Purdue Institute adds new simulator to its flight training devices

 Purdue Polytechnic Institute students will soon reach a new level of aviation training without leaving the ground.

The Polytechnic’s School of Aviation and Transportation Technology announced the addition of a Hawker 900XP full-motion, Level D simulator to its collection of flight training devices. Purdue is the only university to offer Hawker simulator training.

The Hawker simulator will be housed in the Holleman-Niswonger Simulator Center at Purdue University Airport along with the aviation school’s Phenom 100 jet, CRJ-700 airliner, Cirrus SR20 aircraft training devices and a number of part-task trainers.

“We are the only university in the nation to offer jet-type training integrated into our Bachelor of Science degree program,” said Manoj Patankar, the Raisbeck Engineering Professor of Aviation Technology and head of the School of Aviation and Transportation Technology. “Adding the Hawker simulator is a giant leap in collegiate flight education that gives our students a significant competitive advantage upon graduation.”

The Hawker simulator is designed and manufactured by FlightSafety International, a world leader in aviation training and simulation.

“Purdue’s degree combines the depth of university study with the practical skills to be employment ready,” said Mike Suckow, associate professor of practice in the aviation school. “Thus, we are continuously working with industry to understand the gaps as technology advances.”

“We plan on acquiring a full spectrum of flight training devices that allow us to expand our capacity to support the increasing enrollment, conduct leading research projects and keep our students competitive in the job market,” Patankar said.

The Hawker flight simulator will arrive later this spring and be ready for use by students in Purdue Polytechnic’s professional flight program this fall.

 

Airbus inaugurates new training center in India

 Global aerospace major Airbus recently made an announcement that the company has opened its training center for commercial pilots and maintenance engineers at Haryana's Gurugram in the National Capital Region (NCR). 

"Through the center, we aim to train 8,000 commercial pilots and 2,000 maintenance engineers over the next 10 years," an Airbus spokesperson told IANS at the Aero India air show. 

The center includes an A320 simulator for full-flight simulation and programs on aircraft procedure training, computer-based classroom training and standard pilot transition training, the company said in a statement. 

It also has an 'Upgrade to Command' course to improve the skills of the co-pilots. 

The facility will complement Airbus India's training center in Bengaluru, which has trained over 4,500 maintenance engineers since its inception in 2007, the statement said. 

"Providing a training infrastructure to support our customers' businesses is a priority for us," said Airbus India and South Asia President Anand E. Stanley in the statement. 

The aerospace major assessed that India will need 25,000 additional pilots over the next 20 years to keep pace with the growing commercial aviation industry. 

"Over 500,000 additional pilots will be required worldwide over the next 20 years," it added. 

 

Free' commercial pilot training to be provided to selective UAE residents

 Selected applicants will also get guaranteed employment with an airline.

Applications are open for a new batch of Cadet Pilots who will be trained to become aviators for Cebu Pacific (CEB).

The airline will be recruiting 16 candidates who will undergo a ‘study now, pay later, zero-interest’ training program to become full-fledged commercial pilots with guaranteed employment with the airline.

The Cebu Pacific Cadet Pilot Program is open to all Filipino citizens (those in the UAE included) who are college graduates and are proficient in English. There are no preferred college degrees, and applicants need only have an average grade of at least 70% or its equivalent in subjects related to Math, Physics and English.

The program entails 52 weeks of integrated flight training, theory and education at Flight Training Adelaide (FTA) in Australia. They will undergo learning modules; train in a flight simulator and then on to an actual aircraft.

Successful candidates will receive Diplomas of Aviation for Commercial Pilot License - Aeroplane, Instrument Rating, and for Pilot in Command. They will also undergo an additional four weeks of training to obtain a Pilot's License under the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines.

CEB cadet-pilots need not worry about expenses related to the flight training, as the airline will shoulder the costs first-including a stipend, and amortize the payment for the course while they are employed. Cebu Pacific will finance the entire program, and successful cadet-pilots who enter the CEB corps of pilots will reimburse the cost of the program through salary deduction over a maximum of ten years at zero-interest.

There is no application fee for the program. The application process begins with an online pre-screening. This is followed by an on-site screening for core skills and pilot aptitude tests, among other examinations where a fee of $425.00 Australian dollars (Dh1332 approx) will be charged.

