Leonardo Unveils New Firefighting Configuration For The C-27J Next Generation

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Leonardo Unveils New Firefighting Configuration For The C-27J Next Generation
C-27J Firefighter
A rendering showing the C-27J in the firefighting configuration while releasing fire retardant liquid. (Image: Leonardo)

The versatile C-27J cargo aircraft will be able to perform this mission thanks to the roll-on/roll off MAFFS system.

Leonardo unveiled on its website a new firefighting configuration that will further expand the mission set of the C-27J Spartan Next Generation cargo aircraft. The company was already working for some years on this project, studying the various options, but the choice in the end went to the second generation, roll-on/roll-off Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System (MAFFS II).

The C-27J NG will now be able to follow the footsteps of its predecessor, the G-222 (also known as C-27A), which was adapted to the firefighting role by equipping it with a system inspired by the early versions of the MAFFS, called Sistema Aeronautico Antincendio (Aeronautic Firefighting System). Four aircraft were built in this configuration for the Italian Air Force.

In the last few years, we saw an increase in the number of fires around the world, whose growing complexities are forcing the individual countries to deal with the challenge in an integrated manner, increasing the firefighting capabilities while taking the specific needs of each country into account. Those fires often spread on large areas and last many days, requesting a lot of resources to deal with them effectively. One of those resources, which is being increasingly employed in those situations, is the aerial firefighting aircraft.

As highlighted by Leonardo, an effective firefighting system has to meet a number of requirements: reach remote inland areas that are cut off from the sea or other water basins; optimise emergency response times; reduce environmental impact; employ multi-mission solutions that can cut aircraft operating costs, while ensuring their continuous use, even in the winter months; ensure the availability of a vast number of common platforms with elevated operational flexibility that can deal with a variety of different missions, and the “aircraft system” must have a high degree of interoperability with the assets on the ground.

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A rendering showing the internal configuration of the C-27J with the MAFFS II installed. (Image: Leonardo)

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A rendering showing the internal configuration of the C-27J with the MAFFS II installed. (Image: Leonardo)

Aircraft, which are at the heart of this integrated firefighting system, are the most powerful tool available to assist ground personnel fighting the flames. The C-27J’s Fire Fighter configuration proposed by Leonardo, considered the state-of-the-art in airborne firefighting capabilities, is a flexible solution, ideal for enhancing the capabilities of the C-27J Next Generation multi-mission aircraft and has significantly lower purchasing and operating costs than a dedicated firefighting platform, since it can be used for a multitude of missions instead of just a specialized role.

In around 90 minutes, the C-27J can be transformed from a tactical transport aircraft to an aerial firefighter, thanks to the palletised Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System II (MAFFS II), developed by United Aeronautical Corporation, a world leader in advanced aerial application systems. The MAFFS was first developed in the 1970’s to equip U.S. Air Force’s C-130s so they could help civilian agencies to fight fires, should they need additional assets. A newer variant, the MAFFS II, became operational in the 2000s.

The system consists in the installation in the C-27’s cargo bay of a removable tank with a capacity of over 8,000 litres of water or 7,600 litres of fire-retardant liquid. A complete set of tools that includes a pressurised tank, an outlet nozzle, a pressurised door, and a ground support system. The MAFFS II discharges the water or the retardant through a special plug in the paratroop drop door on the side of the aircraft, rather than requiring the cargo ramp door to be opened like on the original MAFFS.

According to Leonardo, the C-27’s Firefighting configuration is not intended to completely replace amphibious firefighting aircraft like the Canadair CL-415. Instead, it is designed so both types of aircraft can be used in a complementary way to optimize firefighting effectiveness even in complex environmental or morphological conditions, such as high distance of the basins, adverse weather conditions (high waves, bad weather), or to support operations at low visibility and night.

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File photo of a MAFFS II being loaded on a C-130H. (Photo: U.S. Air Force)

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File photo of a MAFFS II being loaded on a C-130H. (Photo: U.S. Air Force)

The C-27J-based firefighting solution is just the latest of the rapidly reconfigurable roles to which the aircraft has been adapted since its entry into service. This multi-functionality proved extremely useful for a variety of civil protection operations, other than the aircraft’s traditional military roles. A multitude of kits and easy-to-install, transportable roll-on/roll-off mission systems allow the C-27J to be rapidly transformed into the required configuration for the mission at hand.

As a tactical airlifter, the aircraft’s versatility also extends to airlifting cargo and troops; airdropping parachutists and supplies; medical battlefield evacuation; VIP transportation; natural disaster response and humanitarian assistance and support. In fact, during the crucial stages of the Covid-19 pandemic, the aircraft was primarily used for transporting medical supplies and equipment, ferrying medical personnel and coronavirus patients, and, in some cases, for complex transport operations that required the use of bio-containment kits.

