MILITARY/SEARCH AND RESCUE
Clearing the way for a new helipad is one of a number of projects being undertaken to make the Canadian Air Force’s 12th Wing Shearwater in Nova Scotia, Halifax, ready for the 28 new Sikorsky Aircraft CH-148 Cyclones due in early 2009.
Right now, tearing up the runways to make room for a new helipad is the top priority. The facility will be home to 19 of the 28 Cyclones Canada is acquiring. The other nine will be flown out of Victoria, British Columbia’s Pat Bay. Today, Sea Kings (right) fly out of Shearwater. They are set to retire by 2012.
Air Force Lt. Col. Brian Neyedli, project manager for the Shearwater heliport conversion, said the project is slated to take 200 days and should be done by the end of this year. Because the Shearwater airport is used throughout the year, only one area will be closed at a time. The total cost of the project is $24 million Canadian.
Sikorsky also is building a maritime helicopter training center at Shearwater.