Air International 2012-02
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29 ноября 2011г.из Иркутска в Алжир на борту Ан-124 доставлена первая партия из трех учебно-боевых самолетов Як-130, построенных корпорацией "Иркут" по заказу ВВС этой арабской страны. Выпуск самолетов ведется в рамках контракта, заключенного ФГУП "Рособоронэкспорт" (в настоящее время - ОАО "Рособоронэкспорт") и алжирской стороной в марте 2006 г. В общей сложности предусмотрена поставка 16 Як-130.
Yakovlev Yak-130 NY-11 was one of the first three delivered to the Algerian Air Force in late November 2011. The aircraft were airlifted inside a Volga-Dnepr Antonov An-124 from Irkut to Tafaraoui on November 28, 2011. They will enter service there, replacing Aero L-39 Albatros. Algeria ordered 16 examples of the advanced trainer in March 2006. All have been built and are in the process of being delivered.
The ASW/SAR squadron of Russian Navy's Black Sea Fleet aviation fleet within the 7057th Air Base operates the Kamov Ka-27PL (seen here) and Ka-27PS coaxial helicopters.
Boeing is offering the Super Hornet to Malaysia for the 18 aircraft multi-role combat aircraft requirement. The new fighter will replace Malaysia's MIG-29N Fulcrums.
A Sukhoi Su-27SM3 departing Komsomolsk-on-Amur on December 22, 2011, on its delivery flight to the Russian Air Force.
Su-30MKM M52-11 is one of 18 based at Gong Kedak AB in north-east Malaysia.
The second production series Sukhoi Su-35S made its maiden flight on December 2, 2011.
Merlin HC3A ZJ126/'K' wearing the serial LV605 as part of No.78 Squadron's 95th anniversary celebrations.
F-16C Block 50 810 of No.18 Squadron, Royal Air Force of Oman, over its homeland. The original 12 aircraft will be joined by another 12 by the end of 2016.
Twelve McDonnell Douglas KC-10A Extenders - one fifth of all built - conducted an ‘elephant walk' at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, on December 20, 2011. All 12 of the tanker-transports took to the runway within a 30 minute period, before returning to the ramp. The aircraft are assigned to the 305th Air Mobility Wing (AMW), although four were crewed by Reserve airmen from the 514th AMW. It was the first time in five years that the unit had undertaken such an exercise. The term 'elephant walk' was first used by the US Army Air Force in World War Two, when the large fleets of bombers were lined up to take off for raids over Europe.
The USAF's long-standing Common Vertical Lift Support Platform to replace the ageing UH-1N helicopter is "dead on arrival" according to one official close to Chief of Staff General Norton Schwartz.
Sikorsky S-92A N150AL (c/n 92-0150) before being handed over to the Irish Coast Guard.
Royal Thai Air Force Gripens JAS 39C 70105 and JAS 39D 70105 appeared at LIMA on their first appearance outside Thailand.
Lockheed Martin rolled out the final production F-22A Raptor (10-4195) at Marietta, Georgia, on December 13, 2011. It is destined for the 425th Fighter Squadron, 3rd Wing based at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska, and is due to arrive there in May. A total of 187 production F-22As, plus eight development aircraft, have been built, the first of which was rolled out in 1997.
Rafale C 124/‘104-GC‘ took part in the daily flying display. The aircraft is assigned to Base Aerienne 104 Al Dhafra AB in the United Arab Emirates.
Ethiopian Airlines joined the Star Alliance on December 13, 2011 becoming its 28th member.
Saudi Arabian Airlines' first Boeing 777-368ER (HZ-AK11, c/n 41048) is seen at Paine Field Airport, Everett in Washington, on January 7, 2012, prior to delivery. The airliner made its first flight on December 2, 2011. The carrier ordered 12 examples of the long-range aircraft on April 13, 2010.
Challenger 850 B-7795 at Peterborough, Ontario in Canada, after completion by Flying Colours Corp. The business jet was delivered to Lily Jet of Shenyang in the People's Republic of China.
The Ansat-U is earmarked to gradually supersede the obsolete Mi-2U used for initial pilot training, and replace some of the Mi-8s and Mi-24s currently used in the basic and advanced training role at the Sizran Flying Training Centre.
Pilatus has declared its interest in the PTS programme and is proposing the PC-21 as one option to meet the Australian requirement.
A three-ship formation of Royal Australian Navy Westland Sea Kings completed a farewell flight over Sydney, Canberra and the Shoalhaven region in New South Wales on December 15, 2011, to mark the retirement of the type after 35 years. Sea King Mk50As N16-118/'07', N16-239/'21' and Mk50B N16-918/'22' of 817 Squadron based at HMAS Albatross, Nowra, New South Wales, are seen off the coast during the flight. The helicopter was formally retired the following day and the unit disbanded. A total of 13 Sea Kings were acquired by Australia - seven of them were lost in accidents. The fleet accumulated over 60,000 flight hours.
