Jump to content
Aero Precision - Premier C130 Aftermarket Support
Aero Precision - Premier C130 Aftermarket Support
Aero Precision - Premier C130 Aftermarket Support

C-130 Hercules News

C-130 Hercules News from around the web

  • Casey

    Lockheed Martin Corp. (NYSE: LMT) on Tuesday marked the 60th anniversary of the roll out and first flight of the first C-130 (C-130A 53-3129 c/n 3001) Hercules built in Marietta, Ga.

    Gov. Nathan Deal reenacted the 1955 ceremony held at the Marietta plant by christening a C-130J Super Hercules (MC-130J 13-5770 c/n 5770) with a bottle of Chattahoochee River water, just as Gov. Marvin Griffin did 60 years ago. Check out the venerable aircraft and the event today in the slideshow on the right.

    The C‑130 production line in Marietta is the longest continuously operating military aircraft production line in history.

    View original article: http://www.bizjournals.com/atlanta/n...-of-c-130.html

  • Casey

    C-130 News: France to purchase C-130

    By Casey, in 2015,

    French Ministry of Defence, will place orders for American C-130J according to French internet page Air&Cosmos.
    Airbus is behind delivery schedule but this does not seem to be main problem. A400M aircraft lacks in-flight refuelling capability for helicopters. The director of Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA), “General Directorate for Armament Laurent Collet-Billon stated that the turmoil of the propellers of the A400M, is too dangerous to refuel helicopters.

    A team from the DGA is currently in the United States to negotiate the acquisition of C-130J Lockheed Martin that may reach several hundred million USD.

    In 2014, when delivery of non-compliant A400Ms was refused by Turkey for several months the CEO of Airbus Tom Enders had said, “The aircraft is ready to go. It’s the same aircraft that we delivered to the French Air Force that has been instantly operational and fit for flight. I find the situation increasingly unacceptable,”

    View original article: http://www.c4defence.com/en/france-to-purchase-c-130/

  • Casey

    The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City invited a number of Vietnamese reporters to a session that introduced the features of the C-130 Hercules aircraft coded 1459 at Da Nang International Airport, according to Infonet, the news website of the Vietnamese Ministry of Information and Communications.

    The turboprop military transport aircraft is 29.3 meters long and 11.9 meters tall, and has a wingspan of 39.7 meters, Tuoi Tre Online said.

    It has four Allison T56-A-15 propeller jet engines with a capacity of 4,591 HP and can fly at 366 kph in all weather conditions, the newswire added.

    This kind of plane is mainly used to transport people and cargo for the U.S. army.

    The crew members introduced to Vietnamese correspondents the features and operational ability of the plane that can be used in humanitarian and disaster relief activities.

    This plane can even act as a mini-clinic to provide medical aid, Infonet said.

    The chief pilot of the plane, Major Jon Locklear, said the aircraft can carry 92 passengers and 60 paratroopers, and have 72 stretchers for patients, according to Infonet.

    The plane is slated to leave Da Nang to return to the U.S. on Wednesday.

    The U.S. air force now has 428 planes of this kind in total, Infonet said. The C-130 Hercules plane took part in humanitarian assistance operations as part of the Operation Pacific Angel (PACANGEL) 15-3 jointly conducted by the United States and Vietnam in central Quang Ngai Province from March 23 to 30.

    PACANGEL is a total force, joint and combined humanitarian assistance operation led by the U.S.’s Pacific Air Forces, according to the U.S. Pacific Command (U.S. PACOM).

    PACANGEL 15-3 included general health, dental, optometry, pediatrics and engineering programs, as well as various subject-matter expert exchanges, the U.S. PACOM said.

    PACANGEL enhances participating nations’ humanitarian assistance and disaster relief capabilities, according to the U.S. PACOM.

    View original article: http://tuoitrenews.vn/society/27171/...entral-vietnam

  • Casey

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah -- Air Force Reserve Citizen Airmen, assigned
    to the 910th Airlift Wing's Aerial Spray Maintenance Flight, ready one of the
    wing's modified C-130H Hercules tactical cargo aircraft for an aerial spray
    sortie here, March 17, 2015. The sortie over target areas on the nearby Utah
    Test and Training Range (UTTR) was one of 24 sorties, or flights, applying
    approximately 32,075 gallons of herbicide to more than 1539 acres of ground to
    eradicate invasive weeds from the bombing ranges. As home of the Department of
    Defense's (DoD) only large-area fixed wing aerial spray capability and dedicated
    aerial spray maintenance flight, the 910th's Citizen Airmen are uniquely trained
    and equipped to complete the task of aiding Air Force pilots using the range and
    Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) personnel clearing the areas by eliminating
    the unwanted ground covering weeds which can obscure target sites and Unexploded
    Ordinance (UXO).
    View original article: http://www.youngstown.afrc.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123443719

  • Casey

    C-130 News: AFSOC Christens New Wing

    By Casey, in 2015,

    The 352nd Special Operations Group was redesignated as the 352nd Special Operations Wing during a ceremony held in Hangar 814 March 23. Immediately following this, the 752nd Special Operations Group and the 352nd Special Operations Maintenance Group were activated.

    Consisting of six squadrons and two groups, the 352nd SOW includes more than 1,200 Air Commandos and provides support to the European theater as well as other combatant commands when necessary.

    “We not only support Special Operations Command – Europe, but we will also support Special Operations Command – Africa, to combat the challenges we see and the struggles we have against violent extremism. And that is not going away anytime soon,” said U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Brad Heithold, commander of Air Force Special Operations Command.

    The request for the redesignation was made to reflect the increased responsibilities and capabilities of the units, people and assets – a tradition carried on by today’s Air Commandos.

