In-flight refuelling operations are among the most demanding missions. Both the tanker and receiver pilots need to operate in close formation, flying aircraft with different flight envelopes and ranging speeds, in day-and-night and all weather conditions, and above the battlefield…. There are many factors that are unpredictable and could put the missions at risk.
The Dakar Rally is not for the feeble hearted. A gruelling two-week race, the rally is known for its long circuit – covering some several thousand kilometres in total – and through off-road conditions that put each driver’s skill to the test. The 2021 race circled almost the entirety of Saudi Arabia, through deserts and sand dunes, skimming the shores of the Red Sea and finishing in Jeddah.
Airbus will showcase a wide range of cutting-edge technologies, capabilities and solutions from Airbus Defence and Space and Airbus Helicopters at the International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) 2021.
The Spanish National Institute for Aerospace Technology (INTA) has granted the Voyager Air-to-Air Refuelling (AAR) clearance for the A400M using the centreline hose and drogue system, known as the Fuselage Refuelling Unit (FRU). The Royal Air Force (RAF) is the only MRTT customer to make use of this system, which is used to refuel large probe-equipped aircraft such as the A400M or C295.
Airbus has been selected by the Commonwealth of Australia (CoA) to develop a Communications and Mission System modernization upgrade for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) fleet.
We officially started the operation on Saturday, 2 August,” explains Jeremy Heuls, the young chief pilot of Corail Helicopters Mauritius. “We had an H130 available, and help for three days from our AS355NP from Reunion Island. The Ecureuil then returned to its base and the H130 now remains the only aerial work helicopter being used at the site of the shipwreck.”