The DHC-I Chipmunk is a low wing single engine monoplane of metal construction designed for elementary flying instruction. It accommodates two in a tandem seat arrangement with duplicate controls and instruments in each cockpit. The landing gear is non-retractable, with a fully castoring tail wheel. The main wheels are fitted with hydraulically operated brakes, which operate using a hand brake and differential rudder pedal deflections. The aircraft is powered by a Gypsy Major engine, which is a four cylinder in line, inverted, air-cooled engine developing 140 BHP and has a direct drive to a Fairey Reid metal propeller.
The Chipmunk is used to demonstrate spin characteristics, spin chase and formation flight training.