Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

October 29, 2012 13:30 ET

Canadian Forces to Conduct Helicopter Training in Hamilton

HAMILTON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 29, 2012) - Helicopters from 427 Special Operations Aviation Squadron will conduct urban night flying training in Hamilton, Ontario from 29 October to 1 November, 2012. This training will help familiarize the pilots with the challenges of flying in an urban environment at night.

The training is scheduled to occur on 30 and 31 October between 8 p.m. and approximately midnight (12 a.m.). If the training is cancelled on either of these dates due to inclement weather, there may be flights on 1 November. It is also possible that the exercise could be either delayed or cancelled altogether due to the severe weather conditions associated with the storm forecasted to affect Southern Ontario this week. If the exercise is rescheduled, Hamilton residents will be advised of the new dates.

The helicopters will be visible operating at a low altitude in close proximity to the Stelco Tower building at 116 King Street West. The helicopters will approach the building at a low altitude from a variety of directions, hover over the building for a brief period of time and then depart and repeat the process until the pilots have become proficient.

Residents should not be alarmed as this training has been fully coordinated with the City of Hamilton, the owners of Stelco Tower and the appropriate aviation authorities.

427 Special Operations Aviation Squadron is an Air Force tactical helicopter squadron under the operational command of Canadian Special Operations Forces Command.

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Media seeking more information regarding this training may contact Major Doug MacNair at 613-240-8072 or by e-mail at

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