the other but slinging mud won’t get the discussion very far…
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    Naval Flight Officers’ Unmanned Future

    Well, where you work is not representative is the occupational health of those trades overall.
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    Naval Flight Officers’ Unmanned Future

    We created the Air Ops trade which arguably doesn’t fix any issues: it merely shifted the problem somewhere else, at least in the short to medium term. From a qualifications point of view, a new trade is the way to go, or using pilots, which we do not have enough of. Using ACSOs won’t work as...
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    Canadian Federal Election 44 - Sep 2021

    How much has Canada’s military actually deterred the enemy? Deterrence, in our case, is achieved through our alliances. Also, given that since 1812, there hasn’t been a persistent, credible threat to Canada (or at least perceived), there is no interest, politically, to do more than the minimum...
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    Naval Flight Officers’ Unmanned Future

    And why would that be?
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    SHOES FOR OFFICERS AND CWO

    Oxford Shoes? Parades? What is this weird vocabulary?
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    Opportunity to update the CC-150 fleet?

    They sometimes do that to support Bagotville. For supporting transits to/from Cold Lake, they will often launch from Trenton and meet the fighters somewhere close to Winnipeg for the transit, until a point where they have enough gas to make it to destination. The tanker then returns to Trenton.
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    Naval Flight Officers’ Unmanned Future

    Not sure what level of blending you’re looking for but until you have no more crewed aircraft, that is not feasible. There are selection standards for pilots that are different than ACSOs and vice versa. Fully training ACSOs as pilots and vice versa would only create issues. What I think we...
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