Royal Canadian Air Force crew trains with US airmen in Arizona. Photo: Airman 1st Class Brooke Moeder/US Air Force
SkyAlyne, a joint venture between CAE and KF Aerospace, has been chosen to manage the Royal Canadian Air Force’s Future Aircrew Training (FAcT) Program. The agreement includes supporting FAcT classroom instruction, simulation, live flight training, and related in-service activities. Additionally, SkyAlyne will oversee equipment upgrades, new training aircraft fleets, and the reconstruction of program facilities. This program will replace and expand the current training services provided in previous contracts and in-house training by the air force. The operations will continue at various locations in Canada, and the contract is expected to span over 20 years. The selection of SkyAlyne for FAcT demonstrates their ability to deliver world-class training solutions to meet the evolving needs of the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Canadian Armed Forces. The program aims to sustain the air force’s combat and multi-purpose capability, training military pilots, air combat systems officers, and airborne electronic sensor operators. Canadian Defence Minister Anita Anand emphasized the importance of advanced training and equipment for pilots to defend against current and emerging threats, ensuring Canada’s ability to defend North America, enhance Arctic sovereignty, and fulfill NATO and NORAD obligations.