The joint venture between CAE and SkyAlyne has been awarded a C$11.2-billion, 25-year contract for Canada’s Future Aircrew Training (FAcT) Program.  

“CAE has proudly worked alongside the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) for more than 75 years to design and deliver training, services, and technologies that support the mission readiness of Canada’s aviators,” said Marc Parent, CAE’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “Today’s announcement regarding the Future Aircrew Training Program is a significant achievement in the ongoing modernization efforts of Canada’s defence forces. FAcT is a transformational win for SkyAlyne and CAE, laying the groundwork for training technologies and processes enabling mission readiness.”

This transformative initiative reimagines training for the RCAF, consolidating three aircrew training operations under SkyAlyne and Canada’s joint management. SkyAlyne, a partnership with KF Aerospace of Kelowna, BC, was selected in July 2023 as the preferred bidder for FAcT after a rigorous process.

The FAcT Program is a significant step forward to prepare Canadian military Pilots, Air Combat Systems Officers, and Airborne Electronic Sensor Operators for tomorrow's challenges. Under the FAcT Program, SkyAlyne – in collaboration with the RCAF – will design, develop, and deliver a comprehensive training and support system, including live flying, simulation, ground school training, and a suite of in-service support functions.

Centrally managed from Ottawa, the FAcT Program will revamp and expand upon current training services currently provided by CAE and KF Aerospace, with operations set to continue at 15 Wing Moose Jaw, Southport (Portage la Prairie) and 17 Wing Winnipeg. The program includes the establishment of a complete training enterprise at all three operating locations helping ensure the RCAF maintains high standards of excellence and innovation.

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