About Stefano D’Urso
Stefano D’Urso is a freelance journalist and contributor to TheAviationist based in Lecce, Italy. A graduate in Industral Engineering he’s also studying to achieve a Master Degree in Aerospace Engineering. Electronic Warfare, Loitering Munitions and OSINT techniques applied to the world of military operations and current conflicts are among his areas of expertise.

What to Make of Congressional Hearings on UFOs

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What to Make of Congressional Hearings on UFOs

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It’s been five decades since Congress took up the question of UFOs, then the subject of formerly top-secret DoD intelligence known by the code name “Project Blue Book,” which documented encounters with Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs), today often referred to as Unexplained Aerial Phenomena (UAP). On Tuesday, they did it again, as a subcommittee of the House Intelligence Committee had hearings to get the straight scoop from DoD officials—they also held a top-secret session, where specific information about military hardware, especially cameras and other sensors, were discussed in a classified session. 

Last year, the DoD released a trove of information, including several videos, that seem to document visual contact with UFOs, and at this point, it’s probably sorry that it did. The Navy’s deputy director of intelligence, Scott Bray, was on the hot seat, fielding questions from Representatives. Bray stuck to the DoD’s narrative, that these things are something, they do things we don’t know how to do and they don’t know what they are. They are, specifically, not saying that they think they’re from other worlds, but they are expressly not not saying that either. They’re following the information to see where it leads, Bray told the subcommittee members, some of whom weren’t convinced.

It didn’t help that DoD assistants couldn’t stop the video they were using as evidence on the proper frame to show the object in question and took several minutes trying in vain to do that.

Congressional Hearings on UFOs
A screenshot of the hearings. NBC

In terms of the credibility of the DoD’s reporting, they have more than 400 reported sightings, many of which were captured on aircraft sensors and exhibited far beyond hypersonic speeds and seemed to move with no visible means of propulsion.

One representative attempted to put the DoD officials on the hot seat, saying that their lack of conclusion about what these objects are represents a failure of military intelligence, and he expressed concern that these objects, which can go at speeds unattainable by known human technology, might be Russian or Chinese hardware. Much publicized but likely immature hypersonic weapons have been shown off by both states over the past couple of years. For its part, the DoD said it didn’t think the objects were from Russian or China, but it would surely keep a close eye out on that possibility.

Several of the representatives seemed to have personal theories, either that UFOs might be alien phenomena or that UFOs don’t exist/are not of alien origins. One member was sure he knew that one of the images in question was of a balloon, and he was surprised everybody didn’t see that too.

A screenshot of the congressional hearings on UFOs.
A screenshot of the congressional hearings on UFOs. NBC

What was the result of Tuesday’s show? If it was anything of import, it didn’t take place during the public session. And after all was said and done, the fact remains, the DoD is aware of objects that do things we can’t even properly dream of doing and it has no idea what they are nor how to pursue that question. Like the rest of us, it will have to wait until more evidence presents itself, that is, if the House Intelligence Subcommittee’s circus show didn’t scare them away forever.

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Crews Recover Missing Cirrus; Congress Gets the UFO Skinny; and East Hampton’s Bold Plan Gets Stymied

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Crews Recover Missing Cirrus; Congress Gets the UFO Skinny; and East Hampton’s Bold Plan Gets Stymied

Crews raised a Cirrus SR22 and recovered the body of the plane’s pilot a week after the plane crashed into the Atlantic. The crash, which happened near Savannah, Georgia, remains unexplained. It occurred after the pilot and sole occupant stopped responding to the controller’s radio calls. At the request of the controller, another, unrelated Cirrus intercepted the track of the non-responsive aircraft and witnessed its crash into the Atlantic. The NTSB is investigating.

Aviation member organizations are lobbying for support from the federal government on creating a sustainable and affordable supply of non-petroleum-based jet fuel, often referred to as Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF). Members of the National Business Aviation Association and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association say that development of SAF is key to long term sustainability of general aviation with a greatly reduced carbon footprint.

The good news is, the FAA has signed off on a plan for United to return its Pratt & Whitney powered Boeing 777s to service, this after they grounded the planes following the failure of the right engine shortly after takeoff from Denver International 15 months ago. The bad news? United still doesn’t seem to know what caused the failure.

The Flying Musicians Association has awarded a flying scholarship to Jovencia Webbeking, a high school student who already has a remarkable resume. Webbeking, who is a flautist, is headed to Vanderbilt University, where she’ll study mechanical engineering while minoring in music, all the while pursuing her dream of becoming a pilot.

Most of the respondents to a Plane & Pilot survey about the legal risks of sharing recordings of flights on social media won’t let the FAA’s recent investigations and enforcement actions against high profile pilots stop them from sharing their flights, though a majority did say that they would do so with greater caution in the future.