    “To the men and women of the 352nd Special Operations Wing – congratulations,” said U.S. Air Force Col. William Holt, 352nd SOW and Joint Special Operations Air Component – Europe commander. “Seventy-one years ago, the 2nd Air Commando Group was formed with a singular task: be one-fourth the size of comparable units, yet bring twice the capability. That is your lineage and that is how we will move into the future.”

    The 752nd SOG, commanded by U.S. Air Force Col. Nathan C. Green, is responsible for planning and executing specialized and contingency operations using advanced aircraft, tactics and air refueling techniques to infiltrate, exfiltrate and resupply special operations forces.

    “The (752nd SOG is) a busy place and it is only getting busier. We currently have planes, crews, maintenance, support personnel and battlefield personnel all over Europe, Africa and the Central Command theaters,” Green said. “We have people forward right now, this very minute, in harm’s way and several others on alert for whatever needs to be done, whatever call comes next. We are ready; you are ready.”

    The 352nd SOMXG, commanded by U.S. Air Force Col. Eric V. Faison, provides all organizational maintenance on MC-130J Commando II and CV-22B Osprey aircraft assigned to the group's two special operations flying squadrons. The 352nd SOMXG also provides management for the group's engine and equipment inventories.

    “I’m excited, yet humbled, to be given the opportunity to lead this remarkable team of maintenance professionals; men and women who maintain two of this nation’s newest and highly-demanded weapon systems in the defense of our nation,” Faison said. “Never forget that, when all is said and done, the power of the Air Force is in our people, not our platforms. It is the total force team here at RAF Mildenhall that fulfills the purpose and the promise of our Air Force.”

    The 352nd SOW’s mission will continue with its current purpose: to provide combat ready forces, first and foremost.

    “In the past year, you’ve increased your aircraft by 40 percent and personnel by 200,” Holt said. “We will continue to build our new CV-22 and MC-130J capabilities and training. We will work closely to develop and strengthen new and enduring relationships with our partners across Europe. And we will maintain a sharp and constant focus on safety and mission accomplishment. Europe’s Air Commandos will prove the motto of ‘Mission First, People Always.’”

    The 352nd SOW is comprised of the 67th Special Operations Squadron flying the MC-130J Commando II; the 7th Special Operations Squadron flying the CV-22B Osprey; the 321st Special Tactics Squadron composed of combat controllers, pararescumen and combat weathermen; and the 352nd Special Operations Support Squadron which provides in-garrison and deployed command and control support as well as the two maintenance squadrons, the 352nd Special Operations Maintenance Squadron and the 352nd Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron.

    View original article: http://www.afsoc.af.mil/News/Article...ildenhall.aspx

  • Casey

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska, March 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Lynden Air Cargo's L-100 Hercules aircraft is being put to use flying relief supplies to Vanuatu after Tropical Cyclone Pam devastated the South Pacific Islands March 13. Communications company Digicel Fiji chartered a Lynden Air Cargo plane from Nadi, Fiji, to the capital city of Port Vila within days of the cyclone. It was loaded with food rations and technical equipment to repair towers and networks to restore communications throughout the islands. Now working with the World Food Program (WFP), Lynden continues to pick up more supplies from Brisbane, Australia, for air delivery to Port Vila in support of humanitarian efforts.

    "We are coordinating flights as quickly as possible in cooperation with government authorities," says Rick Zerkel, Lynden Air Cargo President. "With 65,000 people left homeless from Cyclone Pam, there is an urgent need for relief supplies. We are committed to helping in any way we can for as long as our services are needed."

    Lynden operates a fleet of six Hercules around the world specializing in remote site services and requiring minimal equipment for loading and offloading. The unique features of the aircraft make it ideal for flying aid into isolated disaster areas. Lynden Air Cargo has provided assistance at some of the world's worst disasters, including the Haiti earthquake in 2011 and the Indonesian earthquake and Samoan tsunami in 2009. Working with the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA), the Red Cross and the U.S. Military, Lynden has delivered emergency vehicles, portable hospitals, food, water and relief workers to ravaged areas across the globe.

    Lynden Air Cargo is one of the Lynden family of companies, whose combined capabilities include shipping to Alaska, truckload and less-than-truckload transportation, barge service to Hawaii and Alaska, charter barges, worldwide air and ocean forwarding, third-party logistics, trade show shipping, intermodal bulk chemical hauls, scheduled and chartered Hercules L-382 cargo aircraft and multi-modal logistics. Lynden companies are repeat winners in the annual Quest for Quality awards presented by Logistics Management magazine.

    View original article: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/lynden...160300137.html

  • Casey
    MARIETTA, Ga., March 24, 2015 – Three variants of the C-130J Super Hercules aircraft were recently delivered to U.S. military operators from the Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] Aeronautics facility located here.

    On March 19, a U.S. Air Force crew took delivery of and ferried an MC-130J Commando II Special Operations tanker aircraft that is assigned to Air Force Special Operations Command’s 353rd Special Operations Group at Kadena Air Base, Japan.
    (12-5763 c/n 5763)
    Photo by Andrew McMurtrie.

    On March 24, a U.S. Air Force crew ferried an HC-130J Combat King II personnel recovery aircraft assigned to Air Combat Command’s (ACC) 347th Rescue Group at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia. That aircraft was officially delivered to the U.S. Government on March 20.
    (11-5765 c/n 5765)
    Photo by Todd R. McQueen.

    Also on March 19, an HC-130J long-range search and rescue aircraft for the U.S. Coast Guard was delivered and ferried to Lockheed Martin’s Greenville, South Carolina, site for post-production modifications, including paint and finishes. This aircraft will be re-delivered to the U.S. Coast Guard in 2016.
    (2008 c/n 5766)
    Photo by Andrew McMurtrie.

