PAF To Receive Two C-130T

As US Approves $68 Million Sale


Primary Function:

C-130T: Tactical passenger and cargo airlift 

Primary User: United States Navy
Date Deployed: 1991
Propulsion: Four Allison T-56-A-16 engines
Length: 97 feet 9 inches (29.3 meters)
Wingspan: 132 feet 7 inches (39.7 meters)
Height: (Tail height) 38 feet 3 inches (11.4 meters)
Weight: Max. gross, take-off: 175,000 pounds (79,380 kg)
Ceiling: 25,600 feet
Range: 2,350 nautical miles
Crew: Four
Prime Contractors: Lockheed Martin, GE Aviation Systems, Sargent Fletcher Inc.

29 July 2014

The Department of National Defense (DND) has confirmed that it will be receiving a pair of two C-130T Logistics Support Aircraft from the United States next year under its Foreign Military Sale programme.

The Lockheed Martin C-130T model was introduced in July 1991 and was meant for the United States Navy's Reserve Fleet Logistics Support Squadrons, which got total of 20 C-130T delivered in December 1996.

Secretary of Defense Voltaire Gazmin said these workhorse aircraft were offered by the United States after supertyphoon Yolanda (Haiyan) hit the Visayas late last year and the Philippines accepted their offer and desires to purchase these aircraft at the sum of $61 million dollars.

Gazmin said these two aircraft would be different from other C-130's as they would be fitted with surveillance system by Lockheed Martin and will be used primarily for maritime patrol, and anti-submarine warfare. These removable instruments adds flexibility to the aircraft when they will be made available for disaster relief.

The C-130 sale includes 10 Rolls Royce Allison T56-16 engines (8 installed and 2 spares), personnel training and training equipment, logistical support for a period of three years from delivery, modification equipment and labor costs, spare and repair parts, publications and technical documentation, and aircraft ferry support among others.

Upon delivery next year, the Hercules will become the newest airframe in PAF service (frames between 5255-5430) being built in the 90's. There are currently 3 operating C-130's in the PAF inventory, comprising a single 60's era C-130B (3633) and 2 70's era C-130H models (4704,4726) model.

The Philippine government is also in the thick of discussion with the government of Australia for the acquisition of their five remaining C-130H (4782, 4784,4785,4787,4788) aircraft inventory delivered in 1978.

The Royal Australian Air Force had a fleet of 12 C-130H before they were retired in 2012. Four were sold to Indonesia, one aircraft went to Air Force Museum at RAAF Base Point Cook while another was kept at RAAF Base Richmond for training purposes and another as spare. They were replaced with the newer C-130J model.

The C-130 Hercules planes has been the main aircraft uses to deliver humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) in the aftermath of Typhoon's battering the country, most notably Yolanda (Haiyan).

Tiger Adds Davao and General Santos

Flights Starts November 

25 July 2014

Tigerair Philippines will add four new domestic destinations in November as it expands its route network in the Philippines.

The new Cebu Pacific Airways subsidiary said it would launch flights from Manila to Davao and General Santos on November 20, using Airbus A320 aircraft after it receives airframe from its parent.
The airline will also launch a twice a week flights from its Cebu hub to Davao and Cagayan de Oro on November 29.

Meanwhile, Cebu Pacific and Tiger Airways of Singapore has completed the implementation of its interline agreement which will create the third biggest flight network from the the Asia Pacific region next to Air Asia Berhad of Malaysia and Lion Air of Indonesia. 

Tigerair Singapore and Cebu Pacific announced plans to enter a strategic alliance on January 8, 2014 to improve its competitive level amidst the looming Asian Air integration in 2015. 

The interline agreement extends to all their networks, opening up a wide array of new destinations for their respective passengers.

The airline alliance will bring new destinations in Australia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Korea, Japan, Malaysia, Myanmar, Maldives and Thailand.

Tigerair Singapore will make available domestic Cebu Pacific flights for sale on the Tigerair website from July 23 and available on the website of Cebu Pacific starting September.

