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  1. Ping Monkey

    British Army lowers minimum rank required to become helicopter pilot. Privates can now apply.

    "Personnel can now apply to become a British Army pilot at the rank of private." 👏 https://www.forces.net/news/british-army-lowers-minimum-rank-become-helicopter-pilot
  2. Ping Monkey

    RAF F-35 fighter crashes in Mediterranean

    Probe after British F-35 fighter crashes in Mediterranean: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-59323895
  3. Ping Monkey

    The US military is poisoning communities across the US with AFFF

    Oh man, this looks bad.. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/mar/25/us-military-toxic-chemicals-us-states
  4. Ping Monkey

    UAV to be tested onboard Canadian Coast Guard Vessels

    Cool to see the Coast Guard testing out some new toys. https://seapowermagazine.org/kongsberg-drone-to-be-deployed-on-canadian-coast-guard-vessels/
  5. Ping Monkey

    Hudson Institute: Disrupting Anti-Submarine Warfare Using Autonomous Systems

    A very interesting read from the Hudson Institute. Particularly insightful, are pages 41 forward, regarding the future concept of operations for UAS (fixed/rotary-wing and UUV) employment in an ASW role...
  6. Ping Monkey

    Venezuelan Patrol Ship Sunk Itself After Ramming A Cruise Liner

    I originally thought this was an April Fool's article.  And I was wrong.  Probably not the result the Ship's Captain had in mind... Venezuelan Patrol Ship Sunk Itself After Ramming A Cruise Liner With A Reinforced Hull. The Venezuelan ship appears to have been trying to seize the cruise ship...
  7. Ping Monkey

    Article - The British Army Training Unit Suffield (BATUS)

    Interesting article on the history of the British Army Training Unit Suffield (BATUS). https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/britain-in-canada-the-british-army-training-unit-suffield-batus/
  8. Ping Monkey

    JS Kaga - Japanese helicopter carrier wages daily war on dirt & grime

    Probably the first article I've ever read written solely on the highly engaging topic and importance of ...(drumroll)... Cleaning Stations!  Fastidious Flattop: Japanese helicopter carrier wages daily war on dirt and grime...
  9. Ping Monkey

    RCN seeks Candidates for Skilled Re-Enrolment Initiative

    Saw this on the RCN's Facebook page...  https://www.facebook.com/RoyalCanadianNavy/ Any retirees looking for work (again)?
  10. Ping Monkey

    Alcohol Banned For U.S. Forces In Japan After Fatal Car Crash

    Alcohol Banned For U.S. Forces In Japan After Fatal Car Crash https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/11/20/565363074/alcohol-banned-for-u-s-forces-in-japan-after-fatal-car-crash
  11. Ping Monkey

    MCpl Alfred Barr - SAR Tech dies in training accident in Saskatchewan

  12. Ping Monkey

    Released Personnel Pay Office (RPPO)

    Howdy all, Does anybody have a phone number or email that can actually get through to the DND Released Personnel Pay Office (RPPO)? The calls I've made to their 800-773-7705 line, and emails to dnd.rpporeg-lrdtsa.mda@forces.gc.ca have all gone unreturned in the last two weeks.  My concerns...
  13. Ping Monkey

    Engine Drops Out of B-52 During Training at Minot Air Force Base

    :o  At least he had seven more engines to keep going... Should be an interesting Flight Safety report. http://www.defensenews.com/articles/the-us-air-force-could-pick-a-new-army-marine-corps-ride-to-guard-missile-fields
  14. Ping Monkey

    NCM Air Operator Superintendent

    The latest on the FE/AES Op/SAR Tech occupation restructure...
  15. Ping Monkey

    Air fleet on guard for thee ... sort of

    Air fleet on guard for thee ... sort of THE CANADIAN PRESS - 3rd June 2009 http://www.calgarysun.com/news/canada/2009/06/03/9658266-sun.html Funny, I can't think of single day in the last two years that we've had nine serviceable Auroras.  ???
  16. Ping Monkey

    Canadian air force to map Afghanistan

    Original link:  http://www.canada.com/news/Canadian+force+Afghanistan/1469223/story.html
  17. Ping Monkey

    Amazing history about the TU-164 / FP-72

    Although I'm not an aviation history buff, I was quite surprised to stumble across the untold story of the popular Tupolev TU-164. http://www.weathergraphics.com/tim/fisher/ ... If Bombardier could get licensing to manufacture these it might spur an otherwise faltering bizjet sector.
  18. Ping Monkey

    Project Noctua & the Heron UAV - Interim capability to support Afghanistan Ops

    More good news...   :( http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080508.wdrones08/BNStory/Afghanistan/home
  19. Ping Monkey

    New flying suits & jackets going on trial

    Just heard that starting this month, a select few persons in 17 Wing Winnipeg, 15 Wing Moose Jaw, and 3CFFTS Southport will be trialling a new version of the flying suit and jacket. Looks like the design is trying to bring us in line with the style currently worn by our US/UK/Aussie/NZ...