Royal Malaysian Air Force MiG-29NUB M43-01 gets airborne from Langkawi.
Malaysia has a requirement for an attack helicopter but currently lacks the money to pay for acquisition. Eurocopter displayed a Tiger HAP in anticipation of a future RfP.
Airbus A320-216 F-WWIZ (msn 4980, to become HS-ABW) is seen during a test flight in Toulouse, southern France, on January 4, 2012. The aircraft is destined for Thai Air Asia and wears special colours marking its award as the Skytrax World Airline winner from 2009 to 2011, for best low cost carrier in Asia.
Fokker F27-500F Friendship XT-AID (c/n 10615, ex N19AY) is owned and operated by Canguro onlus Flights Aid, founded by Alessandro Modia Rore. The turboprop is fitted out as a flying hospital, specialising in eye surgery, and operates in Africa. It is equipped for a crew of 12, including doctors and technicians, with two operating theatres, plus an area for the sterilisation of instruments, while a collapsible tent can be attached to the cargo door to provide room for two recovery beds. The organisation plans to sell the Fokker, for which spares are becoming difficult and expensive to source, and is looking for support to acquire an ATR 42 or, preferably, an ATR 72 - details can be found on www.canguroaid.org.
Linkair Ltd has wet-leased British Aerospace Jetstream 31 G-EIGG (c/n 773) to Ryjet Aerolineas del Mediterraneo to undertake a twice daily service between Melilla and Malaga in Spain. It is seen at Melilla on December 27, 2011. A Saab 340 will replace the turboprop in February.
The fifth and final A400M Grizzly for the flight test programme is seen lifting off for its maiden flight on December 5, 2011.
British Aerospace BAe 146 CC2 ZE700 of No.32(TR) Squadron is seen at Dublin International Airport in Ireland on December 28, 2011, following repainting.
BAC VC10 C1K XV101/'S' of No. 101 Squadron is seen leaving RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire, on its last flight on December 19, 2011.
Turkish Government Gulfstream IV TC-ATA (c/n 1043, ex-91-002) of the Basbakanlik VIP Havuzu Filosuna (VIP squadron pool of the Prime Minister) based at Ankara-Etimesgut AB is seen at Toronto Lester B Pearson International Airport in Ontario, Canada, on December 6, 2011. A recent shuffle of the Turkish VIP aircraft has resulted in a new hangar being built to accommodate a new Airbus A330 scheduled for delivery after VIP conversion in 2012, along with the other seven aircraft of the flight. The flight operates an Airbus A319CJ, two Cessna C560 Citation Vs, two Gulfstream G550s and two GIVs. It operates on behalf of the Prime Minister's office to transport political and military leaders. The crews are civilian and the aircraft are operated under the Turkish Airlines' Air Operators Certificate and are maintained by THY Technicians.
British Aerospace BAe 125-800A HZ-WBT5 (c/n 258032, ex N526M) arrived at Manchester Airport on December 22, 2011, and departed the following day. The aircraft is owned by Kingdom Holding Company, a diversified investment organisation with headquarters in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
The Legacy 500 prototype (c/n 00001) was rolled out at Sao Jose dos Campos by Embraer on December 23, 2011.
Short 330-200 Sherpa N262AG (c/n SH3120, ex 84-0473) was noted at Boeing Field/King County International Airport, Washington, on December 10, 2011, hauling parts from Wichita in Kansas on behalf of Boeing. The aircraft previously served with the US Air Forces in Europe as a C-23A between 1984-1991 before being operated by Air Cargo Carriers. It is currently flown by McNeely Charter Service and based at West Memphis Municipal Airport in Arkansas.
P-95A FAB 7060 of 4° Esquadrao 'Cardeal', 7° Grupo de Aviacao, inside the former Zeppelin hangar at Santa Cruz. The unit disbanded on December 16, 2011.
FAB 2332 is the first C-95M redelivered to the Brazilian Air Force after being upgraded at PAMA-AF.
Night time operations were conducted on the Marinha do Brasil (Brazilian Navy) aircraft carrier NAe (Navio Aerodromo, naval airfield) Sao Paulo (A12) following upgrade work on the optical landing system. Eurocopter UH-14 (AS332F-1) Super Puma helicopters of the Aviacao Naval's (Brazilian Naval Aviation) HU-2 performed the sorties at the end of November 2011, during which the unit's pilots qualified for carrier operations. The NAe Sao Paulo rejoined the fleet in late 2011 after undergoing over five years of modernisation and repairs. Other helicopter units are expected to start night operations from the ship soon.
