KF Aerospace on cutting edge
New flight simulator places Southport on the go-to flight training path
With the stunning recent announcements of new and upgrades to agricultural businesses in Portage la Prairie and area totalling nearly $1 billion in 2017-18, you don’t have to be overly optimistic to imagine the sky being the limit. A new flight simulator contracted last year and expected to come on line this spring, means KF Aerospace can now say – almost literally the sky threshold has been breached – ‘we need a new benchmark’.
In early Januarly 2017, KF Aerospace was awarded a contract to deliver and operate Bell
206 Flight Training Device for CFTS (Contracted Flying Training and Support Program).
KF Aerospace unveiled last week its new Bell 206 Level 7 FTD (flight training device qualified to Level 7) flight simulator located at its Southport operations base. “It’s the only device of its kind in North America,” said KF Aerospace Site Manager, Peter Fedak last week.
It is expected Transport Canada will complete the $5 million-dollar (including installation and ancillary equipment) FTD’s certification within two weeks.
The FTD is on contract from the Government of Canada and will be used in KF Aerospace’s Contracted Flying Training and Support Program (CFTS).
In the 2017 announcement ,Tracy Medve, President of KF Aerospace added, “In addition to enhancing our ability to train emergency and other procedures, the new simulator will yield cost benefits as it will eliminate the need to increase our flying fleet by four aircraft. The new FTD may also be adaptable to the future rotary wing training requirements of DND’s FAcT program.”
The CFTS Program trains 100 per cent of the pilot candidates seeking to become Royal Canadian Air Force pilots, and has a majority role in training 80 per cent of new pilots inducted into the RCAF every year.KF Aerospace also provides the Lead-in Air Navigator Training Course (LANTC) to all potential Air Combat Systems Officers (ACSO’s) for the RCAF.
The Bell 206 FTD will begin service with the CFTS program in April of 2018.
ABOUT KF AEROSPACE
Incorporated in 1970 and headquartered in Kelowna, British Columbia, KF Aerospace (formerly Kelowna Flightcraft) is an Approved Maintenance Organization (AMO) which operates two Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) facilities strategically located in eastern and western Canada. KF Aerospace’s MRO facility in Kelowna provides maintenance support for the Royal Canadian Air Force’s CC-115 Buffalo and CC-138 Twin Otter fleets. KF Aerospace, through its Aerospace Defence Programs subsidiary, is the Prime Contractor of the Canadian Armed Forces Contracted Flying Training and Support (CFTS) Program. KF Aerospace, through its Air Charter subsidiary, operates scheduled and charter domestic and international cargo flights. The company employs 900 full time employees across Canada.