The Canadian Forces issued a literal “heads up” to residents of Kingston and Prince Edward County to let them know a CH-146 Griffon helicopter will be flying in the area between November 27 and December 18. The increased flying activity is related pilot proficiency training for members of 1 Wing that are based out of CFB Kingston.
Over the next three weeks, the single-rotor CH-146 Griffon helicopter operating daily from the Kingston Airport and flying in vicinity of Prince Edward County. From November 27 to December 4, flights will begin around 9:00am and end around 5:00pm. Between December 5 to December 18, the flights will start around 1:00pm and finish at approximately 9:00pm.
In a National Defense release, the proficiency training is described as supporting “a culture of uncompromising standards, safety and operational readiness, critical to Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) mission success in support of Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) operations at home and abroad.”
1 Wing is the home of Canada’s tactical aviation capability, with its Formation Headquarters located at Canadian Forces Base Kingston. Its seven squadrons across Canada are equipped with a mixed fleet of CH-146 Griffon and CH-147F Chinook helicopters. 1 Wing provides tactical aviation airpower effects for the Canadian Army, the Canadian Special Operations Forces Command and the Royal Canadian Air Force.
Photo (submitted): Department of National Defence