The Government of Canada has awarded a major contract to SkyAlyne, a partnership between CAE and KF Aerospace, to deliver the Future Aircrew Training (FAcT) Program. This 25-year, CAD11.2 billion ($8.2 billion USD) initiative represents a significant upgrade for the Royal Canadian Air Force’s (RCAF) aircrew training. SkyAlyne was selected in July 2023 as the preferred bidder.

Three previously separate training programs for pilots will be consolidated under SkyAlyne’s management, ensuring a cohesive approach. SkyAlyne, formed specifically for this project, leverages the expertise of both CAE and KF Aerospace, offering a “made-in-Canada” solution.

FAcT will prepare future generations of Canadian military personnel, including pilots, air combat systems officers, and airborne electronic sensor operators, for the challenges ahead. SkyAlyne, in collaboration with the RCAF, will develop a comprehensive training program encompassing classroom instruction, flight simulation, live flying exercises, ground school training, and ongoing support services.

The program will utilize a fleet of over 70 new training aircraft across five categories: Grob G120TPs, Pilatus PC-21s, Beechcraft King Air 260s, Airbus H-135 helicopters, and De Havilland Dash 8-400s modified for onboard mission training.

Training will continue to be conducted at key RCAF locations in Saskatchewan and Manitoba, with the program officially launching in spring 2029. Beyond training the next generation of aircrew, FAcT is expected to create or maintain 3,400 jobs and contribute $405 million annually to Canada’s GDP over its 25-year lifespan.