Air International 2014-07
The newly established aviation-rescue centre at Rostov will operate recently procured Ka-32A11BC RF-32804 (c/n 523324069830) for mountain rescue work.
A recent view of the Force Aerienne de ia Republique du Mali (Malian Republic Air Force) ramp at Bamako-Senou. Surrounding the government Boeing 727-2K5 (TZ-001, c/n 21853, ex TZ-MBA) are a number of stored or withdrawn aircraft, including Britten-Norman BN2A-21 Islander TZ-389 (c/n 2182, ex TZ-APV), Cessna O-2A Skymaster TZ-387 (right) and TZ-388 (left), Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17F TZ-346, plus several MiG-21s (including -21bis TZ-371). Just visible in the hangar, under the rear of the 727, is a single-engined Cessna, while the blue top of a Thrush agricultural aircraft can be seen among the group of MiG-21s.
Iraq’s first Lockheed Martin F-16 Block 52 Fighting Falcon was officially handed over on June 5, 2014 during a ceremony at the manufacturer's facility at Fort Worth, Texas. This is the first of 24 F-16Cs and 12 F-16Ds - also known as F-16IQs - that will become the Iraqi Air Force’s first supersonic combat aircraft since the overthrow of the Saddam Hussein regime. It will be armed with AIM-9 Sidewinder and AIM-7 Sparrow air-to-air missiles, AGM-65 Maverick air-to-surface missiles, and Paveway precision-guided bombs used in conjunction with the AN/AAQ-33 Sniper targeting pod. UTC Aerospace Systems’ DB-110 pods will also be supplied for reconnaissance.
McDonnell Douglas CF-18 Hornet 188761 is the Royal Canadian Air Force’s 2014 display aircraft, carrying artwork created by 410 Squadron’s design director, Jim Belliveau. The RCAF celebrates its 90th anniversary in 2014 and this theme is reflected on the display aircraft. Captain Adam ‘Manik’ Runge, from 409 ‘Nighthawks’ Tactical Fighter Squadron, 4 Wing at Cold Lake AB, Alberta, is this year’s CF-18 demonstration team pilot.
Kaman SH-2G(I) Super Seasprite N244KM (cm 224, ex N29-161913) during Penguin captive carry trials m late May 2014.
Embraer ERJ-175LR SP-LIE (c/n 17000153, ex PT-SER) of LOT-Polish Airlines has been painted in the scheme used by its aircraft between 1945 and 1973 to mark the carrier’s 85th anniversary. The airliner wears coatings produced by PPG Aerospace that were applied by LOT Aircraft Maintenance Services at Warsaw in April 2014. It is pictured on approach to Runway 01R at Stockholm-Arlanda in Sweden.
Douglas DC-6B N501XP (c/n 45177, ex C-GKUG) is the latest acquisition of Everts Air Cargo. The vintage aircraft previously served with Conair and was delivered on June 6, 2014 from Abbotsford International Airport, British Columbia, to Fairbanks International Airport, Alaska, where Everts has its maintenance facility. The aircraft travelled via Snohomish County Airport/Paine Field, Washington, where it cleared US customs.
Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) Lockheed C-130R Hercules 61-9051 (c/n 4629, ex BuNo 160015) was due to begin flight tests at Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona, as AIR International went to press. Flight trials and crew training was scheduled to start on June 16, 2014 at the air force base, where the aircraft arrived three days earlier after being overhauled and upgraded at Hill AFB, Utah. It is due to last for 90 days. The aircraft is one of six former USMC KC-130Rs acquired for the JMSDF and will be based at Atsugi in Japan.
ATK/KADDB AC-235 light gunship 3210 made its public debut in the SOFEX static park at King Abdullah IAB in Jordan.
Viking Twin Otter 400 N400GZ (c/n 876) for the United Arab Emirates Joint Aviation Command passed through Palma de Mallorca on its delivery flight on May 17, 2014, arriving from the Azores Islands. It left for Heraklion in Greece the following day. The aircraft was built in 2013 and registered to Ground Zero Solutions of Alexandria, Virginia, but arrived at Louisburg in North Carolina on February 13 for customer modification work. Ten Twin Otter 400s were ordered via Global Aerospace Logistics, some of which are expected to be delivered as Guardian 400 variants.
Iberia Airbus A330-302 EC-LYF Juan Carlos I (msn 1437, ex F-WWKA) departs Madrid-Barajas Airport in Spain for Baltimore, Maryland, on June 2, 2014. The airliner was carrying the Spanish national football team on its way to Brazil for the FIFA 2014 World Cup, and wears special decals applied to promote the event. It was delivered to Iberia on November 14, 2013
On June 6, 2014 the Fuerza Aerea Ecuatoriana (Ecuadorian Air Force) accepted the first of three Airbus Defence & Space C295s (c/n S-117). A further two of the transports will be handed over before the end of the year. The initial aircraft is seen on approach to Seville on June 11, still wearing the temporary identity '117'.
Embraer EMB-121AN Xingu 69 retains the special markings applied to mark the centenary of the Aeronautique Navale (French Navy Air Arm) in 2010. The aircraft was noted at Edinburgh Turnhouse on May 27, 2014, conducting a training flight as FNY5021. It is based at Lorient Lann-Bihoue.
The first production HondaJet heading a line-up of the four conforming prototypes at the company’s facility at Greensboro, North Carolina.
Vulcanair P68R Multi-Mission Aircraft G-PGBR (c/n 457/R) is operated by the Greater Manchester Police as a surveillance platform, and is seen at Manchester Airport on May 23, 2014. It was previously used as the demonstrator for the Mr (P68R) in the UK before being modified for the National Police Air Service with surveillance equipment by Airborne Technologies, including a Wescam MX10 and Churchill Augmented Reality System. Mission equipment is monitored by a single tactical flight officer in the cabin.
On June 6, 2014 Maltese start-up Hermes Aviation began operations as Flyhermes with this Boeing 737-400. The aircraft (737-4K5 9H-HER, c/n 24901, ex EI-CUA) was delivered on May 27, leased from Aeroco, and was previously flown by Blue Panorama Airlines. It is seen at Palma de Mallorca on a subcharter to Mistral of Italy on its second operational day with Hermes Aviation.
The first Boeing 747-83QF for Silk Way of Azerbaijan completed its maiden flight on June 6, 2014 at Snohomish County Airport/Paine Field, Washington. The freighter (4K-SW881, c/n 44444, ex N973BA) is one of two due to be leased by the cargo airline from GECAS. The second example has been built and is expected to be flight tested soon. Both aircraft were originally due to be delivered to Silk Way in March and April.
Basler BT-67 Surveyor C-GGSU (c/n 13439, ex N36AP) is owned by CGG Aviation (Canada) of Ottawa, Ontario in Canada. The aircraft was originally a Douglas DC-3C before being modified by Basler in 2012 and outfitted for the geophysical surveillance role. It is depicted at Muskoka Little Norway Airport, Ontario on May 10, 2014.