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There will be some rumbling in the skies this week

A CC-177 Globemaster aircraft approaches Hall Beach airport, Nunavut to deliver personnel and equipment during Operation NUNALIVUT 2017 on March 5, 2017. Photo by Sgt Jean-Franois Lauz, Task Force Imagery Technician

If it looks like the aerial invasion is on over the next few days, don’t worry it’s just the Canadian Armed Forces conducting some training exercises in the area.

A CC-177 Globemaster III aircraft from 429 Transport Squadron, based out of 8 Wing Trenton, will be conducting cross-country flying training in the area starting Thursday, March 4 until Monday, March 8.

Cross-country flying is a type of long distance training to perform low approaches, landing and take-offs at airport 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.

429 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. While conducting training at airports all aircrew members will remain in the aircraft.

Some RCAF aircraft 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.

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