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Our story so far… 

In 2018, two Canadian aviation leaders – KF Aerospace and CAE – came together to create SkyAlyne to jointly bid on the Government of Canada’s Future Aircrew Training (FAcT) program.

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What is the FAcT program? Currently, all Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) pilots are trained through two contracted programs. The NATO Flying Training in Canada  (NFTC) program in Moose Jaw, SK, is managed by Montreal-based CAE, and the Contracted Flying Training and Support  (CFTS) program in Southport, MB, is led by KF Aerospace. However, both these contracts will be replaced by FAcT, a next-generation solution combining all phases of pilot and aircrew training.

To determine the next single contractor for FAcT, the Government of Canada has announced a competitive bidding process and chosen a small number of pre-qualified suppliers, including SkyAlyne. The contract award is expected in 2022.

Our partnership at a glance...

  • 122 years of combined expertise
  • $3.5 billion in combined annual revenues
  • 20 locations established across Canada
  • 11,000 employees
  • 220,000+ civilian and military aircrew members trained annually
  • 1,000,000+ hours of aircraft maintenance annually

CFTS Southport (led by KF Aerospace)

  • 15 years of contracted service
  • 38 training aircraft
  • 219,000+ training flight hours
  • 1800+ Phase I Graduates
  • 450+ Phase III Multi-Engine Graduates
  • 750+ Phase III Helicopter Graduates
  • 4000+ total military pilot students trained

Today, we're hard at work preparing our proposal and ensuring that we will meet and exceed all RCAF and Government of Canada requirements to train the next generations of pilots and aircrew. SkyAlyne staff pose picture at an airshow.

We continue to deliver two excellent training programs through our parent companies (KF and CAE) and are assembling a team of industry leaders and experts that stretches from coast to coast to coast.

We are also taking this time to come together as a team of Canada and for Canada. Not only do we strive to deliver an exceptional training program for our future men and women in uniform, but as the only truly Canadian qualified supplier for the FAcT program, we’re working to ensure all program benefits and potential future export benefits stay in Canada, helping to grow Canadian businesses and communities for many years to come.

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