FTA will screen and shortlist all the candidates. Cebu Pacific and FTA will then jointly select the final Cadet Pilots through a final interview and deliberation.

 

US Air Force awards $739m in launch contracts to ULA and SpaceX

 The US Air Force has divided $739 million in launch contracts between United Launch Alliance and SpaceX for six national security missions slated for 2021-2022.

Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center announced the contracts, awarded under the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) program, Tuesday evening.

ULA will receive $441.76 million under a fixed-price contract to launch SBIRS GEO-5, SBIRS GEO-6 and Silent Barker, a classified space situational awareness mission.

NROL-85, NROL-87 and Silent Barker are classified missions for the National Reconnaissance Office. The Space-Based Infrared System Geosynchronous Earth Orbit SBIRS GEO-5, SBIRS GEO-6 and AFSPC-44 are Air Force satellites.

This is the sixth competition under the current Phase 1A EELV procurement. The final request for proposals for these launches was released Jan. 31, 2018 and proposals were due April 16, 2018.

“The competitive award of these EELV launch service contracts directly supports SMC’s mission of delivering resilient and affordable space capabilities to our nation while maintaining assured access to space,” Lt. Gen. John Thompson, SMC commander and program executive officer for space, said in a statement. “Phase 1A continues to enable the space enterprise to respond to the rapidly evolving operating environment.”

 

First Hawkeye 360 satellites pinpoints frequency signals

 Hawkeye 360 recently announced that it could pinpoint the location of radio frequency signals with its first three satellites launched in December on the SpaceX rideshare mission.

“It took us about two months to do all the commissioning and testing but we are very excited to announce the satellites are working very well,” John Serafini, Hawkeye 360 chief executive, told SpaceNews. “They are now in commercial service providing data to our customers.”

Hawkeye 360 has attracted defense, intelligence and commercial customers since the startup formed in Herndon, Virginia, in October 2015. In a little over three years, the company moved from initial financing to spaceflight operations, Serafini noted.

One unique aspect of Hawkeye 360’s business model is formation flying. The company operates three satellites, spaced 100 to 200 kilometers apart.

“That unique geometry allows us to geolocate the signals,” Serafini said. “To our knowledge, we are the first commercial company to fly satellites in formation with software-defined radios to detect, analyze and geolocate RF activity.”

In early testing of its three Pathfinder satellites in orbit, Hawkeye demonstrated it can geolocate a variety of sources including VHF Channels 16 and 70, Emergency Position-Indicating Radiobeacons, Automatic Identification System for ship tracking and marine radar signals. Hawkeye then analyzes the signals to provide “insights for maritime, emergency response, and spectrum analysis applications,” according to the company’s Feb. 26 press release.

Because Hawkeye 360 can determine the source of the signal, the company does not have to trust whatever coordinates are announced. “In fact, this means if a ship claims a particular location, we can verify if that claim is true or false,” Adam Bennett, Hawkeye 360 product marketing manager, said by email.

To date, Hawkeye 360 has raised more than $28 million from investors including Raytheon, Allied Minds, Space Angels, Razor’s Edge Ventures, Shield Capital Partners and Sumitomo Corp. of Japan.

Will the on-orbit demonstration attract new Hawkeye 360 customers and investors? “We’re certainly engaged with both and excited to bring this commercial offering to the market,” Serafini said.

Hawkeye 360 is developing its second three-satellite cluster which it plans to launch in late 2019 or early 2020. The company has not announced a launch provider. The second satellite cluster is fully financed, Serafini said.

 

HH-60W Combat Helicopters prepare for flight test

 Two fully assembled HH-60W Combat Rescue Helicopters (CRH), built by Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, are preparing for their maiden flights, which will occur before mid-year at the Sikorsky West Palm Beach site in Florida.

Both aircraft, which are being built for the US Air Force, were transported late last year to West Palm Beach following final assembly at Sikorsky's facility in Stratford, Connecticut. The aircraft test readiness review was completed in October 2018. The CRH HH-60W flight test team is currently preparing both aircraft for flight by conducting final installation of instrumentation and ground run testing. This marks formal entry into the flight test program that culminates in Ready Assets Available (RAA), allowing the Air Force to declare Initial Operational Capability (IOC).

