In 2018, before the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) deployed to West Africa in support of the United Nations Task Force Mali, RCAF CH-147F aircrews from 450 Tactical Helicopter Squadron at Petawawa, CH-146 aircrews from 408 Tactical Helicopter Squadron in Edmonton, and CC-130J aircrews from 8 Wing Trenton, all prepared for the mission in CAE-built full-mission simulators.
CAE developed a high-fidelity virtual database of Mali and created highly-detailed and realistic virtual operational training areas. Instructors from CAE then worked closely with RCAF personnel to create lesson plans so aircrews could rehearse a range of missions, including aeromedical evacuation, in the virtual world.
“We knew Task Force Mali would be a very high tempo mission requiring our aircrews to be prepared and ready at a moment’s notice,” said Colonel Travis Morehen, Commander 1 Wing, Royal Canadian Air Force. “Simulation-based training is an invaluable tool in helping familiarize our aircrews with the operational environment and giving them the ability to practice and rehearse a variety of mission scenarios before actually having to perform these life-saving missions for real.”