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A House Intelligence subcommittee held hearings earlier this week to learn more about the DoD’s understanding of the existence of Unexplained Aerial Phenomena, which most folks still call “UFOs.” DoD officials testified that they do know the objects exist and that their behavior is inexplicable, adding that they don’t think they’re from China or Russia. The officials also declined to rule out alien origin.

The New York State Supreme Court slammed the brakes on a plan by East Hampton, New York’s, airport governing body to turn the airport into a public, non-federal facility. The plan would require the FAA to cancel instrument approaches to the Airport, which the town would then be responsible for. The plan would allow the town to charge what it wishes for aircraft operations while also allowing strict curfew rules that the government would presumably have little oversight over. Aviation member organizations and lobbying groups are working to defeat the plan.

In Salzburg, Austria, Lazar Krstić won the Red Bull Paper Airplane contest with a mighty heave that sent his featherweight plane just over 200 feet, more than 15 feet longer than the second-place finisher. Krstić came in second in the 2019 contest. (As a side note, EASA is not investigating anyone following the event, during which several paper aircraft were damaged.)

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Embraer delivered its 1,500th Ipanema ag plane. Introduced in 1972, back when the Antonio Carlos Jobim tune was still fresh in everyone’s mind, the plane has been a stalwart performer for Embraer. The company says it has a 60% market share in its home country of Brazil with a healthy order book to boot.

Kenneth Allen, the pilot who lost consciousness on the Cessna Caravan he was flying heading from the Bahamas to Florida, is recovering after a six-plus hour surgery. According to the Palm Beach Post, the pilot had a tear in his aorta. After Allen became incapacitated, a non-pilot passenger, Darren Harrison, with help from air traffic controllers, managed to pull the plane out of a nosedive and successfully fly the big single-engine nine-seater to a safe landing in Palm Beach.

Friday Photo: Sunset over Syracuse

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Friday Photo: Sunset over Syracuse

The sight: Sunset over Syracuse, New York. The pilot: David Hale The aircraft: 1977 Piper Archer The goal:

Night flying hrs for my PPL The memory: This was taken by my CFII as I was flying. The lake aware is Onondaga Lake in Liverpool, NY. We removed from Syracuse Hancock International Airport to log some evening flying hrs. I like flying over Syracuse throughout the evening since it has amazing city lights.

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David Hale is a 22-year old trainee pilot, presently working with making his PPL at Syracuse Hancock International Airport. The club that he flies with has a couple of airplane, yet he primarily flies the 1977 Piper Archer. He frequently checks out Air Facts to get as much expertise as he can since the stating is, “An excellent pilot is constantly discovering.”
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Radical Plan Delayed: Court Temporarily Halts East Hampton Airport Closure

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Radical Plan Delayed: Court Temporarily Halts East Hampton Airport Closure

Operators and also pilots enjoying the fight for control of the East Hampton Airport (present code: KHTO yet possibly KJPX in the future)will certainly be interested to find out that the New York State Supreme Court released a short-lived limiting order versus the community that avoids it from shutting the airport terminal today. The community claims that it intends to resume it as a taxpayer-funded, private-use center in the future. It’s an uncommon strategy to recommend a flight terminal that all taxpayers add to yet which allows a little percent of them to utilize it.

The community’s extreme strategy to transform a prominent openly possessed, public-use flight terminal right into an openly possessed, private-use flight terminal hasn’t been well obtained by air travel and also company supporters, mainly for worries regarding the criterion it might establish and also possible effects to the U.S. air travel framework, which is an internationally special possession. The NBAA has actually provided numerous interactions to aid the general public stay up to date with the lawful fight for the flight terminal, as it as well as various other stakeholders have actually signed up with to test the flight terminal’s closure.

As component of its strategy, the community will certainly give up any kind of government financing assistance for the airport terminal in order, most likely, to stay clear of the sort of government responsibilities that maintained Santa Monica Airport from shutting entirely.

Due to the fact that of that, East Hampton’s openly financed tool strategies– they do not develop or keep themselves– will certainly be formally shut down as well as removed. Pilots are being cautioned versus flying the “old” methods after the airport terminal goes personal.

Pilots and also drivers on the e-mail listing from Sound Aviation Services, the main monitoring entity for the airport terminal, have actually obtained various interactions in the previous couple of months with upgraded flight terminal details, consisting of the brand-new airport terminal identifier, directions to make an application for the community’s authorization to utilize the flight terminal as well as guidelines to ask for the substitute (i.e.- non-public) tool techniques.

