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Fri, 11 Oct 2019

Canadaís First Airbus C295 Out of Paint Shop

The first Airbus C295, purchased by the Government of Canada for the Royal Canadian Air Forceís (RCAF) Fixed Wing Search and Rescue Aircraft Replacement (FWSAR) programme, has rolled out of the paint shop in Seville, Spain showing off its final livery.

The aircraft will now go through the final preparation phase before delivery, planned to take place in Spain before the end of the year.

The first Canadian C295, to be designated CC-295 by the RCAF, has been painted in the distinctive Search and Rescue colours.

The first Royal Canadian Air Force C295, to be designated CC-295 by the RCAF, has been painted in distinctive Search and Rescue colours. Click to enlarge.

The aircraft adopts the yellow paint scheme following the tradition defined in the 1970s for Search and Rescue aircraft, giving high visibility for those in the air and on the ground.

The contract, awarded in December 2016, includes 16 C295 aircraft and all In-Service Support elements including, training and engineering services, the construction of a new Training Centre in Comox, British Columbia, and maintenance and support services.

The aircraft will be based where search and rescue squadrons are currently located: Comox, British Columbia; Winnipeg, Manitoba; Trenton, Ontario; and Greenwood, Nova Scotia.

Considerable progress has been made since the FWSAR programme was announced two and a half years ago: the first aircraft is due to be delivered in Spain in the coming months; another six aircraft are either completing flight tests or in various stages of final assembly; and seven simulators and training devices are starting up preliminary acceptance tests.

The first RCAF crews started training in late summer 2019 at Airbusí International Training Centre in Seville, Spain.

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