By Taciana Moury/Diálogo February 15, 2017 The Brazilian KC-390 military transport jet, designed and built by Embraer, is in the final phase of certification. The program for the design and construction of two initial prototypes will cost an estimated $1.5 billion and is being done jointly with the Brazilian Air Force (FAB, per its Portuguese acronym). The FAB plans to acquire 28 planes, with the first delivery expected in 2018. Both prototypes are well on their way to certification. According to the KC-390 Program Director, Paulo Gastão Silva, from the initial flight tests, on October 26, 2015, the KC-390 prototypes have logged more than 800 flight hours. Initial operational clearance for the KC-390 is expected to be issued by the end of 2017, with certification of its operational capabilities expected in 2018. For Gastão, the KC-390’s performance and its expected capabilities through the use of advanced engineering are being confirmed in these tests. “The hose extension of the air refueling system has already been tested in high-speed and slow-speed conditions, as well as cargo drops and paratrooper jumps using the lateral cargo hold doors and the rear ramp, in a joint effort with the Brazilian Air Force and Army. This program has already gone through the plane’s entire flight log, reaching a cruising speed of Mach 0.8 and an operating altitude of 36,000 feet,” he said. The current stage of flight testing is, according to Gastão, devoted to testing the exterior aerodynamic settings and certifying the plane’s flight systems. The timeline for the coming months includes: certifying the fuel system, hydraulics, and air brakes; initial aerodynamic freezing tests; landing in wind shear conditions; and evaluating the in-flight refueling system coupled with the aircraft in refueling mode. New performance standards “The KC-390 was developed in order to set new in-class performance and capability standards, while at the same time coming in at a lower market cost over its life cycle. It is faster and transports more payload than other airplanes in its class,” Gastão explained. The aircraft is capable of transporting a payload of up to 26 metric tons at a speed of 470 knots (870 km/h), and it can even operate on unpaved or damaged runways. Gastão pointed out that the onboard avionics also include fly-by-wire control, saving work for the pilots and increasing mission efficiency, as well as a cargo handling system that allows the aircraft to be quickly reconfigured. “Different types of payload can be transported, such as pallets, vehicles, helicopters, troops (up to 80 soldiers in full gear), paratroopers (up to 66 paratroopers in full gear, who can jump either from the lateral doors, or from the rear cargo ramp), stretchers for aerial medical evacuation (up to 82 standard NATO stretchers), or a combination of configurations.” For the Embraer executive, in addition to the project’s technical benefits, it also adds value to the Brazilian aviation industry. “The KC-390 enables us to create platforms for export that are a net positive for Brazil’s balance of trade, as well as creating jobs in Brazil, leveraging our national supply chain, and developing new technologies for the industry.” Some countries have already expressed interest in acquiring the new airplane. “There is a growing global demand for this class of aircraft, and the KC-390 stands out in the marketplace,” Gastão said. The Combat Aircraft Program Coordinating Committee is the Brazilian Air Force institution responsible for handling issues related to the development of this aircraft. Additionally, the Brazilian government, through the Air Force, is the intellectual property rights holder of the KC-390. According to Lieutenant Colonel Marcelo Hiroshi Kono, an aeronautical engineer who is the assistant manager for the KC-390 Project, a multidisciplinary team from FAB is monitoring every stage of the project, together with Embraer. FAB pilots and mechanics, as well as paratroopers, infantry soldiers, and airmen from other specialties are also participating in the project, submitting their suggestions to the development team. In all missions conducted by the transport aviation wing of the Brazilian Air Force, professionals were observing these efforts and searching for alternatives that might improve the plane’s functionality. “The level of detail included such things as which side of each door should open, and the ideal spot for a lever,” Lt. Col. Kono noted. Missions In the Brazilian Air Force, the KC-390 will go on missions for air logistics transport, air refueling, search and rescue, and fighting forest fires. According to Lt. Col. Kono, the KC-390 is capable of refueling a wide range of FAB aircraft in flight, from fighters to H-36 helicopters, as well as other KC-390s. “The possibility of refueling combat planes means that it acts as a range multiplier – something that enables long-distance missions or even aerial combat patrols of several hours’ duration. Additionally, a fleet of KC-390s is quite important in a conflict, transporting troops and dropping paratroopers or cargo into conflict zones,” Lt. Col. Kono said. Lt. Col. Kono also underscored the aircraft’s capability of landing on short runways, even unpaved ones, enabling it to bring logistical support closer to the front lines. “The KC-390 flies faster and longer, and carries more payload than other aircraft, as well as having state-of-the-art electronics; and because it is a new project, it has a wide margin for further improvements. Also, the cargo compartment is quite large,” he emphasized.