Traveling background– we ride on a B-29

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Traveling background-- we ride on a B-29
Looking out the nose of a B-29 over Seattle– Photo: Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren Typically we cover airplanes and also airline companies below at AirlineReporter, yet periodically a chance

in the non-airline [r] globes appears that we simply can not pass on.So when the Museum of Flight right here at our Seattle HQ revealed that Doc, among just 2 airworthy Boeing B-29 bombing planes, was intending to check out in mid-May, we leapt at the possibility to see her up close. Also much better, we reached take a brief flight around Seattle.The aircraft showed up previously today (May 17 ). Its Star Wars-esque nose, 4 engines, as well as extremely glossy body made it very easy to find imminent. The pilots alleviated the bird onto the path and also cabbed to the Museum of Flight ramp as a group of sightseers collected to watch.While the B-29 was

initially generated in Seattle, Doc is not an indigenous Pacific Northwesterner. It was just one of 1,644 B-29s developed at Boeing’s Wichita plant, in Kansas, as well as rolled off the line in March of 1945. It never ever saw battle, and also took place offer in radar calibration and also target-towing till it was deactivated in 1956.

Doc, a couple of airworthy Boeing B-29 bombing planes left worldwide, relaxes after a media trip at Boeing Field in Seattle on May 17, 2022 It proceeded its solution to the United States Air Force also after retired life, yet as opposed to pulling targets, it turned into one. The plane invested years taking in the desert sunlight, together with the periodic bomb or bullet, on an Air Force battle array near China Lake, California prior to being uncovered in 1987. Remediation really did not start for one more years, in 1998, complying with a significant quantity of documentation to tear the aircraft loose from the United States federal government. Eighteen years as well as over 450,000 volunteer hrs afterwards, the remediation was full, as well as Doc once more flew in 2016.

Its Seattle go to is the initial for Doc, as well as the very first B-29 check out to the location in practically 8 years.

Flight designer Don Obreiter watches on the engine evaluates After a fast refueling– the staff had actually flown in from Spokane, WA– a gaggle of media were welcomed to board. AirlineReporter obtained unbelievably fortunate and also was provided a seat in the forward area, right behind the pilot. Site visitors and also team alike climb up aboard by means of a ladder in the nose equipment wheel well, and also are transferred right into the facility of the cockpit.In solution,

this area would certainly’ve been fairly active with 5 individuals in advance. Naturally there’s both pilots as well as a trip designer, plus a navigator and also, with the very best seat in your home, the bombardier right in the nose.

Twin piston engines passing on Puget Sound– Photo: Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren Today naturally, 2 of those settings are no more needed. The navigator and also bombardier seats are currently open for guests, as well as an extra seat was included behind the pilot to fit another individual for an overall of 7 up front.Eight extra are seated in back, 2 scanners that aid the pilots in observing wheels as well as flap setups, as well as 6 travelers. Both areas are linked using a long, slim passage that extends over the bomb bay. When it remained in solution, teams might pass through both areas in trip, yet today travelers are not normally enabled to do so, primarily as a result of the threat of disturbance.

Climbing out after removing from Boeing Field in Seattle– Photo: Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren Accessibility hatches to the bomb bay, situated under the passage at either entry, look even more like submarine hatches than anything you ‘d normally see on an aircraft. Since the B-29 was amongst the initial manufacturing airplane to be pressurized when it initially flew in 1942, that’s. This offered its trip teams considerable benefits comfortably that World War II-era bombing planes merely really did not have.The trip designer used a comprehensive description as he brought the 4 large radial engines to life on the ramp. The holler is fairly something, also from inside the aircraft, as well as reaching enjoy the designer function his magic goes over.< img loading="careless" size =" 754"elevation=

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from the bombardier seat not long after remove– Photo: Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren As we taxi out under the phone call indicator’Superfortress’ it is difficult to neglect that the plane’s powerplants have a little a poor track record, at the very least traditionally. The very early design Wright R-3350 Duplex-Cyclone engines had a negative practice of overheating on remove. , if the pilots could not obtain the aircraft air-borne quickly sufficient they can– as well as usually did– capture on fire.. If teams really did not land quickly sufficient the fire would certainly spread out from the engine to the wing and also, well, points really did not improve from there.The 2nd

B-29 model experienced that specific trouble on an apparently regular examination trip in 1943, having actually left Boeing Field off the exact same path we’re currently on. The team was incapable to return securely. The aircraft collapsed right into an area simply north of the path– not also numerous hundred backyards where we are currently– eliminating 10 aboard and also 21 on the ground. Later on developments in engine technology resolved those very early concerns, conserving later on staffs and also airplane from a comparable destiny.

