April 27, 2016 11:10 ET

NORAD Training in Canadian Arctic Near Baffin Island

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwired - April 27, 2016) -

Canadians in Baffin Island, Nunavut, may see Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) aircraft as they practice Canadian North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) Region intercept and identification procedures exercise flights.

Although they are scheduled to take place over the ocean commencing at 9 a.m. and ending at 7 p.m. EDT, Thursday, April 28, the flight routes and times are subject to weather and other considerations.

During the training period people in the Baffin Island region may hear or see NORAD-controlled CF-18 Hornet fighter jets fly in close proximity to a military or military contracted civilian aircraft. To ensure the integrity of the training exercise, further details as to exact routes and timings of the aircraft will not be released.

In order to test responses, systems and equipment, NORAD continuously conducts exercises with a variety of scenarios, including airspace restriction violations, hijackings and responding to unknown aircraft. These exercises are carefully planned and closely controlled to ensure the safety of the participants and the public but to also maintain NORAD's rapid response capability.

NORAD has conducted exercise flights of this nature throughout Canada and the U.S. since the start of Operation Noble Eagle, the command's response to the terrorist attacks that occurred on Sept. 11, 2001.

NORAD is the bi-national Canadian and American command that provides maritime warning, aerospace warning and aerospace control for Canada and the United States. The command has three subordinate regional headquarters: the Alaskan NORAD Region at Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska; the Canadian NORAD Region at Canadian Forces Base Winnipeg, Manitoba; and the Continental NORAD Region at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida.

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Contact Information

  • Canadian NORAD Region Public Affairs
    (204) 833-2500 ext. 2156 or 2028
    After hours: 1-866-377-0811