A Bombardier Challenger CRJ will be flying low to the ground in the vicinity of 15 Wing Moose Jaw on Saturday.
Snowbirds fly in formation during the annual acceptance show on May 7, 2011. Times-Herald photo by Carter Haydu
The 87-plus foot business jet with a wingspan greater than 69 feet will be flying low approaches – roughly 1,500 feet – within a 25-mile radius around the base for the purposes of a navigational check.
Flown by Nav Canada, a privately run, not-for-profit corporation that owns and operates Canada’s air navigational system, the aircraft is expected to make numerous turns and banks during the navigational check.
This will be done to test the accuracy of bearing and distance information provided by navigational aids at 15 Wing’s aerodrome.
The navigational check ensures the necessary safe conduct of aircraft approaches and landings to airports when pilots are unable to see the ground during poor weather.
Nav Canada doesn’t expect the aircraft to make a lot of noise, but from 8:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday it will be flying low and fast.