427 Special Operations Aviation Squadron (427 SOAS) is an air force unit embedded as an integral element of Canadian Special Operations Forces Command (CANSOFCOM). With a distinguished history of excellence dating back to 1942, 427 SOAS leverages aerospace power expertise for their primary role of providing dedicated SOA effects as part of high-readiness Special Operations Task Forces for domestic and international operations. The squadron also supports a secondary role of the provision of tactical and admin/utility aviation for domestic contingencies to include support to secondary Search and Rescue.
Comprised of Regular, Reserve and Civilian personnel, 427 SOAS requires highly motivated and operationally fit personnel from all elements and military occupations in the CF. Ideal members exemplify core CF values – duty, loyalty, integrity, courage – are committed to a relentless pursuit of excellence, understand shared responsibility, and possess an indomitable spirit, creativity, and humility.
Located at CFB Petawawa in the beautiful Ottawa Valley, 427 SOAS personnel and their families have ready access to outdoor recreation, while being relatively close to Ottawa and the amenities of a large city. The Squadron’s priorities are its mission, its people and its families.