Question: The Flight Technical Error (FTE) is a characteristic of the pilot performance using FD or the AP guidance in the steering of the aircraft.
A. FTE relates to the air crew or autopilot’s ability to follow the defined path or track, including any display error (e.g., CDI centering error).
B. FTE with PDE forms the TSE
C. FTE is not displayed to the pilot
D. FTE is displayed as cross-track error
Answer: A. FTE relates to the air crew or autopilot’s ability to follow the defined path or track, including any display error (e.g., CDI centering error).
African Pilot’s October 2020 edition
The amazing October edition of African pilot is complete and will enter its distribution phase in the next few days. This edition of African Pilot features Aircraft Maintenance Organisations (AMOs) and Aircraft Refurbishment. The October edition is certainly a demonstration that African Pilot is no longer an ‘African Aviation Magazine’ but has now become an ‘International Aviation publication’.
Advertisers can now see the benefits of marketing their products and services to a vast international aviation audience with short videos and picture galleries, they will realise that marketing is most important for future profitability. In South Africa and the African continent, African Pilot is the only aviation publication that has purchased the latest software to provide digital enhancement to any advertiser anywhere in the world.
African Pilot’s November 2020 edition
As we get closer to the end of this year, the November edition will feature ‘Gifts for Pilots’ as well as international news about all aspects an developments in aviation.
The material deadline for the November edition is on Wednesday 21 October 2020.
About African Pilot
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Launch of Wouter Botes’ e-book ‘Flights to Nowhere’
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What is happening this weekend in aviation
34th AGM of the SAA Museum Society, NPC.
Date: Saturday 3 October 2020
Venue: SAA Museum Society
RSVP’s are required to attend the AGM.
SOUTH AFRICAN AVIATION NEWS
Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) 2020 virtual conference
The arrival of the coronavirus and its declaration as a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) transformed the existence of most industries across the globe, including public gatherings and consequently, events. Following the deferment of AAD to 2022 and in an effort to continue providing valuable experiences to our patrons, supporters and guests, we are elated to be hosting the AAD Virtual Conference where an invigorating programme will be driven by captains of industry and sector leaders.
The AAD Virtual Conference, although accessible to the public, will be industry focused and drive pertinent conversations around the realm of cybersecurity and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). As the rest of the world accelerates towards the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the aerospace and defence sector is increasingly challenged to lead the charge to this new frontier. The discussions secured for this conference will ensure that South Africa keeps abreast with this international conversation and continues to lead the debate and implementation of solutions on the continent.
Some of the themes that will be explored at this year’s virtual event include, but not limited to:
- The impact of the Fourth Industrial revolution on the defence industry: the requirements of combating threats of the future
- Military strategy in the information age: the role of the aerospace and defence sector
- Reinventing an industrialized and legacy sector by adopting new technical, legal, psychological, and strategic skills to understand the new defence and warfare arena
- Humanitarian applications of unmanned aerial vehicles and case studies deployed in Africa
- Unmanned aerial vehicles for security and surveillance
- The make-up of the military personnel of the future and how we leapfrog to the beyond.
Event: Africa’s Aerospace and Defence virtual conference
Date: Thursday 15 October 2020
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Aero Club Communique September 2020 No.2
Last week the Aero Club of South Africa engaged with the SACAA as part of a regular liaison forum to cover a number of topics of interest to the Recreational Aviation community. At the forefront was the issue of the continuing frustrations and delays in ATF renewals.
The SACAA indicated that improvements are being made, particularly since 7 September and they should have their recent applications backlog resolved within the next two weeks to be within the 20-day stipulated turnaround times in the Industry Service Level Agreement. However, applications made prior to 7 September may potentially not be registered in their system. Therefore, if you have a long overdue ATF application that was submitted prior this date, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with your application details and link or attach your previous application correspondence. You can also provide details of your application to your Section Chairman, since we are compiling lists of ATF applications that we are working closely with the SACAA on the status of these applications. You are also welcome to contact Charne@aeroclub.org.za for assistance as part of the Aero Club’s membership support initiative.
In the interim, as physical copies of ATFs take time to reach owners, an arrangement has been made that digital copies (PDFs) can be used (to be printed and placed in the flight folio). This interim arrangement will be available until the backlog has been completed. The collection and delivery of documents is also being streamlined to revert to any weekday (currently there are restrictions), which should be clarified soon.
