Members of the public are advised that a CC-130H Hercules aircraft from 426 Transport Training Squadron, based out of 8 Wing Trenton, will be conducting search and rescue training in the vicinity of 19 Wing Comox, from Tuesday June 1 to 8, 2021.

 Search and rescue training requires low flying and repeated passes over a specific area and is essential for maintaining the skills of aircrew so they are ready to safely execute Canadian Armed Forces missions around the world; often under challenging conditions. It is important that these proficiencies are maintained in Canada so our aircrew are prepared to execute these manoeuvres in potentially life-threatening situations. All efforts will be made to minimize disruption to the community.

 426 Squadron members will follow all COVID-19 mitigation measures in accordance with applicable orders as well as all local Public Health Measures. This includes wearing non-medical masks whenever possible, minimizing contacts to only essential interactions and respecting physical distancing.

 Some aircraft from the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) are larger than many passenger airplanes and may appear to be flying lower than they actually are. RCAF aircrew adhere to strict rules and regulations at all times to ensure safety.

Captain Alexandra Hejduk

Public Affairs Officer, 19 Wing Comox