Air International 2017-10
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The upgrades on the MiG-29 fleet had no real impact on the aircraft’s overall combat capabilities as the Fulcrum’s original 1980s-era sensors and weapons remained unchanged.
The Slovak Air Force has a fighter force of 12 Fulcrums, including ten single-seaters and two two-seaters, tentatively slated to remain in service until the end of decade.
All 12 Slovak Fulcrums were upgraded and overhauled by February 2008. The modernisation featured both Russian and Western equipment.
The most spectacular event by Russian aerobatic teams is the dense launch of flares. This Su-30SM from the Russian Knights fires large 50mm flares during the show.
Airmen prepare to refuel B-2 88-0329 Spirit of Missouri at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam.
B-2 82-1068 Spirit of New York emerges from its hangar at Whiteman Air Force Base during exercise Global Thunder 17. In addition to assessing joint operational readiness between forces assigned to US Strategic Command, Global Thunder also assesses command and control functionality in all of USSTRATCOM’s mission areas.
Crew chiefs assigned to the 509th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron shield themselves from the rain under B-2 88-0330 Spirit of California at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam during a deployment from Whiteman Air Force Base in support of bomber assurance and deterrence missions.
Technicians assigned to the 509th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron prepare a B-2 Spirit aircraft to be towed at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam.
Crew chiefs assigned to the 509th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron perform pre-take off inspections during Exercise Global Thunder 17 at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri. Exercise Global Thunder is US Strategic Command’s annual field training and battle staff exercise to train and assess joint Operational readiness.
A KC-135R Stratotanker from the RAF Mildenhall-based 100th Air Refueling Wing refuels 509th Bomb Wing B-2 89-0129 Spirit of Georgia late at night on January 18, 2017, during a mission that targeted Islamic State training camps in Libya.
B-2 93-1087 Spirit of Pennsylvania lands at Whiteman Air Force Base on January 19, 2017 after a 33-hour mission to a target area near Side, Libya. In conjunction with the Libyan Government of National Accord, the US military conducted precision airstrikes on January 18, 2017, destroying two ISIS camps 45 kilometres southwest of Side.
Brigadier General Paul Tibbets, the 509th Bomb Wing commander, welcomes home two B-2 pilots after their 33-hour round trip mission to Libya on January 18 and 19, 2017.
Douglas DC-3A s/n 10035, made in 1943, flew from the United States to Russia via Alaska and Siberia in 2015, and was sold to a Russian private owner. At Kubinka, the aircraft was piloted by Valentin Lavrentyev and Pyotr Deynekin, the first CinC of the post-Soviet Russian Air Force.
EP-3E Aries III, BuNo 156517 is one of 12 operated by Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron 1 (VQ-1) 'World Watchers' seen at Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska during Exercise Northern Edge 2017.
An EP-3E Aries II multi-intelligence reconnaissance aircraft flew daily missions in support of the overland and maritime components of the exercise. The aircraft is equipped to exploit a wide range of electronic emissions which is fused by the crew with data received from other assets and disseminated as collaborated information for a variety of roles including battle space situational awareness and suppression of enemy air defences.
US Air Force C-17A Globemaster III's on the flight line as a KC-10 Extender takes off, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington.
A KC-135R Stratotanker from the RAF Mildenhall-based 100th Air Refueling Wing refuels 509th Bomb Wing B-2 89-0129 Spirit of Georgia late at night on January 18, 2017, during a mission that targeted Islamic State training camps in Libya.
A P-3C Orion undergoing preflight checks at Naval Air Station North Island prior to a mission in support of a Composite Training Unit Exercise for USS.
A P-3C Orion assigned to Patrol Squadron 46 (VP-46) at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island prior to a training mission.
Two P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft hold short of runway 31 at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. The far aircraft has a full colour tail badge for Patrol Squadron 40 (VP-40) 'Fighting Merlins'.
This P-3C Orion BMUP is fitted with an APS-149 Littoral Surveillance Radar System.
P-3C AIP BuNo 158215 is assigned to Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron 1 (VQ-1) ‘World Watchers’. The aircraft is shown at the start of its take-off ri in at its home station Naval Air Station Whidbey Island.
Bristow has invested ?7 million in each new base, such as this one pictured here at Caenarfon.
The helicopters operate in a range of environments and the S-92’s stability in rough conditions is praised.
One especially well-liked feature of the S-92 is the ability for the winch operator to control the hover and move the aircraft forwards or backwards and left or right.
Close co-operation with a range of organisations is vital to the service and training, as seen here in Scotland with a mountain rescue team, are regular events.
