RCAF technicians to compete in Toronto

News Article / August 28, 2019

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By Master Corporal Jacob Abusow

This weekend, from August 31 to September 1, 2019, eight aircraft structures technicians from the Canadian Forces School of Aerospace Technology and Engineering (CFSATE)—four instructors and four students—will compete in an Aircraft Structures Skills competition at the Ontario Science Centre in Toronto Ontario.

CFSATE is located at 16 Wing Borden, Ontario, which is north of Toronto.

The competition is a regional event, meaning that the CFSATE team will be up against registered competitors within Ontario who may work in the civilian sector carrying out aircraft maintenance or who attend school for aircraft repair.

The competition tests competitors’ skills in fabrication, parts assembly and repair.  The competition is broken down into two events: a Top Gun event and an Exhibition. The Top Gun event tests individual competitor’s skills in fabrication, fitment and parts building from an approved competition drawing. 

The Exhibition is a team event where a junior and a senior technician are paired up to compete in such events as damage cut out, drilling using a mirror or removing and installing rivets. All events are timed and awarded or penalized points for quality of workmanship.

Personnel who place first in the Junior and Senior Top Gun event will compete at the Nationals Competition at Las Vegas.

The CFSATE team is composed of the following personnel:

Senior competitors

  • Master Corporal Jacob Abusow
  • Master Corporal Michèle Durand
  • Master Corporal Brittany Flemming
  • Master Corporal Charles Tunney

Junior competitors

  • Corporal Patrick Carle Barrière
  • Corporal Justin Benoit
  • Aviator Kali Guenther
  • Aviator Brianne MacDonald

Good luck to all!

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