RCAF to conduct flying operations over Kingston

Three days before everyone in the area will look to the sky to take in the once-in-a-lifetime total solar eclipse, a different sight will be seen in the skies over Kingston.

On Friday, Apr. 5, 2024, two helicopters from the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF), a CH-147F Chinook and a CH-146F Griffon, will be flying over the city of Kingston and Canadian Forces Base Kingston, according to a release from the Department of National Defence/Canadian Armed Forces.

“The helicopters may cause unfamiliar noise and catch the attention of the public due to the flights’ frequency, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. The purpose of these flights is to provide familiarization, guidance, and mentorship to Officer Cadets from the Royal Military College of Canada,” the release reads.

“Flying operations conducted by the Royal Canadian Air Force are carefully planned and closely controlled in the interest of public safety and are dependent upon weather and flying conditions.”

For details on the Royal Canadian Air Force and its aircraft, visit the RCAF website.

With Environment Canada forecasting flurries/rain/snow for Friday, Apr. 5, 2024, Kingstonist has inquired with the RCAF as to when the Air Force will decide on whether the flights will take place, as well as when those flights will take place if they are cancelled. This article will be updated if/when that information becomes available.

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