PAL Aerospace announced that it has been awarded a contract to provide heavy maintenance services for the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF)’s CT-142 Dash-8 Fleet.
The contract covers an initial four-year period and includes opportunities for PAL Aerospace to earn contract extensions that increase the life of the agreement to seven years.
“PAL Aerospace appreciates this new opportunity to continue building our relationship as a trusted partner of the Royal Canadian Air Force,” said PAL Aerospace Senior Vice-President of Business Development John Turner. “We understand the important role these aircraft play in training Canada’s next generation of aviation professionals, and we look forward to working closely with the RCAF in ensuring the successful delivery of this contract.”
Designed and produced in Canada, the CT-142 is a conversion of the De Havilland Canada Dash 8 twin turboprop airliner. It was adapted for navigation training by Bombardier Inc. in the late 1980s.
The CT-142 employs a suite of on-board training computers, as well as a large radar system that is housed in its long nose, earning this aircraft the nickname “Gonzo”. Flown by the 402 Squadron, the CT-142 is used to train Air Combat Systems Operators (ACSOs) and Airborne Electronic Sensor Operators (AESOPs) from the Royal Canadian Air Force and other Air Forces from around the world.
PAL Aerospace will perform the maintenance services associated with this contract at our facilities in St. John’s, Newfoundland; and Winnipeg, Manitoba. The awarding of this contract furthers PAL Aerospace’s goal of expanding and developing our ISS capabilities across Canada.