Pilot Mark Novak makes some last checks prior to leaving Boeing Field– Photo: Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren Our launch, however, was the good news is somewhat uneventful, albeit thrilling. The amazing variety of home windows from flooring to ceiling makes enjoying the departure an aesthetic banquet. It’s really difficult to determine what to take a look at: the path, the trip designer, or either of the pilots. It’s all fascinating.The pilot led the plane to the left, threading in between Boeing Field and also Renton Municipal, prior to working out right into a travelling elevation of 1,500 feet and also a rate of 200mph. It’s a leisurely stroll in the park for the aircraft which, while in solution, can strike elevation simply reluctant of 32,000 as well as full throttle of over 350mph. This made it among the much faster bombing planes in the War, usually able to fly greater as well as faster than adversary fighters.Not long after establishing a track north along picturesque Lake Washington, the staff signals we

can rise as well as check out. The area is not specifically huge, as well as the 3 people reporters behind the pilots function to work with changing settings. A guest browses in the forward bubble throughout trip– Photo: Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren Just like liftoff, it’s difficult to make a decision where to look. The sight out

front never ever obtains monotonous, with the globe slackly going by listed below. A little home window by the navigator table has a bird’s-eye view of the wing and also the engines, as well as periodically the trip designer provides the opportunity to lean over him to see out his much bigger– as well as open– window.The staff provides us to sit in the mouth of the passage, the top of which is enhanced by a little bubble home window that pays for great sights of the plane and also the location around it. Given that Doc never ever saw fight, it really did not have the gatling gun turret that generally would’ve been right here. Very same chooses the turrets listed below and also in the aft area of the aircraft. The only turret that continues to be is the tail artilleryman, with a set a inert Browning gatling gun standing responsibility. Co-pilot Ken Newell cleans up oil off the engines after a media trip at Boeing Field in Seattle on May 17, 2022– Photo: Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren The inside is perfectly brought back as well as practically immaculately tidy. Naturally, it’s not precisely totally classic. The cabin has contemporary navigational tools, is ADS-B certified(you can track her on Flightradar24 as well as obtain alerts from JetTip), as well as the aft area has a set of television displays with forward-facing sights throughout trip for those in back.Same also with most of the components. At some time components break as well as require to be changed. The team describes that the Air Force assists frequently, enabling them to search via bone lawns for classic substitutes where feasible. When that stops working, Boeing as well as Spirit Aerosystems typically action in to assist, custom-building components and also supplying proficiency. The plane also has some 3D-printed components in non-critical locations, something that the teams that initially flew her back in the ’40s most likely never ever developed possible.Toward completion of the trip we were fortunate adequate to switch for a seat in the sought after bombardier setting for touchdown. There is nothing else seat like it in aeronautics, at the very least that we can assume of.The pilots oiled the path a couple of mins later on, as well as parked back where we started.We had the possibility to creep with the passage after car park, and also have a look at the aft area. Unlike several various other warbirds, Doc’s guest area is furnished with real seats. You can access the tail artilleryman placement in trip, as well as those

in back did, by creeping via the last 10 feet approximately. It’s limited, which’s without the tools as well as ammo that would certainly’ve been saved below throughout her solution years.Outside, the team cleaned her down as well as prepped her for a couple of times off prior to flying starts once again later on this week.Unfortunately for Pacific Northwest-based visitors, trips aboard Doc throughout its Seattle browse through are currently marketed out. They aren’t dismissing future trips being included if adequate need exists, however, so watch on their internet site or provide ’em a telephone call over the weekend break simply in case.If you definitely need to fly on it as well as can not make it function right here, you can comply with the aircraft to any one of its following quits on the trip. A complete timetable gets on their web site. Be advised, tickets are pricey.

The least costly seats, in the aft area of the aircraft, opt for$ 600. The forward area begins at$1,200

for both in the cabin as well as leaps to$1,500 for that wonderful, pleasant bombardier ride.That’s not awfully unexpected provided the aircraft burns$ 4-5,000 in oil and also gas alone per hr, according to the staff. It increases after including insurance coverage, upkeep, as well as various other prices, they said.If that isn’t precisely in your spending plan, ground excursions

will certainly be readily available Friday with the weekend break; contributions urged. Or merely pop by Boeing Field around 9am either weekend break day as well as enjoy it go out for yourself.You’ll rejoice you did. A Trekkie Reviews Alaska’s New Star Wars Livery

2 German Pilots Have Just Graduated At The International Flight Training School

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2 German Pilots Have Just Graduated At The International Flight Training School
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IFTS M-346 at Decimomannu Air Base (Image credit score: ItAF)The 2 German Air Force pilots have actually come to be the very first global grads of the IFTS. The IFTS(International Flight Training School), a joint endeavor in between the Aeronautica Militare(Italian Air Force)and also Leonardo in partnership with CAE, finished the very first worldwide pupil pilots. After 9 months of training at the Italian trip institution, 2 German Air Force (Luftwaffe) pilots have actually simply finished the Phase IV (Advanced/Lead-In to Fighter Training– LIFT) training course, one of the most tough and also sophisticated section of the competitor pilots’ training throughout which students embarking on cutting edge multirole training are phoned call to do air-to-air in addition to air-to-ground sorties with numerous risks and also complicated establish.

