SkyAlyne has been announced as the preferred bidder to provide a comprehensive aircrew training program to help maintain a multi-purpose and combat-capable air force for the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF). 

The contract for the Future Aircrew Training Program (FAcT), covers all aspects of the required training, including pilot training, as well as aircrew training for air combat systems officers and airborne electronic sensor operators, and maintenance and infrastructure services, for a period of more than 20 years.

"It is critical that current and future Royal Canadian Air Force pilots have the most advanced training and equipment available to ensure they can deliver on the important work that we ask of them,” said The Honourable Anita Anand, Minister of National Defence, in a prepared release. 

“This program will help ensure Canada can continue to defend North America, enhance our Arctic sovereignty and meet our NATO and NORAD obligations in the face of current and emerging threats. Canadians can be confident that this competitive process will deliver the best results for our Canadian Armed Forces for decades to come," continued Anand. 

The Government of Canada says the process that led to SkyAlyne being named the preferred bidder was an “open, fair, and transparent procurement process with extensive industry engagement and Indigenous participation.”

“We are honoured to be named by Canada as the preferred bidder for FAcT,” said France Hébert, President, SkyAlyne and Vice President, Defense & Security – Canada, CAE. 

“SkyAlyne’s selection is a testament to the dedication and hard work of our entire team and showcases our capabilities to provide world-class training solutions that meet the evolving needs of the RCAF and the Canadian Armed Forces. Our sincere thanks to Canada and the RCAF for this opportunity,” continued Hébert. 

SkyAyne was formed in 2018, by CAE and KF Aerospace to jointly bid on the Government of Canada’s Future Aircrew Training Program (FAcT). 

CAE already manages the NATO Flying Training in Canada Program in Moose Jaw, SK, and Cold Lake, AB. While KF Aerospace manages the Contracted Flying Training and Support Program in Southport, MB. 

The contract is expected to be awarded in 2024.

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