Contracted Flying Training and Support

The Contracted Flying Training and Support (CFTS) Program oversees the flying training and support services contract for the Primary and Basic Flying Training, Multi-Engine and Helicopter pilot training programs conducted at the Southport Aerospace Centre (SAC), formerly known as Canadian Forces Base Portage-La-Prairie, Manitoba. 3 Canadian Forces Flying Training School (3 CFFTS) conducts flying training on the Multi-Engine and the Helicopter training programs while the contractor, Allied Wings (AW), provides all other aspects of training and support services including infrastructure, aircraft, accommodation, meals, academic training, simulator training, air traffic control, etc and flying training on the Primary, Basic and Advanced training programs.

The CFTS program is managed by the staff at the Directorate of Air Simulation and Training 2.

At an announcement ceremony 30 March 2005, the Minister of National Defence, the Hon Bill Graham, announced the government's intentions to proceed to award a contract for the CFTS to KF Aerospace (formerly known as Kelowna Flightcraft Ltd (KFL)). The announcement of the 22-year $1.77B contract was made jointly with the Ministry of Industry, The Hon David Emerson, at the KF Aerospace facility in Kelowna, British Columbia to the members of the KF Aerospace team: Allied Wings leading KF Aerospace, Canadian Helicopters, Atlantis Systems Intl, Black & Macdonald, and Coastal Pacific Aviation. Under the CFTS contract, Allied Wings will provide the Grob G120A aircraft for Primary and Basic Flying Training, the Raytheon King Air C90B for Advanced Multi-Engine Flying Training and it will convert the Bell 206 Jet Ranger and Bell 412 Griffon helicopters from Canadian Forces inventory for Advanced Helicopter Flying Training. Full motion flight simulators are installed to support the Multi-Engine and Helicopter Flying Training programs. A new 80,000 sq ft training facility was constructed at Southport which provides a fully-equipped state-of-the art training environment. Initial training commenced in 2006 and the contract ends in 2027.

D Air Sim & Trg 2 / DSI Air 2
1 Nicholas St, Suite 200
Ottawa ON K1N 7B7 (english only)

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