The NATO Flying
Training in Canada (NFTC) programme has achieved 50,000 Mk.115 Hawk
flying hours in just seven years using 17 aircraft. Some other Hawk
'records' have also been set: the highest average flying rate per
aircraft per year at 510 flying hours; the highest usage in year at 653
sorties; one third of the total 100 Series flying hours with only one
sixth of the world fleet and they are 10,000 hours ahead of the next
highest user, accrued in half the time other fleets have been active.
More than 330 students have been trained in the seven years
of operation. The NFTC is a training facility for pilots from around
the world and is operated by Bombardier from Moose Jaw in Saskatchewan
and Cold Lake in Alberta. The support contract between Bombardier and
BAES has been extended to 2010.
The Red Arrows carried out a tour of the Middle and Far East from 11
November to 18 December with the Hawks in a revised livery; the white
fuselage side stripe now has the words "ROYAL AIR FORCE" painted on it.
The main stop-overs were in Dubai, for the Dubai Air Show, and
Langkawi, Malaysia, for a major maritime air show called LIMA. Also
visited were Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Abu Dhabi, Doha, Islamabad, Delhi
and Kuala Lumpur. Since the Red Arrows was formed they have carried out
4,000 demonstrations in 53 countries.
The 2007 Hawk User Group (HUG) meeting was held in Cape town and
attracted air and ground crew from 12 air forces. The objectives are to
share experiences and so improve efficiencies and make savings through
collaboration. Feedback to BAES will be used in planning Hawk
is to be re-commissioned so that Hawks can be ferried on their maiden
flights to Warton instead of being broken down after final assembly for
transport by road. Production flight testing, painting, customer
acceptance and delivery to the customer will remain Warton
Indian Hawk Mk.132s were ferried out to India in November. Acceptance
of all 24 UK built aircraft is to be completed in March 2008.
BAES Brough has completed its 1,000th Hawk-family wing. They have been
making Hawk wings for 30 years and Goshawk wings for 20 years. Doesn't
that make you feel old?!
first of 28 production Hawk Advanced Jet Trainers (AJT) for the RAF is
in the final assembly stages at Brough. The two development aircraft
are, in the words of BAES, "in the final phase of the development
flying programme." The mission software to the production OFP5A
standard has started qualification testing which is due to be completed
early in 2008. Ex-Dunsfold test pilot, Paul Hopkins, is Project
Director Hawk UK AJT.
received a £54 million contract for the final batch of the 221 T-45
Goshawks currently required by the US Navy. The contract calls for the
delivery of ten T-45C Goshawk fuselages from Samlesbury, and ten sets
of wings, air intakes and fins from Brough to Boeing at St Louis,
Missouri, for final assembly. In addition a £500,000 contact for
continuing integrated logistics support to Boeing was also received.
BAES. Boeing and the US Navy are working together preparing plans to
develop the Goshawk to meet future US Navy training needs. During 2008
support will be sought from the US Navy 'top brass' and from the US
political system for funding.
Hawk has been used to test BAES's Advanced Structural Health Monitoring
System (AHMOS) installed in an underwing pod. An acoustic emission
detection kit was able to pinpoint cracks in specifically designed
dummy structures and to download a diagnosis when the aircraft landed.
The objective is to avoid lengthy and expensive structural inspections
which are often precautionary or find no faults requiring repairs.
The Finnish Air Force is buying 18 Swiss Air Force Hawk Mk.66s for some
40 million Euros, about the same as two new Hawks. The aircraft have
been maintained in airworthy condition since their retirement in
December 2002.The Swiss bought 20 Hawks but one (U-1256) was written
off and the first (U-1251) is being preserved in the Dubendorf museum.
Only 17% of the Mk.66 fleet flying hour life has been used and Finland
expects to keep Hawks in service until 2025-2027, their own Mk.51/51As
having undergone a stuctural life extension programme.