The flying tasks happened at the 61 ° Stormo (Wing) at Galatina Air Base, in southeastern Italy, where the IFTS is headquartered till it can transfer at the school being constructed at Decimomannu Air Base, Sardinia, (where a groundbreaking event was kept in December 2020 to note the start of the building and construction functions). When finished, it will certainly be a trip academy with the ability of holding trainees and also technological team, along with holiday accommodation, leisure locations, a snack bar, sporting activities centers. A whole structure will certainly be residence to the GBTS (Ground-Based Training System), with class as well as the setup of a contemporary training system, which is based upon the current generation of simulation gadgets.

IFTS has actually not completely relocated there yet, the last component of the LIFT program took area in “Deci”, that is residence to the AWTI (Air Weapons Training Installation), a totally incorporated training setup with air-to-ground and also air-to-air as well as an EW (Electronic Warfare) variety. Remarkably, the pictures launched by the Italian Air Force as well as Leonardo reveal the German pilots that simply finished at the IFTS positioning beside M-346s lugging BRD 4-250 (Bomb and also Rockets Training Dispenser), made use of to fill 4 Low-drag BDU-33D/ B bombs for usage in the varieties.

A GAF pupil pilot with an ItAF teacher pilot(IP)in the cabin of an ItAF M-346(T-346A).(Image credit scores: ItAF)The IFTS will certainly run a fleet of 22 M-346 jets: 4 Leonardo possessed airplane( the latter of those was provided in October 2019)and also 18 Italian Air Force T-346A s(as the M-346 is marked by the Italian MOD Mission Design Series). Educating at the IFTS is supplied by a staff of active-duty Italian Air Force and also very skilled global previous armed forces trainer pilots. Together with the German Air Force, the Qatar Emiri Air Force as well as the JapanAir Self Defense Force have actually currently chosen to send out pilots to the Italian IFTS. About David Cenciotti David Cenciotti is an independent reporter based in Rome, Italy. He is the Founder and also Editor of”The Aviationist”,

among the globe’s most renowned and also check out army air travel blog sites. Given that 1996, he has actually created for significant globally publications, consisting of Air Forces Monthly, Combat Aircraft, as well as several others, covering air travel, protection, battle, sector, criminal activity, knowledge and also cyberwar. He has actually reported from the U.S., Europe, Australia and also Syria, and also flown numerous fight aircrafts with various flying force. He is a previous 2nd Lt. of the Italian Air Force, an exclusive pilot as well as a grad in Computer Engineering. He has actually created 5 publications and also added to a lot more ones.

Tough Landing In A Boeing 727 825670622 173 This is just one of those video clips where all of it ends well, and also advises us that if we’ve been a pilot for long, we’ve obtained greater than a few of these cars to our debt. If you were questioning why it appears like a 40th university get-together in advance, it’s due to the fact that the aircraft is a Boeing 727, which needs a staff of 3– 2 pilots as well as a trip designer. As well as in this instance, a 4th individual was aboard, riding in the dive seat as well as obtaining a million-dollar sight of the activity. It’s a pointer that poor touchdowns are mostly made with viewers accessible!

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Tough Landing In A Boeing 727 825670622 173  This is just one of those video clips where all of it ends well, and also advises us that if we've been a pilot for long, we've obtained greater than a few of these cars to our debt. If you were questioning why it appears like a 40th university get-together in advance, it's due to the fact that the aircraft is a Boeing 727, which needs a staff of 3-- 2 pilots as well as a trip designer. As well as in this instance, a 4th individual was aboard, riding in the dive seat as well as obtaining a million-dollar sight of the activity

Hard Landing In A Boeing 727

Nobody obtained harmed, yet you can wager some affable ribbing occurred. Learn more”Hard Landing In A Boeing 727″The article Hard Landing In A Boeing 727 showed up initially on Plane & Pilot Magazine.

A hurried preflight bring about a frightening exploration

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A hurried preflight bring about a frightening exploration

In the mid-70s I was a T-38 trip training teacher at Webb Air Force Base in West Texas. As a brand-new individual, my very first cross nation with a trainee was flown with a much more seasoned teacher pilot (my “pal” IP) and also his pupil, to the exact same locations.

Our launch time remained in the mid-day with regular electrical storms in the projection. We released, as well as rather than heading straight west to our location, El Paso, Texas, we headed north to navigate the creating line of tornados and after that transformed west.

As we took a trip west, I remained to reach cover the tornados as well as quickly discovered myself coming close to FL 450. Up in advance, I can see locations where something was predicting over the tornados. I recognized the updrafts were spewing hail storm out of the clouds. Wow! I took the aircraft from my pupil and also started drawing away around those locations.

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Even a T-38 can not cover all the tornados in Texas. My pal IP was miles in advance of me and also he informed me there

was a huge opening in the tornado line as well as provided me a Tacan variety as well as range. I collaborated with ATC, did an indicate direct navigating computation on the HSI, and also headed that instructions. Quickly sufficient, I can see the ground 45,000 feet listed below me yet the opening was obtaining smaller sized by the min. I quickly recognized that at FL 450, the suggested airspeed was well listed below equipment rate.

