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.