The General Aviation Safety Strategy (GASS) was launched on 11 September 2020 and the document covering the details is available on the SACAA website available at the link below. We are in initial discussions with the SACAA on feedback an future planning, and if you have any comments or queries on this, you are welcome to send this to email@example.com.
If you are not a member and wish to join the Aero Club and any of its sections feel free to do so: http://www.aeroclub.org.za/member-renewals-and-new-memberships/
We are also taking pre-orders of the Aero Club Centenary book that is now in print, to get your pre-order secured, please go to this link. Centenary Yearbook Order Form.
What a sad state of affairs! I remember the ‘good old days’ when the Department of Civil Aviation was located in Central Pretoria when a pilot or aircraft owner could obtain his / her pilot’s licence or ATF within a few hours. One would hand in all the required paperwork and pay the fee, go across the road to have a cup of coffee and then return 30 minutes later when the licences would be ready for collection. More recently when RAASA managed these issues on behalf of the SACAA at Rand Airport, much the same applied. By the time the applicant had enjoyed a hearty breakfast or lunch at the Harvard Café the paperwork would have been completed ready for collection. It appears that the fundamental statutory requirements at the regulator are falling apart, because these complaints are heard throughout the aviation industry in South Africa.
Presidential reprimand for Mapisa-Nqakula
Once again President ‘Squirrel’ Ramaphosa has side-stepped a very serious issue and issued a slap on the wrist with extra punishment is the outcome of the urgent report on the recent ZS-NAN flight carrying an unauthorised delegation of senior ruling party officials to Zimbabwe for Ramaphosa’s minister of defence and military veterans. The sanction, an official Presidential reprimand has another component in ‘a three-month salary sacrifice’ for the ‘naughty’ minister of defence.
The early September flight to South Africa’s troubled northern neighbour elicited vocal public response when it became known the ANC delegation aboard the 21 Squadron Falcon 900 (ZS-NAN) were given ‘a lift’ by Mapisa-Nqakula. It was reported that she was flying to Harare for Southern African Development Community (SADC) related talks with her Zimbabwean colleague.
Mapisa-Nqakula is also directed by Ramaphosa ‘to make sure the ANC reimburses the State for the costs of the flight’ as per a Presidency statement issued on Saturday. She is to report to him, presumably with the amount paid once payment is received from the ANC. Ramaphosa’s decision follows his consideration of an initial report by Mapisa-Nqakula and ‘a supplementary report he directed the Minister to provide’ on the 8 September flight by the SA Air Force (SAAF) VIP squadron aircraft. Neither of the reports have been publicly released. Ramaphosa’s late night weekend statement on the issue notes his defence and military veterans minister was on an official trip with Presidential permission. ‘It was an error of judgment to use a SAAF aircraft to convey a political party delegation,’ according to the statement which adds Mapisa-Nqakula did not act in the best interest of good governance.
SAA ‘mothballed’ as government still searches for money
According to an announcement by the flag carrier’s business rescue practitioners on Tuesday 29 September, finalising the business rescue process of SAA is being postponed by yet another week. The business rescue practitioners of the airline are effectively ‘mothballing’ SAA as they wait for government to come up with funding. This raises the question of what will happen if government can only come up with part of the R10.4 billion needed to implement the rescue plan. All the airline operations of South African Airways have been suspended with immediate effect while a process is underway to ‘place the airline under care and maintenance’ until funding discussions between the business rescue practitioners and government are complete.
All existing cargo and repatriation flights will be undertaken, but no new ones will be accepted. Already at a virtual meeting of creditors on 18 September, the embattled airline’s rescue practitioners indicated that they were ready to either implement a structured winding down of the airline and sell its assets, or liquidate it due to no funding having been made available by government yet.
A last minute letter, signed by SAA’s shareholder, the Department of Public Enterprises, as well as National Treasury, indicating continued attempts to obtain funding or a strategic equity partner made the rescue practitioners give government another week to come up with the money at that time. “There has been certain progress throughout the previous week in relation to the securing of funding for the implementation of the business rescue plan, subject to certain terms and conditions,” states the latest rescue practitioner letter to creditors.
The rescue practitioners say they have engaged with government and ‘certain funders’ that have indicated a willingness to provide a portion of the R10.4 billion in funding required for the implementation of the business rescue plan. The rescue practitioners are engaging with government to secure the remaining funding required to fully implement the business rescue plan. They are also in talks about what the implications would be for the company if it receives only a portion of the required funding. The rescue practitioners said they hope to conclude these details next week.