Sikorsky Combat Rescue Helicopter West Palm Beach 2019

 "Having these initial HH-60W helicopters in West Palm Beach for flight test is an exciting time for the Sikorsky team. It is the first step toward a low rate initial production decision later this year, which will allow Sikorsky to provide a constant production flow of aircraft to the warfighter," said Greg Hames, Sikorsky director, Combat Rescue Helicopter program. "This is the point in the program when Sikorsky begins providing new aircraft into the warfighters' hands, initiating transition to the vastly more capable and reliable HH-60W Combat Rescue Helicopter."  

The first of the two HH-60W aircraft will enter flight test with the new Tactical Mission Kit. The integration of sensors, radar, and multiple defense systems will bring added intelligence into the cockpit, enhancing pilots' situational awareness to complete missions, which is key to improving aircraft and isolated personnel survivability. Sikorsky's HH-60W team completed the System Configuration Test Readiness Review milestones for the Tactical Mission Kit last year.

The HH-60W hosts a new fuel system that nearly doubles the capacity of the internal tank on a UH-60M Black Hawk, giving the Air Force crew extended range and more capability to rescue those injured in the battle space. The CRH specification drives more capable defensive system, vulnerability reduction, weapons, cyber-security, environmental, and net-centric requirements than currently held by the HH-60G.

"Our team is working every day to build and deliver a superior quality helicopter to the U.S. Air Force for this critical mission," added Hames. "Both Sikorsky and the Air Force remain committed to achieving a low rate initial production decision this year and getting this much-needed aircraft to our air men and women out in the field." 

A total of nine aircraft will be built in Connecticut during the Engineering Manufacturing Development (EMD) phase of the program ― four EMD aircraft and five System Demonstration Test Articles. The Air Force program of record calls for 112 helicopters to replace its aging HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters.

 

SynapseMX’s new cloud platform to solve unscheduled maintenance challenges

 SynapseMX’s new cloud platform seeks to help carriers solve the headaches of unscheduled maintenance through artificial intelligence and better team coordination rather than through hiring of more technicians.

Time is money when it comes to unscheduled maintenance events, and in an industry already facing a significant shortage of skilled workers, many carriers are feeling the pressure to make sure their maintenance operations are staffed up to minimize downtime as much as possible. Atlanta-based software startup SynapseMX has rolled out a new cloud-based maintenance management and execution platform that seeks to help companies solve unscheduled maintenance challenges through better productivity and coordination rather than through spending extra money to beef up staff. 

“We are very focused on improving productivity and not headcounts,” says Shane Ballman, CEO, SynapseMX. “There’s obviously a huge skilled labor crisis in the industry today, and it’s hard to find people to backfill positions or expand your operation.”

Ballman points to his prior experience heading AirTran Airways’ Maintenance Technology group, where his team used early versions of the technology and automation tools built into SynapseMX to grow the carrier’s operation without needing to hire additional technicians. According to Ballman, the low-cost carrier started out with approximately 4.2 technicians per aircraft and got the number down to 2.6 technicians per aircraft while growing fleet size—this at a time when Ballman says the industry was averaging around 10.2 technicians per aircraft.

“They saved a bunch of money in being more effective in how they performed maintenance,” he says. “You can’t put nine people in a cockpit and expect to get any kind of productive work done. By helping people understand how you can deploy people more effectively, you can start to do work between turns or maybe more efficiently schedule on the overnight maintenance.”

Ballman says SynapseMX took that mentality and applied it to an industry need for a targeted software tool to help solve unscheduled maintenance headaches through real-time data tools. The SynapseMX platform, which the company started building approximately one year ago, enables digital team collaboration to monitor maintenance issues in real time, assign jobs, perform and sign off on work, track job progress and use performance metrics to identify where bottlenecks are taking place. In the event of an unscheduled maintenance event, Ballman says a technician or operator in the field can use their mobile device to notify relevant team members via text message about the issue, projected downtime and parts that will be required.

According to Ballman, SynapseMX helps teams understand what sort of impact an unscheduled maintenance event will have in terms of operational disruption and then dives deeper into data to forecast how long it will take a specific technician to complete a certain task within varying conditions, such as cold weather. The platform automatically generates an event log for specific maintenance items or for an operation’s entire day so managers and dispatch can see what is going on in real time.

Ballman says SynapseMX and one of its partners have started exploring notification escalations, such as notifying senior executives of a maintenance event only when an asset has been down for a certain period of time. The company is also working on releasing the newest version of the platform, which Ballman says will deploy new features related to artificial intelligence (AI) and people tagging functionality similar to that used on social media platforms.

