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Polish Air Force orders extraordinary helicopter

The Hélicoptères Guimbal Cabri G2 light training helicopter (Image © Hélicoptères Guimbal)
The Hélicoptères Guimbal Cabri G2 light training helicopter (Image © Hélicoptères Guimbal)

The Polish Air Force Academy in Deblin will get three new Hélicoptères Guimbal Cabri G2 light training helicopters, sources at the military flight aviation school confirmed.

The Cabri G2s come for about 1.5 to 1.7 million US dollars, including spare parts. Like Polish and Russian made helicopters the French made Cabri G2s have clockwise rotation of the main rotor, which was an important selection criteria for the Polish Air Force.

The new choppers can reach speeds up to 100 knots (185 kmh), cruise at 90 knots (166 kmh) and reach destinations as far as 380 nautical miles (700 km) with a 15 minute fuel reserve. On station time can be max 5 hours and 40 minutes.

Hélicoptères Guimbal was founded in late 2000, with the purpose of developing and certifying the two-seat helicopter Cabri G2. This also involved the full-scale industrialisation for serial production. The program was based on the achievements of the technological demonstrator that Bruno Guimbal had built and tested in the 90’s. On December the 15th, 2007 in Le Bourget, after six years of intense development and nearly 300 hours of relentless flight testing, Alain Leroy, EASA director, delivered the Cabri G2 Type Certificate. The Cabri G2 is the first European piston-engine powered helicopter.

Source: Siły Powietrzne / Hélicoptères Guimbal

Pre-Party Belgian Style!

This year the 15 Wing Luchttransport (15W LuTpt) of the Belgian Air Component celebrates 40 years of operations with the Hercules transport aircraft, as well as with the Dassault Da-20 VIP airplane. Therefore Open Days are held at 15 Wing’s home base of Brussels Melsbroek on September 21 and 22, 2013.

AIRheads↑FLY visited the base the day before. We offer you a sneak preview of what’s coming. It was a base visit in a typical Belgian way – meaning very relaxed Public Relation supervisors while normal operations continued during our stay. Enjoy this pre-party Belgian Style, and get yourself to Melsbroek during the weekend!

This C-130H is impatiently waiting for it's crew, because it wants to FLY, even it already serves the Belgian Air Force for 40 years now! (Image © Dennis Spronk)
This C-130H is impatiently waiting for its crew, because it wants to FLY, even if it already serves the Belgian Air Force for 40 years now! (Image © Dennis Spronk)
The Indian connection! For the 40 years C-130H anniversary, this C-130H received a very attractive special paint job, which was just finished minutes before it was towed out of the hangar! (Image © Dennis Spronk)
The Indian connection! For the 40 years C-130H anniversary, this Hercules received a very attractive special paint job, which was just finished minutes before it was towed out of the hangar! (Image © Dennis Spronk)
French connection! This Falcon 900B looks very smooth, and will be serving the 15w for many years to come. (Image © Dennis Spronk)
French connection! This Falcon 900B looks very smooth, and will be serving the 15 Wing for many years to come. (Image © Dennis Spronk)
Please start me up! This C-130H is getting ready for a parajump mission, together with 5 other brothers (Image © Dennis Spronk)
Please start me up! This C-130H is getting ready for a parajump mission, together with 5 brothers. (Image © Dennis Spronk)
A Hercules will never be boring to see. (Image © Dennis Spronk)
A Hercules will never be boring to see. (Image © Dennis Spronk)
Finally! Hercules can do an Elephant walk too! (Image © Dennis Spronk)
Finally! Hercules can do an Elephant walk too! (Image © Dennis Spronk)
4 Belgian, 1 Danish and 1 Dutch Hercules took part in the mass parajump mission over the Ardennen. Great to see them make a flypast before landing. (Image © Dennis Spronk)
4 Belgian, 1 Danish and 1 Dutch Hercules took part in the mass parajump mission over the Ardennes. Great to see them make a flypast before landing. (Image © Dennis Spronk)
This Danish operate one of the newest generations of Hercules, the C-130J. Maybe they will celebrate 40 years of C-130J operations in 2050! (Image © Dennis Spronk)
The Danes operate the newest Hercules generation, the C-130J. Maybe they will celebrate 40 years of C-130J operations in 2050! (Image © Dennis Spronk)
This RAF C-130K will soon be history. It will be making it's last flight, when returning home after visiting the 15w celebrations. Bye bye. (Image © Dennis Spronk)
This RAF C-130K will soon be history. It will be making its last flight when returning home after visiting the 15W celebrations. Bye bye. (Image © Dennis Spronk)
Embrear ERJ-135/145's also serve the 15w, within the 21 smaldeel (squadron). (Image © Dennis Spronk)
Embraer ERJ 135/145s also serve the 15W, with the 21 Smaldeel (squadron). (Image © Dennis Spronk)
Stop: Politie! The Police also share the ramp space at Brussel Melsbroek military airbase. (Image © Dennis Spronk)
Stop: Politie! The police shares the ramp space of Brussels Melsbroek military airbase. (Image © Dennis Spronk)
Welcome! Every potential pilot starts training with the SF-260 Marchetti training aircraft. Grrrrrrrr! (Image © Dennis Spronk)
Welcome! Every potential pilot starts training with the SF-260 Marchetti training aircraft. Grrrrrrrr! (Image © Dennis Spronk)
Bonjour! Another French connection! 2 Cazaux based of the Belgian Air Force arrived for the celebrations. (Image © Dennis Spronk)
Bonjour! Another French connection! 2 Cazaux based Alpha Jets of the Belgian Air Force arrived for the celebrations. (Image © Dennis Spronk)

© 2013 AIRheads’ Dennis Spronk

More F-35s to Luke

F-35A Lightning IIs perform an aerial refueling mission with a KC-135 Stratotanker on May 13, 2013, off the coast of northwest Florida. (Image © USAF / Master Sgt. Donald R. Allen)
F-35A Lightning IIs perform an aerial refueling mission with a KC-135 Stratotanker on May 13, 2013, off the coast of northwest Florida. (Image © USAF / Master Sgt. Donald R. Allen)

Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, will get 72 additional F-35A Lightning II fighter aircraft, bringing the eventual total number of the fifth-generation fighters expected there at 144.

