Canada has donated a surplus Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) Messerschmitt-Bölkow-Blohm (MBB) BO105 helicopter to the Algonquin College.
The delivery was announced by Anita Vandenbeld, the Member of Parliament for Ottawa West-Nepean, and Mona Fortier, the Member of Parliament for Ottawa-Vanier, on behalf of Jonathan Wilkinson, the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard.
Nine other educational training institutions located across Canada have also received a donated BO105 helicopter.
The ten Coast Guard BO105 helicopters were in service in the Canadian Coast Guard for more than 30 years. The first BO 105 helicopter was purchased by Coast Guard in April 1985, and the last unit was purchased in April of 1988. The helicopter fleet plays an essential part in supporting programs such as icebreaking, marine communication, aids to navigation, environmental response, waterway protection, conservation and protection, science and support to other government departments as required.
As part of the Coast Guard’s Fleet Renewal Plan, the Government of Canada has purchased and deployed 22 new helicopters – 15 light-lift helicopters (Bell Epi 429) and seven medium-lift helicopters (Bell Epi 412).
“I am proud that these Coast Guard helicopters will help develop students across the country allowing them to have practical and hands-on experience. These assets have a lot of history and are part of the Coast Guard’s heritage. I am glad that they will benefit the generations to come in building high-level aircraft maintenance expertise”, said Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard.
“Students from Algonquin College will benefit from the Government of Canada’s donation. There is nothing like being able to provide students with the opportunity to grow and develop their skills by learning on real Coast Guard helicopters”, said Anita Vandenbeld, Member of Parliament for Ottawa West-Nepean.
“The Canadian Coast Guard’s helicopter donation, which will be housed at the Canadian Aviation and Space Museum, will provide the students of Algonquin College with the opportunity and tools they need to further advance their skills within the Aircraft Maintenance program; furthermore, it will allow them to experience real-life projects and responsibilities so they will be prepared upon graduation”, said Mona Fortier, Member of Parliament for Ottawa –Vanier.
“The BO105 helicopter donated by the Canadian Coast Guard has been instrumental to the success of the Aircraft Maintenance Technician program at Algonquin College. The helicopter is being used extensively by the students during the practical phase of training, which mirrors the tasks the graduates will be performing following graduation. Algonquin College is truly appreciative of the Canadian Coast Guard’s donation”, said Cheryl Jensen, President and Chief Executive Officer of Algonquin College.
In total, ten Transport Canada-approved training institutes offering aircraft maintenance engineer programs across Canada have received a donated BO105 helicopter. The BO105s will be used by the recipient institutions for hands-on training for mechanical and engineering programs.
The Canadian training institutes receiving the donated BO105 helicopters include: Northern Lights College, Dawson Creek, BC; British Columbia Institute of Technology, Richmond, BC; Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, Calgary, BC; Red River College, Winnipeg, MB; Canadore College, North Bay, ON; Centennial College of Applied Arts and Technology, Scarborough, ON; Algonquin College, Ottawa, ON; École nationale d’aérotechnique (Cégep Édouard-Montpetit), Saint-Hubert, QC; Nova Scotia Community College, Dartmouth, NS; and College of the North Atlantic, Gander, NL.
The Canadian Coast Guard has completed construction and delivery of 15 Bell 429 light-lift helicopters and seven Bell 412EPI medium-lift helicopters as part of its ongoing Fleet Renewal Plan. All 22 of the new helicopters have been deployed to Coast Guard bases across the country.
The Canadian Coast Guard is currently building a full flight simulator that will provide a platform for training for the new fleet.