A customised stretcher stowage and plinth installation for casualties on the S-92 features a raised box on to which a stretcher is lifted to reduce the physical strain on rescue crews, and ensures the casualty is not too close to the floor.
UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters from the 2-10 Assault Helicopter Battalion, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, arrive at a pick-up zone as the sun sets over Fort Drum, New York. The air assault involved soldiers from 1-89 Cavalry as part of the 10th Mountain Division’s annual Mountain Peak exercise.
A UH-60 Black Hawk piloted by soldiers of the 1st Battalion, 185th Aviation Regiment based at Tupelo, Mississippi lift off with a water bucket attached while conducting water bucket training and certification at Gjakova Airfield, in western Kosovo.
The first Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk for the Slovak Air Force on the production line.
A C-17A Globemaster III assigned to the 62nd Airlift Wing, approaches a Royal Australian Air Force KC-30A for aerial refueling.
C-17A Globemaster III 99-0166 being prepared for a mission during Exercise Mobility Guardian at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
US Air Force C-17A Globemaster III's on the flight line as a KC-10 Extender takes off, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington.
Airmen load cargo onto a C-17A Globemaster III at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
Major Justin Reis, of the 59th Medical Wing based at Joint Base San Antonio, Texas, leads a team attending to a patient in a simulated medical emergency aboard a US Air Force C-17A enroute to Fairchild AFB, Washington.
The AW109SP GrandNew G-HEMZ, foreground, and AW109E Power G-RSCU are respectively operated by the Derby Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance from East Midlands Airport and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance from Coventry Airport.
A brake chute container installed beneath the aft fuselage of a MiG-29KR shipborne fighter replaces the type’s conventional arrestor hook when operating from a land base. The hook is reinstalled before deployment aboard the carrier.
Slovakia’s jet trainer is the L-39ZA, but the type also has a second­ary ground attack capability.
A Republic of Korea C-130 taxis in to collect cargo at Yakima Air Terminal-McAllister Field, Washington.
No.3(F) Squadron Typhoon pilots work through pre-flight checks at Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base.
Typhoon FGR4 ZJ939 performs an impressive take off from Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base, Romania.
A Fortele Aeriene Romane MiG-21 LancerR leads two Typhoon FRG4s.
The seven-strong L-410 fleet is set to be complemented by a pair of Leonardo C-27J Spartan tactical transports.
The Mi-17 MODER is an armed assault helicopter used in the close air support role thanks to its capability of using up to six 32-round 57mm rocket packs and UPK-23-250 gun pods.
Nine Mi-17s will continue in service until at least 2020 - the fleet consists of five Mi-17Ms and four Mi-17LPZS.
High-visibility markings denote the four upgraded Mi-17LPZS Hips tailored for peacetime SAR operations.
A crew chief assigned the 3rd General Support Aviation Battalion, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade communicates with soldiers from 1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team before connecting an M1114 Up-Armoured Humvee to the belly of a CH-47F Chinook helicopter during a sling load training event at Saunders pick-up zone on Fort Bragg, North Carolina
A US Army Reserve CH-47 Chinook helicopter crew chief deployed with Task Force Warhawk, 16th Combat Aviation Brigade, 7th Infantry Division supervises loading in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.
CH-47F Chinooks from B Company, 2-149th General Support Aviation Battalion, Task Force Saber, undergo maintenance and inspections at Erbil, Iraq.
MiG-21 LanceR 6207, one of many detached to Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base from Festesti Air Base.
A Fortele Aeriene Romane MiG-21 LancerR leads two Typhoon FRG4s.
Slovakia was the first country in Europe to get true Westernised MiG-29s sporting NATO-standard communication, navigation and IFF equipment, but the logistics support proved to be a serious challenge.
The only airworthy MiG-15UTI in Russia, RA-0488G, was originally made in Czechoslovakia in 1954. The aircraft was restored in 2011 and today anyone can fly in the jet for less than L3,000.
Chilean ultra-low-cost-carrier JetSmart started operations in July 2017; the carrier has been set up by low-cost specialists Indigo Partners, which also controls Volaris, Wizz Air and Frontier.
The ATR 42MP Manta crew consists of a pilot, a co-pilot, a coordinating officer, two system operators and two specialists in the technical role also employed as observers.
In Manta 01 and 02 there is a side-looking airborne radar installed on both sides of the aircraft's tail to detect marine pollution.
In 2016, more than 2,900 total flight hours and 144 SAR missions were undertaken from Catania, mainly with the ATR 42MP and AW139.
Coast Guard pilots say the ATR 42MP Manta is a little sluggish in the turn, but praise its reliability and good controls.
The two system operators on the ATR 42MP Manta have very high resolution colour monitors on which both navigation data and those provided by the search sensors can be viewed.
