Fixed Wing Search and Rescue (FWSAR) Aircraft Replacement Project – Update

News – January 25, 2017

The official ground-breaking for the construction of the Fixed Wing Search and Rescue  Training Centre took place at 19 Wing Comox on Thursday, January 25. News coverage on the event and additional information is outlined below.

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In 2014 Comox Valley Economic Development (CVEDS) launched a campaign to support the long term success of Comox Valley’s largest economic generator, 19 Wing Comox.

The initiative was created in response to the Federal Governments’ Request for Proposal for the Fixed Wing Search and Rescue (FWSAR) Replacement Project. The companies that submitted bids were expected to recommend locations for future operations, training and maintenance as part of their proposals, and CVEDS & stakeholders recognized the importance of ensuring 19 Wing and the regions strong training attributes were understood amongst the bidders and decision makers. Confirmed bidders included: Team Spartan, Lockheed Martin & Cascade Aerospace, Airbus Group, Boeing & Bell Helicopter, Embraer.

A dedicated volunteer Technical Working Group, comprised of retired senior military officers and representatives from the Comox Valley Airport (YQQ), developed a report that presents the Comox Valley and 19 Wing as the logical choice for the eventual location of a new FWSAR Training Centre.

Fixed Wing Aircraft Replacement & 19 Wing References:

About Comox

About the Project and Potential Bidders

Technical Working Group
Bob Mortimer Major General (Retired)
Fred Bigelow Brigadier General (Retired)
Bill Neumann Brigadier General (Retired)
Jon Ambler Colonel (Retired)
Terry Chester Colonel (Retired)
Ted Gibbon Colonel (Retired)
Dave Mellin Honourary Colonel
Garry Reaume Colonel (Retired)
David Berry Lieutenant Colonel (Retired)
Joan Gordon Major (Retired)
Dhrur (Ab) Jagat Major (Retired)
Dan Brennan Captain (Retired)




spartanTeam Spartan: Leonardo, General Dynamics Canada, DRS Technologies Canada, KF Aerospace, Esterline CMC Electronics, and FLYHT Aerospace Solutions Ltd.

Aircraft: C-27J Spartan


Aircraft: C130J Hercules



Aircraft: C295


v22-ospreyTeam: Boeing and Bell Helicopter.

Aircraft: V-22 Osprey


kc390Team: Embraer, Boeing, L3 and Rockwell Collins.

Aircraft: KC – 390


dhc5ngCompany: Viking Air.

Aircraft: DHC-5NG Buffalo



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