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Canada donates surplus coast guard helicopters

19th November 2018 - 15:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The government of Canada has donated ten surplus coast guard BO105 helicopters to Transport Canada-approved educational training institutes across the country.

École nationale d’aérotechnique (ÉNA) and nine other institutions have each received a donated BO105 helicopter. These organisations will use the helicopters to support aircraft maintenance training by providing practical experience to trainees.

The ten BO105 helicopters were in service in the Canadian Coast Guard for more than 30 years.

Sylvain Lambert, ÉNA’s director, said: ‘By adding to the 37 aircrafts owned by ÉNA, it allows us to increase the educational value of laboratories and hands-on activities in the hangars on a new type of helicopter.

‘We are very grateful to the Canadian Coast Guard for this donation that allows our students to acquire a training even more tailored to the needs of the industry, while at the same time renewing our aircraft fleet.’

As part of the coast guard’s Fleet Renewal Plan, the government of Canada has purchased 22 new helicopters, including 15 Bell 429 EPI and seven Bell 412 EPI helicopters.

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