    View Original article: http://www.lockheedmartin.com/us/new...delivered.html

  • Casey

    Hercules NZ7001 c/n 4052 turns 50 today, and is spending her birthday doing what she has so often done before – delivering aid in the Pacific.

    Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) C-130 NZ7001 was the first of five C-130s which arrived at RNZAF Base Auckland in Whenuapai in 1965. Since then, the C-130 has been at the forefront of many New Zealand Defence Force operations, missions and exercises.

    The hard-working C-130 flew out of Whenuapai on Sunday morning with aid for Tuvalu and picked up more in Suva. After delivering that cargo to Tuvalu, she returned to Suva for the night.

    Yesterday, she took three pallets of medical supplies and 40 Fijian soldiers to Port Vila in Vanuatu and returned to Suva for a second night.

    Today she flies to Port Vila again with more Fijian support and relief supplies before returning to Whenuapai, where she is expected to land around 8pm tonight.

    There is no official birthday party for NZ7001 but 40 Squadron personnel will welcome her home in style.
    40 Squadron Commanding Officer (CO) Squadron Leader Steve Thornley said that it was a great privilege to be CO on such an occasion.

    “In the 50 years these amazing aircraft have served New Zealand, they have spanned the globe supporting everything you could expect of an air transport aircraft, both in peace time and on active operations,” he said.
    “This month alone we have seen C-130s delivering aid, supporting NZDF personnel in the Middle East and moving an elephant for Auckland Zoo. It is this sort of utility that keeps these aircraft in such high demand all over the world and is a testament to both the quality of design and the commitment of those that work on them that the first of our fleet of five has reached this milestone.

    “As for the birthday celebrations, they will be short-lived as our maintenance team turn her around for another mission to Vanuatu tomorrow,” he said.

    To celebrate the 50 year milestone, specially designed tail art has been installed on NZ7001 which she will wear for the coming twelve months.


    The C-130 provides the NZDF with tactical airlift capability and primarily performs the intra-theatre portion of an airlift mission due to the aircraft’s ability to land on dirt strips, paddocks and even beaches. The C-130 is suitable for a range of military missions including search and rescue, transporting troops and cargo, and humanitarian aid and disaster relief.

    Chief of Air Force Air Vice-Marshal (AVM) Yardley says the utility of the aircraft is regularly demonstrated with the tasks undertaken by 40 Squadron almost every week.

    “The C-130 is one of our busiest fleets because of the variety of taskings it can complete. For example, this summer season we have flown four missions to Antarctica to support Antarctica New Zealand and we recently delivered two large electricity generators to Mauke in the Cook Islands,” he said.

    To ensure the C-130 remains fit for purpose, all five aircraft have been upgraded in a Life Extension Upgrade project led by the Ministry of Defence out of RNZAF Base Woodbourne in Blenheim. This project has replaced mechanical, structural and avionics components, installed new flight deck communications and improved navigation systems. The last aircraft (NZ7002) is due to be completed in December 2015.

    New Zealand is one of 60 nations who use the C-130 for tactical airlifting. The C-130 has had the longest continuous production run of any military aircraft in history, from 1955 onwards.

    View original article: http://foreignaffairs.co.nz/2015/03/...cific-islands/

    Keep a look out for NZ7001 now featuring a 50th anniversary logo on the tail - you can't miss it!

    Image and caption from a related article: http://airsoc.com/articles/view/id/5...-c130-hercules

  • Casey

    Mumbai: One of India's biggest defence cargo planes landed on the tiny runway at the Juhu Airport in Mumbai this morning.

    The Hercules C130J was flown to Juhu as an exercise to see if the airport in the western suburbs of Mumbai could be used in case the city's main airport is attacked.

    The massive transport plane, used to carry troops and supplies, stood at Juhu for 10 minutes before flying out.

    Most aircraft of this size require a runway with conventional dimensions of a fully functional airport, but the Hercules can land on much shorter lengths of unpaved or paved runways. The runway at the Juhu aerodrome is 3750 feet long, very short compared to the 12008 feet long runway at Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA).

    The Hercules C130J has earlier, in August 2013, landed at the runway at Daulat Baig Oldie in Ladakh, one of the highest and most inhospitable runways the world over.

    Upper image credit: http://www.iamin.in/en/mumbai-north-...raft-land-juhu

    Lower image credit : http://idrw.org/archives/60868

  • Casey

    Twenty-one years ago today, a fireball passed over hundreds of 82nd Airborne Division paratroopers at Green Ramp, killing 24 and injuring more than 100 others. It was an otherwise lovely day. A clear blue "Carolina" sky -- the perfect day for a Hollywood jump.

    But when an F-16 and C-130 collided in the skies over what was then Pope Air Force Base, it sent the jet into the runway, crashing into a C-141 and, ultimately, the paratroopers waiting to jump at Green Ramp.

    To my knowledge, there's no official ceremony this year. In years past, those have been few and far between.
    But its a safe bet those involved are turning their thoughts to those lost and what could have been today. A few of them already told me as much.

    Today, try to take the time to do the same.

