August/September 2020
Your 30,000-ft View

We hope you enjoyed our first-ever e-Newsletter last month and appreciate you coming back for another.

In August, we made a major announcement - officially unveiling our full team of strategic subcontractors joining our bid for the Future Aircrew Training Program (FAcT).

Our parent companies - CAE and KF Aerospace - also continue to forge ahead with significant progress on major projects, newly awarded contracts and a summer filled with supporting local communities impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.

As we look ahead to the fall and the expected release of the draft RFP for FAcT, you can expect to be hearing a lot more from us and learn more about our vision for FAcT.

We hope you enjoy this edition and as always, provide us with any feedback you have.


The SkyAlyne Team

Latest SkyAlyne News
SkyAlyne Announces Pan-Canadian Team for FAcT Program
SkyAlyne has officially unveiled its full team of strategic subcontractors to pursue the Royal Canadian Air Force’s (RCAF) Future Aircrew Training (FAcT) program. 

Canadian-based companies ATCO Frontec, Bluedrop Training and Simulation, Canadian Base Operators, Canadian Helicopters, PAL Aerospace and SERCO Canada will join us in our bid for FAcT, offering a full range of unique and innovative capabilities needed to train the RCAF's next-generation of pilots and aircrew.

This expanded partnership is a big win for Canadian industry as well. The full SkyAlyne team collectively employs more than 14,000 Canadians and operates in every region of Canada – from coast to coast to coast. 

The #SkyAlyneTeam:
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SkyAlyne profiled in SKIES RCAF Today
SkyAlyne is featured in SKIES Magazine's annual special edition - RCAF Today.

In the article The Canadian Advantage, SKIES Editor-in-Chief Lisa Gordon interviews Peter Fedak, former RCAF helicopter pilot and Site Manager for the CFTS Program at Southport, MB, touching on what Canada can expect from SkyAlyne's homegrown experience and innovative training capabilities.

NFTC Program awarded
'Outstanding Training Systems Integration Project'
CAE's NATO Flying Training in Canada (NFTC) Program has been recognized as 2020's 'Outstanding Training Systems Integration Project' by Military Simulation & Training Magazine.

"Since CAE has started running NFTC just over four years ago, there have been a series of enhancements that have helped make the NFTC produce the highest quality and quantity of pilots since its inception."

Congratulations to CAE and the team in Moose Jaw/Cold Lake.

CAE was also awarded 'Outstanding Service and Support Program' for the CAE Australian Air Force Hawk Mk 127 Lead-In Fighter Training program.

Read about all the winners here.
KF Aerospace staff steps up with summer of community support
Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, food banks have been hit especially hard as demand for their services has spiked.

The KF Aerospace staff stepped up in their communities, raising some much-needed relief funds for the Central Okanagan Foodbank and the Hamilton Food Share.

KF staff also participated last month in a fitness challenge, tracking their walking, running and biking stats in a friendly competition between KF's four cross-Canada locations (Kelowna, Vancouver, Hamilton, Southport). Raised funds went to the Frontline Fund to support Canadian healthcare workers.
Finally, the KF folks supporting the CFTS Program at Southport decided to flex their muscles and launch a 5 or 10 km Virtual Run/Walk in support of Soldier On, helping veterans overcome physical and mental injuries and illness.

A big shout out to all the KF staff who lent a helping hand in their communities! Well done.
CAE 2020 Annual Activity and Corporate Social
Responsibility Report
CAE’s FY20 Annual Activity and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report was published last June. The report provides a detailed account of CAE’s activities, including environmental, social and governance (ESG) disclosure, and, for the first time, a section aligned with the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD).

In the report, you’ll see the many great things CAE and its team are doing to make CAE a standout corporate citizen today and the initiatives that will contribute to a brighter tomorrow. Read the report now!

Check out the following video to see what CAE accomplished this year.
Photo of the month
An ATCO Frontec fuel truck helps prepare a Beechcraft T-6 (CT-156 Harvard) aircraft for its next training flight with an RCAF student pilot, part of the NFTC program managed by CAE at Moose Jaw, SK. Photo courtesy ATCO Frontec.
SkyAlyne Spotlight
Meet Our Team
France Hébert is Vice-President and General Manager of CAE Defence & Security and President of SkyAlyne.

France has spent over 30 years working in defence and aerospace, holding senior positions in business, strategy and operations. France previously served as an officer in the Canadian Armed Forces. She holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Physics) from the Royal Military College of Canada.

France has two children in university and lives in Ottawa with her husband. She is a second dan black belt in Tae Kwon Do and enjoys decompressing at Crossfit.
Our Expertise
CAE continues to lead the way in training solutions for militaries worldwide.

As part of a recently awarded contract from the U.S. Defense Innovation Unit to support the U.S. Air Force Air Education and Training Command (AETC) and its Undergraduate Pilot Training initiative, CAE will implement a Learning Management System that will allow students to access training content remotely and on-demand, optimized through Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning.

As we look ahead to the Royal Canadian Air Force's evolving training needs, having this in-house expertise and the experience implementing these innovative programs is a key advantage SkyAlyne brings in our bid for FAcT.

Building Canada
KF Aerospace has been working hard on a major expansion of its operations at the Hamilton International Airport over the past year, with new hangars and facilities to support aircraft maintenance and repair. In this photo, we see the final piece of the puzzle - the under construction Mohawk College Centre for Aviation Technology.

KF partners with Mohawk College in Hamilton and Okanagan College in Southern British Columbia to train highly skilled aircraft maintenance engineers and technicians, creating vital jobs in Canadian communities.

Our Innovative Solutions
KF Aerospace: Anything but a One-Trick Pony

KF Aerospace may come from humble beginnings, but you don't become Canada's largest aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) and a leader in the Canadian defence and aerospace industries by accident.

SKIES magazine included a feature on KF Aerospace in their August edition, with a great piece summarizing the trademark flexibility, innovation and adaptability that has made KF so successful over the years.

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