CT-156 Harvard II


CT-156 Harvard II



Canada’s student pilots prove their mettle in the CT-156 Harvard II. This agile turboprop trainer is the aircraft of choice for the early stages of the NATO Flying Training in Canada (NFTC) program.

Boasting an impressive thrust-to-weight ratio, the CT-156 has an initial climb rate of about 1km per minute. It can handle sustained 2G turns at an altitude of 7,500 metres. The Harvard II’s fully pressurized cockpit features an Electronic Flight Instrumentation System (EFIS) and a Global Positioning System (GPS).

The aircraft is ideally suited to help new pilots move seamlessly from basic flight training to high-performance jet training. Its performance, combined with its advanced cockpit layout and agile handling, make it an ideal stepping stone toward advanced training phases.

NFTC students log about 95 hours on the Harvard II. After successful basic training, the pilots are streamed into the fighter, multi-engine or helicopter programs.

Technical specifications

Technical specifications


10.18 m


10.21 m


3.25 m

Empty Weight



Pratt & Whitney PT6A-68 turboprop plant


Reaches 18000feet in less than 6 mins: can do sustained 2G turns at 25,000 feet

Maximum Speed

575 km/h

Service Ceiling

9,449 m


834 km


1 pilot, 1 instructor

Year(s) procured

Leased by CF in 2000

Quantity in CF



15 Wing Moose Jaw, SK



CT156106 Harvard II

CT156106 Harvard II - Epilogue

A student pilot from 2 Canadian Forces Flying Training School conducting solo training on the CT156 Harvard II aircraft experienced the symptoms of a G induced almost-loss of consciousness (A-LOC).
October 24, 2018

CT156 Harvard II accident site

CT156105 Harvard II - Epilogue

A CT156 Harvard II was operating out of 15 Wing Moose Jaw SK, with a two pilot crew from 2CFFTS. The mission was an instructional flight to practice visual sequences including basic aerobatics.
January 27, 2017

A gear up landing was conducted.

CT156115 Harvard II - Epilogue

Two Harvard II Instructor Pilots (IP) from 15 Wing Moose Jaw (IP1- front seat and Aircraft Commander, IP2 - rear seat) were conducting a night cross country proficiency flight to Hillsboro Airport in Oregon, USA.
February 12, 2016

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