This summer, the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) acquired two new Challenger 650 aircraft which replaced two older aircraft before they could fall short of operational requirements. So, what does this mean for the RCAF and the Canadian Armed Forces?
We connected with 412 Squadron member Captain Nicholas Fisette, a First Officer on the existing Challenger 604 and the new 650, to learn the capabilities and upgrades associated with the new aircraft. He also explains the squadron’s mission and how it fits in with the rest of the Canadian Armed Forces.
412 Squadron is located at the Macdonald-Cartier International Airport in Ottawa, Ontario and the Challenger is the only type of aircraft that the squadron operates. Most of the squadron’s flying hours involve military airlift. 412 Squadron is located in Ottawa, but it is a remote unit of 8 Wing Trenton making it part of the Air Mobility Community in the RCAF. As such, they receive military taskings from 1 Canadian Air Division including General/Flag Officer Transportation, Medevac, Aeromedical Training and Utility Airlift. They are also involved in the rapid deployment of military teams like Flight Safety officials, DART members, reconnaissance teams, Mobile Repair Parties and Special Forces.
When Captain Fisette isn’t crewing a Challenger, he’s the Deputy Squadron Operations Officer, taking care of things like crew assignments to support missions coming from Government and military officials. As a pilot and…