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INDONESIA ORGANISED its second ever international airshow at the end of June. This time Soekarno-Hatta International Airport provided the venue for the Indonesian Air Show 1996 (IAS’96).
The first airshow, ten years ago, took place at the old Jakarta airport, Kamayoran. Just as it had been then, the latest technology available in Indonesia was put on display, but this show also set out to demonstrate a willingness to co-operate and expand capabilities.
It is well known that the region enjoys considerable economic growth and this has enabled many countries to purchase or manufacture sophisticated aircraft. Naturally, there was particular emphasis
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DESPITE PROTESTS from the UK, the Indian Navy transferred two of its Britten-Norman BN-2B Defender maritime surveillance aircraft to Myanmar in August.
Plans to supply the aircraft were announced on January 12 (see More Sea Harriers for India, March, p7). On January 30, British High Commissioner Michael Arthur said the UK would not provide spares or maintenance support for the aircraft if they were delivered, due to its opposition to Myanmar’s military administration. European Union guidelines preclude the sale of military equipment to Myanmar and Western nations have previously suspended military sales to the country in protest at its suppression
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Alan Warnes, assisted by Simon Watson, visited Air Force Station Hindon on October 8 for this year’s annual Indian Air Force Parade Day.
THIS YEAR the Indian Air Force celebrated its Air Force Parade Day at Hindon, just outside the industrial city of Ghaziabad, some 20 miles (32km) north-west of Delhi. This was the first time Hindon had been selected for this event, having been moved for safety reasons from Delhi-Palaam air base, which is located on the edge of the busy Indira Ghandi International Airport.
Guns and Flares
However, the suburbs of Ghaziabad — a relatively new city designed
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Stephen Harding flies with the RNZAF’s Antarctic shuttle between Christchurch and the Ross Sea ice shelf near the US McMurdo research station.
ANTARCTICA — few places in the world are as challenging for aviators and their aircraft, or as unforgiving. The vast southern continent’s geographic isolation, unpredictable weather, rugged terrain, and primitive support facilities, can quickly overwhelm all but the most capable aircrews, and the list of those who have successfully surmounted its many obstacles is an understandably short one.
Not surprisingly, the Royal New Zealand Air Force holds a prominent place on that select roster. The RNZAF first brought
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August 6, 1925 at the Leningrad airplane factory GAZ №3 under the leadership of one of the directors of the Board Aviatresta IK Hamburg meeting was held on the activities of the design bureau Grigorovich and implement a three-year plan for the construction of prototype. We considered the following types of aircraft:
1. I-7 (I-2) — 1 series.
2. MRL-1 — 1 series.
3. Aircraft Ukrvozduhput (SUVP).
4. I-7 (I-2) — 2nd series, 10 copies.
5. Marine fighter base with motor «Napier» (min-1).
6. Naval destroyer (MM).
7. Scout seas (POM).
8. Deck (ship) fighter (PI-1).
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SOCATA GY 80 Horizon and ST 10 Diplomate
The French company «So-ciete de Construction d’Avi-ons deTourisme et d’Affaires» (SOCATA) was founded in 1966 initially as a subsidiary of «Sud-Aviation», but then it came under the control of the company «Aerospatiale».
In 2000 the company became part of SOCATA group EADS, but in 2008 came under the control of French industrial conglomerate DAHER.
SOCATA manufactured under license for the company «Sud-Aviation» four cantilever low GY 80 Horizon. The plane had a wing span of 9.70 meters and poluubirayuscheesya tricycle landing gear, and was powered by a piston engine Avco Lycoming O-FRL-A
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Under the FARs, an annual inspection is a pass-fail test. Sometimes failing is the best course of action.
OF THE NEARLY 200 RULES IN PART 91 of the Federal Aviation Regulations, far and away the most expensive for most aircraft owners is this one:
§91.409 Inspections. (a) No person may operate an aircraft unless, within the preceding 12 calendar months, it has had an annual inspection in accordance with Part 43 of this chapter and has been approved for return to service by a person authorized by §43.7 of this chapter …
This means that once a year, we have
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IT WAS A SUNNY morning in March when the pilot of a Cessna 177 Cardinal turned final for Runway 35 at Concord Municipal Airport in Concord, New Hampshire. The winds were light, visibility was unrestricted, and the temperature hovered around 18°F. The runways were clear and dry, and no other traffic was in the pattern. What could possibly go wrong?
Touching down, the pilot held back on the elevator and allowed the aerodynamic drag to slow the aircraft; there was no need to use the brakes. As the aircraft approached the intersection, the pilot pushed the left rudder and gently
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ONCE A YEAR, the Strike Attack Operational Evaluation Unit (SAOEU) conducts a long deployment to the Naval Air Warfare Station at China Lake in California. This year’s deployment was named Exercise HIGHRIDER V. One of the trials conducted during the deployment was to assess the performance of the Paveway III (UK) weapon and fuze against a multi-layered hard target (a bunker). This involved dropping four bombs in all — one from a Harrier GR.7, one from a Jaguar 96 and two from Tornado GR.4s.
China Lake testing.
It is very difficult to conduct weapons trials in the UK — Garvie
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ON SEPTEMBER 11, 1985, the Gulfstream’s fourth design series business jet made its maiden flight from the company’s facility at Savannah, Georgia. Designated the Gulfstream IV (GIV), it was the latest version of the Gulfstream family of business jets. New design features included a 2ft (0.6m) stretch in the fuselage and a refined wing.
New Rolls-Royce Tay Mk 61108 engines gave the GIV improved performance in comparison to the Gulfstream III. Range was 4,220 nautical miles (7,810km), maximum speed 519 knots (957km/h), with a maximum operating altitude of 51,000ft (15,545m).
In the Army Now The US Army was the first
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