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.
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!
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.
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.
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.