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    Poll: Not quite, it was a different program in those...

    Not quite, it was a different program in those days and that H model refresh by LM was also run by us when we were thinking of C-130 / B727 replacement options back in 2002. What they are offering...
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    Poll: There are still quite a few dozen stored C-130H...

    There are still quite a few dozen stored C-130H airframes sitting in the desert at AMARG that can have a 2nd life that can be acquired through the Excess Defence Article program to foreign...
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    A good week for the RNZAF! ...

    A good week for the RNZAF!

    https://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/206-million-investment-upgrades-ohakea-air-force-base

    https://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/funding-boost-defence
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    Poll: It costs a lot to keep 50 year old planes in the...

    It costs a lot to keep 50 year old planes in the air mainly due to the scarcity of parts and the time fixing them.

    Sadly they are not making them anymore.
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    Really? On the balance of probabilities it seems...

    Really? On the balance of probabilities it seems much more likely to see the light of day in Air Corps service knowing the proposed costing put forward by Leo Varadkar at €10m than hundreds of...
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    Poll: It was only the MC-130H operated by the United...

    It was only the MC-130H operated by the United States Air Force Special Operations Command and the HC-130P Combat King CSAR variant that was marginally costing more than the C-17. Both pretty elderly...
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    Or a "FlexCombi" conversion as the STC on the...

    Or a "FlexCombi" conversion as the STC on the 73NG will likely come through this year for KF / PEMCO.

    https://www.cargoforwarder.eu/2019/01/14/b737-flexcombi-takes-to-the-air/

    The forward...
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    There is a difference in converting a P2F, a...

    There is a difference in converting a P2F, a Combi and a Quick Change.



    You may find this interesting then Charlie - The 737 QC Combi.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YiLJfK13X9I

    And...
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    Though without 463L pallets on the main deck the...

    Though without 463L pallets on the main deck the KC-46A can seat 114 pax using RoRo palletised seating.
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    PEMCO are going through the STC process for the...

    PEMCO are going through the STC process for the 73NG right now.
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    How many civilians are employed or FTE...

    How many civilians are employed or FTE contractors in the Defence Force at present?

    Post Edit: It seems around 750 split between Civil Service grade employees and Public Service grade employees...
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    https://www.aviationbusinessnews.com/cargo/air-fre...

    https://www.aviationbusinessnews.com/cargo/air-freighter-lease-boeing-737-800/

    Quite a detailed article on the business side of the 738 aircraft for P2F conversion.
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    It is not a comparison Charlie. It was a...

    It is not a comparison Charlie. It was a reference for capability needs based on what a defence force of a similar size and generic operational outlook does albeit one with a larger budget at present...
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    Irish are an educated, intelligent people, and I...

    Irish are an educated, intelligent people, and I say that because I am one of the 20% of Kiwi's who have Irish heritage and have visited there 4 over times over the last 15 years, so yes a pro...
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    Here goes. The C-130'Hs generate 2400-2500 annual...

    Here goes. The C-130'Hs generate 2400-2500 annual hours and the B757's around 1400-1500 annual hours.

    Overall the NZDF employs 14900 of which their are 6750 with Army Reserve (1800) and Regular...
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    Remember you are flying places away from home and...

    Remember you are flying places away from home and not sailing or driving. The Don to both Bamako, Mali or Beirut, Lebanon is just shy of 4000kms, There are other places in the Middle East and Africa...
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    Certainly better than the current Lear and offers...

    Certainly better than the current Lear and offers much more future capability than an intra theatre lifter like a CASA.

    Flyaway probably not the best calculation to use. The Portugal is paying...
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    An A320 can fly into a regional sized airport...

    An A320 can fly into a regional sized airport with a tarmac runway (In fact the Australian Antarctic Division use an A319 to fly supplies into Antarctica onto an ice runway).

    The reality is an...
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    If you read it properly you will see that I...

    If you read it properly you will see that I clearly stated that the depot support could and should be done locally under contract at Dublin Aerospace as there is no capacity to do it at the Don. It...
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    No doubt you have also picked up that Portugal...

    No doubt you have also picked up that Portugal has ordered Five KC-390's which are a very good all-rounder aircraft that can cover the tactical and strategic role. It uses the IAE V2500-E5 which is...
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    If it is under a UNSC mandate for example UNFIL...

    If it is under a UNSC mandate for example UNFIL the request goes through the appointed UN Commander who has ultimate responsibility and control of what goes in or out. An urgent shortage of equipment...
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    The Strategic Airlift Capability Steering Board...

    The Strategic Airlift Capability Steering Board and the NATO Airlift Management make the decision not Sweden or the other PfP nation Finland who have SAC membership. As I said if there was a urgent...
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    PC-24 with Spectre, rough landing capability,...

    PC-24 with Spectre, rough landing capability, cargo capable ... we could go in together with a deal with Pilatus when our lease is up!
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    On that very rare urgent occasion UNIFIL channels...

    On that very rare urgent occasion UNIFIL channels would work with SAC in Hungary or participant India or one of the three NATO C-17 drivers.
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    If they had gone ahead with the Turbofan then...

    If they had gone ahead with the Turbofan then they would have been on to a winner. The C-17 is no more, the C-2 struggles over the fact that it does not have an international support and...
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