Even with open borders, South Africa remains red-listed by many countries
On Wednesday 16 September, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that South Africa will open its borders to internationally tourists in October. But that does not mean they will be visiting any time soon. South Africa remains on many so-called red lists as far as leisure travel goes, even as infection numbers drop. Depending on the country’s specific system and requirements, this means that although South African borders may be open for leisure travel, those who come could be subjected to mandatory quarantines on their return.
The most significant overseas contributors to local tourism come from the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, The Netherlands and France. Although South Africa’s COVID-19 situation is improving, none have yet placed South Africa on list of countries that do not require at least self-isolation upon return. That could be an issue, says South African Tourism CEO Sisa Ntshona.
“According to UK criteria we were in the red zone last week, but we have now moved into the amber or yellow zone and projections are that we are going to move into the green zone within the next two weeks,” says Nsthona. The methods used to determine these red zones or lists vary from country to country. For example, the United Kingdom and Germany, use a variety of factors to determine a country’s status, but primarily looks at the infection rate over the previous seven days, to arrive at an estimation of active cases. In the case of the United Kingdom, infection levels must be below 20 new cases per 100,000 of the population over the previous seven days. In Germany, this figure is 50 new cases per 100,000 over the last week. According to the most recent data, South Africa is reporting approximately 18.58 new cases per 100,000 per week, well within Germany’s threshold and just under the United Kingdom’s.
Even so, most countries that the South African tourism sector is heavily reliant on have yet to ease restrictions. According to the German mission in South Africa, at present, ‘given the Covid-19 situation in South Africa, Lesotho and Eswatini, these countries currently do not belong to the list of countries, where travel restrictions could be eased’.
The same is true for the United Kingdom, which has dropped isolation requirements for residents returning from some 66 countries, but still requires them for visitors from South Africa. The Netherlands has a slightly softer stance; that country’s government ‘strongly advises’ travellers returning from several destinations, including South Africa, to self-quarantine at home or in temporary hotel accommodation for 10 days upon arrival in the Netherlands.
These zones are a moving target, which Ntshona says makes planning difficult. “This calibration is done on a weekly basis, so all of this can change if suddenly numbers spike up,” he says. Because of this much of his organisation’ focus will be on countries in Europe that are a relatively easy night flight away. “Many people argue that South Africa is a long-haul destination, but we are arguing that it is an overnight flight away, especially for Europe. So, we are now looking to position ourselves as an overnight flight destination, so we can get into the shorter-term type of booking,” says Ntshona.
Ntshona also says that given the constantly shifting patterns of COVID-19 infections, it may well lead to travellers taking more spontaneous trips.
However, with many European Union countries allowing relatively unrestricted internal travel, with no requirement to self-quarantine upon return it may prove a difficult sell to get these visitors to venture further than a regional trip. Ntshona believes these issues are not insurmountable but require countries to remain agile as Covid-19 infection numbers rise and fall. “We have seen the turmoil between the UK, France and Spain, where UK tourists were already in Spain and then suddenly were subjected to a 14-day quarantine on return because of Spain’s changing status. That complicates plans,” he says.
Ntshona believes South Africa could be in many countries’ green zones by early October. “We have already seen the likes of Switzerland move us into the green zone as well, so essentially we are moving into the right space,” he says. According to Switzerland’s Federal Office of Public Health, as of Monday, South Africa is no longer on that country’s mandatory quarantine list. In turn South Africa will have to decide whether to welcome visitors that may bring a resurgence of the virus. “The question is, is South Africa as a country willing to accept that travellers from red zones, who bring their own risk?” asks Ntshona.
Even with open borders, and the possible arrival of some international visitors, there is little chance of recovering anything close to the usual international traveller spend in South Africa. “We have estimated that it will take us 24 to 30 months in order to restore to 2019 levels of activity, so it’s a two-and-a-half-year recovery,” he says.
