RCAH CH-147 Chinook

Boeing has handed over a CH-147F Chinook maintenance training system to the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF).

The Chinook maintenance trainer is designed to prepare technicians to keep the RCAF’s CH-147F helicopters mission ready. It includes a complete airframe and an interactive display system that enable sthe technicians to gain experience addressing a number of scenarios.

The trainer represents the most recent part of Boeing’s training for the RCAF. It comes after the firm instructed more than 180 pilots and maintenance technicians on Chinook systems.

Boeing Canadian Medium-to-Heavy Lift Helicopters (MHLH) Training Systems project manager Tony Barnett said: "Boeing’s training helps prepare our customer to meet a wide range of operational requirements.

"This training suite complements a very capable CH-147F aircraft and will permit the RCAF to accomplish their near-term operational missions."

"This training suite complements a very capable CH-147F aircraft and will permit the RCAF to accomplish their near-term operational missions."

The trainer is scheduled to be used at RCAF’s MHLH Maintenance Training Center, which is being constructed at Garrison Petawawa, Ontario.

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Apart from trainer, the company has also delivered six training aids that are focused on specific items, including aircraft wiring and fuel tank maintenance.

Boeing delivered 15 CH-147F Chinook helicopters to RCAF as part of a $1.2bn contract awarded in August 2009, and also covered the provision of in-service support to the fleet over the next 20 years.

The Canadian Chinook is a modernised airframe with a long-range fuel system. It is expected to enable the RCAF to move troops and equipment, and provide support to humanitarian relief efforts, anywhere in the world.

The multi-mission helicopter is also fitted with an upgraded electrical system, a fully integrated common avionics architecture system cockpit,vand digital automatic flight control system. Other features include an advanced aircraft survivability equipment suite that includes a directional infrared countermeasures system.

Image: A Canadian CH-147F Chinook helicopter lands at Boeing’s aerospace manufacturing facility near Philadelphia, US. Photo: courtesy of Boeing.