Today, the fleet comprises 39 aircraft distributed across 19 bases, or air sections, throughout Canada.
The types and number of fixed and rotary wing aircraft that make up the fleet are:- Pilatus — 16
- Cessna — 12
- Eurocopter — 9
- De Havilland Twin Otter — 1
- Kodiak Quest — 1
The fleet also had a Piaggio Avanti P180, but it was sold in July 2014.
The RCMP uses the aircraft for:- Northern and regional patrols and surveillance.
- Transport of personnel, evidence and supplies — including into northern and remote locations where air travel may be the only means of transport.
- Transport of emergency response and containment teams.
- Operational support for front-line officers.
The Air Services Branch of the force employs 150 people, including 78 pilots, and 49 aircraft maintenance engineers and avionics technicians, and in 2012/13 cost about $30 million to operate.Suggest a correction