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Everything that You Need to Know about the Canadair CL-415

CL-415 infographic highlights vital statistics, aircraft specifications, performance data, and avionics information for one of the world’s most popular medium-sized water bombers


The Everything that you Need to Know about the Canadair CL-415 infographic was created using information obtained from Wikipedia’s “Canadair CL-415” webpage, Bombardier’s “Amphibious Aircraft Status Report,” and Viking Air’s “Viking’s Aerial Firefighter” article. It showcases information on the aircraft’s manufacturer, general characteristics, performance outputs, as well as other key knowledge relative to this aircraft type.

The CL-415 is an extremely versatile turboprop aircraft that is well known for its robust capabilities. It was originally manufactured by Canadair until the company was purchased by Bombardier in 1996. The aircraft was developed from the Canadair CL-215 and was specifically built for the purpose of providing aerial support for firefighting missions. It achieved first flight on December 6, 1993, and was introduced into active service in 1994.

On June 20th, 2016, the CL-415s type certificate was purchased by Viking Air, who expressed interest in restarting production of the aircraft. Nearly two years later, on May 7th, 2018, Viking Air officially announced the launch of the Viking CL-415EAF (“Enhanced Aerial Firefighter”) Conversion Program in conjunction with its parent company, Longview Aviation Asset Management. This conversion program is considered to be the basis for the future development of the CL-515 amphibious aircraft.

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Everything that You Need to Know about the Canadair CL-415 Infographic Summary


Introducing the Canadair CL-415

The Canadair CL-415, also known as the Bombardier 415, is a Canadian amphibious aircraft purpose-built as a water bomber. It was designed and built specifically for aerial firefighting. On June 20, 2016, the CL-415 type certificate was purchased from Bombardier by Viking Air.[2]

This aircraft offers operators the ability to access sites in remote locations, use unprepared runways, facilitate on-land or on-water interventions, and perform short takeoff and landings (STOL capabilities).[3]


Vital Statistics[4][5][6]

  • Aircraft Role: Amphibious Water Bomber
  • Manufacturer: Canadair; Bombardier Aerospace
  • First Flight: December 6, 1993.
  • Current Status: Active Service
  • Production Period: 1993-2015
  • Number Built: 90
  • Unit Cost: $37 million CAD
  • Developed From: Canadair CL-215



  • Crew: 2 pilots
  • Additional Seating: One on jump seat, eight on bench seats
  • Payload: 6,400lb (2,900 kg)
  • Length: 65 ft (19.82 m)
  • Wingspan: 93 ft 11 in (28.6 m)
  • Height: 29 ft 3 in (8.9 m)
  • Wing Area: 1,080 sq ft (100 sq m)
  • Airfoil: NACA 4417
  • Powerplant: 2 × Pratt & Whitney Canada PW123AF turboprop, takeoff power: 2,380 shp (1,775 kW) each
  • Empty Weight: 28,400 lb (12,880 kg)
  • Maximum Fuel Weight: 10,250 lb (4650 kg)
  • Maximum Takeoff Weight (From Land, Disposable Load): 43,850 lb (19,890 kg)
  • Maximum Takeoff Weight (From Land, Non-Disposable Load): 41,000 lb (18,600 kg)
  • Maximum Takeoff Weight (From Water): 37,850 lb (17,170 kg)
  • Maximum Capacity (Water or Retardant): 13,536 lb (6,140 kg)
  • Maximum Weight After Scooping: 47,000 lb (21,360 kg)
  • Maximum Landing Weight: 37,000 lb (16,780 kg)



  • Maximum Speed: 223 mph (359 km/h (194 kt))
  • Cruise Speed: 207 mph (333 km/h (180 kt))
  • Stall Speed: 78 mph (126 km/h (68 kt))
  • Range: 1,518 miles (2,443 km)
  • Service Ceiling: 14,700 ft (4,500 m)
  • Rate of Climb: 1,600 ft/min (8.1 m/s)
  • Takeoff Distance (ISA, land): 2,750 ft (840 m)
  • Takeoff Distance (ISA, water): 2,670 ft (815 m)
  • Landing Distance (ISA, land): 2,210 ft (675 m)
  • Landing Distance (ISA, water): 2,180 ft (665 m)
  • Maximum Water Depth: 6 ft (1.8 m)



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