403 Helicopter Operational Training Squadron

403 Helicopter Operational Training Squadron (HOTS) is located at Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Gagetown.

The unit provides operational aircrew training to the crews who will fly the CH-146 Griffon helicopter.

It also supports the Army’s Combat Training Centre, and deploys personnel in conjunction with other units on operations around the world.

Pilots and Flight Engineers will spend three months at Gagetown learning to operate the Griffon before being posted to one of 1 Wing's operational squadrons.While at Gagetown, pilots and flight engineers will learn advanced tactical aircraft handling, including low-level formation flying, both during the day and at night.

History

The complete squadron history is available on the National Defence, Directorate of History and Heritage website. 

Equipment

Contact Information

403 Helicopter Operational Training Squadron
Canadian Forces Base Gagetown
PO Box 17000 Stn Forces
Oromocto NB  E2V4J5

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