    The following are the names of those lost 21 years ago:
    Capt. Christopher D. Dunaway, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment Capt. Kenneth J. Golla, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment Staff Sgt. Charles W. Elliott, Delta Company, 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment Staff Sgt. Daniel Camargo, Alpha Company, 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment Staff Sgt. Daniel E. Price, Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment Staff Sgt. Harry L. Momoa Jr., Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment Staff Sgt. Mark G. Gibson, Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment Staff Sgt. Waddington Sanchez, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment Staff Sgt. Alan D. Miller, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment Staff Sgt. James C. Howard, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment Sgt. Alexander P. Bolz, Alpha Company, 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment Sgt. James M. Walters Jr., Alpha Company, 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment Sgt. Gregory D. Nunes, Delta Company, 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment Sgt. Vincent S. Strayhorn, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment Sgt. Gustavo Gallardo, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment Spc. Martin R. Lumbert, Delta Company, 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment Spc. Matthew J. Zegan, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment Spc. Sean M. Dixon, Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment Spc. Bee Jay Cearley, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment Pfc. Andrew J. Jones, Alpha Company, 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment Pfc. Paul B. Finnegan, Delta Company, 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment Pfc. Tommy Caldwell, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment Pvt. Mark E. Fritsch, Delta Company, 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment Pvt. Phillip J. Harvey, Delta Company, 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment

    View original article: http://www.fayobserver.com/blogs/new...09da5a604.html

  • Casey

    EXTON, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Innovative Solutions & Support, Inc. (IS&S) (NASDAQ: ISSC) completed the flight testing and customer delivery of its NextGen Flight Management System (FMS) on the C-130 aircraft. As part of a fleet-wide flight deck installation program, the first plane has been completed and accepted by our customer. The second aircraft has commenced modification. This extensive flight deck upgrade transforms the cockpits on both C-130 and L-100-30 aircraft, integrating legacy and newly installed equipment into a common advanced cockpit. The transformation makes the aircraft Communication, Navigation, Surveillance/Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATM) and Night Vision Imaging System (NVIS) ready. The IS&S flight deck upgrade integrates the IS&S FMS with seven large Flat Panel Displays, a Standby Navigation Unit, a Warning System and computers to enhance tactical and situational awareness while improving the reliability, maintainability and mission readiness of the aircraft. The IS&S NextGen Flight Management System integrated with Beta 3 GPS receivers provides RNP/RF WAAS/GPS and LPV capabilities. These capabilities, unprecedented in this aircraft, further demonstrate the robustness and cross-platform versatility of the IS&S FMS.

    The included Standby Navigation Unit senses, processes and displays altitude, attitude, airspeed, slip/skid and navigation information in an intuitive single instrument display. Further, the system includes Primary, Navigation and Engine Instrument Displays with associated Control Panels and Data Concentrators. The Caution, Warning and Advisory Panel (CWAP) enables centralized cautionary and warning indications in the flight deck and provides an interface with the remote attention getters to enable flight crew alert of annunciated cautions or warnings. CWAP also provides outputs to activate warnings in the aircraft audio tone and voice alerting system.

    This successful flight test and customer delivery is another example of the growing use of IS&S products for military applications. The IS&S NextGen Flight Deck provides exceptional system integration, performance, low cost, lighter weight and lower power consumption.

    About Innovative Solutions & Support, Inc.

    Headquartered in Exton, Pa., Innovative Solutions & Support, Inc. (www.innovative-ss.com) is a systems integrator that designs and manufactures flight guidance and cockpit display systems for Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM’s) and retrofit applications. The company supplies integrated Flight Management Systems (FMS) and advanced GPS receivers for precision low carbon footprint navigation. IS&S supplies Flight Management solutions to the commercial air transport market, the military aviation market for C-130, L-100 and the business aviation market for the Eclipse E500 and E550 aircraft.

    Certain matters contained herein that are not descriptions of historical facts are “forward-looking” (as such term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995). Because such statements include risks and uncertainties, actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, those discussed in filings made by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Many of the factors that will determine the Company’s future results are beyond the ability of management to control or predict. Readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which reflects management’s views only as of the date hereof. The Company undertakes no obligation to revise or update any forward-looking statements, or to make any other forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

    View original article: http://www.businesswire.com/news/hom...t#.VRCHrct0wnU

  • Casey

    Cascade Aerospace has completed a first test flight of the Mexican Air Force's (FAM) upgraded C-130K Hercules aircraft from its base in Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada.
    In November 2013, the company received a contract as part of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed between the Canadian and Mexican Governments, for maintenance and modernization of FAM's two C-130K aircraft.
    The C-130K maintenance and modernization program was initiated in 2014. It involved an upgrade of the avionics system. including the installation and integration of Rockwell Collins Flight 2 avionics suite, digital fuel quantity indication, and engine instrument display systems.
    The aircraft, which is currently based at Cascade's hangar, has also been equipped with a new auxiliary power unit, as well from undergoing a wing availability and sustainment program.
    Cascade Aerospace executive vice-president and CEO Ben Boehm said: "This test flight represents the culmination of a year of detailed design effort followed by countless hours of skilled craftsmanship to present the Mexican Air Force pilots with an airworthy plane.
    "This test flight will lead to the delivery of a modernized and updated aircraft to the Mexican Government at a fraction of the cost of a new aircraft."
    The Flight 2 system is developed from Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics solution, the Flight 2 system improves aircraft's operational capabilities by offering an open systems architecture that combines flight operations with navigation and guidance functions, and supports future growth requirement.
    The company also conducted operational and technical training for FAM personnel using the Rockwell Collins Flight 2 procedural training simulator at its Abbotsford facility.
    Power for the C-130K Hercules is supplied by Allison T56A-15 engines turboprop engine.
    The aircraft is a derivative of Lockheed Martin's C-130 Hercules, and is used to carry troops, passengers or freight.
    View source article: http://www.airforce-technology.com/news/newscascade-test-flights-first-upgraded-mexican-air-forces-c-130k-aircraft-4536836

