Bluedrop wins USD 5.5m contract for flight training device for Royal Canadian Air Force helicopter pilots

Bluedrop Performance Learning Inc. (TSX-V: BPL), through its subsidiary Bluedrop Training & Simulation Inc., has received a contract of over USD 5.5m from KF Aerospace Defence Programs, operators of the Canadian Forces flight training program in Southport, Manitoba, to deliver a new Bell 206 Level 7 Flight Training Device (FTD) for the Contracted Flying Training and Support (CFTS) Program, the company said.

This new Level 7 FTD will provide the helicopter pilots with the most up to date flight training simulator available, equipped with a 220 degree field of view visual system and 6-DOF cueing and vibration systems. The simulator will be installed at the CFTS Training Centre as part of the flight training program led by KF Aerospace Defence Programs and supported by Bluedrop Training & Simulation, Canadian Helicopters (HNZ) Ltd., and Canadian Base Operators. Located in Southport, Manitoba, the CFTS program has a majority role in training 80% of new pilots in the RCAF every year.

This new project is part of a larger scope of work that sees KF Aerospace Defence Programs and Bluedrop providing the Royal Canadian Air Force`s Primary, Rotary Wing and Multi-engine Pilot training until 2027.

Bluedrop Training & Simulation designs and develops advanced training systems and state-of-the-art simulation products to safely train operators and maintainers of complex equipment. Its approach leverages innovative technology to provide cost-effective blended-media training content, from classroom instruction and computer-based training (CBT) through to high-fidelity training devices.

KF Aerospace, founded in 1970, provides a wide range of aviation services to corporate, commercial, and military customers worldwide. Headquartered in British Columbia´s Okanagan Valley, the privately owned company has approximately 800 employees in locations across Canada. It provides air cargo operations, aircraft leasing services, heavy aircraft maintenance and modifications, and military pilot training. KF Aerospace Defence Programs trains 80% of Canada´s RCAF pilots to Wings Standard in both multi-engine and rotary wing roles; and oversees all aspects of training and facilities management at the Portage La Prairie, Manitoba location.