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Donegal Teenagers Keelin Mulhearn, Anita Robinson, Ciara Crawford, Katie Hoad and Paddy Gillespie.Five Donegal teenagers have graduated from a programme designed to inspire them to become great leaders.Keelin Mulhearn and Paddy Gillespie from Ballyshannon, Anita Robinson from Glenfin, Ciara Crawford from Frosses and Katie Hoad from Inver were joined by more than 300 other young people from across Ireland and around the world during a recent graduation ceremony to mark the end of the 5th annual Foróige Albert Schweitzer Leadership for Life International Youth Conference.The leadership programme and annual conference is run by Foróige in partnership with ICCUSA, the Irish Chamber of Commerce – United States of America. The programme is open to teenagers in every country and the conference was attended by young delegates from the USA, Palestine, South Korea, Northern Ireland, India, Nigeria and Kenya.As part of the week-long conference, inspirational lectures were given by Olympic boxing silver medallist Kenneth Egan as well as the Irish head of internet giant PayPal Louise Phelan.The programme also includes workshops on team building, critical thinking and communication skills and peer discussions on matters of global importance.Hollywood star Matt McCoy acts as the ongoing ambassador to the leadership programme and mentored the young delegates during the conference. Matt McCoy has most recently featured in some of the USA’s biggest shows The Mentalist and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, though he is probably best known for starring in two ‘Police Academy’ films, ‘L.A. Confidential’ and ‘The Hand that Rocks the Cradle’. Speaking at the launch, Matt said:“This is the fifth year I’ve been back in Ireland for the conference and I must admit, this has been the best yet. The young people attending have gained skills to become true leaders of their own lives, of their communities, of businesses, of causes and of countries.“They have the drive and passion to make the world around them a better place. It really is inspirational and I’m delighted to be in the front row witnessing the first steps in the journey of our next generation of world leaders.”Foróige Chief Executive Seán Campbell said: “Now more than ever, we need to help young people cultivate the skills and qualities they need to become great leaders.“Young people who take part in the conference look at themselves differently, they see that they have the power to stand up and be counted as citizens of the world. Not only that, they see that they have the capability and the talents to make the world around them a better one, not just for themselves but for generations to come. It’s a hugely positive experience and one that Foróige is extremely proud of.” The young people must complete three modules in order to fully graduate from the programme. At the end of the conference, the 300 delegates received certificates for completing various stages of the programme.The conference comes after the recent publication of an independent study into the Foróige Albert Schweitzer Leadership for Life Programme which found that teenagers who actively engage in leadership training manifest key skills including social skills, self-control, confidence, assertiveness and a sense of achievement.The study, conducted by Dr. Sue Redmond at NUI Galway and overseen by Professor Mark Brennan from Penn State University, USA, was conducted over an 18 month period amongst 400 young people who participated in the Foróige Albert Schweitzer Leadership for Life Progamme.The study also found that an increase in female representation in leadership roles throughout society, including business, politics and public service, is needed. FIVE DONEGAL TEENS AWARDED FOROIGE LEADERSHIP CERTS AT INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE was last modified: August 18th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:awardsdonegalforoige