PH military for disaster response, internal defense

18 July 2014
By Kristine Angeli Sabillo

President Benigno S. Aquino III looks at a model of a South Korean-made FA-50 Light Combat Aircraft on display during the Asian Defense, Security, and Crisis Management Exhibition and Conference (ADAS) at the World Trade Center in Pasay City on Thursday, July 17. With him are Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin and AFP chief Gen. Emmanuel Bautista. Gil Nartea
Disaster response and internal defense. Those are the only reasons why the Philippines is beefing up its military, President Benigno Aquino III said Thursday.

“Lest anyone accuse us of shifting to a more militaristic position, I must emphasize: Our efforts seek to modernize the capabilities of our security sector to address the needs in human disaster response arenas and for our own internal defense,” Aquino said during the opening ceremony of the Asian Defense, Security and Crisis Management Exhibition 2014 (Adas 2014) at the World Trade Center in Pasay.

“None of these actions are meant to increase tensions in the region; rather, they are meant to address our domestic problems and issues,” he added.

Aquino attended the defense and security conference amid territorial disputes among Southeast Asian countries and China in South China Sea.

During his speech, the President expressed concern for the equipment of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), which he said has “long been neglected.”

“It reached a point where even lawless elements possessed superior equipment,” he pointed out.

He added, “This is precisely why, from day one, we have done everything in our power to give the AFP the support they need to perform their duties to the fullest of their capabilities―and to make sure that the risks they take in the battlefield are reduced to a bare minimum.”

Since Aquino became president, more than P40 billion has been allocated to modernize and upgrade military capabilities.

At one point in his speech, Aquino beamed at his accomplishments compared to the paltry allocation former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo gave.

“Compare this to the 26 billion that my predecessor released in a span of nearly ten years,” he said.

“Most prominently, we have added two Hamilton Class Cutters to our fleet, namely the BRP Gregorio del Pilar and the BRP Ramon Alcaraz. We have also acquired eight Sokol Combat Utility Helicopters, three AW-109 naval helicopters, four refurbished UH-1 helicopters, and the BRP Tagbanua, the first locally-built landing craft utility ship, among many others,” Aquino added.

He also announced that 50,629 M4 Caliber 5.56mm rifles is set to be distributed before the year ends.

Aquino said the “fair and transparent procurement process” allowed the government to save P1.2 billion in purchasing the rifles, allowing it to purchase another 12,657 units and “set aside a budget for succeeding rifle procurements.”

“We are also looking forward to the arrival of two out of twelve FA-50 lead-in fighter trainer jets next year, with the others all arriving before 2017. Apart from these, we are expecting seventeen more refurbished UH-1 helicopters, eight more combat utility helicopters, two long-range patrol aircrafts, six close-air support aircrafts, two anti-submarine helicopters, two frigates, and three full missile capable multi-purpose attack crafts, along with other equipment that will strengthen the capacities of our armed forces,” he added.

The Great Migration

Ducking Typhoon

17 July 2014

Manila International Airport was a ghost port yesterday after all aircraft, except Singapore Airlines and Malaysia Airlines, evacuated to much safer place across the country in Cebu, Davao, Bacolod, Iloilo, Cagayan de Oro, and Zamboanga.

Typhoon Flew Planes Off-Ground

17 July 2014

A Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-200 and a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 737-800 plane were blown out of its mooring at Ninoy Aquino International Airport early morning yesterday after strong winds from Typhoon Rammusun, local name Glenda blasted the tarmac and lifted the behemoth planes off the grown knocking Gate 6 Air Bridge at Terminal 1 and hitting the steel stairway while parked at the cargo terminal, airport official said.

Terminal 1 Manager Dante Basanta said strong winds flew the two parked planes of Singapore Airlines and Malaysia Airlines despite being  adequately moored.
Basanta said the Boeing 777 aircraft of Singapore Airlines were literally flown by the winds and dragged about 5 meters, causing it to hit the air bridge hard and dent the left engine and thereafter its left wing.

