CT-114 Tutor

Aircraft

CT-114 Tutor

Overview

Overview

The distinctive roar of its turbojet engine announces that the celebrated CT-114 Tutor is passing overhead. As the aircraft flown by the Snowbirds—Canada’s famed Air Demonstration team—the nimble Tutor is a Canadian Air Force icon.

The Tutor was originally procured in the mid-1960s to train student pilots. It was replaced in 2000 by the CT-156 Harvard II and CT-155 Hawk. Today, the Tutor is flown primarily by 431 Squadron’s Snowbirds. However, it is also used in aircraft testing at the Aerospace Engineering Test Establishment (AETE) in Cold Lake, Alberta.

The Tutors flown by the Snowbirds are slightly modified from the training version. In addition to show features, the modified version has a more highly-tuned engine to enhance performance during low-level aerobatic flying.

Technical specifications

Technical specifications

Length 9.75 m
Wingspan 11.12 m
Height 2.84 m
Weight 2,575 kg (Empty)
Power General Electric J85-CAN-40 turbo jet
Thrust Reaches 18,000 feet in less than 6 mins, can do sustained 2G turns at 25,000 feet
Speed 741 km/h (Maximum)
Service Ceiling 11,850 m
Range 648 km
Crew 2
Year(s) procured 1962
Quantity in CF 26
Location(s)

15 Wing Moose Jaw, SK
4 Wing Cold Lake, AL

News

CT114009 - Tutor

CT114009 Tutor - From the investigator

The occurrence involved a CT114 Tutor aircraft from the Canadian Armed Forces Air Demonstration Team (Snowbirds). The Tutor was flying at 600 ft. above ground level in a formation of 4 aircraft. One of the wingman aircraft was rolled into inverted flight as part of the setup for the Double-Take maneuver. Having rolled-out lower than normal in plane to the lead aircraft, the pilot lost visual contact with Lead.
April 26, 2019

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