3 CFFTS was formed at Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Portage la Prairie on 1 July, 1970, as an amalgamation of personnel and equipment from 1 Primary Flying School at CFB Borden, Ont., equipped with the de Havilland Canada CT-120 Chipmunk primary trainer, 4 Flying Training School from CFB Rivers, Man., equipped with the Hiller CH-112 Nomad helicopter and 3 Flying Training School at Portage la Prairie, which had been equipped with the recently-retired Beech CT-128 Expeditor multi-engine trainer.

Major change came again in 2005, with the announcement of a new $1.77 billion, 20-year Contracted Flying Training and Support contract to the Allied Wings consortium. The Slingsby T-67C Fireflies were replaced by Grob 120A trainers and the Raytheon C-90B King Air replaced the older C-90A King Airs. The CH-139 Jet Ranger helicopters were refurbished, and nine Bell 412 CF (Canadian Forces) helicopters (former CH-146 Griffons) were added to the 3 CFFTS fleet for the advanced helicopter phase of training. There are also new, state-of-the-art ground training and hangar facilities under construction.