The Tutor can cruise at 130kt at sea level and climb to 5,000ft in 7 minutes. This performance, along with a modern instrument and avionics suite, including a Traffic Avoidance System, makes the Tutor an ideal aircraft for Elementary Flying Training. The Tutor is constructed mainly from carbon fibre reinforced plastic, which combines high strength with light weight. Like its predecessor, the Bulldog, the Tutor has side-by-side seating but, unlike the Bulldog, the primary flight instruments are on the right-hand side of the cockpit. This allows the student to fly the aircraft from the right-hand seat with a right-hand stick and a left-hand throttle so that future transition to fast-jet aircraft is made easier.