Canada’s first J-model CC-130 Hercules

Cascade Aerospace has delivered a fuselage trainer (FuT) for the Royal Canadian Air Force’s (RCAF) latest CC-130J Super Hercules tactical aircraft from its headquarters at the Abbotsford International Airport in British Columbia, Canada.

According to Skies, the system will be used to train the RCAF’s CC-130J loadmaster crew following installation at the new Air Mobility Training Centre (AMTC) located at the Canadian Forces base, Trenton.

Cascade CEO David Schellenberg said the training system has the ability to conduct cost-effective loadmaster training.

Developed as part of the CC-130J operational training systems provider (OTSP) programme, the trainer features five aircraft fuselage pieces belonging to different C-130 aircraft, which were later upgraded to reproduce an advanced CC-130J trainer.

Cascade designed and manufactured the training device, while simulation-based training modules have been provided by OTSP prime contractor CAE.

The OTSP programme also includes supply of CC-130J training media comprising of two full-mission simulators (FMS), one flight training device (FTD), and three CAE Simfinity integrated procedures trainers (IPT) to the air force.

Also included is the delivery of Simfinity virtual simulators (VSIM), courseware, tactical control centre, training information management system and related information technology equipment in the first half of 2012.

CAE was also awarded a 20-year in-service support contract by RCAF to provide a range of training support services, including simulator upgrades, training device maintenance as well as hardware and software engineering support.

A total of 17 four engine CC-130J Hercules tactical air-to-air refuelling aircraft were ordered by the RCAF under a $1.4bn contract in 2008 to replace its existing C-130E and H aircraft.

The aircraft has been deployed by the Canadian air force at Kandahar Airfield in support of the Nato-led missions to Afghanistan in 2011.

Image: Canada’s first J-model CC-130 Hercules at Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan. Photo: courtesy of Royal Canadian Air Force.