The Air Force’s initial decision to establish an F-35 pilot training center here was announced in August 2012, following a three-year process that included an extensive environmental impact analysis.

The Lockheed Martin F-35A, also known as Joint Strike Fighter, intended to be the Air Force’s premier strike aircraft through the first half of the 21st century. It is a multirole fighter that is expected to eventually phase out the F-16 Fighting Falcon and A-10 Thuderbolt II.

Aircraft are expected to begin arriving at Luke AFB in spring 2014, although exact timing will depend on production schedules. Construction on base to prepare for the aircraft is currently underway, with about US$10 million of US$57 million in projects already completed.

The 2012 Record of Decision cited several reasons why Luke AFB was the service’s top choice for F-35A basing, including facility and ramp capacity, range access, weather and capacity for future growth. The base has been training fighter pilots for more than 70 years.

Source: USAF

Danish T-17s provide close air support

Royal Danish Air Force (Flyvevåbnet) Saab T-17 (MFI-17 Supporter) training aircraft at Fliegerhorst Wittmundhafen (Wittmund AB), Niedersachsen, Germany (Deutschland). The aircraft with serial T-428 serves with the Flight School (Flyveskolen) at Karup. (Image © Marcel Burger)
Royal Danish Air Force (Flyvevåbnet) Saab T-17 (MFI-17 Supporter) training aircraft at Fliegerhorst Wittmundhafen (Wittmund AB), Niedersachsen, Germany (Deutschland). The aircraft with serial T-428 serves with the Flight School (Flyveskolen) at Karup. (Image © Marcel Burger)

WITH VIDEO | Saab T-17 training aircraft of the Flight School of the Royal Danish Air Force (RDAF) were deployed for a more offensive role in June 2013. They provided close air support (CAS) over several towns of Danish Jutland, reports the press department of the Danish Armed Forces.

>>> SEE FORSVARETS VIDEO OF T-17 IN CAS ACTION HERE (SCROLL-DOWN) >>>

Together with Forward Air Controllers on the ground instructor pilots of the Flight School identified ground targets from their T-17s for simulated distruction by high-flying F-16 fighter aircraft. The operations were part of wider exercise AGOEX which the Danes held in June to train joint operations between air and ground assets.

The RDAF (Flyvevåbnets Flyveskolen) at Karup operates 27 Saab T-17s, relatively small single-engine propeller planes mainly used to train future air force pilots. Many countries paint their trainers black or yellow, but the Danish T-17s retain a green camo paint scheme for their secondary ground support role. Of the 27 T-17s four are based at Aalborg and three at Skrydstrup.

T-17 is the Danish designation for the Saab MFI-17 Supporter, a military derivative of the Malmö Flygindustri MFI-15 Safari, which was taken over by Saab. Between 1971 and 1979 a total of 462 of the type were built, including 212 as the MFI-17 Mushshak by Pakistan under license.

The aircraft is said to be easy to fly, has wings strong enough to take a weapons load and has excellent capabilities to serve as a armed scout or counter-insurgency (COIN) aircraft.

© 2013 AIRheads’ editor Marcel Burger

>>> SEE FORSVARETS VIDEO OF T-17 IN CAS ACTION HERE (SCROLL-DOWN) >>>

Royal Danish Air Force (RDAF) (Flyvevåbnet) status as of July 2013


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Active number of aircraft: 93

  • 17x Lockheed Martin F-16AM single-seat multi-role fighter
  • 13x Lockheed Martin F-16BM dual-seat multi-role fighter
  • 4x Lockheed C-130J-30 Hercules tactical transport aircraft
  • 3x Canadair CL-604 Challenger sea and fishery patrol & VIP transport aircraft
  • 27x Saab T-17 (MFI-17) training and observer/scout aircraft
  • 14x Agusta Westland EH-101 tactical transport & search and rescue helicopter
  • 8x Eurocopter AS 550 C2 Fennec observation & scout helicopter
  • 7x Westland Lynx Mk 90B naval support helicopter

Airbases (Flyvestation): 5

  • Aalborg

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    • C-130 (Eskadrille 721)
    • CL-604 (Eskadrille 721)
    • EH-101 (SAR)
    • T-17 (Flyveskolen, 4x)
  • Karup

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    • T-17 (Flyveskolen, 20x)
    • EH-101 (Eskadrille 722)
    • Lynx Mk 90B (Eskadrille 723)
    • AS 550 Fennec (Eskadrille 724)
  • Skrydstrup

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    • F-16AM/BM (Eskadrille 727 / Eskadrille 730)
    • EH-101 (SAR)
    • T-17 (Flyveskolen, 3x)
  • Roskilde

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    • EH-101 (SAR)
    • Sea King Mk 43 (330 skvadron)
  • Sønderstrømfjord (Greenland)

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    • CL-604 (det. Esk 721, 1x)

Source: Flyvevåbnet