SIKORSKY, A LOCKHEED MARTIN COMPANY, AND PZL MIELEC PRESENT:
M28 LATIN AMERICA DEMONSTRATION TOUR
MARCH - MAY 2017
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO – BRASIL – ARGENTINA - ECUADOR - COLOMBIA – PANAMA – MEXICO
The M28 recently arrived at the Military Amazon Command Base in Manaus Brasil, with its primary objective to conduct paratroop free fall jumps, precision cargo drop and logistics missions.
Manaus is located in the middle of the Amazon rainforest and access to the city is primarily by boat or airplane. With its tropical monsoonal climate Manaus and its surrounding region, is the perfect location to test the aircraft capabilities and performance in an extreme climate conditions. Over the few days the M28 has carried out several missions within the region which included precision cargo drop, paratroop free fall jumps from 6000/12000ft and troop/equipment transport between different remote bases.
With these missions the M28 has proven that it possesses full capabilities and features to perform the required tasks, but more importantly it has also proven that it can perform in this specific environment with greater efficiency. Why does the M28 feel very comfortable operating in these conditions? Mainly due to its two PT6A-65B engines with total power output of 2200 HP, excellent STOL performance not reducing payload lifting ability, rear clamshell cargo door, low stall speed, high rate of clime and the availability of a cargo hoist with 700 Kg (1,540 lb) lift for loading and unloading of goods in remote locations. Those are just some of the factors which allow the aircraft to perform with such outstanding results.
The M28 is now looking forward to show its potential at the next stop in Brasilia.
Although the M28 was already showcased during its ferry flight with very recent stops in Dallas during the HAI HELI-EXPO and two other States in the US, Tennessee and Florida, where the aircraft was presented to the oil and gas companies and passenger/cargo carries, this was the official first stop of the Latin American Demo Tour.
The aircraft has been met with overwhelming enthusiasm by the audience which has also generated additional new last minute attendees. Overall the turn-up and interest to view the M28 exceeded our expectations and we felt very welcomed by the local authorities with extremely professional and friendly support for the event. Within the three full days, the M28 was able to perform five demo flights to the south part of the Trinidad Island and as requested by some of the potential clients to the island of Tobago. The event days were also filled with onsite presentations of the aircraft and static display walk rounds which allowed for detailed familiarization with aircraft on site. In summary approximately 50 attendees from several intuitions, governmental representatives and companies had a chance to learn more about the M28 and experience its performance in flight.
The most likely configurations for the local market would be the passenger/cargo transport between the islands - especially Trinidad to Tobago. Additionally the M28 can be considered to operate within the vicinity of the Caribbean Islands up to approximately 480 NM with 18/19 passages which allows for great flexibility. This can be also associated with having the aircraft reconfigure from passenger to cargo or combi version during the operation with very little effort during the stops. The second most likely type of configuration which was looked at, is the MPA and SAR, the aircraft has already proven itself in other parts of the world in these types of missions with extreme efficiency.
Taking under account the M28 commuter aircraft unique STOL characteristics designed for easy reconfiguration between different types of missions and is proven in operations in extreme conditions with high range and load (from arctic, through sea and tropical environment) on unprepared airstrips, it’s no surprise that the M28 it is the right option for Trinidad & Tobago to most efficiently fulfill its air missions and operational requirements.