  • Casey

    C-130 News: C-130 AMP is Back

    By Casey, in 2015,

    A week after telling Congress it had a different “interpretation” of the 2015 defense authorization legislation directing the service to implement the C-130 Avionics Modernization Program, the Air Force seems to be complying. In testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee’s air land subcommittee on Thursday, Lt. Gen. James Holmes, deputy chief of staff for strategic plans and requirements, said there have been “meetings with [congressional] staffers” in recent weeks in which USAF agreed to do the AMP. USAF killed the program two years ago, but Congress insisted it be carried out, even threatening a 15 percent hit on USAF readiness accounts if it refused. “Our intent … is to spend the AMP money on AMP,” Holmes said. The work in Fiscal 2016 will involve mostly research, development, test, and evaluation, since technology has moved on since USAF last had an up-to-date AMP implementation plan, he said. The Air Force planned to do only a limited amount of avionics work on the C-130 fleet to make it compatible with air traffic control requirements. However, the planned reduction in the C-130 fleet from 328 to 300 means the cost of doing AMP and just the air traffic work is converging and seems more affordable now, but “something else won’t get done,” Holmes said. USAF will “work with Congress on how we’re going to move out” on the AMP, he said. (Holmes prepared testimony)

    View original article: http://www.airforcemag.com/DRArchive...P-is-Back.aspx

  • Casey

    The Army and Air Force planes, which were carrying 13 people on separate training exercises, declared emergencies and landed safely, the report said.

    The Army Special Operations Command C-27J and the Air Force C-130H collided about eight miles south of Camp Mackall around 8:22 p.m. on Dec. 1.

    The C-27 was traveling from the Laurinburg-Maxton airport to two drop zones for simulated airdrops. The C-130 was performing an escape maneuver to egress the Luzon Drop Zone after completing a visual Container Delivery System airdrop, according to the report, which the newspaper obtained through the Freedom of Information Act.

    The right wingtip of the C-27 grazed the right underside of the C-130 at the nose gear door, which damaged the gear door and tore the flare dispenser hood from the fuselage.

    The C-27's vertical stabilizer, or tail, crossed in front of the nose of the C-130 and between the prop arcs of the C-130's No. 3 and No. 4 engines. The vertical stabilizer came into contact with the front of the C-130's right external fuel tank and continued its impact down the inboard side of the No. 4 engine and leading edge of the right wing near the engine mount, according to the report.

    There were no injuries to the eight Air Force crew members of the C-130 or five Army crew members of the C-27, according to the report.

    The C-130 sustained damage to the leading edge of the right wing and No. 4 engine. Officials estimate the damage and cleanup for the C-130 at $1.8 million.

    The C-27 sustained significant damage to the top third of the vertical stabilizer and rudder. Damage estimates are still being calculated.

    The Accident Investigation Board, which investigated the collision, found "clear and convincing evidence that the cause of the mishap was a breakdown in visual scan resulting in insufficient clearing of the aircraft flight path by both aircrews," according to the report.

    Both aircrews were over-reliant on Traffic Collision Avoidance Systems to alert them to potential traffic conflicts. Also, both crews became complacent due to the routine nature of the mission profiles, according to the report.

    View original article: http://www.fayobserver.com/military/...f1a60b720.html

  • Casey
    The U.S. Forest Service has issued the solicitation for a flight crew to operate the C-130H air tanker that they expect to have available at McClellan at Sacramento, Calilfornia beginning in mid-May. They intend to fill the following jobs initially for a nine month period with options to extend the term of the contract for an additional two years.

    1 C-130H Qualified Contractor Aircrew Project Manager 2 MAFFS II Qualified Instructor Pilots, 1 US Coast Guard Qualified Flight Engineer Instructor, or US Air Force Qualified FE Instructor 2 MAFFS II Qualified Load Master Instructors
    The requirements for the two pilots:

    Must be current and qualified as a MAFFS Instructor within the last two years
    from the closing date of the solicitation. C-130J pilots must have been previously qualified as instructors in the C-
    130H, and must be a MAFFS IPs (AC/IP) with the following minimum experience: (A) 1,500 hours flight time in a C-130H aircraft, (B) 30 drops on fire, (C) 4 seasons conducting MAFFS II Missions, (D) 6 Deployments (Fire Deployments) (E) Instructor status in respective crew position. (F) 100 instructor hours.

    The closing date for the solicitation is April 10 — about a month before the C-130H arrives at McClellan.
    A few weeks ago the USFS changed their plans about how many of the seven C-130H aircraft that are in the process of being retrofitted and transferred from the Coast Guard, will be operational this year as air tankers. On February 4 their intent was to have two of the C-130Hs this summer, both outfitted temporarily with the MAFFS pressurized internal retardant tanks, rather than a conventional gravity-based retardant tank. One would be used on fires within 500 nautical miles (575 statute miles) of McClellan, California, and the other aircraft would have been used as a training platform until it departed for programmed depot-level maintenance in the Fall of CY 2015.

    Their revised plan is to have only one C-130H operational this summer and it would still be used only on fires within 500 nautical miles of McClellan. Aircraft 1721 is scheduled for delivery to Warner Robins Air Force Base for “MAFFS panel installation” around March 13, and should arrive at McClellan by mid-May. There appear to be no other changes to the schedule. The last of the seven C-130Hs are expected to be delivered, with internal gravity-based retardant tanks, in FY 2019. More details are in our February 9 and March 11 articles.

    View Original article:http://fireaviation.com/2015/03/15/u...0-flight-crew/

  • Casey

    The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a potential foreign military sale (FMS) of a C-130 fleet upgrade program and associated equipment to Pakistan.