Once the Royal Saudi Air Force takes delivery of all 84 brand new F-15SA Strike Eagles it will have a total fleet of 156 aircraft including 72 upgraded from F-15S standard.
The Marinha do Brasil (Brazilian Navy) frigate Uniao (F 45) was recently deployed to take part in the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), which is currently under the command of Brazilian Forces. A Westland AH-11A Super Lynx (N-4011, c/n WA032, ex N-3023) from HA-1 of Aviacao Naval (Brazilian Naval Aviation) is deployed on the frigate and has received UN markings. The frigate has operated in Lebanese waters since late November 2011 to help prevent the shipment of illegal weapons into the country. The Super Lynx involved is the first in the Brazilian Navy to receive the Star Safire III forward looking infra-red sensor on the nose.
Four of the Portuguese Air Force's CASA 212-100s on the ramp at Base Aerea 6 Montijo, including 16517 (far right) in special markings to celebrate 160,000 flight hours by the fleet.
An A160T with a pod under the fuselage. The low weight of the airframe allows the UAV to carry large and heavy sensors.
Boeing A160T Hummingbird A007 was operated by the US Army's Aviation Applied Technology Directorate until it was destroyed on July 28, 2010. The service will test the UAV equipped with the ARGUS pod in Afghanistan this year.
Raytheon Australia, teamed with Hawker Beechcraft, BAE Systems and Flight Safety, is proposing the T-6C Texan II for the PTS programme.
T-6C Texan II CN-BTX/24 is one of the last four for the Royal Moroccan Air Force. The aircraft is seen on approach to Toronto-Pearson International Airport in Ontario on January 10, 2012 during its delivery flight.
Eurocopter Romania delivered an EC135T2+ (serial 341) to Romania's Ministry of Health during a ceremony in Bucharest on December 1, 2011. The helicopter is painted in Serviciul Mobil de Urgenta, Reanimare si Descarcerare (Mobile Service for Resuscitation and Extrication) colours and is equipped to undertake general medical missions for the civil population. A contract for up to six EC135T2+ helicopters was awarded to Eurocopter in August 2011. In addition, the General Aviation Inspectorate of the Ministry of Administration and Interior already operates a pair of EC135T2+s.
EC135s provided by Australian Aerospace are used by the Australian Army for pilot training.
RUAG demonstrated its Do228NG D-CNEU to the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency.
Team Krisakti flew its first official display on the opening day of LIMA 11.
The two design-conforming HondaJets currently being used in the flight test programme N420FJ (F1) and N420HM (F2). F2 (N420HM) made its maiden flight on November 18, 2011, although it was only revealed by the company one month later.
Bell 429 N211FX (c/n 57004, ex N429ER) is the first configured with a multi-mission interior. It was delivered to the Fairfax County Police Department in December 2011.
E-8C 90-0175/'JS' completed its first flight after re-engining on December 8, 2011. The aircraft is used as a test-bed for the operational fleet.
Ship helicopter operating limits trials of the AgustaWestland AW159 Wildcat began in January 2012 using TI03 (ZZ402) and the Type 23 frigate HMS Iron Duke (F234) in the English Channel. The helicopter and warship are due to continue the tests throughout January and into early February. Just before Christmas, ZZ402 landed on HMS Iron Duke moored in Portsmouth Naval Base, Hampshire. A Wildcat first landed on a warship when one of the development aircraft alighted on the aviation training vessel RFA Argus off the south coast of England in November.
On January 5, 2012 the Avicopter AC313 was certified by the Chinese Civil Aviation Authority, clearing the way for the heavy helicopter to enter service with civilian operators in that country. The certification allows the AC313 to be used for roles including transport, offshore operations, forest-fire prevention and disaster relief. Around 200 hours were flown during the process, including flights in Tibet and over Everest base camps to evaluate its high-altitude performance. Chinese reports indicate that 32 AC313s have been ordered. B-1108L is the prototype, which made its first flight on March 13, 2010.
The first Lasta 95 for the Serbian Air Force, 54201, is seen at Batajnica AB during engine and taxi trials.
Light helicopter manufacturer Enstrom Helicopters delivered a third batch of four Enstrom 480Bs to the Royal Thai Army in January 2012. Ten of the 16 Enstrom 480Bs ordered by the service in February 2010 have been handed over to date, with the first three being delivered in June 2011 and the second batch of three in August 2011. The final six will be shipped later in the first quarter of 2012.
The Lockheed Martin/Kaman K-Max unmanned demonstrator during the trials undertaken at the Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona.
