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RCAF Snowbird Ejection in Atlanta, GA

Sun Oct 13, 2019 6:05 pm

This just off the Snowbirds Twitter account:

https://twitter.com/CFSnowbirds/status/ ... 49154?s=09

Snowbird 5, piloted by Capt Kevin Domon-Grenier, was forced to eject just prior to their demonstration for the Atlanta Airshow. Pilot is unhurt, and aircraft crashed in an unpopulated area.
 
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Re: RCAF Snowbird Ejection in Atlanta, GA

Sun Oct 13, 2019 7:33 pm

The USAF Thunderbirds have also announced they are canceling their display today:

https://twitter.com/AFThunderbirds/stat ... 07680?s=19
 
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Re: RCAF Snowbird Ejection in Atlanta, GA

Sun Oct 13, 2019 9:00 pm

Lost two friends in crashes this year. Glad Capt Kevin Domon-Grenier is ok.
 
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Re: RCAF Snowbird Ejection in Atlanta, GA

Sun Oct 13, 2019 9:59 pm

ThePointblank wrote:
This just off the Snowbirds Twitter account:

https://twitter.com/CFSnowbirds/status/ ... 49154?s=09


What is the plan for the Snowbirds going forward, Is a replacement aircraft expected or planned? I’m not trying to place any blame on the C-114 but it is an old aircraft and must take some effort to keep to airshow standard.
 
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Re: RCAF Snowbird Ejection in Atlanta, GA

Mon Oct 14, 2019 2:01 am

Ozair wrote:
ThePointblank wrote:
This just off the Snowbirds Twitter account:

https://twitter.com/CFSnowbirds/status/ ... 49154?s=09


What is the plan for the Snowbirds going forward, Is a replacement aircraft expected or planned? I’m not trying to place any blame on the C-114 but it is an old aircraft and must take some effort to keep to airshow standard.

In the interim, they will probably pull another CT-114 Tutor out of storage to make up for the lost aircraft. Both the CF ground personnel and L3 MAS have been doing excellent work keeping the CT-114's air show ready.

Per what I've seen of the Defence blueprint, they intend on extending the life of the CT-114's to 2030; they are planning an avionics upgrade to the jets so the jets could comply with upcoming aviation regulations, and there's nothing else on the remaining scope of work required to keep the aircraft going till then.

However, there is an ongoing CF project to overhaul the current air crew training system by replacing the existing fleet of aircraft and contracted air trainer fleet, which include the Grob 120A, King Air C90B's, Bell Jet Rangers, Bell 412's, CT-156 Harvard II's, and CT-155 Hawk's; that project will start delivering aircraft in 2023.

I'm aware that Leonardo has been pitching their M-345 jet trainer specifically as a Snowbird replacement aircraft; I've been seeing their ads in the various defence magazines advertising the M-345 as a Snowbird replacement aircraft, and they've been busy sponsoring and advertising at events where CF personnel and decision makers are going to be present.
 
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Re: RCAF Snowbird Ejection in Atlanta, GA

Mon Oct 14, 2019 2:45 am

https://www.instagram.com/p/B3lNEu9h5fs/?igshid=ma3krm9vq8k0

Link to The Snowbirds Instagram page updating the status of the pilot. Good to see The #5 Jet Captain Domon-Grenier back in circulation and in good spirits. Not sure how I would feel after being blasted out of a Tutor.
 
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Re: RCAF Snowbird Ejection in Atlanta, GA

Wed Oct 16, 2019 9:35 pm

Semi-amazing, his wife is #2 in the Snowbirds, husband-wife on the team.
 
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Re: RCAF Snowbird Ejection in Atlanta, GA

Thu Oct 17, 2019 3:37 am

Operation pause for the CT-114 Tutor fleet while the investigation is ongoing:

https://www.facebook.com/RCAF.ARC/photo ... 752956237/

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This of course means that the Snowbirds will miss their last scheduled air show of the season, the Wings over Houston Air Show on October 19-20. The team is currently heading back to their base in Moose Jaw to be with their families.
 
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Re: RCAF Snowbird Ejection in Atlanta, GA

Thu Oct 17, 2019 3:51 pm

Are the Tutor's only in use with the Snowbirds? And how many are left?
Many happy landings, greetings from The Netherlands!
 
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Re: RCAF Snowbird Ejection in Atlanta, GA

Thu Oct 17, 2019 7:18 pm

Quite a few in storage, dozens is what I hear from my RCAF friends. Yes, the Snowbirds are the only Tutor operator now.

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Re: RCAF Snowbird Ejection in Atlanta, GA

Thu Oct 17, 2019 7:57 pm

GalaxyFlyer wrote:
Quite a few in storage, dozens is what I hear from my RCAF friends. Yes, the Snowbirds are the only Tutor operator now.

GF

Yeah, apparently at CFB Mountain View, there's a hangar packed full of Tutors. They can easily pull one from storage.

And the Snowbirds are the major user of the Tutor; there's also a couple assigned to Aerospace Engineering Test Establishment (AETE) at Cold Lake, plus a few in civilian hands.
 
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Re: RCAF Snowbird Ejection in Atlanta, GA

Thu Oct 17, 2019 8:59 pm

thanks!
Many happy landings, greetings from The Netherlands!
 
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Re: RCAF Snowbird Ejection in Atlanta, GA

Wed Nov 27, 2019 5:41 pm

Interesting that the team's planes have been grounded and, until this week, unable to fly back from Georgia. Cause still not determined and they expect next year's training to be delayed by a month.

https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/snowbirds ... -1.4704918
 
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Re: RCAF Snowbird Ejection in Atlanta, GA

Thu Nov 28, 2019 1:44 pm

marktci wrote:
Interesting that the team's planes have been grounded and, until this week, unable to fly back from Georgia. Cause still not determined and they expect next year's training to be delayed by a month.

https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/snowbirds ... -1.4704918


The Aircraft Occurrence Summary from the ongoing investigation is out:

http://www.rcaf-arc.forces.gc.ca/assets ... ov2019.pdf

Airframe being listed is CT114071, and the reports single out two issues so far that they are looking into.

The report notes that at the time, the aircraft was conducting a routine check while flying inverted, and had just rolled back upright and full power was selected to rejoin the formation. That was when the engine lost thrust, and the pilot was unable to recover engine power, and was forced to eject.

It also mentions that while the ejection was successful, the pilot reported anomalies with the ejection sequence.

The investigation is focused in on both why the engine lost power, and the reported anomalies with the ejection sequence.
 
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Re: RCAF Snowbird Ejection in Atlanta, GA

Thu Dec 05, 2019 8:47 pm

Cleared to return to flight, with the start of the air show season on June 6th 2020, which would be the 50th season of the Snowbirds:

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_ ... 1263506236

Schedule for the 2020 Snowbird season will be released on December 10th.

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