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CAF Urban Flying Exercise Returns to Windsor

Urban Flying Exercise Returns to Windsor

Photo: Snipers, Pathfinders and Reconnaissance members, from 2e Bataillon Royal 22e Régiment, prepare to conduct helicopter insertion rappelling from a Royal Canadian Air Force CH-146 Griffon helicopter during RIMPAC 2016 on Camp Pendleton in San Diego, California on July 15, 2016. Photo by: Sgt Marc-André Gaudreault, Valcartier Imaging Services

Urban Flying Exercise Returns to Windsor

The City of Windsor will welcome the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) back for a second round of high flying training exercises next week.

The CAF will conduct urban flying training in Windsor on Wednesday, May 24 and Thursday, May 25 May from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and from 10:00 p.m. to midnight on both days.

The training will involve CH-146 Griffon helicopters flying north from the Windsor airport to the Riverfront, then west to Ouellette Avenue over the Chrysler building. The aircraft will fly no lower than 200 feet above the highest point on their flight path.

Urban flight training by CAF aircraft are carefully planned and closely controlled for public safety and designed to ensure the Canadian Military men and women are prepared in the execution of their duties.

Patrons and residents in the area can expect to see the helicopters performing multiple flights leading to downtown Windsor and around One Riverside Drive West, and they may experience periods of increased noise.

The CAF was in Windsor for similar training in 2011, and residents along the riverfront were impressed to see the professionalism and precision flying of the Squadron first hand.

The CH-146 Griffon helicopters from 427 Special Operation Aviation Squadron will deploy from Garrison Petawawa.