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RCAF lifts operational pause on CH-148 Cyclone fleet

17th June 2020 - 14:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) has lifted the operational pause on its CH-148 Cyclone maritime helicopter fleet, following a thorough risk assessment.

The assessment outlines ways of mitigating the risks of further crashes. It ensures that aircrews have been made aware of the circumstances and conditions which led to one CH-148 crashing into the Mediterranean Sea in April 2020.

Lt Gen Alain Pelletier, Commander of 1 Canadian Air Division and head of the Department of National Defence’s Operational Airworthiness Authority, said: ‘While the Flight Safety investigation continues to work towards a more complete understanding of this tragic accident, the information uncovered so far has allowed us to thoroughly analyse what happened and mitigate risk to allow the fleet to resume flying.’

Aircrews will now undergo additional training exercises designed to allow them to practise identifying specific flight conditions and which recovery actions should be taken.

Shore-based flight training will also rebuild proficiency and regain currency lost as a result of the operational pause.

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