CT-142 Dash-8: Trainer Aircraft

Aircraft

CT-142 Dash-8

Overview

Navigators from around the world come to Canada to train on the CT-142 Dash-8. At the Canadian Forces Air Navigation School (CFANS), this twin turboprop aircraft is used to teach students aerial navigation and tactics.

Designed and produced in Canada, the CT-142 is a conversion of the popular Dash-8 airliner. It was adapted for navigation training by manufacturer Bombardier Inc. in the late 1980s.

Recent software modifications on the CT-142 allow students to operate their own Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and Inertial Navigation System (INS). The aircraft also features a new Tactical Display System that superimposes information on the students’ radar displays.

At CFANS, located at 17 Wing in Winnipeg, dozens of Canadian and foreign students train on CT-142s each year. CFANS has welcomed navigators from Singapore, Korea, New Zealand, Germany, Norway, The Netherlands and Australia.

Technical Specifications

Length

23.63 m

Wingspan

25.89 m

Height

7.44 m

Empty Weight

15,740 kg

Maximum Gross Weight

19,260 kg

Power

Two Pratt & Whitney turbo-propellers

Speed

500 km/h

Service Ceiling

7,500 m

Range

2,400 km

Year(s) procured

1987 and 1989–90

Quantity in CF

4

Location(s)

17 Wing, Winnipeg, MB