Management of the ATR 42MP Manta's sensors and operational radio communication takes place through the MPMS under the supervision of the onboard TACCO.
RAF Atlas C1 ZM408 departs Joint Base Lewis-McChord on a mission during the second half of Exercise Mobility Guardian.
A new Russian escort jammer, the Il-22PP Porubshchik debuted over Kubinka on August 12, 2017. Aircraft RF-90786 is the first operational Il-22PP that has been officially handed over to the Russian Air Force after conversion on October 26, 2016. The Il-22PP features four large bulbous dielectric fairings on both sides of the fuselage, front and aft, an egg-shaped fairing in the aircraft’s tail, and a series of smaller aerials. Note the fixed pod with flare launchers beneath the fuselage. The aircraft’s livery resembles that of Aeroflot during the Soviet era.
An illustration of the Sikorsky-Boeing Defiant JMR TD aircraft.
A C-17A Globemaster III assigned to the 62nd Airlift Wing, approaches a Royal Australian Air Force KC-30A for aerial refueling.
The Thames Valley Air Ambulance is operated by Babcock MCS Onshore, formerly Bond Aviation Services. This was the initial H135 used for HEMS in the UK.
Development of the six-tonne AW139 started in the late 1990s as a Bell-Agusta joint venture.
CHC flies its AW139s to North Sea oil and gas rigs from Den Helder in the Netherlands.
The primary task of the Nemo is safeguarding of the human life at sea, which often sees the crews involved in SAR mission.
The AW139 is 17m long and has a 14m rotor diameter that, thanks to a shorter transmission shaft, allows it to carry up to 12 people in the cabin plus two pilots.
In 2016, more than 2,900 total flight hours and 144 SAR missions were undertaken from Catania, mainly with the ATR 42MP and AW139.
The aero rescuer is lowered into the sea or on board ships to recover injured persons or those in distress, rescue them and give first aid when required.
The AW139 has two Pratt & Whitney PT6C-67C turbine engines, which guarantee Category A landings and take-offs up to a 6,400kg (14,109lb) weight.
Pre-flight checks underway on the AW139 Nemo.
The fifth screen in the centre of the AW139’s cockpit shows, depending on selection, the map of the search area, the radar representation of targets, the images of the two fixed cameras or these coming from FLIR system.
The OV on the AW139 carries out numerous tasks, including managing the use of the tactical console, assisting the pilot in navigation and using the winch.
The real strength of the P180GC is its aerodynamics, designed to minimise drag as much as possible.
AH-64E Apache helicopters, assigned to the 16th Combat Aviation Brigade, 7th Infantry Division, at the Yakima Training Center, Washington during a battalion-sized live-fire exercise.
US Army Soldiers assigned to Task Force Warhawk, 16th Combat Aviation Brigade, 7th Infantry Division refuel an AH-64 Apache helicopter in Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan.
US Army ground crew assigned to Task Force Tigershark, 16th Combat Aviation Brigade, 7th Infantry Division load a Hydra 70 rocket for a mission at Jalalabad Airfield, Afghanistan
Dutch operator NHV passed 10,000 flight hours with its H175 fleet in March this year.
Specialist Aviation Services delivered this AW169 to the Essex and Hertfordshire Air Ambulance in July 2017.
First to use the AW169 for HEMS in the UK in 2016 was the Kent Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance.
A US Air Force C-130J Hercules climbs away after an airdrop at Yakima Training Center, Washington.
Bristow operates search and rescue helicopters from ten bases around the UK for the 25-year UK SAR contract, with two helicopters at each base. The AW189s are currently operated from Prestwick and Lee-on-Solent.
Issues with the ice protection system were reported to have delayed the AW189’s service entry but a 12-month operational evaluation carried out by Bristow has ensured the type has met the Maritime and Coastguard Agency’s contractual specifications.
EasyJet has recently set up a Vienna-based subsidiary unit called easyJet Europe to protect its EU traffic rights after Brexit.
Low-cost carriers globally have posted positive results in recent months, but there are challenges on costs.
The Bell Helicopter V-280 JMR TD aircraft at the Amarillo Texas facility in September 2017.
The Airbus Helicopters H145 has entered service with several HEMS operators in the UK including the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, which has two aircraft.
Private Russian design bureau KB SAT displayed its SR-10 demonstrator EX-88004 at MAKS 2017.
Prototype Yak-152, side number 01, finished in a grey colour scheme, took part in flight display at this year’s MAKS air show.
An example of a RED Aircraft GmbH A03T V12 engine was displayed with the second Yak-152 prototype, side number 02. The second Yak-152 is painted in a red, white and yellow livery to promote the type to the civilian market.