Table of Contents:
- INTRODUCTION AND PROGRAM UPDATE
- TEAM SPARTAN UPDATE
- COMPANY NEWS
- Finmeccanica-Alenia Aermacchi: new international order for the C-27J
- Third C-27J Spartan delivered to US Coast Guard
- US Coast Guard Pilots start training to operate C-27J Spartan aircraft
- The Royal Australian Air Force plan to give to the new C-27J Spartan a major role in humanitarian operations
- C-27J Spartan Paves the Way for New Aerial Firefighting System
As Team Spartan continues to respond to the FWSAR bid, we are expanding and strengthening our Canadian team, which enhances our already strong aircraft that brings best value to the Canadian FWSAR mission.
On 04 September, the Crown issued an extension on the bid solicitation, which will now close on 11 January 2016. Though multiple bidders were requesting an extension, Team Spartan is ready and able to work with whatever schedule the government thinks is best for the program, and we will continue to use the solicitation period to ensure is that we are providing the best aircraft and the best value to Canada.
Team Spartan is pleased to see that this program is moving to a close and Canada will receive the best value equipment to save lives. Search and rescue is an important priority for Canada and the movement of this program forward is a testament to ensuring Canadians receive the right equipment for the mission.
In August at the Vancouver Island Aerospace Association Innovation forum, representatives of Team Spartan, including Alenia Aermacchi director Roberto Leva and Ian McIntyre, training solutions specialist for DRS Technologies, announced the team’s plans to establish a FWSAR training centre at 19 Wing Comox as part of the team’s program bid.
The Comox Valley Economic Development Society (CVEDS) expressed the importance of the FWSAR program for the region, as noted in the Comox Valley Echo.
Team Spartan exhibited with Finmeccanica North American and DRS Technologies Canada during DEFSEC Atlantic 2015. The show took place on Wednesday, September 9 and Thursday, September 10 in Halifax, Nova Scotia and is one of Canada’s premier tradeshows and the second largest even of its kind in Canada.
Team Spartan will be in Ottawa in November for the 2015 Canadian Aerospace Summit, which is held at the Ottawa Shaw Centre from 17-18 November. The theme of this year’s show is “The Sky is the Limit.” We will be exhibiting at the GD Mission Systems – Canada booth. The 2015 Canadian Aerospace Summit is proudly hosted by the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC).
Finmeccanica-Alenia Aermacchi signed a new order for two C-27J tactical airlifters by an Air Force of the African continent. The contract also envisages a logistic support package. The two aircraft will be delivered starting from 2017 and will be used for the transport of troops and materials and for homeland security and civil protection operating also on semi-prepared strips.
The C-27J has already proved its capability of operating under the most complex conditions for an airplane of its category during the many operating cycles in Afghanistan with three air forces (Lithuania, Italy and the United States) and in the Sub-Sahara with Chad.
After those of Morocco and Chad, this is the third order on the African continent confirming that the C-27J is the optimal choice for those air forces that have highly complex requirements and operate in harsh environments; given the aircraft’s robustness, maneuverability on ground and in flight, load capacity and ability to operate on any type of surface, even with very high temperatures.
The third C-27J Spartan for the US Coast Guard has been delivered to Elizabeth City Air base, North Carolina. The new aircraft joins two other C-27J aircraft at Elizabeth City where the planes are used to train and qualify Coast Guard aircrew and maintenance personnel. Flight and maintenance procedures are also being developed for Coast Guard-specific mission profiles.
A fourth C-27J is planned to be delivered this fall. The Coast Guard will get a total of 14 C-27Js. The aircraft - that replaces Airbus Military twin engine C.235 (a shorter fuselage version of the C.295) - will be "instrumental in helping the service fulfill its maritime patrol, drug and migrant interdiction, disaster response, and search and rescue missions more effectively", says US Coast Guard.
The US Coast Guard HC-27J has launched a three-month pilot transition course to train aviators to fly the C-27J Spartan medium range surveillance aircraft on Coast Guard missions. The training covers standardization and instrument and night procedures as well as basic search and rescue qualification.
The first week of ground school is conducted at Aviation Training Center Mobile, Alabama, where students complete an instrument flight rules refresher, a crew resource management course and Coast Guard Air Operations Manual lectures alongside students from other Coast Guard airframes. Pilots under instruction also are introduced to C-27J major systems and flight capabilities.
Training then moves to the Elizabeth City, North Carolina, where students spend two weeks on the academic, cockpit procedure and contact phases of the curriculum.
Emergency procedures training is done at a Italian Air Force C-27 simulator in Pisa, Italy. The pilot transition course closes with instrument and night flight phases in Elizabeth City. Successful completion results in a co-pilot designation.
The Royal Australian Air Force plan to give to the new C-27J Spartan a major role in humanitarian operations
The first of ten new Spartan C-27J planes recently delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force will offer more range in the region because they can land at more airfields and go to more remote areas. Chief of RAAF, Air Marshal Geoff Brown, said the plane is a work horse in responding to humanitarian disasters. “It can get into some very small airfields," he said. "In the situation we had in Vanuatu, it would have been extremely valuable there.”
The relatively small Spartan (think a dumpy C-130 Hercules with two engines instead of four) is capable of accessing 1900 airfields in Australia, and 400 in the region - more than double the amount now accessible by the larger Hercules.
Randolph Jachimowicz has been in the Royal Australian Air Force for 36 years and believes the plane will be invaluable. “If you look back at the hurricane in the Philippines, I was up there operating on the C-130 Hercules, whereas if we had this aircraft we could have gone into a lot more areas," he said. "In that situation, because of the devastation many of the airfields, they might have a 7000 foot runway but debris and rubbish might only leave 5000.”
The C-27 Spartan is designed to transport cargo, support military units, perform electronic surveillance, as well as fire fighting and search-and-rescue operations.
Pilot Wayne Baylis says the plane it excels in crisis situations. “It is very good at humanitarian assistance and disaster relief," he said. "I can see that that is probably the primary aim of what we are going to be doing, supporting either troops or community in those disaster relief operations.”
The RAAF hopes it won't just carry people, supplies and equipment, it will carry hope.
The Italian Air Force successfully completes 3-week evaluation of the Guardian, Caylym's advanced aerial firefighting system. The Guardian completed a year of rigorous testing that lead to the Italian air force certifying the Guardian's use in both its tactical transports assets: the C-27J Spartan and the C-130J Super Hercules. Caylym recently commented in a company press release: "The Guardian is now being deployed in two state-of-the-art aircraft, the highly nimble C-27J which can carry six units, or 6000 liters and the proven workhorse C-130J which can carry twenty units or 20,000 liters of water or retardant. Both of these aircraft will play vital roles in aerial firefighting in Europe and the Mediterranean region. Now, any country flying these popular aircraft can engage wildfires safely from the air, around the clock, using these readily available resources without airframe modification."