Despite Age, No Replacements In Sight For Snowbird Jets | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Airborne On ANN

Airborne 05.18.15

Airborne 05.19.15

Airborne 05.20.15

Airborne 05.21.15

Airborne 05.22.15

Airborne Hi-Def On YouTube

Airborne 05.18.15

Airborne 05.19.15

Airborne 05.20.15

Airborne 05.21.15

Airborne 05.22.15

 

Mon, Jul 10, 2006

Despite Age, No Replacements In Sight For Snowbird Jets

Tutor Trainers Are 43 Years Old

As Canada ramps up on military spending, some officials are calling for the company's Defense Department to throw a little money towards replacing the aging CT-114 Tutor trainers flown by the Snowbirds precision flying team.

The issue, like the Tutor, is not new. The London Free Press reports the Snowbirds have been involved in no fewer than 12 major accidents -- including five fatalities -- involving 19 aircraft since 1972... when the two-seat trainers were already nine years old.

However, a briefing note to Chief of Defense Staff Rick Hillier, obtained by the Free Press, show the Canadian military is strongly considering keeping the Tutors flying until 2020 at the earliest -- despite a lack of parts availability for the aging planes, as well as an "increased risk of unexpected problems."

A program aimed at replacing the Tutors was launched in 2001 -- but first on the list of available options, according to an update report from the Canadian Defense Department, is to maintain the "status quo." Near the bottom of the list of options including cutting the fleet back to make more parts available for flying aircraft, as well as introducing a smaller Snowbirds team, using four advanced CF-18 fighters.

Plans first unveiled in 2003 to bring a fleet of Hawk aircraft onboard to replace the Tutors have also reportedly been placed on hold.

As Aero-News reported, the most recent accident involving a Snowbirds plane occurred last August, when a jet flying to an airshow went down due to mechanical problems. The pilot escaped injury.

FMI: www.snowbirds.mil.ca 

Advertisement

More News

ANN Special Report: Colorado NIMBYs Defeated... For Now

Vicious Campaign Against Skydiving Operation By Small, But Vocal, Group Loses Court Case News/Analysis by ANN CEO/Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell Those of us who work and play in the>[...]

Airborne 05.22.15: Falcon 5X Readies, Avidyne AD, LadiesLoveTaildraggers 2015

Also: Air Power Museum, ANN Could Use A Little Help From Its Friends, GE Honda, Mexican-Registry TBM 900, Legacy 500, BBJ Winglets, Wheels Up Order The new Falcon 5X is getting clo>[...]

Deadline For $30 Million Google Lunar XPRIZE Extended To End Of 2017

Progress Continues To Be Made To Return Humanity To The Moon XPRIZE and Google have officially confirmed a further extension of the $30 million Google Lunar XPRIZE. XPRIZE notes th>[...]

Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (05.25.15)

“It is the Sikorsky Innovations charter to identify the toughest challenges in vertical flight, and to demonstrate solutions to them. Getting an all-new aircraft into flight,>[...]

S-97 Raider Starts Flight Test Program

CoAxial Helo Heralds Development Of Exciting New Rotorcraft We knew it was close... and now it's real. Sikorsky has confirmed the successful first flight of the S-97 RAIDER helicop>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2015 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC