So you’ve seen the Armée de Terre helos at the Le Luc airshow and you think “I would like some more of those”. Valence airbase near Lyon gave AIRheads↑FLY exactly that; more French helos waiting to be photographed and digitally transferred to your computerscreen. Great colours on these French choppers. What a way to spend a vacation.
The world’s airlines have a new, improved aircraft available to meet their demands: the Tupolev Tu-204CM received its flight certification this summer, reports the Russian design company.
400 tests were performed after which the Russian Aviation Register of the Interstate Aviation Committee gave the Tu-204CM the certificate with the number ST233-Tu-204-120SE/D10. With that the aircraft is okay-ed for passenger traffic.
The Tu-204CM is a much modernized version of the Tu-204-100E, using the new PS-90A2 engines with enhanced service life and reliability compared to their predecessors. The flight crew is treated with upgraded and new systems as well.
According to the Tupolev company the Tu-204CM has better flight characteristics and is more efficient, more comfortable and easier to maintain than the older Tu-204s. ,,It equals other modern jet aircraft”, writes a spokesperson.
First flight of the first Tu-204 series was in 1989, the aircraft being the Russian answer to the American Boeing 757. The Tu-204 is able to accommodate more than 210 passengers. Deliveries of the Tu-204CM are scheduled to begin in 2014, although the aircraft company did not mention specific customers.
An Airbus A300-600F operated by UPS crashed shortly before landing at Birmingham-Alabama at August 14, 2013, killing both crew members. The aircraft was operating a scheduled service, Flight 1354, from Louisville, KY to Birmingham AL.
The aircraft involved in the accident, registered under the number N155UP was MSN 841, delivered to UPS from the production line in 2003. The aircraft had accumulated approximately 11000 flight hours in some 6800 flights. It was powered by Pratt & Whitney engines. At this time no further factual information is available of the cause of the crash.
The A300-600F is a freighter twin-engine widebody. The first A300-600F freighter entered service in 1983. By the end of June 2013, 104 A300-600F were in service.
The first of 24 new Sikorsky MH-60R anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare helicopters was produced ahead of schedule to the Royal Australian Navy. The aircraft was rolled out on June 30, at Sikorsky’s Stratford plant in Connecticut, USA.
On July 24 the RAN’s new MH-60R (Romeo) arrived at Lockheed Martin Mission Systems & Training location in Owego, New York, for the second phase of aircraft completion — installation of the digital cockpit and integrated mission systems and sensors.
Sikorsky has three additional MH-60R aircraft for the Royal Australian Navy in various stages of assembly at its Seahawk production line in Stratford. Those aircraft will be handed over in August and September 2013 for completion by Lockheed Martin in early 2014. Australia’s Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) is expected to take delivery of all 24 completed MH-60R aircraft by late 2016.
The Australian Defence Force currently operates 16 S-70B-2 Seahawk helicopters acquired in the 1980s, roughly the same type of helicopter as the new MH-60s. The first Australian MH-60R helicopter is the 168th Romeo model produced by Sikorsky since deliveries to the US Navy began in 2006.
So, what to do on a hot summer day in France? It didn’t take AIRheads↑FLY a very long time to come up with an answer to that one, actually. So we packed our baguettes, some fine wine and a bottle of sunscreen and we headed along l’autoroute to the EALAT Airshow at Le Luc airbase. EALAT stands for Ecole de l’Aviation Légère de l’Armée de Terre, just so you know. And by the way, we also brought along a camera.
And now make some noise! It weren’t only helos or props at Le Luc, there were fighters as well, courtesy of the Armée de l’Air and the French Marine.
We close of in style however, with a fine study of the rotary future for some time to come: the EC665 Tigre.