Bluedrop Training and Simulation to support RCAF’s CFTS programme

13 January 2016 (Last Updated January 13th, 2016 18:30)

Canada's Bluedrop Training and Simulation has secured a contract from KF Aerospace Defence Programs to support the Royal Canadian Air Force's (RCAF) Contracted Flying Training and Support (CFTS) programme conducted at the Southport Aerospace Centre (SAC).

Canada's Bluedrop Training and Simulation has secured a contract from KF Aerospace Defence Programs to support the Royal Canadian Air Force's (RCAF) Contracted Flying Training and Support (CFTS) programme conducted at the Southport Aerospace Centre (SAC).

Valued at $2.2m, the deal is part of the original contract signed between the companies to provide the RCAF's Primary, Rotary Wing and Multi-engine Pilot training until 2027.

Under terms of the new deal, Bluedrop will upgrade the visual systems of several existing flight simulators for the CFTS programme and provide all associated training and certifications.

"CFTS is one of our most demanding projects and we look forward to supporting KF Aerospace Defence Programs in continuously improving training effectiveness."

Bluedrop Training & Simulation-Simulation & Technology vice-president Jean-Claude Siew said: "We are very pleased to be a member of the CFTS Program supplying state-of-the-art technologies to the air force.

"CFTS is one of our most demanding projects and we look forward to supporting KF Aerospace Defence Programs in continuously improving training effectiveness."

Work under the contract will be carried out at KF's facility in Hilly Brown Building, Canada.

The upgrade programme is aimed at providing the pilots with the latest visual systems and training systems to enhance the flying operations.

Under the 22-year, $1.77bn CFTS contract, KF Aerospace team will provide the Grob G120A aircraft for primary and basic flying training, the Raytheon King Air C90B for advanced multi-engine flying training.

Additionally, it will convert the Bell 206 Jet Ranger and Bell 412 Griffon helicopters from Canadian Forces inventory for Advanced Helicopter Flying Training.

The team includes Canadian Helicopters, Atlantis Systems Intl, Black & Macdonald, and Coastal Pacific Aviation.