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Military aviation in Canada is the focus of two major policy programs introduced by the Liberal government over the past few years, first in 2017 through Strong, Secure Engaged (SSE) as a platform to buy a fleet of strategic transport aircraft and 88 F-35 fighter jets, among a range of Canadian Armed Forces procurements. Then in early April of this year, Canadian Forces Base Trenton served as backdrop for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to introduce Our North, Strong and Free policy that aims to allocate $73 billion in new defence spending over the next 20 years.

As with SSE, the Royal Canadian Air Force will also greatly benefit from Our North in the form of the policy’s largest planned purchase; $18.4 billion for new tactical helicopters to replace the CH-146 Griffon fleet and another $307 million for early warning aircraft. The Our North policy hinges on Arctic sovereignty in a renewed vision for Canada’s military to support the North as the country faces issues like climate change and increasingly aggressive foes.

As Paul Mitchell points out in his article All flash, no bang, in the May/June issue of Wings, even with the new $73 billion earmarked for Our North, Canada’s defence spending would only reach 1.76 per cent by 2029/2030. Amid lingering concerns about Canada’s appetite to meet its two per cent NATO commitments, the RCAF on April 1, 2024, marked its 100-year anniversary in ongoing celebrations to recognize what has helped form much of Canada’s aviation infrastructure.

Beyond four primary articles looking at aviation defence, the May/June issue of Wings includes a feature on the growing challenge of counterfeit aircraft parts and what steps both regulators and OEMs are taking to better control the issue.

Three articles in this issue look at the development of commercial aviation, including one by David Carr asking if Canada’s major airports should lean deeper into private investment, a strategy now being employed by 20 per cent of the world’s largest airports.

Carr also looks at the most recent challenges of Boeing and how it could impact the plane maker’s newest commercial platforms in the 737 Max, 787 Dreamliner and 777X, as well a much talked about future mid-market aircraft. John Gradek rounds out this issue’s focus on the commercial transport sector by examining what the demise of Lynx Air tells us about fostering low-cost carriers in Canada.

Kendra Kincade, Executive Director of Elevate Aviation, shares insight into how Team Elevate, comprised of five women AMEs from Canada, prepared for the annual competition at MRO Americas, which had a total of eight all-women teams among 90 that participated. The May/June issue also includes a follow-up to an article published at the start of the year, called The last aircraft at Buttonville, as an investor steps forward to refurbish the abandoned Beechcraft B19 Musketeer for flight training.

Carr rounds out this content-packed issue with an article commissioned by Levaero Aviation that outlines key elements of the purchasing process of private aircraft.

Also be sure to check out our team's ongoing programs for 2024, including the annual Careers in Aviation Expo, with a second leg set for October 29 in Edmonton; Top 20 Under 40 (nominations are open until May 31); the fifth annual Canadian Wildfire Conference, set for October 17 in Kelowna; and voting for the Top FBO in Canada.