The Canadian Government has awarded SkyAlyne a significant contract for the Future Aircrew Training (FAcT) Program, marking a transformative 25-year initiative valued at $11.2 billion. This program aims to revamp the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) training, merging three aircrew training operations under the joint management of SkyAlyne and Canada.

SkyAlyne, a collaboration between leading Canadian aerospace companies CAE and KF Aerospace, emerged as the selected FAcT contractor following an extensive selection process. CAE and KF Aerospace, both key players in existing RCAF pilot training programs, combined efforts to create SkyAlyne, providing a uniquely Canadian solution for the FAcT Program.

The FAcT Program represents a pivotal advancement in preparing Canadian Military Pilots, Air Combat Systems Officers, and Airborne Electronic Sensor Operators for future challenges. SkyAlyne, in partnership with the RCAF, will design, develop, and implement a comprehensive training and support system. This system will encompass live flying, simulation, ground school training, and a range of in-service support functions. Coinciding with the RCAF’s centennial celebration, the FAcT Program continues Canada’s esteemed legacy of military aircrew training excellence.

“It is a privilege to be entrusted by Canada to lead the FAcT Program, a role that speaks volumes about our team’s relentless effort and expertise,” France Hébert, President of SkyAlyne and Vice President of Defense & Security at CAE Canada. “We’re grateful to have the opportunity to deliver top-tier training solutions that align with the dynamic needs of the Canadian Armed Forces. This is a milestone moment for us and all the companies on the SkyAlyne Team, highlighting our unwavering commitment to excellence and innovation.”

Tracy Medve, Chair of the SkyAlyne Board and President & CEO of KF Aerospace, adds: “The vision for FAcT represents a unified effort from Canada’s finest minds and organizations. We’re geared up to bring this vision to life with our truly Canadian expertise, working closely with Canada and the RCAF to usher in a new era of aircrew training. Our focus is beyond meeting today’s standards but shaping the future of aircrew readiness, creating new jobs and opportunities in communities across Canada.”

Administered centrally from Ottawa, the FAcT Program will enhance and expand the current training services provided by KF Aerospace and CAE, maintaining operations at 15 Wing Moose Jaw, Southport (Portage la Prairie), and 17 Wing Winnipeg. The initiative includes establishing a complete training enterprise at these locations, ensuring the RCAF upholds the highest standards of excellence and innovation.

In alignment with Canada’s Industrial and Technological Benefits Policy and Value Proposition, this contract mandates investments in Canada equivalent to the contract value. SkyAlyne is dedicated to supporting the Canadian industry and incorporating an extensive Indigenous Participation Plan.

“With a shared focus on innovation and excellence, we’re poised to transform aircrew training not just for Canada, but globally,” said Kevin Lemke, General Manager, SkyAlyne. “This program is our pledge to help advance Canada’s military readiness to unprecedented levels.”