    Under the estimated $100m sale, Pakistan has requested a possible sale of C-130B/E avionics upgrades, engine management and mechanical upgrades, cargo delivery system installation, and the replacement of outer wing sets on six military transport aircraft.

    The package also includes spare and repair parts, support equipment, publications and technical documentation, personnel training and training equipment, US Government and contractor technical and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistics support.

    The upgrade are expected to enable the continued operation of the Pakistan Air Force's (PAF) C-130 fleet for counter-insurgency/counter-terrorism flights, regional humanitarian operations, troop transport, and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) missions within Pakistan and in the region.

    Comprising five C-130B and 11 C-130E models, PAF's fleet is facing airworthiness and obsolescence issues, and will require upgrades and repairs for continued operation and effectiveness.

    "The proposed modernization is also anticipated to ensure C-130's continued viability for an additional 10 to15 years."

    The proposed sale also contributes to the foreign policy and national security of the US by helping to enhance the security of a major non-Nato ally, which continues to serve as an important force for regional stability and US national security goals in the region.

    The prime contractor currently remains undisclosed, and is expected to be determined through a competitive bid process in future.

    Powered by four Allison AE2100D3 turboprop engines, the C-130 aircraft is designed to conduct airborne assault, search-and-rescue, scientific research support, weather reconnaissance and aerial refuelling, maritime patrol and aerial firefighting operations

    View original article: http://www.airforce-technology.com/n...fleet-upgrade/

  • Casey

    NEW DELHI: The Indian Air Force (IAF) will buy one more Lockheed Martin C 130J Super Hercules medium-lift aircraft apart from the 12 contracted for to make up for the loss of one plane in an accident in March.

    The IAF chief, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, told India Strategic magazine (www.indiastrategic.in ) in an interview that the induction of the C-130Js, as also the heavy-lift Boeing C-17 Globemaster IIIs had "brought about a paradigm shift in our airlift capabilities".

    The IAF had initially acquired six C-130Js, and over three-and-a-half years of operations so far, the aircraft have played a highly significant role in disaster relief, setting global standards. Acknowledging this, the air chief said that six more C-130Js were to arrive by 2016 and would be deployed in eastern India.

    The IAF had initially acquired six C-130Js, and over three-and-a-half years of operations so far, the aircraft have played a highly significant role in disaster relief, setting global standards. Acknowledging this, the air chief said that six more C-130Js were to arrive by 2016 and would be deployed in eastern India.

    As for the lost aircraft, which crashed during a tactical exercise near the Indian capital, he said a replacement aircraft was being ordered to maintain the envisaged strength

    India Strategic quoted the air chief as saying: "While the C-17 had "enhanced our strategic footprint," the C-130J "has emerged as a significant enabler for Special Operations, besides being extensively deployed for varied tasks".

    "We expect to induct more of these platforms as we gain more experience in their utilisation and expand upon their roles," he said, without defining numbers and timelines. IAF does indeed require more combat and transport aircraft, but how many it orders and when would depend upon the availability of funds.

    As for the C-17s, six have already been delivered and the remaining four of the ten ordered so far are due within the next four months by end-2014.

    The IAF has projected a requirement of a second lot of eight C-17s followed by a third lot of another six. A final decision is pending. A window to order a few more C-17s is there but this may be lost if India does not exercise it soon as the factory would be closing in the near future. Boeing though has said that it has made long-term arrangements for spares and service support to the C-17 fleets around the world.

    Notably, the C-130J is designed on a platform made half a century ago and has earned the reputation for being sturdy and one of the safest aircraft in the world.

    A few years ago, Lockheed Martin had mooted a proposal to shift its manufacturing plant to India if the IAF and civil authorities would commit purchase of a minimum of 40 aircraft, saying it could be deployed economically in India's tough northeastern and mountainous region on short, unpaved airfields by civil airlines.

    The aircraft is also used in VIP configuration in some countries.

    Read more at: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/...campaign=cppst

  • Casey

    WASHINGTON — The US Air Force is looking for allies on the Hill to rework a major C-130 upgrade program, while warning that it may look to cut entire fleets of airplanes if it does not get relief from the program over the next five years.

    But the service may find itself facing tough opposition, if a Wednesday hearing of the House Armed Services Seapower and Projection Forces subcommittee is any indication.

    The C-130 Avionics Modernization Program (AMP) has become a flashpoint in recent years. While members of Congress have fought hard for the program, the Air Force has said it is too costly and slow to do the entire, wide-ranging suite of upgrades.

    Instead, the service wants to focus on a smaller upgrade package that will allow the service to meet Federal Aviation Administration requirements by 2020. That would be followed by other upgrades over future years.
    William LaPlante, USAF acquisition head, and Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategic Plans and Requirements Lt. Gen. Mike Holmes attempted to lay out the case for moving on during the hearing, arguing that the fleet would be best served to focus on meeting the FAA requirement first before trying to do the larger upgrade program.
    If AMP is not reworked, Holmes warned, parts of the C-130 fleet would be unable to fly domestically without obtaining a series of waivers.

    Among the upgrades for compliance are new radios, the addition of a digital flight recorder and an enhanced air traffic alert system. Holmes estimated the upgrades could be managed for about $2.5 million a plane, significantly less than the $2.8 billion price tag he assigned to the AMP program.

    Holmes said that $2.8 billion figure was roughly the equivalent of operating the KC-10 tanker fleet, C-5 cargo fleet or 150 KC-135 tankers, and hinted that if Congress does not give the service relief on the AMP issue it may look to cut those fleets.

    "In the same way that we tried to save money by retiring the A-10 fleet, we'd have to do something like that," Holmes warned journalists after the hearing.