Full deployment of SynapseMX’s new AI functionality will tell users which technicians to contact for troubleshooting questions about particular issues, how long it should take to solve particular problems in various locations, common parts required for different maintenance events and how long an aircraft is predicted to be completely out of service. Meanwhile, users of the platform will be able to tag people in automatically generated reports to bring them into the conversation as needed without bogging them down with constant updates. Ballman says the newest version of the platform is scheduled for release at the beginning of March.

 

Dassault Aviation acquires TAG Aviation’s European MRO activities

 Dassault Aviation and TAG Aviation announced the acquisition of the European maintenance activities of TAG Aviation Group by Dassault. The announcement was made privately at both companies.

Talks of the acquisition began in the middle of 2018, however, the deal was put into motion only at the end of 2018.

Adeline Vareon, marketing manager, TAG Aviation, said, “Given the changes that are taking place in the market, TAG felt it would be the best decision to go through with this.”

She said it would enable TAG to be more competitive in the MRO segment, since their main focus is aircraft management.

“This acquisition is not only good for clients, but also for our employees. Dassault will continue to service our existing clients.”

As such, the transition period is likely to last until June next year. The activities carried out by the now-Dassault maintenance centers in Europe will continue unaltered. The senior staff team that worked under TAG will helm operations carried out for other manufacturers at these centers.

Vareon also said, “Dassault was the one that came forward with the idea for the acquisition and we have strong reason to believe this will be extremely beneficial to us in the future.”

“The acquisition of the maintenance activities of TAG AVIATION, a major MRO provider, will allow Dassault Aviation to reinforce its European service center network. With TAG Maintenance Services, we intend to develop further a network of excellence and to support TAG different aircraft clients with the same commitment to service quality, while expanding the share of Falcon maintenance activities controlled by the Dassault Group”, declared Eric Trappier, Chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation.

“We have been working hard over the past twenty years to build up a high quality maintenance organization, specializing in the Dassault and Bombardier product lines”, remarked Mr. Mansour Ojjeh, President of TAG Group, the majority shareholder of TAG Aviation. “During that time we have built a strong relationship with Dassault Aviation, based upon mutual trust and respect. Given the many challenges faced by independent MROs in the current industry environment, we are pleased to sell this segment of TAG Aviation to a respected OEM who values it’s employees and shares TAG’s high business standards”.

 

Magnetic MRO targets Saudi MRO market, signs MoU with FPSS

 Magnetic MRO, a global provider of Total Technical Care for aircraft operators and lessors, and a Saudi MRO Company First Premium for Support Services (FPSS) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for joint EASA-compliant MRO operations in Saudi Arabia and the Region. 

The two companies agreed to jointly establish and develop Wheel & Tire, Brake, Oxygen Refill, and Battery shops in Jeddah. At later stages of the cooperation, Magnetic MRO and FPSS also consider launching an engine stands hub, operated by Magnetic MRO’s subsidiary EngineStands24, as well as an EASA 147-compliant technical training school and EASA 145-compliant line and base maintenance facilities in a Saudi Arabian port city of Jeddah.

Risto Mäeots, the CEO of Magnetic MRO, said: “Magnetic MRO is delighted to join hands with the honorable Sheikh Ghassan Attar, the owner and CEO of First Premium for Support Services, to develop a wide range of high quality level aircraft maintenance services in Saudi Arabia and across the region.”

Mäeots also added that the new partnership comes in line with Magnetic MRO’s vision to support the development of the regional aviation industry by providing Saudi airlines with access to the company’s high-quality services and innovative solutions.

Sheikh Ghassan Omar Attar, the CEO of a leading Saudi travel company Attar Travel, as well as the CEO and owner of the Jeddah-based First Premium for Support Services, shared:

”We strongly believe, the new agreement between Magnetic MRO and FPSS will provide us with a substantial boost in supporting the needs of our aviation clients and bring us to the leading position on the aircraft maintenance market of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”

 

China Southern converts 777-300ER orders to 777-200LR freighters

 China Southern Airlines has converted an order for two Boeing 777-300ERs to 777-200LR Freighters.

The carrier disclosed the order change in a stock exchange statement, and adds that the two freighter aircraft will be delivered in 2020.

