FWIW that graphic about fleet serviceability is garbage.
All aircraft undergo maintenance - they are certainly not considered “out of service” or whatever label they had.
SAR is mandated under the NSS to have one (1) LOT assigned to each region they support. By no means do the CH-149...
To be fair, it’s not the approach (3 engine or OEI) that we worry about - it‘s what might happen if we end up having to go-around. Three engine asymmetric go-arounds with any sort of rudder issue is not a good day.
To be fair - RHUs are not costed at industry standard. 4 bedroom Q at Comox is close to $1k/month. That would be around $3k on the street.
We (DND, CFHA) have built 4 new apartment buildings - each with 8 x 2 bedroom apartments. Only helps a niche group of troopies posted to QQ.
Sqns will need to deal with the loss of PYs in their flying cadre. The OpsO Major line number will no longer be a flyer (as it is currently at all flying Sqns). Same goes for 2-3 Captain flying positions - those line numbers will get given to the AOO CM. I’m already seeing it at the Wing...
To be fair - duty ops is a valid secondary duty for aircrew.
Air Ops O’s are takimg over line numbers at the WOC, CAOC, plans, etc. At the line Sqn, they will eventually be your Sqn Ops cell - replacing the aircrew without offset. Sqn’s will lose a flying Major position, and up to 2x Captains.
Ambiguous reporting - “cracks in tail”. I’ll have to snoop around work and see if there is an actual DND report that stimulated this news report. Cracks in tail rotor seems more probable - similar to 149/146 growing pains. 149 ended up with a total re-design of the rotor blade assemblies.
It was a bit of luck that it happened while most live in personnel were at work. The injured folks were shift workers.
Evolving story - more details will be released as we get them. We are supporting the members affected.