Canada Announces $11.2 Billion Deal to Modernize Aircrew Training Under FAcT Program

The Government of Canada has awarded a major contract to SkyAlyne, a partnership between CAE and KF Aerospace, to deliver the Future Aircrew Training (FAcT) Program. This 25-year, CAD11.2 billion ($8.2 billion USD) initiative represents a significant upgrade for the Royal Canadian Air Force’s (RCAF) aircrew training. SkyAlyne was selected in July 2023 as the preferred bidder.

Three previously separate training programs for pilots will be consolidated under SkyAlyne’s management, ensuring a cohesive approach. SkyAlyne, formed specifically for this project, leverages the expertise of both CAE and KF Aerospace, offering a “made-in-Canada” solution.

FAcT will prepare future generations of Canadian military personnel, including pilots, air combat systems officers, and airborne electronic sensor operators, for the challenges ahead. SkyAlyne, in collaboration with the RCAF, will develop a comprehensive training program encompassing classroom instruction, flight simulation, live flying exercises, ground school training, and ongoing support services.

The program will utilize a fleet of over 70 new training aircraft across five categories: Grob G120TPs, Pilatus PC-21s, Beechcraft King Air 260s, Airbus H-135 helicopters, and De Havilland Dash 8-400s modified for onboard mission training.

Training will continue to be conducted at key RCAF locations in Saskatchewan and Manitoba, with the program officially launching in spring 2029. Beyond training the next generation of aircrew, FAcT is expected to create or maintain 3,400 jobs and contribute $405 million annually to Canada’s GDP over its 25-year lifespan.

 

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A military history enthusiast, Richard began at Forecast International as editor of the World Weapons Weekly newsletter. As the Internet grew in importance as a research tool, he helped design the company's Forecast Intelligence Center and currently coordinates the EMarket Alert newsletters for clients. Richard also manages social media efforts, including two new blogs: Defense & Security Monitor, covering defense systems and international issues, and Flight Plan, which focuses on commercial aviation and space systems. For over 30 years, Richard has authored the Defense & Aerospace Companies, Volume I (North America) and Volume II (International) services. The two books provide detailed data on major aerospace and defense contractors. He also edits the International Contractors service, a database that tracks all the contractors involved in the programs covered in the FI library. More recently he was appointed Manager, Information Services Group (ISG), a new unit that encompasses developing outbound content for both Forecast International and Military Periscope.

About Richard Pettibone

A military history enthusiast, Richard began at Forecast International as editor of the World Weapons Weekly newsletter. As the Internet grew in importance as a research tool, he helped design the company's Forecast Intelligence Center and currently coordinates the EMarket Alert newsletters for clients. Richard also manages social media efforts, including two new blogs: Defense & Security Monitor, covering defense systems and international issues, and Flight Plan, which focuses on commercial aviation and space systems. For over 30 years, Richard has authored the Defense & Aerospace Companies, Volume I (North America) and Volume II (International) services. The two books provide detailed data on major aerospace and defense contractors. He also edits the International Contractors service, a database that tracks all the contractors involved in the programs covered in the FI library. More recently he was appointed Manager, Information Services Group (ISG), a new unit that encompasses developing outbound content for both Forecast International and Military Periscope.

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