CT-156 Harvard II: Trainer Aircraft

Aircraft

CT-156 Harvard II

Overview

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

Length

10.18 m

Wingspan

10.21 m

Height

3.25 m

Empty Weight

2,971kg

Power

Pratt & Whitney PT6A-68 turboprop plant

Thrust

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

Range

834 km

Crew

1 pilot, 1 instructor

Year(s) procured

Leased by CF in 2000

Quantity in CF

25

Location(s)

15 Wing Moose Jaw, SK