    The hearing, which totaled just 24 minutes due to called votes, largely breezed by under direction from Chairman Rep. Randy Forbes, R-Va. The only real hiccup came at the end, when Rep. Jim Bridenstine, an Oklahoma Republican, began pushing LaPlante and Holmes on the AMP issue.

    Talking quickly to, and frequently over, the two men's responses, Bridenstine hammered home the message that he was prepared to fight the Air Force on the issue, at one point demanding to know if the service planned to "follow the law" or not.

    Bridenstine has fought to protect AMP in the past, including pushing an amendment that would prevent Secretary Deborah Lee James from spending on Pentagon staff if the AMP program is not enacted.

    In a May 2014 news release on his website, he was quoted as saying, "Air National Guard aircraft are always the last to receive upgrades. Air Guard C-130s are flying with equipment from the 1960s. AMP modernizes a fleet of transport aircraft that the Air Force will use for decades. Congress wants AMP."

    The Air National Guard, it should be noted, has backed the active duty's call to move in a different direction than AMP.

    In July, the Adjutants General Association of the United States wrote a letter to the Hill warning that "a fully funded AMP program, even if immediately restarted today with zero programmatic delays, would modernize only a small fraction of the C-130H fleet by 2020. This is unacceptable."

    After the hearing, LaPlante downplayed the incident, expressing confidence in the Air Force's legal interpretation of the AMP language in last year's National Defense Authorization Act.

    "The interpretation we have right now from the general counsel is, you can apply the prior year dollars towards that compliance issue," LaPlante said. "You heard a member speak what he thought the intention of the
    language is. This is a classic thing where you have language that's written and then you have general counsels that read the language and advise officials, to the best of their knowledge, what they can and can't do with that language. That's what I see this as. We'll resolve this."

    Both LaPlante and Holmes expressed hope that they could work with Congress on the issue to find a resolution that allows the majority of the fleet to be FAA compliant by the 2020 deadline, although Holmes acknowledged that there is no way to get every C-130 in service upgraded before 2022.

    View Original Article: http://www.defensenews.com/story/def...-amp/24391383/

  • Casey

    MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. (AFNS) -- The 23rd Wing sent the Air Force's oldest C-130 to the "boneyard" at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, for its retirement March 3.

    Aircraft 62-1863, an HC-130P Combat King nicknamed "Iron Horse," experienced 52 years of service and three different modifications during its tenure.
    The history is rich with this aircraft," said Tim Martin, the Air Force Engineering Technical Services adviser for C-130 maintenance personnel. "This is because it is a one of a kind aircraft and there never will be another like it."

    Iron Horse began its Air Force career as a C-130E Hercules assigned to the 374th Tactical Airlift Wing during the Vietnam War and ended with a final deployment in 2009 with the 71st Rescue Squadron.

    "What makes this aircraft special is that it has flown 27,533 flying hours, the second most of any C-130 aircraft in the Air Force," Martin said.

    Iron Horse first got its nickname when it was stationed at Davis-Monthan AFB in 1994 as an EC-130C Airborne Command and Control Center.

    After nine years at its future retirement home in Arizona, the historic aircraft was selected by Air Combat Command for its final modification into the HC-130P Combat King.

    "(This) was the only aircraft to be converted with Lockheed Martin's tanker conversion program in Sept. 2003," Martin said. "After its conversion, Air Force Special Operations Command made the decision to cancel the program and buy new HC-130J aircraft."

    Moody and its 71st RQS welcomed Iron Horse into its fleet in 2007, and it has served here until the HC-130J Combat King II was introduced.

    The 23rd Wing's transition to the newer J Model began in 2011, so the P Models like Iron Horse have been slowly phased out over the past four years.

    "I grew up on these planes from being stationed here in May 2001," said Tech. Sgt. David Poe, 723rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron section chief. "I thought I would be retiring with these (P Models), but they're still in service."

    Once Iron Horse reaches the boneyard, the aircrew assigned to it will attend a retirement ceremony to acknowledge its service.

    "The retirement is a remembrance of a whole generation of maintainers," Poe said. "It's also a realization that a whole generation of C-130s is disappearing slowly."

    Moody continues to retire older P Models like Iron Horse, and according to Martin, AF 65-00982 is next P Model on the list for Davis-Monthan AFB's boneyard for June.

    View original article: http://www.af.mil/News/ArticleDispla...al-flight.aspx

  • Casey

    United States embassy officials in Addis Ababa have confirmed that the Ethiopian government has received a single Lockheed C-130E Hercules transport aircraft from the United States for tactical airlift of troops and equipment to support Ethiopian participation in AU and UN peacekeeping operations.

    The aircraft was previously operated by the Puerto Rico National Guard where it was flown by the 198th Airlift Squadron, according to Air Forces Daily. After retirement from the US Air Force, it was put in storage at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, in September, 2013, having flown a total of 22 739 flight hours. Early the following year it was taken out of storage and prepared for delivery to Ethiopia. The aircraft in early June 2014 flew to Ethiopia, making stops in Canada and the United Kingdom.

    A statement from the US embassy in Addis Ababa said the donation came with full training support for Ethiopian pilots, technicians and engineers with specially focused programmes on navigation and maintenance processes. An embassy spokesperson said there are no existing plans to provide any additional aircraft.

    The Ethiopian Air Force’s 15 Squadron has flown C-130s since 1998 when it received two former US Air Force C-130Bs and later two commercial L100-30 variants that were previously operated by the Ethiopian Government. It is not clear if the aircraft are still operational.

    The C-130 is a welcome boost to the Ethiopian Air Force after it lost an Antonov An-12 in a crash at Mogadishu International Airport on 9 August 2013. The aircraft was delivering ammunition to help the Somali government combat al Shabaab militants.

