In our Aug/Sept issue, Rob Erdos muses on float flying and we discuss night aerial firefighting. Plus: Air Canada in the pandemic, KF Aerospace at 50 and Canadians in the Battle of Britain.
Throughout the year, people in the vicinity of 8 Wing Trenton and a designated low flying area that extends north of Toronto and Kingston, may see Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) aircraft operating for routine flight training that includes search and rescue as well as low altitude flight manoeuvres. These activities are all related to regular and required training or operational search and rescue missions being conducted by squadrons based at 8 Wing Trenton, Ont.
On average, the RCAF flies 393 search and rescue missions a year in its region. These missions, which at times may create disturbances, are in response to distress calls from Canadians and are often life-saving.
Tactical training, which may involve aircraft flying at low altitudes and performing turns, is essential for maintaining the skill of aircrews so they are ready to execute Canadian Armed Forces missions here at home and around the world when called upon, often under challenging conditions.
Although aircraft are operating at lower altitudes within the 8 Wing Low Flying Area, RCAF aircrew adhere to strict rules and regulations at all times to ensure safety. Aircraft flight paths are chosen to avoid populated areas to the greatest extent possible.