The Canadian Forces Snowbirds will return to full operations at their home base of 15 Wing Moose Jaw in Saskatchewan, beginning today – stated the Canadian Armed Forces in a news release on their website. The CT-114 Tutor fleet has been on an operational pause since Snowbird 5 was forced to eject prior to an air show at the Atlanta Speedway on October 13, 2019.
While the Royal Canadian Air Force Directorate of Flight Safety is continuing its investigation, the return to operations follows a thorough risk assessment process.
The 2020 schedule for the Canadian Forces Snowbirds 50th season will be released on December 10, 2019. The season is slated to begin on June 6, 2020.
“I have complete confidence in the Tutor aircraft. Our maintainers are world-class and take meticulous care of our fleet and the Royal Canadian Air Force has a robust risk assessment process to ensure we conduct operations in as safe a manner as possible.”
-said Lieutenant-Colonel Denis Bandet, Acting Commanding Officer and former team leader of Canadian Forces Snowbirds.
The aircraft returned home to 15 Wing Moose Jaw on November 29, 2019, during which they did not encounter any malfunction or engine problems.
The 2020 schedule of the Snowbirds might include as much as 30 locations across North America.
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