Interesting photo in the latest air force news of the CAF in an A400m. Caption reads "During his recent visit to Europe CAF was given the chance, with other Air Force heads, to experience a flight in the A400M Atlas transport". Good news for the A400 fans!
And so they should be looking at all options, things will not happen in the next 5-10 years but something needs to be looked at now with a view to purchase then. How many of our Hercs are back up and running now? how long will it take for them all to be up and running and how much longer will the 757 be running for? Its going to be the same for the P3 fleet how much longer will they be flying for and are all of them back flying yet after their upgrades. Was hoping that the Herc was going to be at Tauranga again this year but it appears that it will not.
So, we now have the T6's approved for purchase as part of the pilot training syllabus, so what about the next decision regarding twin engine pilot training. Hopefully they are looking ahead also with regards that these a/c could also perform other tasks, some say as small MPA, but I think they need something that will double as a logistic frame that forms part of the logistics/transport fleet with the A400. almost like an andover but a lot more modern.
It isn't clear from what I've read if there were locations other than its base where it could have landed, but wasn't allowed to due to restrictions on drones. There will be a NTSB investigation, indeed the lead investigator is the Bill English that leads the San Franciso Asiana investigation.
So drone backups and operating procedures might be fine from a safety-of-people point of view, but not so good from safety-of airframe. Something to bear in mind when considering purchasing a small number of drones for Maritime patrol.
Plus Google Translate of the PAF page above Under the partnership established between the Air Force and Airbus Military Agreement, has requested the support of the Branch to be feasible participation of a C-295M aircraft, a demonstration of its maritime surveillance capabilities in Singapore, at the International Fair "Singapore Airshow 2014, "06-26 of February. Additionally, there will be the possibility of performing demonstrations of capability, including surveillance and reconnaissance, search and rescue, other countries in Southeast Asia and Oceania, including East Timor and New Zealand.
This request Airbus Military is demonstrative of the recognition of this company in the capacity and commitment of this sector in the operational use of the aircraft C-295M, and also the technical contribution of the Portuguese military to develop innovative solutions that have improved the capacities on that weapon system . Releve up the opportunity of contact with Timor-Leste, which is scheduled to conduct a flight with high local authorities, enabling contact with the capabilities and specialization of this type of aircraft. If we stress further that with this event the Air Force has the opportunity to demonstrate the capabilities of the aircraft, as well as all the qualifications and skills of its military operation and maintenance of the latest technological innovations incorporated into this air medium.
Yes saw it there through the fog as I departed last night at about 6.40, but no way clear enough for a decent photo. I was lucky to get out - flight was cancelled, then reinstated when our ATR managed to sneak in through a lighter fog patch. Great day in the city Oriental Bay full of swimmers and sunbathers all day. We did have to bus in from Palmerston North - bus broke down too!! Quite a day.
Are we looking for a mix transport fleet to replace our Hercs? As we cant afford the C-17 unless the US wants to donate a couple to us, then presumably the C130J/X or the A400M would be the only contenders ...unless the requirements preclude the need to fly to the S.Pole? C295 will be fine for maritime patrol and missions to Pacific Islands but do they have the legs and capability to fly to Scott? Of course my comments assume future tender will be replacement by 1 aircraft type, serving multi-mission, and for both types of environment. Maybe I am being too narrow minded. If that is the case then if a C295 is worth poking around then lets invite Bell and the V22 down too!
With the past and present CAF's both checking out the A400 in recent times, I wonder if Airbus Military are looking at bringing one down under for a sales pitch. When selecting a new transport aircraft, would we be using a "test pilot" to test fly them. Is Steve Moore still in and able to do test flying...