As the global competition for skilled pilots continues to grow, and the RCAF works to maintain and expand the level of experience among its pilots, work mandated under the Chief of the Defence Staff-directed Operation Experience has resulted in inventive ways of tackling the challenge.
The latest initiative to be trialed was a three-week multi-engine conversion course conducted in June 2020 by the Transport Canada Aircraft Services Division (TC-ASD) in Ottawa. While the course addressed the RCAF’s immediate need to find additional training capacity, the wider interdepartmental agreement over a longer term will allow officers in ground jobs to continue flying during their tour in order to maintain their skills.
TC-ASD has a fleet of King Air C90A aircraft, similar to the C90B aircraft flown at the Canadian Forces Flying School in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, but with some marked differences. The C90A has a three-bladed propeller, but has been retrofitted to allow for a higher take-off and landing weight. As well, Transport Canada aircraft avionics have been upgraded to include electronic stability protection, which works with the autopilot to ensure that the aircraft is not over-banked or operated over/under speed. TC-ASD also has a full-motion level-C simulator, to ensure that all of the students are well prepared for aircraft training events.
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