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Well, it has sure been a busy and eventful few months for SkyAlyne!

After hunkering down on the FAcT proposal writing for most of 2022, in early January we proudly submitted our initial solution for the Future Aircrew Training contract ahead of Canada's deadline.

While there are still more elements to finalize and submit in the coming months, we are beyond proud of our team for the countless hours of hard work that led to this moment.

We estimate all elements of the FAcT proposal will be submitted by mid April. Canada will evaluate both bidders with a final announcement on the winner expected around Fall 2023 (though it’s too early to say with certainty how long Canada will take to evaluate the bids).

We've also been meeting with Canadians from coast to coast to coast at various shows and events, and have made countless relationships with new suppliers, subcontractors and supporters. We have several significant events coming up, so be sure to keep an eye on our social media channels and our event page at!

Best wishes,

The SkyAlyne Team
SkyAlyne News Roundup
Finalizing the bid - no small task!
It was a tremendous relief to get the bulk of our FAcT proposal submission in! We’d like to thank our entire team across Canada once again for the hard work and dedication in helping get SkyAlyne to this point.

However, we still have some work to go on finalizing our proposal to provide the best training and in-service support solution for the Royal Canadian Air Force with a made-in-Canada solution. We expect all elements of our FAcT proposal will be completed and submitted to Canada by the Spring.

Stay tuned to our channels for further update in 2023! In addition to this newsletter, we are active on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram. Of course, you can learn more at
KF supports Indigenous pilot training after hangar fire
A devastating fire last year at a First Nations Technical Institute's (FNTI) facility on Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory in Ontario threatened to shut down their aviation training program. However, thanks to the efforts of SkyAlyne parent company KF Aerospace and other industry partners, the FNTI flight training programs remain open to students!

In response to the disaster, KF Aerospace volunteered to donate a temporary hangar structure to safely house aircraft required for continued training at Mohawk Aerodrome. KF staff and contractors worked closely with FNTI to identify key facility requirements and complete the installation in time to protect its fleet from harsh winter conditions.

Click the video above and read the story to learn more.
SkyAlyne kicks off 2023 event calendar in the prairies
SkyAlyne started off 2023's event circuit with a bang, with two events in Saskatchewan and Manitoba!

On January 25, SkyAlyne Solutions Lead, Maryse Carmichael, (pictured) and her team attended FHQ Developments' Business Development Day in Regina.

On January 26, SkyAlyne Head of Operations, Peter Fedak, represented our team at Manitoba Aerospace's 4th Annual Indigenous Aerospace and Aviation Showcase in Winnipeg. SkyAlyne was also proud to be the premier sponsor for this very important event!

Thanks to both organizations for being gracious hosts, and for providing SkyAlyne the opportunity to build even more important relationships with potential partners.

Find out where SkyAlyne will be next on our website.
SkyAlyne Board Chair Tracy Medve Receives AIAC Award
SkyAlyne Board Chair and KF Aerospace President & CEO, Tracy Medve, was presented with the James C. Floyd Award by the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC) this past November in Ottawa!

Presented to her by SkyAlyne President and CAE Vice President, France Hébert, the annual James C. Floyd Award acknowledges individuals or a team that has made an outstanding contribution to the Canadian aerospace industry.

Congratulations, Tracy!
Marc Parent and Maryse Carmichael inducted into Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame
Marc Parent, CAE’s president and chief executive officer, and Lieutenant-Colonel (Retired) Maryse Carmichael, SkyAlyne’s Solution Lead, Future Aircrew Training, have been inducted into Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame.

This award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to aviation and aerospace in Canada.

Congratulations to Marc & Maryse!
SkyAlyne Feature in SKIES Magazine
SkyAlyne was recently featured in SKIES' Insight Magazine! Thanks to Ben Forrest for the article.

The article showcased SkyAlyne's position as the capable, highly experienced, and all-Canadian choice for the RCAF’s Future Aircrew Training program.

Check out the story here.
KF Centre for Excellence Opens in Kelowna
In Late August 2022, Kelowna, BC, officially added a new one-of-a-kind community destination and event centre.

The KF Aerospace Centre for Excellence is truly a shrine to Canadian aviation , conceptualized by lifelong aviation enthusiast and KF Aerospace founder Barry Lapointe. Since last summer, Visitors and aviation enthusiasts from across Canada have been flocking to the Centre to attend events, browse interactive displays and check out some of the fully restored, WWII-era aircraft on display in the Centre's hangars.

Read the story of how the Centre came to be here.
SkyAlyne seeking suppliers!
As we get closer to finalizing our proposal, we continue to build meaningful relationships with partners from across Canada, to collaborate and innovate with us as we help train the next generation of RCAF pilots and aircrew.

Many of our relationships with partners have started with the SkyAlyne supplier registry - found at, the registry provides a quick, easy way for potential suppliers to apply.

Supplier opportunities with SkyAlyne are active in many different areas, from construction and trades to IT services, operational equipment, transportation, site services and much more.
The Photo
The KF Centre for Excellence is open, and its residents are STUNNING!

Pictured here in the Centre's North hangar is a Beechcraft G17S Staggerwing (left) and a Hawker Tempest MKII (right). The Hawker Tempest has been a labour of love for the KF Aerospace team, who started its restoration in 2014 after KF Aerospace founder, Barry Lapointe, bought it from a seller in New Zealand. Laying in pieces, the aircraft was in rough shape and was shipped to Canada in several containers.

Almost a decade later, the painstakingly meticulous restoration project is largely finished, as the team puts on the final touches before getting the Tempest airborne sometime in the next year or so.

Learn more about the KF Centre for Excellence here.
Upcoming Events
Manitoba Aviation Conference
Manitoba Aviation Conference's aim is to promote, facilitate and protect all facets of Manitoba aviation.

Its members include representatives from general aviation, air operators/carriers, airports, and those who service, maintain and repair aircraft and professionalize and support service providers to the aviation industry.

WiDS Annual Awards Breakfast
For years, Women in Defence and Security (WiDS) has been a key proponent for women in the industry, making concerted efforts to ensure they have the tools, resources, and connections to thrive.

This year, the theme for the WiDS Annual Awards Breakfast will be Be You, Be True, Belong. We will hear from a diverse range of inspiring allies from across the defence and security industries and to celebrate our annual scholarship and fellowship winners and emerging leaders.

Central AME Association's 26th Annual Aviation Symposium
On March 2nd & 3rd, 2023, the Central AME Association (CAMEA) will be hosting their 26th Annual Aviation Symposium, a two-day event which will provide an opportunity for over 200 aircraft maintenance professionals, organizations and operators to assemble, network and learn.

Saskatchewan Aerospace and Defence Forum
Take the opportunity to share project updates and connect with Saskatchewan suppliers to learn about the capabilities in ground defence, drone technology, shipbuilding, Indigenous partnerships and more.

What's next?

Make sure to stay tuned to all our social media channels for updates, and watch out for our next newsletter this spring!
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