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  1. Eye In The Sky

    Ukraine - Superthread

    “Army res should have proper gunnery stuff” was tried when the Coyote came in service. It was proven that gunnery skills were so perishable, the PRes Units couldn’t keep skills to a level deemed safe. They just didn’t touch the kit often enough and installing turret sims was too expensive etc...
  2. Eye In The Sky

    The Great Gun Control Debate- 2.0

    ;) * not many people understand what VAC does, especially VAC employees. 😁
  3. Eye In The Sky

    The Great Gun Control Debate- 2.0

    Not sure if many people are aware of this company. I have the basic package (covers firearms and archery), $85/year with the discount for having a CCFR membership. CSSA members and others might get a discount too...either way, $95/year is pretty decent. https://firearmlegaldefence.com/
  4. Eye In The Sky

    Should I make a claim?

    I'm not capable of answering "should I make a claim"...not my lane or even close to it. But...here's the Chapter in the VAC Table of Disabilities that covers this subj...
  5. Eye In The Sky

    Liberals announce $1.24B sole-sourced deal to upgrade search and rescue helicopter fleet

    Probably more than just IR… https://www.helis.com/database/model/AW101-Mk612/ So we are going 612 “ish”? Add AIS. Just do it, the SA is worth it. Older article…. An investment in capability: SAR with the AW101-612 https://www.helis.com/database/modelorg/Canada-CH-149-Cormorant/
  6. Eye In The Sky

    Liberals announce $1.24B sole-sourced deal to upgrade search and rescue helicopter fleet

    I was pointing out that lots of things happen during a recovery op that an uncrewed air vehicle can’t do. Specific to CSAR stuff. Not that it REALLY matters for CAF members though. CSAR isn’t a game we are a true player in. We just rely on those who can…
  7. Eye In The Sky

    Liberals announce $1.24B sole-sourced deal to upgrade search and rescue helicopter fleet

    If that was my only option, so would I. Given the choice, though, I’d prefer someone who was about to pop me if I couldn’t remember what my favourite flavour of Hubba Bubba was. And that persons pals crewing some bullet hoses fitted to “the aircraft”. 🙂
  8. Eye In The Sky

    Liberals announce $1.24B sole-sourced deal to upgrade search and rescue helicopter fleet

    My mind went to SAR Techs trying to get on boats off the coast, rescuers trying to get Stokes litters up, etc. “some stuff will work, some won’t”. I don’t think AI is ready yet for the truly dynamic stuff that can save, or cost, lives and legs.
  9. Eye In The Sky

    Liberals announce $1.24B sole-sourced deal to upgrade search and rescue helicopter fleet

    @dapaterson yes, Aurora drivers have EFBs w/mounts.
  10. Eye In The Sky

    Liberals announce $1.24B sole-sourced deal to upgrade search and rescue helicopter fleet

    Who is doing the hoisting to start with? It’s a people skill. Not one I can imagine a robot doing. Not in my lifetime at least. Or not without a lot of broken SAR Tech legs.
  11. Eye In The Sky

    Liberals announce $1.24B sole-sourced deal to upgrade search and rescue helicopter fleet

    For morale for one thing. Imagine aircrew flying off into the badlands knowing no one is really going to come for them. Aircrew take longer and more money to replace than lots of other trades. So there is a “needs of the service” aspect to get you back in the seat and flying missions again...
  12. Eye In The Sky

    Liberals announce $1.24B sole-sourced deal to upgrade search and rescue helicopter fleet

    An unarmed helicopter can’t verify a persons identity. There’s some specific processes that happen during a recovery op that rescuers do in a non-permissible environment - we don’t just hop on the Osprey or helo and say “home James, and put some spice on it!” 🙂
  13. Eye In The Sky

    Sexual Misconduct Allegations in The CAF

    I am genuinely looking forward to the next chapter in this, as it appears he will be the author…
  14. Eye In The Sky

    The Great Gun Control Debate- 2.0

    Archery will be next I think. There’s some pretty potent crossbows out there these days that are shooting fast speeds and now even multi-bolt options. https://excaliburcrossbow.com/bows/twinstrike-tac2/ 340 FPS = 373 km/h or 232 mph. This one is 510 FPS = 560km/h or 348 mph...
  15. Eye In The Sky

    The Great Gun Control Debate- 2.0

    Personally I think you will see a minority of legal gun owners handing over their firearms in the end. I suspect a lot of hunting firearms will “fall off the boat into the water/bog, couldn’t recover it”. None of this, of course, will do anything to reduce real gun violence, or violence for...
  16. Eye In The Sky

    Reconstitution

    My first big “what the hell are you talking about” was this line: “and the physical protection of the homeland from a law-and-order perspective”
  17. Eye In The Sky

    Justin Trudeau hints at boosting Canada’s military spending

    It makes me laugh and grit my teeth how true this likely is…I have a long list of things that drove me to chain-smoke the times I was there. change of command parades presiding officer certification training courses emails on Christmas Eve stating “non essential personnel are stood down for...
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