Air International 2018-11
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VP-FPN was built by Britten-Norman in 1990 and continues to serve with the FIGAS. The aircraft is dedicated to passenger service and air ambulance flying when required.
VP-FBN takes off from a snowy airfield on a regular passenger flight.
FIGAS largely dedicates VP-FBO to fishery patrol missions.
Britten-Norman's BN-2 Islander is perfectly suited for operating from rugged landing strips around the Falkland Islands.
The instrument panel of BN-2 Islander VP-FBO before upgrade.
The instrument panel of BN-2 Islander VP-FBO after upgrade.
One of the Pratt & Whitney PW1100G-JM-powered A320neos during flight testing. The initial example of the neo powered by this engine option was due for delivery to Lufthansa by the end of January 2016.
The baseline A320neo variant seats 165 two-class or up 194 maximum and has a range of 3,500 nautical miles.
Large engine fan diameters, 81in (2.057m) on the PW1127G-JM and 78in (1.981m) on the LEAP-1A, are one of the principal visual features of the A320neo variants.
A320neo D-AVYA (msn 6286) was one of the flight test aircraft powered by Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1100G-JM turbofans.
A320neo launch operator Lufthansa has recently topped-up its order for the type.
Robots on the new fourth production line in Hamburg, opened this year. Airbus wants to increase automation to speed up assembly and in turn increase delivery rates.
Providing around 4% of the A320neo’s 15% fuel burn reduction on previous-generation A320s are the Sharklet wingtip devices, initially introduced as a retrofit for A320ceos.
Issues with the Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1100G-JM have disrupted deliveries to several operators, including Spirit Airlines.
The CFM International LEAP-1A is one of two engine options on the A320neo variants, pictured here on easyJet's first A320neo delivered in 2017.
Initially installed at Patria's Helsinki-Malmi facility, the A320 fixed base simulator was transported to and reinstalled in the new building complex at Pirkkala.
To meet required EASA Part 145 requirements and Continuing Airworthiness Management Organisation standards, all aircraft maintenance is undertaken on site. Here, as part of the required 2,000-hour inspection on a DA42 a fully licensed Patria maintenance engineer removes the right-hand wing to inspect the fuel tank.
Formation flying is not generally part of the Patria training syllabus, but several of the company's ex-military instructors retain the skill.
Patria now operates three Diamond DA42s, with a fourth soon to be received. Here one DA42 is pictured over the lakes and forest surrounding Tampere, which provide wide open spaces for instructional flying.
Formation flying is not generally part of the Patria training syllabus, but several of the company's ex-military instructors retain the skill.
Nine factory-new Tecnam P2002JFs replaced Patria's previous basic trainer fleet of seven AS202 Bravos, the first being delivered in 2011.
The whole fleet is fitted with full glass cockpits, as seen on this DA40 on final approach to the eastern runway at Tampere-Pirkkala Airport.
The initial A320neo Family aircraft from the Mobile, Alabama production line was Hawaiian Airlines' A321neo N212HA (msn 8129).
Turkish Airlines was the initial customer to opt for Cabin-Flex in its A321neo, receiving TC-LSA (msn 8155, formerly D-AZAQ) in July 2018.
A321LR test aircraft D-AVZO (msn 7877) at Mahe in the Seychelles ahead of a 4,750-nautical-mile flight to Toulouse in April 2018, flown to test and demonstrate the subvariant's range capability.
The Airbus A321LR, the long-range version of the A321neo due for service entry later this year, recently undertook a 4,750 nautical mile (8,797km) flight from Mahe in Seychelles to Toulouse as part of the variant's 100-flying-hour certification testing programme. Airbus said this is a new distance record for a single-aisle narrowbody. The flight followed A321LR hot weather testing performed at Sharjah International Airport in the United Arab Emirates. The A321LR's certification and service entry is expected later this year.
Patria's extensive fleet of modern glass cockpit aircraft, which train students from ab initio through to full Multi-Crew Pilot Licence, lined up on the school's 5,000m2 dedicated aircraft apron.
The brand-new training facility at Tampere was designed and built to Patria's exacting standards.