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    Quote Originally Posted by Fireplace View Post
    Very nice aircraft. Here's one used by the Iraqi Air Force for surveillance and reconnaissance.

    http://bp1.blogger.com/_P40mRVMRjWo/...h/DSC00086.JPG
    Isn't that a Cessna Caravan?

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    Hi there
    One of the 172s nearly bought it when a cylinder cracked, almost all the way around, and almost blew off the head of the pot. The exhaust held it together and it managed to make it to Baldonnel.It did no lasting damage and was repaired and returned to service.
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    Originally Posted by Fireplace
    Very nice aircraft. Here's one used by the Iraqi Air Force for surveillance and reconnaissance.

    http://bp1.blogger.com/_P40mRVMRjWo/...h/DSC00086.JPG

    Is that a MAWS sensor above the pilots door?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tadpole View Post
    Originally Posted by Fireplace
    Very nice aircraft. Here's one used by the Iraqi Air Force for surveillance and reconnaissance.

    http://bp1.blogger.com/_P40mRVMRjWo/...h/DSC00086.JPG

    Is that a MAWS sensor above the pilots door?
    Looks like one. Notice the Multi-Spectral Targeting System from the Predator UAV underneath.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GoneToTheCanner View Post
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    Given the grief the Don has had with the Defender's avionics, I doubt if you give them one for free.A bog-standard BN-2T would do.
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    Heres a find. You dont often see this outside its hanger at Northolt. The Islander BN2T CC Mk2. There are two military variants in operational use. Ive visited the Station on a few occassions and have never seen either of them in open view.

    Its use is described as " photographic mapping and light communications roles "


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    Islanders used to be pretty Common up in Norn Iron in the bad ole days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Goldie fish View Post
    Islanders used to be pretty Common up in Norn Iron in the bad ole days.
    Certainly, ZG847 was one of them :wink: Flown by the AAC.

    Last edited by pmtts; 1st March 2008 at 14:35.

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    Norn Iron Islanders were routinely guarded behind closed doors, when they came to the Don.Casual access to them was discouraged.
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    Deputy Jack Wall asked the Minister for Defence if a decision has been made in regard to the replacement of the Air Corp’s Cessna fleet; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26012/08]

    Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Defence the extent to which it is intended to increase the strength of the Air Corp; if it is intended to upgrade or replace equipment including aircraft or other hardware; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26334/08]

    Minister for Defence (Deputy Willie O’Dea): I propose to take Questions Nos. 132 and 239 together.

    As Minister for Defence I am delighted with the level of investment in new equipment for the Air Corps in recent years. The comprehensive investment programme included:· The delivery of eight Pilatus training aircraft at a total cost of €60m, inclusive of VAT.· Two light utility EC 135 helicopters acquired from Eurocopter S.A.S. at a cost of €12.8m, inclusive of VAT.· Six utility AW 139 helicopters acquired from AgustaWestland, Italy at a cost of €75m inclusive of VAT, the final two of which are scheduled for delivery in 2008. · A major mid life upgrade on the two Casa maritime patrol aircraft, at a cost of €16.5m, is underway – work on the first aircraft was completed in 2007, work on the second aircraft will be completed this year.The issue of the replacement of the Air Corps Cessna Fleet is under active consideration at present. The question of funding the replacement programme has to be considered in tandem with the overall equipment requirements of the Defence Forces generally and the funding available for this.

    The White Paper on Defence of February 2000 set out a figure of 10,500 personnel for the Permanent Defence Force comprising 930 for the Air Corps, 1,144 for the Naval Service and 8,426 for the Army as the strength sufficient to meet all foreseeable military requirements for the period comprehended by the White Paper (i.e. up to 2010). This remains the position. It is my intention to maintain the established Government policy of ongoing recruitment to the Defence Forces. This recruitment will continue to maintain the strength at the level set out in the White Paper.

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    The Cessna fleet will not be replaced. The squadron will be abolished. A couple more small helis will be bought instead, and a light tactical transport aircraft or two. And that is the end of the forecast.

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    Target towing?

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    contract?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Goldie fish View Post
    Target towing?
    Something needs to be done, and soon. Barely saw a drogue this year and didn't get a single shooting run with one due to the weather - AC wouldn't fly unless the wind dropped under 15 kt. Grrrrr.
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    So do the Cessna pilots get all geared up with helmets and G-suits?

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    They used to fly in shirt & tie..

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    Put target-towing winch pods on the PC-9s, like the Germans and Swiss do?

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    they wear a flying suit and a lifejacket...and Raybans...must have the 'Bans...
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    Quote Originally Posted by GoneToTheCanner View Post
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    they wear a flying suit and a lifejacket...and Raybans...must have the 'Bans...
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    I remember one time in Baldonnel when a television crew came to interview a heli pilot. After he landed the Alouette, he got out, ducked out of sight of the camera, took off his helmet, then put on the peaked cap and - I kid you not - the white silk scarf, tucked into his flightsuit.

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    Perhaps he was taking the piss

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    No.Everyone knows there's no jax in an Alouette.
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    Minister does copy/paste. See post 109
    128. Deputy Seán Sherlock asked the Minister for Defence if a decision has been made in regard to the replacement of the Air Corps Cessna fleet; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42773/08]

    Minister for Defence (Deputy Willie O’Dea): The issue of the replacement of the Air Corps Cessna Fleet is under consideration. The question of funding the replacement programme has to be considered in tandem with the overall equipment requirements of the Defence Forces generally and the funding available for this. As the Deputy may be aware, a very significant level of investment in new equipment for the Air Corps has taken place in recent years.

    The comprehensive investment programme included: · The delivery of eight Pilatus training aircraft at a total cost of €60m, inclusive of VAT. · Two light utility EC 135 helicopters acquired from Eurocopter S.A.S. at a cost of €12.8m, inclusive of VAT. · Six utility AW 139 helicopters acquired from AgustaWestland, Italy at a cost of €75m inclusive of VAT, the final one of which was delivered this month. · A major mid life upgrade on the two Casa maritime patrol aircraft, at a cost of €16.5m.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Goldie fish View Post
    They used to fly in shirt & tie..
    I remember going up in one in the right hand seat and the LT who was driving was in SD1, [no sam brown and sword ]
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    Look, it's only a Cessna.You could fly it in shorts and flip-flops, if you want.Probably be more comfortable,too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GoneToTheCanner View Post
    and Raybans...must have the 'Bans...
    no self respecting pilot would be caught without em!

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