    The Ethiopian Air Force has also lost a number of aircraft to neighboring Eritrea and Kenya through defecting pilots and technicians. In December, a senior air force pilot, his co-pilot and a technician escaped Ethiopia in the Mi-35 attack helicopter they were flying on a training mission and landed in the Eritrean town of Aishidada where they were granted political asylum. Since last year, Ethiopia has been trying to use diplomatic channels at various levels to secure the return of its aircraft but to no avail.

    View original article: http://www.defenceweb.co.za/index.ph...=35&Itemid=107

  • Casey

    STRATTON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, N.Y. – New York Air National Guard Airmen flew 241 missions, delivering more than 3,100 passengers and 4.5 million pounds of cargo and fuel to research stations across Antarctica during a deployment to the southern continent that began in October 2014 and ends this week.

    This is the 27th year that the 109th Airlift Wing supported the National Science Foundation’s Antarctic Program as part of Operation Deep Freeze, military logistics support for the research effort.

    This mission season also saw the successful deployment of "IcePod" device on the wing’s LC-130 “Skibird” aircraft, an imaging system that can measure the depth of an ice sheet.

    “This was a great season for the 109th,” said Lt. Col. Clifford Souza, 139th Airlift Squadron, who returned home with about 30 Airmen on Feb. 24. “We flew over 155 on-continent missions in Antarctica as well as intercontinental missions from New Zealand to Antarctica. We’re glad to be back and have one more year under our belt.”

    The wing deployed 575 Airmen and seven LC-130 ski-equipped aircraft to McMurdo Station, the hub of the American presence in Antarctica during the five month support season.

    About 120 Airmen were at McMurdo Station at any given time, as Airmen rotated between Antarctica and the 109th Airlift Wing's home in Scotia, New York. Airmen spend two months on average in Antarctica.

    The first LC-130 returned home with passengers Feb. 23 with more Airmen following throughout the week via C-17 Globemaster III.

    The final six LC-130s that were deployed and remaining Airmen are expected to return home within the next week. The unit’s 27th season supporting the National Science Foundation began in October.

    The first Airmen who got back to Stratton Air National Guard Base, located just outside Schenectady, New York, noted that it was colder in New York state than it had been at McMurdo Station when they left.

    "It was colder here than it was down there," Master Sgt. Shawn Talbot, told Time Warner Cable News. "But the wind makes it horrible, same as here. When the wind and the snow get whipping around, it gets into everything, all the crevices of the buildings."

    Over the last five days prior to Feb. 24, the Albany, New York area did officially venture above the freezing mark; the base at McMurdo Station in Antarctica, did not. But Albany also officially dropped below zero degrees three times; Antarctica never did.

    At 9 a.m. Feb. 24, a few hours before the 109th Airmen arrived, Albany was still below zero, while McMurdo Station was sitting at 5 degrees.

    "Especially since we had to come through Hawaii," Souza said, "and we spent a day there, it was like, 'OK, here we go! We have to break all the cold weather gear out of our Arctic bags, so we can just survive driving home!'"

    The unique capabilities of the ski-equipped LC-130 aircraft make it the only one of its kind in the U.S. military, able to land on snow and ice.

    The primary mission of the 109th AW is to provide airlift within Antarctica, flying to various remote locations from McMurdo Station.

    “We have the only 10 ski equipped C-130s in the entire U.S. inventory – that’s Navy, Air Force, Army, Marines,” said Maj. David Panzera , a LC-130 pilot. “We are the only ones with them.”

    The Air Guard aircrews support all kinds of research that occurs in the Antarctic, Panzera said.

    “People would ask, rightfully, what are the research efforts there,” Panzera said. “It’s not just climate, which some people think that’s all they do. It’s not. They do volcanology – the study of volcanoes – that’s right next to us called Mount Arabis. They do glaciology, plate tectonics; they study the stars and other sciences are just amazing, especially sea life at the edges of the continent because nothing can live in the interior.”

    Panzera said it’s difficult to describe how beautiful the Antarctic is. This year was his seventeenth season with Operation Deep Freeze, and he said he looks forward to the assignment each year.

    “My flight, which takes me to the South Pole, is a two hour 45 minute flight,” he said. “But you fly over some of the most amazing mountain ice sceneries that the world holds.”

    One of the biggest successes this year, though, was flying the IcePod missions for the first time in Antarctica.

    "IcePod focuses on the development of an integrated ice imaging system that can measure in detail both the ice surface and the ice bed, helping in the understanding of why ice sheets are changing at such a rapid rate," said Lt. Col. Blair Herdrick in an earlier article, chief of Antarctic Operations at the 109th.

    "The system will be enclosed in a Common Science Support Pod (CSSP) mounted on the rear troop door of the LC-130. This will be the first operational use of the CSSP," he said.

    Crews flew nine flights total with the IcePod over a three-week period.

    “These were the final tests before the IcePod is fully commissioned,” said Maj. Joshua Hicks, a 139th Airlift Squadron pilot who flew the missions. “Overall it went very well. We completed what we needed to do.”

    The continued work supporting Operation Deep Freeze garnered attention from military leadership.

    Both Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James and Lt. Gen. Stanley Clarke III, Air National Guard director, visited Antarctica and the Airmen stationed there in January.

    Maj. Marc McKeon, assistant chief of Antarctic Operations, said the people are what contribute to a successful season.

    “People enjoy the mission,” he said. “You have to enjoy what you do in order to be good at it. And we have some of the best maintainers and aircrew that the Air National Guard has to offer.”

    View original article: https://www.dvidshub.net/news/155368...t#.VPKVX8s5AnV

Champion Aerospace