50th Anniversary Gala
Aerospace Engineering Test Establishment​​
Honouring the support of the Canadian Armed Forces through Aeronautical Test and Evaluation through the years.
On the evening of May 25th, 2017, the Aerospace Engineering Test Establishment (AETE) will mark 50 years of aeronautical test and evaluation excellence.

For this semicentennial milestone, AETE's Commanding Officer ( Col Michael Barker )  wishes to cordially invite all current members, alumni, friends and family of the flight test community to 4 Wing Cold Lake on Thursday May 25th for an anniversary celebration.

Following the change of command parade for the next Commanding Officer (Col Eric Grandmont), a formal gala dinner will be held, featuring live music courtesy of the 4 Wing Band, AETE displays, brief presentations and a dance. Reuniting the test pilots, test engineers, maintainers and support trades that have made flight test possible over the years, this promises to be a historic evening.

  1. Managing Director
    AETE CF188 Hornet
  2. Managing Director
    AETE CH146 Griffon
  3. Managing Director
    AETE CT114 Tutor
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About AETE
Built from the legacy of the Central Experimental Proving Establishment (CEPE), AETE was the culmination of almost three decades of Canadian flight test initiatives. Formed on July 1st, 1967, AETE operated out of CFB Uplands, with detachments including 448 Test Squadron (4 Wing Cold Lake), Experimental Squadron 10 (VX-10, 12 Wing Shearwater), and 129 Acceptance and Ferry Flight (8 Wing Trenton). In September of 1971, AETE was consolidated to 4 Wing Cold Lake where it has continued to support the Canadian Armed Forces for the past half century.
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AETE Mission
AETE’s mission is to provide aerospace test and evaluation expertise and services in support of the Canadian Armed Forces` operational capabilities

We are an ADM(Mat) field unit, and are a lodger unit located at 4 Wing Cold Lake. We are an interdisciplinary team that provides full flight test services, mainly in support of Major Crown Project management offices and fleet engineering support offices on all Canadian Armed Forces’ aircraft.


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