Down went the equipment and also flaps, and also out went the rate brakes. I rolled to 60+ levels of financial institution as well as started a huge circle with regulated airspeed and also a significant price of descent. Around and also around we went and also quickly we were listed below the 6000 ft. foot busted ceiling at El Paso. I terminated IFR and also gone to the airport terminal. Wait, where specifically was the flight terminal? Quickly the tower inquired me and also asked where I was headed. Rather than fessing up, I merely transferred, “Student training underway.” That time, it indicated me!

We fixed our heading, landed, did our post-landing checks and also cabbed to our army procedures developing for following leg trip preparation as well as gas.

My friend IP was currently being refueled and also he claimed we required to take and also rush off prior to the following squall line coming close to from the west mored than El Paso. He began engines, taxied cab, and also removed with an afterburner reach cover the coming close to weather condition, as well as headed west to California, our following location.

I routed my pupil to band in, informed him that we required to rush, and also I did a really fast stroll around as soon as we were refueled. I strapped right into the rear seats, and also informed my pupil I awaited engine begin. As quickly as he had both engines running, I got our IFR clearance, called ground, and also asked for taxi and also as well as an afterburner climb. I maintained taking a look at the coming close to weather condition, making sure I had a back-up and also a strategy in position of what was happening.

We had a lengthy taxi and also as we came close to the path I got in touch with tower, validated the afterburner climb, and also obtained departure clearance. My pupil taxied cab onto the path, held the brakes, as well as added the engines to army power (without heater). The appropriate engine generator stopped working, crossover relay fell short, and also the master care light brightened. I pushed the master care to reset it, as well as advised my trainee to reset the ideal generator because that might just be done from the pole position. He did so, and also right away it stopped working once again and also my master care light brightened. We were whipped. We might just reset the generator once. Without any crossover so the left generator can bill the battery, it would certainly would diminish promptly.

I took the aircraft, drew the throttles to still, collaborated leaving the path as well as started a lengthy taxi back to vehicle parking. I additionally started considering where I can get some upkeep, exactly how to shield the aircraft if there was any type of hailstorm in the coming close to tornado, and also just how to allow my pal IP understand that I damaged down in El Paso.

I asked my pupil to run the after touchdown list. When it can to the “Insert ejection seat security pins” action, I got to get them out of the stowage instance as well as they weren’t there. They were still in the ejection seat so it was safetied and also would certainly not have actually worked if I required it.

That actually obtained my focus! I reflected over the choices I understood as well as made that I allow an unknown flight terminal, climate, as well as “rush” from a much more skilled teacher hinder correct list technique. Honestly, it terrified me extremely.

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The list is no lesser even if you’re in a rush. I swore then, I would certainly never ever allow anything, or any person, rush me in an aircraft. I have actually kept that technique via 40 years of flying. Ends up it conserved me afterward in my army occupation. Most notably, I ensured every pupil I educated comprehended as well as picked up from my blunders.

The following early morning we were gotten to continue to Williams AFB in Phoenix, Arizona, for upkeep. It was a crystal clear day with tranquil winds. I submitted an IFR trip strategy and after that called ATC and also informed them that if I shed my generator once again after departure, I would certainly transform the battery off, go away from radar as well as would certainly be going VFR to Williams. I inquired to call Williams and also simply allow them recognize I would certainly turn up there as well as provide a contact the radio within 50 miles of the flight terminal.

I put together VFR graphes and also made myself a flip graph to Phoenix. Sustained, up, informed, collaborated with the maintainers and also my manager of flying, I was great to go. Add, ops typical. Brake launch. Excellent heater light. Prepare. Flaps up. Master care brightened, negative best generator and also no crossover. Perfect.

This time around, I had an excellent strategy. As oriented, my pupil shut off the battery button and also I simply browsed, flying along on a lovely day. I began chuckling out loud.

Right here I am a very educated armed forces pilot, flying along like a no electric system Piper Cub complying with the interstate freeways to Phoenix. I was going much faster, however it was similar experience.

The strategy functioned completely for a risk-free touchdown at Williams. Short-term upkeep altered the crossover relay as well as ops check was typical for a separation the following day. I never ever did re-connect with my pal IP, yet I obtained every one of my trainee’s curriculum training products finished. He and also I also discovered a couple of points with each other that weren’t on the curriculum for that trip series.