Meanwhile, the Boeing 738 plane of Malaysia Airlines also sustained damage to its fuselage after it turned some 45 degrees to its side and hitting a service stairs stationed nearby while it was still parked at the remote parking bay of the cargo terminal.

Both planes were ordered grounded by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAAP) citing their airworthiness as reason. Damage to the airplanes were assessed at more than 1 million dollars.

The typhoon forced the aviation authorities shut down the airport’s  two runways,  practically paralyzing the entire airport operations for nearly four hours Wednesday morning causing disruptions and cancellation of 120 domestic and international flights.

The runways were closed by CAAP at 7 a.m. Wednesday due to poor visibility caused by heavy rains and strong winds, and was reopened at 10:40 a.m.

NAIA terminals also showed damage with broken glass panels, fallen construction scaffoldings and damaged fixtures at Terminal 1. 

There were no substantial damage reported at Terminal 2 and 4, while terminal 3 boarding bridges 101 to 106 were reported to have suffered minimal damage which requires few days of work.

There were no reported casualty or injury by the airport authority.

PAL Selects PW for A320Neo's

16 July  2014

Engine Manufacturer Pratt & Whitney of Canada has announced at the FARNBOROUGH AIRSHOW yesterday that Philippine Airlines has selected Pratt's new PW1100G geared turbofan engine to power its 10 Airbus A320neo aircraft orders.

"As we continue to modernize our fleet, we consistently turn to Pratt & Whitney for innovative and reliable technology to power our aircraft," said Ramon S. Ang, president and chief operating officer of Philippine Airlines.

"The PurePower engine will help us to reduce fuel burn, improve our environmental performance and lower our cost of operations," Ang adds.

The initial agreement signed through Letter of Intent between Philippine Airlines and Pratt & Whitney includes a long-term maintenance service agreement with the turbo fan engine.

The PurePower Geared Turbofan™ engine family has more than 5,500 orders and commitments, including options, from more than 50 global customers.

"We look forward to working with Philippine Airlines and we are pleased to offer the airline new technology solutions to meet its business needs," said Dave Brantner, president, Pratt & Whitney Commercial Engines.

Airbus Launches A330NEO

 14 July 2014

Airbus has launched the newest variant of the A330 family with new engines, the A330-800 and A330-900 expected to carry between 250 and 300 passengers following a decision by the Board of Directors of the Group.

The new variant which is larger than the current A330-200 and A330-300 will exclusively incorporate a larger wing, a latest generation Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines, aerodynamic enhancements and new cabin features.

The A330neo will reduce fuel consumption by 14% per seat, as compared to the current A330 model making it the most cost efficient, medium range wide-body aircraft on the market. A330neo operators will also benefit a range increase of up to 400 nautical miles from the existing variant at 6100nm.

Airbus expects to achieve a range of 6,200nm with its 242 ton A330-900, which will be the first re-engined variant to enter the market in 2017, while the -800 will be able to reach 7,450nm.

The A330-900s will have a maximum landing weight of 191t while that for the -800neo will be 186t.

The aircraft is expected to compete against the Boeing 787-800s  to be sold at a significant discount than their composite skin counterparts.

Air Lease will be the launch customer of the aircraft after it ordered 25 units of the plane at the Farnborough Airshow in England slated for delivery to the airline in 2018. Deliveries of the A330neo will start in Q4 2017.

In addition to the new Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines, the A330neo will feature incremental innovations such as re-twisted wing and optimised slats, including composite ‘A350 XWB inspired’ winglets and a wing span extension from 60.3m to 64m, will together confer increased lift and reduced drag.

Pilots will benefit from latest generation cockpit systems, and the already very comfortable A330 cabin will be further optimised to offer up to ten additional 18 inch wide seats.

The new plane will also have a built-in  including 4th-generation High-Definition In-Flight Entertainment (IFE), and wifi connectivity plus the same full-LED mood-lighting as in the A330’s big brother – the A350 XWB. The LED cabin lighting will be lighter and cheaper to maintain than traditional illumination while offering unlimited mood-lighting customisation scenarios.