WORLDWIDE ACCIDENTS AND INCIDENTS
Ken Fowler of Team Rocket Aerobatics lost in aircraft accident
It has been a horrific year for the US airshow industry as much of the annual shows were cancelled due to the COVID crisis, but that pales in comparison to the worst news imaginable, the loss of a member of the overtly tight-knit airshow community. We regret the confirmation of the death of Team Rocket Aerobatics’ Ken Fowler, along with passenger Hannalei Eder. Both were killed when Fowler’s Harmon Rocket II (C-FZXS) went down 13 miles north-west of Thorsby, Canada, on Saturday afternoon. The aircraft went down in open field on a flight from Rocky Mountain House airstrip to an unknown destination. The aircraft was consumed by fire after impact. There is no witness data or other information to explain any aspect of this accident, at this time.
Fowler was one-half of Team Rocket Aerobatics, flying alongside Eric Hansen in his F1 Rocket.
Ken grew up in British Columbia and started his aviation career by first earning his glider license in 1977. In 1978 he joined the Canadian Military as an airframe technician and worked on T-33’s, CF-101 Voodoos, and CF-18’s before becoming a flight engineer in 1988. Ken has built five of his own aircraft. He has over 6000 hours of flying experience as a commercial pilot and flight engineer. Ken retired from the military on 15 May 1998 with 20 years of service and was the Airport Manager at Rocky Mountain House, Alberta. During his last five years with the military he toured the airshow circuit with the Skyhawk Parachute Team as one of the crew members of the Buffalo aircraft. Ken flew airshows from coast to coast and had been seen throughout the US and Canada.
NTSB preliminary report: Beech A36
On 11 September 2020, a Beech A36, N74HS, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near McKellar-Spies Regional Airport (MKL), Jackson, Tennessee. The pilot was fatally injured. Dickson, Tennessee, revealed that the accident airplane arrived on 10 September 2020. The airplane taxied to the fuel farm. The pilot exited the airplane and walked to the fuel pump. He then returned to the airplane and taxied to the parking area. The fuel farm was operated by the fixed-base operator and the pump was locked for the night. The next morning the airplane taxied to the fuel farm and the pilot did not exit the airplane. The engine remained running for three minutes before the airplane departed the airport. Review of preliminary air traffic control information provided by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) revealed that about 0248 the pilot requested a deviation to MKL from air traffic control. He advised the controller that he was experiencing a fuel issue and needed to land. The controller provided a heading towards MKL and asked the pilot to report when he had the airport in sight. The pilot turned to the assigned heading, started a descent and cancelled his visual flight rules flight plan. No further communications were received from the pilot. The FAA subsequently issued an Alert Notice (ALNOT) and the airplane was located later that morning about 1.5 miles west of MKL in a wooded area.
Examination of the airplane by two FAA inspectors revealed that all major components of the airplane were located at the accident site. The engine, cockpit and a portion of the right wing had separated from the airframe during impact with trees and terrain. There was no odor of fuel at the accident site. No fuel was found in the intact left-wing fuel tank. The right-wing sustained substantial damage and the fuel tank was breached. The fuel inlet line attached to the manifold valve was removed and was absent of fuel. A trace amount of fuel was found in the engine driven fuel pump inlet line.
NTSB preliminary report: Zenith CH 750
On 20 September 2020, a William Prosch Zenith 750 airplane, N210WP, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Montrose, Missouri. The pilot was not injured. According to the pilot, while en route to his destination airport, the engine momentarily lost power. He immediately selected the alternate fuel pump and engine control unit (ECU) and the engine regained power. About five minutes later, the engine lost total power and the pilot attempted to restart the engine. The engine restart was unsuccessful and the pilot initiated a forced landing to a field. During the forced landing, the airplane’s landing gear contacted the high vegetation and the nose impacted terrain. The airplane nosed over and came to rest inverted. The airplane’s left-wing leading edge was crushed and the rudder was bent.
Post-accident examination of the airplane revealed the main fuse block, located behind and under the instrument panel, was discoloured and exhibited internal thermal damage. An automotive blade-type fuse, that connected to both primary and secondary fuel pumps and primary and back up ECUs, displayed arching signatures and had failed. According to the engine manufacturer, who responded to the accident site, the primary and secondary ECUs should have been wired directly to the main buss and should not have contained a fuse. After bypassing the failed electrical system, an engine test run was performed. The engine started and operated normally with no mechanical issues noted. The engine manufacturer has a service bulletin that recommends an ECU wiring upgrade. The upgrade removes the ECU select switch in order to operate on a single computer only. The service bulletin had not been completed on the accident experimental airplane, nor was it required to be completed.