The two 777-300ERs are from an October 2017 order for eight that were scheduled for delivery between 2019 and 2020. It still plans to take delivery of the remaining six 777-300ERs from that order, as well as 30 737-8s that were part of that agreement.

General Electric GE90 engines power both the -300ER and -200LRF.

Cirium’s Fleets Analyzer shows that the carrier has 10 777-300ERs in its fleet and 12 777-200LRFs.

 

Comair receives First 737 MAX 8

 Comair received its first Boeing 737 MAX 8 in February, becoming the type’s maiden operator in sub-Saharan Africa. The aircraft is the first of eight ordered by the South African carrier on March 19, 2014.

The airline and its kulula.com subsidiary operate a combined fleet of eight Boeing 737-400 and 18 -800s, with the incoming MAX aircraft likely to be split between the two brands. The first aircraft, ZS-ZCA (c/n 60432), was delivered in British Airways colours – Comair is a long-term franchisee of the UK carrier.

Ihssane Mounir, Boeing’s senior vice president of commercial sales and marketing, said: “From the Classic 737 to the Next-Generation 737 and now to the 737 MAX, we are honoured to build on our partnership with Comair and support their success in the years ahead.”

 

Piper Aircraft closes 2018 with strong financial results

 Piper Aircraft closed out 2018 with deliveries reaching a 10-year high and billings topping $263 million, a nearly 38 percent increase from 2017, the manufacturer announced recently. Higher billings and deliveries were driven by demand from the Vero Beach, Florida airframer’s trainer and M-class product lines.

Billings for its single-engine piston Archer rose nearly 50 percent year-over-year, Piper said, while its Seminole twin deliveries increased by 117 percent. The combined billings of its piston M350 and single-engine turboprop M500 and M600 grew by 36 percent from 2017, Piper said.

In addition to the gains in billings and deliveries, Piper added three new dealers last year, took its largest trainer order in company history, and expanded its backlog to nearly 700 airplanes going into 2019. It also increased its workforce 14 percent, to more than 1,000 employees.

“2018 was an exceptional year for Piper Aircraft as we continued to deliver a measurable impact for our customers, and our employees,” said Piper president and CEO Simon Caldecott. “Over the past year, we have increased strategic investments in our facilities and products to better position Piper Aircraft to support the growing but stable demand for our diverse product lines. We also have expanded our efforts and investments to drive innovation while achieving strong financial results.”

 

Bombardier sells CRJ900 aircraft to Chorus Aviation

 Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced recently that a subsidiary of Chorus Aviation Inc., has finalized a firm purchase agreement for nine CRJ900 aircraft. Jazz Aviation LP, a subsidiary of Chorus Aviation, under the Air Canada Express banner, making them the first Canadian operator of the new ATMOSPHÈRE cabin for CRJ Series regional jets, will operate these aircraft.

Based on the list price of the CRJ900 aircraft, the order is valued at approximately $437 million US

 

"We are delighted that Chorus and Jazz have chosen Bombardier products for the growth and renewal of their fleet. It reaffirms their confidence in the value that the CRJ Series provides to airlines," said Fred Cromer, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. "The CRJ900 aircraft is ideally suited to growing markets and is recognized for its superior performance, economics and passenger comfort."

“The addition of these new CRJ900 aircraft is part of the ongoing modernization of our Jazz fleet,” said Joseph Randell, President and Chief Executive Officer, Chorus. “These aircraft provide unit operating costs that are amongst the lowest of any regional aircraft, allowing us to more effectively compete while addressing changing market demand.”

Jazz, under the Air Canada Express brand, will operate the CRJ900 in a dual-class cabin configuration with 76 seats. The airline intends to take delivery of their first aircraft with the latest enhancement to the CRJ Series regional jets – the ATMOSPHÈRE cabin in the first half of 2020.

 

Embraer Delivers 181 total jets in 2018

 Embraer delivered a total of 181 jets in 2018, of which 90 were commercial aircraft and 91 were executive jets (64 light and 27 large). The deliveries were within the outlook ranges for the year of 85 to 95 for the commercial aviation market, while business aviation market deliveries were below the 105 to 125 outlook, as recently disclosed by Embraer during its recent meeting with investors and analysts at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). In the fourth quarter of 2018, Embraer delivered 33 commercial jets and 36 executive jets (24 light and 12 large). As of December 31, the firm order backlog totaled USD 16.3 billion. See details below:

During the fourth quarter, Embraer confirmed commercial jets sales following the agreements established at Farnborough Airshow, in July 2018. Republic Airways, the world’s largest E-Jets operator, signed a firm order for 100 E175 jets. The contract also includes purchase rights for an additional 100 E175s, with conversion rights to the E175-E2, bringing the total potential order up to 200 E-Jets.

Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras confirmed the firm order for a previously announced 21 E195-E2 jets. This contract is in addition to the 30 E195-E2 jets ordered by the airline in 2015, raising Azul's total order to 51 Embraer E2 aircraft. Azul is the launch operator of the E195-E2 and will receive the first aircraft in 2019.

 Finalizing the expected deals from the airshow, Embraer signed a firm order contract for three E190 aircraft with Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC), the global leader in regional aircraft leasing, and unveiled that Binter Canarias, of Spain, will receive its first E195-E2 jet in the second half of 2019, becoming the first European customer of the E-Jets E2’s largest model. The airline signed a firm order with Embraer for three E195-E2s. The contract also includes purchase rights for two additional aircraft of the same model.

 Embraer also announced in the last quarter that American Airlines Inc. signed a firm order for 15 E175 jets in a 76-seat configuration, as well as the signing of a contract with the Government of Kiribati, in partnership with their national airline, Air Kiribati, for two firm orders for the E190-E2 E-Jets and two purchase rights for the same model. Recently, Embraer unveiled an additional order from SkyWest for nine E175 jets which was included in the last quarter backlog. Since 2013, SkyWest has purchased a total of 158 E175s (including these nine), in order to expand their large existing fleet of Embraer aircraft.

 Regarding the business aviation market, Embraer launched in the fourth quarter the new Praetor 500 midsize and Praetor 600 super-midsize business jets, introducing unprecedented range into their categories. The Praetor 600 is expected to be certified and enter service in the second quarter of 2019, followed by the Praetor 500 in the third quarter of 2019.

 Embraer Defense & Security celebrated an important milestone in the period when its multi-mission airlift KC-390 was granted the Type Certificate from Brazilian aviation authority Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil (ANAC). Also, the Company successfully completed the troop unloading, evacuation by hatch and evacuation tests through the front and rear doors of the aircraft in tests supported by the Brazilian Air Force as well as the Brazilian Army.

 In the fourth quarter, the Services & Support area announced a multi-year contract with airlines around the world. Air Peace, Nigeria’s leading private airline, has signed a multi-year Pool Program Agreement for spare parts and support of its six ERJ 145 jets. Trans States Airlines confirmed a contract to implement the Embraer Collaborative Inventory Planning (ECIP) program, a supply chain solution for expendable parts. Besides that, a Flight Hour Pool Program agreement was signed with Western Air, from the Bahamas, to provide repairable component support for the carrier’s fleet of ERJ-145 aircraft.

 

FAI welcomes seventh Global Express


German Special Mission and VIP-Charter Operator FAI rent-a-jet AG has welcomed its seventh Bombardier Global Express, MSN 9016, to the company’s 26-strong fleet.

Following a 240-month inspection, the Global Express will undergo a complete interior refurbishment at the company’s growing MRO division, FAI Technik in Nuremberg. Further planned upgrades include the installation of a new cabin management system, KA-Band Ultra-High Speed Wi-Fi Internet and new exterior paint.  It is anticipated that the aircraft will be introduced to the market for sale or lease by the end of March 2019.

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Embraer and Sierra Nevada Corporation Awarded Contract to Deliver 12 A-29s for the Nigerian Air Force

São Paulo, Brazil, February 6th, 2019 – Embraer Defense & Security and its partner Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) were awarded a contract to deliver 12 A-29 Super Tucano light attack aircraft to the Nigerian Air Force.

 “SNC is proud to work with our partner, Embraer Defense & Security, to build A-29s in support of the Nigerian Air Force in addressing their on-going training and security needs,” said Taco Gilbert, Senior Vice President of ISR, Aviation and Security (IAS) at SNC. “The combat-proven A-29 is designed and built for the mission in Nigeria. It’s the most reliable and cost-effective solution for basic and advanced flight and combat training, close air support operations, ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance), counterinsurgency and irregular warfare scenarios.”

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