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I know people are going to say "Well who's gonna fly them? We don't have enough pilots as it is!"
Maybe we contract some pilots at first?
Maybe we expand our training Cadre to include some additional slots?
Maybe we let Air Reserve pilots fly them?
Who knows, don't care... planes are useless without pilots but pilots aren't all that useful without planes.
At least this way half the problem gets solved.
I have flown into Nunavik a few times with both Air Inuit and Air Creebec. There are tons of bush pilots who fly Otters and Twin Otters up there. I am sure it's the same in Nunavut and the Territories.
To fly the type of flying we do in the Arctic with those T.O., do we really need fully trained military personnel?
How about minimal military indoctrination and use some of those bush pilots in an organized "Air Ranger" patrol? They already know the place and the challenges better than us from the South ever will.