NTSB preliminary report: Eurocopter AS 350
On 6 September 2020, a Eurocopter AS350 B3, N354PA, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Fort Greely, Alaska. The pilot and one crew member were not injured.
The pilot reported that while in cruise flight, at about 700 feet agl and 110 knots, a sudden loud bang and associated left yaw was experienced as the left passenger door departed the helicopter. According to the pilot, the left passenger door, which was closed, went from ‘fully secured to gone instantly.’ The passenger door subsequently impacted a main rotor blade during the separation sequence, which resulted in substantial damage. Subsequently an emergency landing was made to a nearby grass area with no further incident. The pilot added that the left passenger sliding door had not been used other than to check it for security during the pre-flight and it was checked by both himself and the mechanic before flight. The helicopter and passenger door have been recovered and a detailed examination is pending.
WORLD AVIATION NEWS
Armenia claims Turkish F-16 shot down Su-25
The Armenian Ministry of Defence of Armenia claims a Turkish F-16 fighter jet shot down a Su-25 attack aircraft of the Armenian Air Force over the territory of Azerbaijan, killing the pilot, but Turkey denies the allegation. According to the press secretary of the Armenian Minister of Defence Shushan Stepanyan, on the morning of 29 September 2020, F-16 fighter jets of the Turkish Air Force allegedly took off from the Azerbaijani Air Force base in Ganja International Airport (KVD), western Azerbaijan, to ‘support the actions of Azerbaijani aviation and drones that were striking the settlements of Vardenis, Mets Masrik and Sotk in Armenia.’ An Armenian Su-25 attack aircraft, which was supporting the Armenian air defence, was shot down by one of the Turkish F-16 fighter jets.
The Sukhoi Su-25 ‘Frogfoot’ is a rustic single-seater ground attack aircraft specifically suited for close support. Sporting a 30 mm GSh-30-2 gun, it exists in a lot of different versions, some that can transport up to 6,400 kilograms of ordnance. In many regards, it is the Russian counterpart of the American A-10 Thunderbolt. According to Armenian air controllers, at the time, the Turkish aircraft was 60 kilometres deep into the territory of Azerbaijan, at an altitude of 8200 meters.
The office of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan denied the allegation. “The Armenian claim is false”, declared presidential aide Fahrettin Altun. At the time of the publication, Azerbaijan did not comment on the incident.
Fights have been raging in the landlocked region of Nagorno-Karabakh since 27 September 2020. Shortly before his Ministry made the claim, the Armenian Defence Minister Artsrun Hovhannisyan had already accused Turkey of direct aggression against the Republic of Armenia.
After tensions reignited in this 30-year-old frozen war, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on Armenia to end the ‘occupation’ of Azerbaijani territory, while Turkish Foreign Ministry said it would give Azerbaijan ‘full support.’ A video released by the Azerbaijani Ministry of Defence showing airstrikes on several defence positions led to the suspicion that Turkey could be actively helping its neighbour. Indeed, the footage seems to have been shot from a Bayraktar TB2, as the interface suggests. It is yet to be determined if the unmanned combat aerial vehicles (UCAV) were operated by the Turkish military or by the Azerbaijani forces, but no acquisition of the TB2 by the latter was made public at this point.
First airlines on judicial auction in China aviation history
Despite being the first market to recover and cheer the aviation industry worldwide, China is witnessing its first airline victim going for judicial auction in history. Longjiang Airlines (LJ Air), an airline only flying for three years, is now being sold online, becoming the first airline in China’s civil aviation history to be auctioned off due to the impact of the epidemic. The company was established on 3 September 2014, and mainly operating domestic flights from Harbin to other cities. At present, it has three A320 aircraft and two A321 aircraft in the fleet, of which one A321 is grounded due to severe engine problems.
The Harbin Intermediate Court in Heilongjiang province conducted a public auction at 10h00 China time on 29 September on the Jingdong Judicial Auctions website for 98% of the airlines’ equity. According to the auction website, the item’s starting price was approximately RMB329 million (around USD48.25 million). The auction attracted more than twenty thousand people online to watch the bidding. However, as of 19h00, only two parties had registered to participate in the auction, making seven bids. The auction is valid for 24 hours and will end at 10h00 China time on 30 October.
