Hilly Brown Complex
At the heart of the CFTS training is a dedicated purpose-designed facility known as the Hilly Brown Building. It was named in honor of Flying Officer Mark Henry “Hilly” Brown, who was born in Portage la Prairie and who was Canada’s first air ace of WWII and a recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross. This eighty thousand square foot complex includes classrooms equipped with the latest technology instructional equipment, student lounges, over 40 high technology briefing rooms, 2 boardrooms with video conferencing capability, a 150 seat theatre, a flight planning centre, fitness centre, reference library and ceremonies hall. It also houses the sophisticated flight simulators and flight training devices and a fully networked facility for interactive training and distance learning.
The Lt Alan McLeod Building
Long–term student accommodation is provided in the Alan McLeod Building, named in honor of Second Lieutenant Alan Arnett McLeod, a young pilot from Manitoba who was the youngest Canadian Airman (19 years of age) to receive the Victoria Cross during WWI for his valiant actions in aerial combat while serving with the Royal Flying Corps. The complex features 96 hotel style single occupancy rooms, a first floor lounge and laundry facilities.
Recreation and Dining
There are also a wide range of on-site recreation facilities, including a gymnasium, weight room with a variety of exercise equipment, as well as outdoor facilities including tennis courts, softball diamonds, soccer field, 400 metre track, and a 9-hole golf course. There is also an easily accessible fitness centre in the Hilly Brown Building equipped with free weights, exercise bikes, stair climbers and tread mills. A full service dining facility is available during and after normal working hours for both staff and students. The staff provides 3 meals per day based on a balanced diet in accordance with the Canada Food Guide.