Some of this Week’s Other Highlights in Brief

Among a wide variety of contracts that PAL Aerospace has is one that supplies a Dash-8 and crew to the Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard.
  • PAL Aerospace pilots have ratified their first collective agreement on Wednesday (July 3), according to a press release issued by their union, the Air Lines Pilot Association, International (ALPA). The three-year contract includes pay hikes, improved scheduling, stronger job-security measures and other improvements to benefits.
  • The deadline to apply for a Canadian Award in Aviation, offered by the Canadian Ninety-Nines, is August 31. Last year, the Jet Aircraft Museum was awarded $2,200 to repatriate a CF-104 Starfighter from California, and $500 was awarded to Nova Scotia’s Shearwater Aviation Museum to improve accessibility. The annual award was established in 1974. Click here to contact the 99s for further details.
  • Almost two years ago, the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) tried to address military retention and recruitment shortfalls by relaxing decades-old dress and personal grooming codes by abandoning almost all restrictions on members’ hair length, hair colour, nail length and facial tattoos. Those efforts have backfired. A survey of the ranks recently conducted revealed that “a large proportion of the CAF population does not agree with the changes to the CAF dress policy, despite chain of command and peer support, and this lack of agreement is associated with lower confidence in leadership.” Beards and moustaches are now limited to 2.5 cm and must be symmetrical, and long hair must now be tied at the back. However, the result cannot be “a messy bun”. These new rules apply to all ages, sexes and genders.

  • Lieutenant-General (retired) Al Meinzinger, who left the RCAF in August 2022, has been appointed president of Boeing Canada and Boeing Canada Operations Ltd. The former commander of the RCAF took up his new roles late last month (June). During Meinzinger’s career he served with NORAD and U.S. Northern Command.