No airlines in China have reported bankruptcy under the COVID-19 impact like other parts of the world because of government support. Three airline groups out of four in the market, namely China Southern Airlines (ZNH), Air China, China Eastern Airlines (CIAH) (CEA), have a governmental background.
The fourth and only private airline group, HNA group, together with the other three groups, had reported a loss of RMB 38 billion (USD 5.57 billion) in the first half of the year. Several smaller private-owned airlines who did not have capital, scale, resource advantages like the others under the group umbrella had sought local government’s injection or even sale.
FAA Head to pilot Boeing 737 MAX
Steve Dickson, the Chief of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), will fulfil his promise and pilot a Boeing 737 MAX on the test flight from Boeing Field (BFI), Washington, the United States. Dickson was expected to personally fly the aircraft to publicly prove its safety on 30 September 2020. In November 2019, Dickson told lawmakers that he was “not going to sign off on this aircraft until all FAA are complete, I fly it myself using my experience as an Air Force and commercial pilot and I am satisfied that I would put my own family on it without a second thought.”
Parisians alarmed by Dassault Rafale fighter jet sonic boom
Around noon on 30 September 2020, a loud explosion was heard in Paris and its outskirts, startling citizens. The sound was caused by a fighter plane that crossed the sound barrier to intercept an airliner.
The Dassault Rafale was scrambled from Saint Dizier Air Base 113 for an interception mission to assist an aircraft that had lost contact with the ground near Saint Brieuc, 500 kilometres (300 miles) west from the base. In order to quickly reach the plane, the pilot was authorised to go supersonic at high altitude, as Colonel Stephane Spet, the spokesperson for the Air and Space Force, explained.
The information was confirmed by the Paris Police Prefecture, which asked residents not to clutter up the emergency services telephone lines. The sound, that could be heard in a radius of about 100 kilometres (62 miles), briefly interrupted tennis players on the Roland-Garros courts. The aircraft in trouble was identified as the Embraer 145 registration F-HOXY operated by Amelia International. It was carrying out flight AEH051T from Brive-Souillac Airport (BVE) to Saint Brieuc Armor Airport (SBK)
“Radio contact has been re-established with the civilian aircraft and the situation returned to normal,” cleared out the French Air Defence Command and Air Operations Command on Twitter. The command also added that out of 450 abnormal situations faced by the French Air Force in 2019, 210 required the intervention of a fighter plane or a helicopter.
F-35B crashes after mid-air collision with KC-130 while refuelling
A United States Marine Corps F-35B fighter jet crashed after colliding with a KC-130J tanker during an air-to-air refuelling operation. The pilot ejected successfully. According to a Marine Corps spokesperson, the two aircraft were undergoing Weapons and Tactics Instructor training. “At approximately 16h00 it was reported that an F-35B made contact with a KC-130J during an air-to-air refuelling evolution,” announced Marine Corps Air Station Yuma in a press release. Consequently, the Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II crashed near Salton City, in California. The pilot managed to successfully eject. No ground injuries were reported. As for the Lockheed KC-130J Hercules, registration number 166765, it made a gear-up emergency landing in a field of Riverside County, also in California. The tanker, based at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego, had eight people on board. They were all able to deplane safely. “The official cause of the crash is currently under investigation,” concluded Marine Corps Air Station Yuma.
Lufthansa Cargo welcomes ninth B777F in Frankfurt
On Tuesday, 29 September the carrier’s latest Boeing 777F landed for the first time at Frankfurt Airport (FRA). The freighter with the registration D-ALFI was in flight as LH8145 for 10 hours and 10 minutes after take-off from Everett Airport (PAE) in Washington State. Lufthansa Cargo now operates nine modern Triple Seven at its home hub in Frankfurt. In addition, the company is marketing the cargo capacity of four more aircraft of this type, which are operated by the AeroLogic joint venture based at Leipzig Airport.
The twin-engine Boeing 777F is around 20 per cent more efficient and emits less carbon dioxide than the preceding MD-11F. In addition, the new model meets the strict noise protection requirements of ICAO Annex 16, Volume I, Chapter 14. Due to the higher cargo capacity and range, the same freight performance can be achieved in the future with noticeably fewer aircraft movements. The six MD-11 freighters still in service will be phased out over the coming months, with the first half to be phased out within this year. Lufthansa Cargo first put the eye-catching MD-11F tri-jet into service in 1998 because of its efficiency advantages. It replaced the four-engine jumbo freighters until 2005.
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