15 Wing Moose Jaw

15 Wing, headquartered in Moose Jaw, is the centre of RCAF aircrew training and is comprised of 2 Canadian Forces Flying Training School (CFFTS) and 431 Air Demonstration Squadron (CF Snowbirds) both located in Moose Jaw, SK, and 3 CFFTS located in Portage la Prairie, MB. The Wing is the principal site of the NATO Flying Training in Canada (NFTC) and Contracted Flight Training and Support (CFTS) programs. 15 Wing is responsible for seven different aircraft platforms that include: CT-156 Harvard II, CT-155 Hawk, CT-114 Tutor, CH-139 Jet Ranger, Bell 412 CF, Grob 120A and C90B King Air. 

Of the approximately 130,000 yearly flying hours flown by the RCAF each year, 15 Wing flies approximately 40,000 hours. 30% of the total RCAF annual flying hours. 15 Wing training schools are centres of excellence thanks to the staff and Canadian and NATO Qualified Flying Instructors who dedicate their time to ensuring that students receive every opportunity to develop throughout their training and they successfully produce some of the best aircrew in the world.

The Wing Commander of 15 Wing Moose Jaw also holds the title of Military Director of the NATO Flying Training in Canada program and is responsible for the ab initio training of all RCAF Pilots. 15 Wing graduates on average 110 qualified winged pilots per year between 2 CFFTS and 3 CFFTS. 2 CFFTS produces Jet and Instructor pilots and 3 CFFTS produces Rotary (helicopter) and Multi-Engine pilots.15 Wing and the NFTC and CFTS programs play a critical role in preparing future aircrew to meet the operational challenges they will face at their units and during deployments. All RCAF pilots pass through these programs on their way to earning their wings. The NFTC program provides Canada with a welcome opportunity to work and train closely with NATO partners to the great benefit of NATO Air Force operations. Currently, there are NATO countries participating in the program as students or instructors from Singapore, the United-Kingdom and Hungary.

History

The NFTC and CFTS programs are based on the long and proud Canadian tradition of assisting in training and developing pilots of allied countries which dates back to the First World War and continuing with the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan. As No. 32 Service Flying Training School, Moose Jaw airfield trained over 1,200 pilots for World War Two during the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan. The plan saw pilots from across the commonwealth come to train in Canada which was ideal for aircrew training due to the distance from Europe and sparsely populated training areas.

Read more about the history of 15 Wing Moose Jaw.

Squadrons

Equipment

Wing badge

"Serving the Future"

Significance: The moose on the badge pay tribute to the City of Moose Jaw. The Wing is located 4 nautical miles south of the city.

Command team

Colonel Ron Walker

Colonel Ron Walker, CD

Chief Warrant Officer Marlene Shillingford

Chief Warrant Officer Marlene Shillingford, MMM, CD

Wing news

COVID-19

National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces – COVID-19

The latest information and resources for military and civilian members of the Defence Team related to the rapidly evolving 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and the steps being taken to minimize the risk to our military and civilian members.
March 19, 2020

Join the RCAF - Dare to be extraordinary

Join the RCAF - Dare to be extraordinary

Join the RCAF - Dare to be extraordinary
February 1, 2020

Two men and a woman wearing military camouflage uniforms stand on a runway. The man on the right gives a medal to the woman, who is in the centre. Behind the three people is a big yellow and red helicopter.

Lieutenant-Colonel Lisa Baspaly-Hays, Commander of 9 Wing Gander, receives the United States’ Defense Meritorious Service Medal

Commander of 9 Wing Gander, Lieutenant-Colonel Lisa Baspaly-Hays, whose outstanding leadership and ceaseless efforts strengthened collaboration between the United States’ and Canada’s intelligence forces, received the U.S. Defense Meritorious Service Medal.
October 20, 2020

Five women running on a track during a competition.

Track and field for Masters Athletes 6: understanding energy systems

This is the sixth in a series of articles covering all aspects of Masters Athletes’ training and nutrition for track and field events. Here, we will take a look at how properly planned training will greatly impact your success.
October 16, 2020

A small white twin propeller aircraft taxis on a runway in front of grey airport buildings.

RCAF Partners with Transport Canada to Trial Multi-Engine Conversion Training

An interdepartmental agreement between the RCAF and Transport Canada will allow officers in ground jobs to continue flying during their tour in order to maintain their skills.
October 16, 2020

Contact information

15 Wing Moose Jaw
PO Box 5000
Moose Jaw SK  S6H 7Z8

Public Affairs Officer

Phone: 306-694-2823
Fax: 306-339-8120
Email: 15wingpao@forces.gc.ca