KF Aerospace has been a proud partner of Canada’s military and the Department of National Defence (DND) for decades. Today, KF is proudly committed to going above and beyond for the RCAF in training and aircraft maintenance work, as well as partnering with the RCAF on important community initiatives such as Soldier On and the annual RCAF Gala benefit in Southport, MB.
Critical aircraft maintenance and repair for the RCAF
In 1988 KF Aerospace began its relationship with Canada’s DND, providing avionics upgrades to the Canadair CC109. This led to a major contract award in 1995 and the building of KF’s South Hangar in Kelowna to accommodate a major upgrade program for the Canadian CT-133 Jet Trainers.
Supporting RCAF pilot training since 2005
In 2005, KF Aerospace (then Kelowna Flightcraft) shook the Canadian aviation and defence industry when it won the bid for the 22-year Contracted Flying Training and Support (CFTS Program) and became the new prime contractor supporting RCAF pilot training at Southport, MB.
Today, the CFTS program led by KF Aerospace/Allied Wings is a resounding success. All RCAF pilot candidates will spend a significant portion of their training at Southport with KF Aerospace’s expert staff and Qualified Pilot Instructors (QFIs).
Getting Canada’s search and rescue aircraft back in the air
In March 2009, KF Aerospace was awarded the contract to complete extended life cycle support (maintenance and engineering) for the RCAF fleet of DHC-5 (CC-115) Buffalos and the DHC-6 (CC-138) Twin Otters and their components.
Though the Buffalos have recently been taken out of service by the RCAF, KF Aerospace still performs extended life-cycle maintenance and repair on the Twin Otters. This included helping the RCAF rescue and repair a downed Otter in 2019.
Read: SKIES Magazine (RCAF Today Annual Issue) – ‘Operation recovery: Airlifting a CC-138 off the Arctic ice’