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 finalized the last stop of the Latin America Demo Tour in Mexico. On May 8-9 at Aeropuerto Internacional de Toluca, several commercial and military representatives came to see the M28’s wide portfolio of mission capabilities and operational simplicity. These included the availability of an independent onboard cargo hoist and the flexibility to reconfigure the aircraft from a passenger to cargo operational configuration in less than 15 minutes.
The M28 flew demo flights over the surrounding region of Mexico City showcasing its capabilities as a passenger and logistic support aircraft, which includes CASEVAC or MEDEVAC missions. The M28’s unique rear cargo door in this segment of short STOL aircraft, combined with low maintenance and operating costs, make the M28 highly competitive on the market, and the most efficient solution.
The next stop of the Latin American Demo Tour for the M28 short takeoff and landing was Panama, where the aircraft visited the National Air and Naval Service of Panama, also called SENAN. During the one-day event, the M28 performed demo flights at SENAN airfields, where the aircraft conducted short landings and takeoffs. Additionally, over 40 attendees received detailed presentations concerning the platform’s configurations and capabilities.
The National Air and Naval Service is a branch of the Public Forces of the Republic of Panama, responsible for carrying out naval and air operations. Its main function is to "Perform protection, surveillance, security and defense of the air and maritime jurisdictional areas of the Republic of Panama”. The M28 is already an active and proven platform in maritime and border patrol configuration. The M28 Naval and Border Patrol version called Bryza, operational with the Polish Air Forces and Navy in various versions, is equipped for operational missions with glass cockpit, data link, surveillance radar, ESM, FLIR, magnetometric and hydroacoustic, sonobuoy dispenser, AIS and communication with Crypto.
The M28 is a versatile platform, extremely flexible in meeting today’s and tomorrow’s mission requirements in all climates and environments.
The M28 short takeoff and landing airplane arrived in Colombia to prove that it’s the perfect and most suitable platform to provide air transport connectivity. High and heavy is no obstacle for the M28, which is ready to fly into highly elevated airfields with short or undeveloped airstrips with a full set of passengers or payload.
In total, the M28 spend three days in Colombia. Two days in Bogota consisted of static display of the aircraft, presentations and demo flights for potential customers. The third day was dedicated to performing two successful simulated airliner demo flights to Urrao and Capurgana airfields. Both of these runways are less than 1000 m in length and have challenging approaches. Additionally, over the three days, more than 100 attendees were able to appreciate and experience the aircraft’s characteristics, features, performance and capabilities, which seem to be an ideal match for Colombia’s needs.
Mission accomplished for the M28 in Colombia — next stop Panama.
The M28 passes its next challenges in the outer outposts of the Ecuadorian jungle. High altitude, high temperatures and heavy on short unpaved landing strips, this is where the competitors start to diminish.
During the event held at the Ecuadorian Military Base in Shell Mera, the M28 performed simulated operational flights to further outposts; LOROCACHI (600m gravel runway) and JAIME ROLDOS (530m gravel/grass runway), with passengers on each flight. In both cases the M28 used only about half of the runway for taking off and landing, verifying its performance capabilities in some of the most challenging operational landing strips.
The M28 aircraft’s rugged design and spacious airframe, combined with heavy duty suspension and two Pratt & Whitney PT6A-65B engines producing in total of over 2200 SHP, allow the aircraft to perform with full certainty and confidence in some of the most unique and harshest flying environments.
The M28 aircraft demonstration tour across seven Latin American has reached its midpoint in Buenos Aires, Argentina. During the two day event at the El Palomar Airport, home base of the Argentine Air Force 1st Air Brigade, the M28 performed four demo flights with over 40 passengers on board in total. The aircraft also demonstrated its impressive short takeoff and landing capabilities for viewers on the ground. The event was fully supported by detailed presentations of the aircraft with time for questions and answers followed by static displays. In total, over 70 attendees took part, composed of clients from both the military and commercial sectors. A senior delegation from the Argentinian Ministry of Defense supported by the Polish Ambassador also came out to see the M28, and took great interest in the aircraft’s performance and mission versatility.
Argentina requires an aircraft platform that is certified and fully capable of performing missions in temperature conditions up to +50oC at the northern part of the country, and in -50oC temperatures at their bases in the Antarctica. The M28 meets this requirement.
Overall the M28 experienced a warm welcome and great interest in Buenos Aires during its stop in Argentina.
Your partner in missions the M28 - feeling at home everywhere.
The M28 short takeoff and landing twin turboprop aircraft arrived early April in the heart of Brazil for a four day event and took to the sky over the beautiful scenery of Rio de Janeiro. Located at the Jacarepaguá Airport, the aircraft attracted a lot of attention during its stay.
Throughout the event, the M28 performed seven demo flights over the Rio de Janeiro coastline with a total of approximately 65 participants onboard. The demo flights have been accompanied by detailed presentations of the aircraft with question and answer sessions and static displays, which gave everyone a chance to familiarize themselves with the aircraft’s multi-role performance. Visitors consisted of potential clients from both the military and commercial sectors who expressed interest in the passenger/cargo configuration. Additionally the military also evaluated the M28 for paratroop, cargo-drop, maritime patrol and medical evacuation operations, given the fact that the M28 platform is capable and proven in these missions. The aircraft also attracted several journalists who flew in the M28 for the first time.
Attendees during the four days were greatly impressed with the platform’s versatility and superior performance. Having witnessed or experienced the M28 aircraft’s short take-off and landing capabilities, they walked from the plane with a smile on their face and expressing great satisfaction. For those looking for the most relaxing form of passenger air travel, the M28 demonstrated cabin comfort, stability during flight, and low noise during cruise flight.
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.