CAE Completes Upgrades of CT-156, CT-155 FTDs for NFTC Program

CAE today announced it has completed major upgrades to the CT-156 Harvard (T-6) and CT-155 Hawk flight training devices (FTDs) used as part of the NATO Flying Training in Canada (NFTC) program at 15 Wing Moose Jaw in Canada.

The upgrades were done on three CT-156 Harvard FTDs and one CT-155 Hawk FTD that are used extensively for ground-based training elements of the NFTC pilot training syllabus. CAE replaced computing hardware on the simulators, added new visual display systems, updated the instructor operator stations, and upgraded the image generators to the latest CAE Medallion series. CAE will now begin upgrading the CT-155 Hawk FTD located at 4 Wing Cold Lake, which is used as part of Phase IV fighter lead-in training under the NFTC program.

“The ground-based training system and use of simulators has become increasingly important for military pilot training,” said France Hébert, Vice President and General Manager, CAE Canada. “With the upgraded flight training devices used for NATO Flying Training in Canada, we will now be able to deliver ground-based training that is more immersive and realistic, which in turn contributes to the more effective and efficient delivery of live flying training.”

The effectiveness of the upgraded CT-156 Harvard and CT-155 Hawk FTDs is already benefitting student pilots. The new visual systems provide more realism in the synthetic environment and have enabled training tasks such as formation flying and tactical scenarios to be rehearsed in the simulators, thus enhancing the efficiency of performing these tasks during live flying training.

As the prime contractor for the NFTC program, CAE operates the NFTC base facilities, delivers the ground-school classroom and simulator training, and supports the live flying training on a fleet of Beechcraft T-6 (CT-156 Harvard) and BAE Systems Hawk (CT-155 Hawk) aircraft. CAE operates the NFTC program out of 15 Wing Moose Jaw and 4 Wing Cold Lake, and the program is designed and delivered in cooperation with the Government of Canada to support pilot training for the Royal Canadian Air Force and allied militaries. The NFTC program combines basic, advanced, and lead-in fighter training as part of the comprehensive military pilot training program.

CT-156 Harvard II
A CT-156 Harvard II trainer aircraft used for pilot instruction in the NFTC (NATO Flying Training in Canada), located at 15 Wing in Moose Jaw Saskatchewan. Photo by J5PA Christian Coulombe
CT-155 Hawk
A CT-155 Hawk aircraft, from 419 Squadron Cold Lake, flying over Hamilton, Ontario during the heritage flight with the B-25 Mitchell Bomber and the Avro Lancaster of the Canadian Warplane Museum of Hamilton, Ontario. Photo by Corporal Jean-Francois Lauzé, 4 Wing Imaging.



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