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Construction Underway On Flight Training Centre

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Construction Underway On Flight Training Centre

McGuinty Government Creating Jobs And Boosting Local Economy

Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

Construction is under way on the Province's new flight training centre for water bomber aircraft in Sault Ste. Marie, which will create jobs and boost the local economy.

The 6,700-square-foot (622-square-metre) facility will be the first of its kind in Ontario. It will hold a state-of-the-art flight training device that will simulate the sights, sounds and motions of the CL-415 water bomber aircraft used to fight forest fires in the province. The building's steel structure will be erected this summer and the flight training device will be installed in the fall.  The facility is scheduled for completion by the 2013 fire season.

By eliminating the need to send pilots out of the province for training, the centre will provide a long-term, cost-effective solution for managing forest fires. It will also attract pilots from other areas to train and practise, helping support the local economy. Investing in public safety and infrastructure is part of the McGuinty government's plan to strengthen our communities and our economy, helping us preserve the services that matter most to Ontario families - health care and education. 

Quick Facts

  • The project will create 14 construction jobs in Sault Ste. Marie.
  • Orillia-based Quinan Construction Ltd. won the construction contract and has hired three firms from the Sault Ste. Marie region for support: McLeod Bros. Mechanical Inc., Phase 4 Electrical Contractor Ltd. and Avery Construction Ltd.
  • The government has been operating nine CL-415 water bombers since 1998.
  • Ontario successfully managed over 1,334 forest fires in 2011.

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“This new facility will help us train our pilots, right here in Northern Ontario, on one of the most advanced flight simulators available. Our pilots will learn to deal with dangerous situations like severe weather and instrument failure while training to protect our families and communities.”

Michael Gravelle

Minister of Natural Resources

“Our government is building a state-of-the-art flight simulator training centre in Sault Ste. Marie which will create construction jobs in the short term, and in the long term it will attract pilots and engineers from across Ontario as well as from other jurisdictions. This additional infrastructure project, which is the first of its kind in Ontario, will further strengthen the province's fire fighting program and provide an additional economic boost to the Sault as pilots and engineers from abroad stay in our community to further develop their flight training and maintenance skills at the new flight centre.”

David Orazietti

MPP, Sault Ste. Marie

Media Contacts

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    Minister's Office


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