The prototype AgustaWestland AW189 during its maiden flight on December 21, 2011.
Russia's United Aircraft Corporation revealed the prototype Ilyushin Il-476 military transport at the Aviastar facility in Ulyanovsk in mid-December 2011. The aircraft is a modernised version of the Il-76MD Candid, powered by Perm PS90A-76s under reinforced wings, with a digital cockpit and revised undercarriage. It features a 20% increase in payload, while range is increased by 27% and fuel burn reduced by 18%. The Il-476 is due to be rolled out early in 2012 and the first flight is expected in the spring. Although aimed at Russian Air Force requirements, the service has not yet formally placed an order.
В тендере на самолет ДРЛОиУ для Южной Кореи компания "Boeing" в конкурентной борьбе победила Израиль, предлагавший доработанный Gulfstream G 550 с РЛС IAI Elta.
Boeing 737-7ES 65-327 (c/n 35327, wearing its test registration N341FS) was delivered to the Republic of Korea Air Force on December 13, 2011.
The 7,000th aircraft delivered by Airbus, A321-231 D-AZAE, taking off from Hamburg-Finkenwerder Airport.
Prototype Boeing 747-8I N6067E is seen departing Boeing Field/King County International Airport, Washington, on December 22, 2011, during a test flight. The aircraft was painted with distinctive white panels in late November 2011, and will be retained by Boeing as a test aircraft.
Nanshan Jet of Yantai, China, took delivery of its first Boeing Business Jet (BBJ) in mid-December 2011. Boeing 737-7GJ BBJ N453BJ (c/n 41658, ex N1786B) was handed over at the Boeing Delivery Center in Seattle, Washington in a green configuration on December 16, 2011. It departed for Georgetown, Connecticut, where it will have additional fuel tanks installed before travelling to Tulsa, Oklahoma, where BizJet International will install the 28 passenger interior suite. Upon entering service it will be used to provide charter services to corporations, government agencies and individuals in China. Nanshan Jet operates seven business aircraft previously owned by Air China.
The Crocus Group of Russia has replaced its Gulfstream G450 (c/n 4031) with a Boeing 737-7KK BBJ (c/n 38608) that carries the same registration, VP-CAE. The new aircraft is seen arriving at Boeing Field/King County International Airport, Washington, from LaGuardia Airport in New York on January 8, 2012. It first flew on March 1, 2010, and was destined for Pacific Sky Aviation of Canada, spending time at Dallas Love Field Airport, Texas, before being offered for sale.
Basler BT-67 C-FTGI (c/n 26268, ex N232GB) of Bell Geospace Aviation transited Malta International Airport on December 7/8, 2011. The aircraft has been modified for the location of natural resources, the most obvious being the large 'sting' type sensor on the rear of the fuselage and the blanked off windows. It is fitted with a Lockheed Martin-built full tensor gravity gradiometer, which requires the aircraft to be flown around 265ft (81m) above the ground when surveying. The aircraft was built as R4D-6 Skytrain BuNo 50760 in 1944 and modified with turboprops by Basler Turbo Conversions in 2008.
F-35B BuNo 168057/'VM01’ (BF-06) departing Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base on January 11, 2012 for Eglin AFB, Florida. The aircraft was the first of the variant delivered to the US Marine Corps.
Пакистан получил четыре самолета ДРЛОиУ ZDK-03 Karakoram Eagle, спроектированных на основе Y-8F600, РЛС установлена во вращающемся обтекателе над фюзеляжем. Выкатка первого самолета состоялась в Китае в 2010 году. На фотографии - второй самолет.
The Pakistan Air Force received the first ZDK-03 Karakorum Eagle (11-001) from China in December 2011 at Masroor AB, Karachi. Four of the airborne early warning and control aircraft were ordered in September 2008 for $278 million and the first was rolled out in November 2010. Deliveries are due at the rate of one aircraft per year between 2011 and 2014 and they will be assigned to a new squadron. This aircraft (11-002) is the second for the Pakistan Air Force and is seen here undergoing a test flight in China. In addition to the aircraft for Pakistan, at least one Chinese ZDK-03 ('733') has recently been noted, while what is believed to be the technology demonstrator for the variant ('T0518') has been with the Chinese Flight Test Establishment since at least 2005.
During November 2011 new Spanish regional carrier Helitt Lineas Aereas based in Malaga began operations with three ATR 72s. The airline commenced a thrice weekly service between Malaga and Madrid in early December 2011. ATR 72-202 EC-LNP (msn 285, ex OK-XFA of Czech Airlines) is seen at Madrid Airport on December 9, 2011.
A production contract for the twin-boom Caldiran was signed between Baykar Makina and the SSM in December 2011.