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Preview of new search and rescue planes at 8 Wing

8 Wing Commander Colonel Mark Goulden (second from right) poses in front a SAR-designated C-295 from the Brazilian Air Force along with Neil Ellis, Member of Parliament for the Bay of Quinte (second from left), Mayor of Quinte West Jim Harrison (left) and Lieutenant-Colonel Leighton James (right), during a showcase event held at 8 Wing Trenton, Ontario on July 26, 2017. – Photo by Aviator Jerome J.X. Lessard, 8 Wing Imaging © 2017 DND-MDN Canada

A preview of Canada’s new search and rescue aircraft flew into CFB Trenton Wednesday.

Members of the military and dignitaries welcomed a Brazilian Air Force C-295 aircraft and crew to 8 Wing Trenton on behalf of the Minister of National Defence.

A SAR-designated C-295 aircraft from the Brazilian Air Force was showcased during a media event held at at 8 Wing Trenton, Ontario on July 26, 2017. – Photo by Aviator Jerome J.X. Lessard, 8 Wing Imaging © 2017 DND-MDN Canada

The Brazilian aircrew visited three Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) Wings while in Canada, stopping at 19 Wing Comox, British Columbia and 17 Wing Winnipeg, Manitoba, in addition to Trenton.

The Brazilian Air Force is in the process of receiving the C-295 aircraft from Airbus Defence and Space. This aircraft has a similar configuration to the C-295W that will replace the RCAF’s six CC-115 Buffalos and legacy CC-130H Hercules. Canada has purchased 16 of the planes to arrive in years to come.

This visit is not only an opportunity for the Brazilian aircrew to train on their new aircraft, but also a chance to showcase the C-295’s performance and capabilities to future users in the RCAF search and rescue community as well as local stakeholders.

“We thank our friends in the Brazilian Air Force who are in the early stages of receiving their own C-295s for coordinating some of their training activities to take them through Canada,” said Lt.-Gen. Michael Hood, Commander, Royal Canadian Air Force. “This will enable our members and stakeholders to get a first-hand look at this impressive aircraft that will undoubtedly help save many lives in the decades to come.”

Steel cutting of Canada’s C-295W aircraft began in June, and first delivery is expected in late 2019.

The C-295 crew includes members of the Brazilian Air Force undergoing familiarization training, Airbus pilots who are supporting their training, and select members of the Royal Canadian Air Force’s Fixed-Wing Search and Rescue Aircraft Replacement Project Management Office.

The primary SAR responsibility of the Canadian Armed Forces is the provision of aeronautical search and rescue and the coordination of the aeronautical and maritime SAR system. The RCAF provides both rotary and fixed-wing search and rescue aircraft as well as specialized SAR personnel to achieve this mission.

CAF resources may also assist in Ground Search and Rescue (GSAR) efforts, medical evacuations and other humanitarian incidents if requested by the responsible provincial/ territorial or municipal authority. The Canadian Rangers, Reserve Force members of the CAF, regularly aid in GSAR upon request in sparsely settled regions of the country.

In Brazilian service, the C295 is known as the C-105 Amazonas.

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