2 Canadian Forces Flying Training School
2 Canadian Forces Flying Training School (2 CFFTS) is the centre of pilot training in Canada's Air Force.
Also known as the "Big 2," 2 CFFTS trains over 150 pilots every year through the NATO Flying Training in Canada (NFTC) program.
The Big 2 is also home to the Flying Instruction and Standards Section (FIS) , the unit responsible for training military flying instructors.
As the NFTC prime contractor, CAE is responsible for all support aspects at the school, including the provision of the training aircraft - the CT-156 Harvard II turboprop and CT-155 Hawk advanced tactical jet.
With the implementation of NFTC, the CT-114 Tutor was phased out as a training aircraft for Canadian Forces pilots. The last course to be taught exclusively on the CT-114 was in 1999. The Tutor continues to be flown only by the Canadian Forces Snowbirds .
Part and parcel of NFTC is the multipurpose facility. It houses the offices, classrooms, briefing rooms, three Harvard II simulators and a Hawk simulator, and other important parts of the 15 Wing infrastructure. Student pilots start their day there with weather briefings, classes and simulator training before they proceed to the flight line.