Terry Harrold School of Aviation uses two Cessna 172 for flight training. It is the most produced plane in history with more than 44 000 built. It is one of the world’s most popular training aircraft as it’s reliable and predictable.
The 172 has a cruise speed of 110 knots, 5 hours of endurance and a 550 nautical mile range. With the long distances between communities in the north, they represent the right choice for comfort and ability to achieve more extended flight than other training aircraft.
C-FHUR is a C-172N with standard equipment. It will be used for basic training and short local flights.
C-GJRO is a C-172M with some modification. It’s got a 180 HP engine, long range tank, IFR Garmin 430 GPS and G5 avionics. With these modifications, JRO is well equipped for long-range flights, with 6 hours autonomy and all the equipment required for instrument flight. It will also be used for basic instrument rating training.
The float and ski training are given in a Cessna 206. This plane is well-known in back-country flight and the parachute operations. The 206 is a good work-horse with great weight carrying ability. During the summer, C-FTPU is on amphibious floats, and in winter it’s transformed in a wheel/ski plane.
The 206 has tricycle gear which makes the transition from the C-172 much easier than many other bush plane which are taildraggers.