Ron found out to fly with the ROTC program in his elderly year of university. He finished from USAF pilot training in the mid070s as well as came to be a teacher pilot at Webb AFB, showing international pupils up until the base shut. It was off to Fairchild AFB in the ACE program, where we flew the T-38 and also after that the T-37 with B-52 as well as KC-135 co-pilots. He left the armed forces as well as wound up acquiring a service where he has actually helped the last 40+ years. After leaving the Air Force, he really did not fly for 18 years. His daddy acquired cancer cells, as well as lived just 6 months; throughout their lengthy discussions, he made Ron assurance to start flying once again. After he passed, Ron got a 1964 Cessna 182 as well as flew that for 20 years, after that acquired an RV7A– which he is significantly delighting in. Ron enjoys flying aerobatics and also development along with taking cross nation journeys in the 7A.
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A New Multi-Engine Flying Textbook, A Security System And More Gear For Pilots

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A New Multi-Engine Flying Textbook, A Security System And More Gear For Pilots

In each issue of Plane & Pilot magazine, we share new products pilots and aviation enthusiasts will enjoy. The round-up in our April 2022 issue features the fifth edition of Bob Gardner’s guide for pilots learning multi-engine flying, an all-in-one security system, and more.

The Complete Multi-Engine Pilot, New Edition

The Complete Multi-Engine Pilot, New Edition

ASA has just released the fifth edition of Bob Gardner’s guide for pilots learning multi-engine flying. The Complete Multi-Engine Pilot textbook includes a new chapter on energy management and information on obtaining the multi-engine rating and checking out in a new twin. An integrated flight and ground syllabus outlines the rating program, with a sample written test that’s a helpful guide to the ones typically used for new-aircraft checkouts. It also comes with a complete library of FAA source material on multi-engine flight subjects. The Complete Pilot Series was written to complement training materials in flight schools, for home study and as a starting point for student kits. It has a soft cover, measures 8.25 x 10.75 inches, and is illustrated with 200 pages. It’s also available as a digital e-book and as part of a discounted e-bundle.

Price: $24.95. Available at asa2fly.com.

Dual Eyewear SL2 Sunglasses With Readers

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Dual Eyewear SL2 Sunglasses With Readers

A good pair of sunglasses that won’t reduce visibility is essential for pilots. This featherweight “Super Leggero” (Super Light) pair from Dual Eyewear weighs only 20 grams. Its non-polarized lenses are made of shatterproof and scratch-resistant polycarbonate. The Grilamid TR-90 frames are impact-, chemical- and UV-damage resistant, and the slim profile makes for an easy fit under a headset’s ear seals. Non-slip rubber nosepieces and arm inserts keep the pair in place. It offers 100% UVA, UVB and UVC protection, and the +1.5. +2.0 or +2.5 diopters reduce distortion and fatigue.

Price: $64.95. Available at sportys.com.

Hangarbot Smart Hangar And Monitoring System

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Hangarbot Smart Hangar And Monitoring System

This all-in-one security system allows pilots to monitor their hangars closely, along with the ability to open and close doors remotely. The bundle includes two LynkGuard Smart Security Cameras, one HangarBot 4G Hub and one HangarBot Door Controller. It’s especially useful for those who rent or share hangars. The waterproof camera captures activity during automated door opening and closing and provides additional internal hangar viewpoints. The Door Controller is compatible with nearly all electric and hydraulic industrial doors. An app on your smartphone downloads video information and manages all the important functions for the system.

Price: $1,696. Available at aircraftspruce.com.

Flight Gear USB Slimline Charger

Flight Gear USB Slimline Charger

The aluminum-constructed Flight Gear Slimline Charger has a USB type-A port that provides quick-charge capability with up to 3.6 amps at 5 volts. It also has a type-C port with a power delivery of 3 amps at 5 volts, 2 amps at 9 volts, or 1.5 amps at 12 volts. An LED screen displays the voltage of the cigarette lighter socket it’s plugged into. When a device is plugged in, the screen changes to show how many amps the device uses. It works with 12V and 24V systems.

Price: $14.95. Available at sportys.com.

Flight Gear Tailwind Backpack

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Flight Gear Tailwind Backpack

Popular among students at flight school Sporty’s Academy, the Tailwind has a headset hanger to keep that expensive headset secure and protected. Inside, there’s also a large section that can accommodate books, kneeboards and a padded pocket for computers and iPads. Internal gear walls are removable for gear modifications. Outside, two side pockets can hold a water bottle or backup radio, and there are holders for other essentials such as flashlights and fuel testers. Webbing loops are helpful for attaching gear with carabiners. The padded shoulder straps and breathable back pad, along with a reinforced handle, all make this a heavy-duty flight bag that stands up to use. It comes with a three-year warranty.

Price: $99.95. Available at sportys.com.

Peeps Eyeglasses Cleaners

Peeps Eyeglasses Cleaners

Speaking of sunglasses, Peeps promise to clean lenses up to 500 times. NASA uses these compact eyeglasses cleaners on the Space Station. Their carbon cleaning compound safely and easily cleans glasses from oily fingerprint smudges to facial oils. Included are a brush to remove surface dust and dual-facing carbon pads to wipe off any residue on the inside and outside of your lenses. The cleaners also come in a wide range of colors.

Price: $14.95. Available at thegrommet.com.