Nowra-South Coast NSW Noteworthy Movements

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Nowra-South Coast NSW Noteworthy Movements

Postby Richard G » Sat Sep 05, 2009 9:42 am

Looks like we now have two MRH's at Albatross for trials, A40-003 is one of them, from pics in the following media release :wink: Now Adam, whats with the 'ARMY' writing and jungly cam on a Navy bird, we shall have to do something about that tan paint at least - whats the world coming too these penny pinching pollies, and another thing what a cop out we had 10 Seakings (yes I know we have only 6 left due to attrition) and the pollies order 6 MRH's for Navy, Crikey thats less than the Kiwi Airforce is getting (I dont count Army airframes as Army is not Navy :mrgreen: ) Perhaps the South Coast Register reporter is on to something there calling them "war bird" :mrgreen:

From the South Coast Register:
http://www.southcoastregister.com.au/ne ... torypage=1

THE EAGLE HAS LANDED - Navy gets its first new MRH90 war bird
BY DAYLE LATHAM
4/09/2009 9:29:00 AM
TWO of only eight brand new MRH90 military helicopters currently in Australia arrived at HMAS Albatross on Wednesday afternoon, marking a new era in military aviation.
The aircraft will remain at Albatross for six weeks to undergo testing by a specialist flight trials unit to develop the envelope for its capability.

Twenty-eight of the aircraft have been delivered worldwide thus far, with 527 currently on order for 12 countries.

The Australian armed forces will eventually possess 46 of the machines in total, with six going to the Navy and the other 40 to the Army in what will be a combined pool designed to make it cheaper and easier to get the helicopters to the frontline.

The MRH 90 will replace the Navy’s ageing Sea King and the Army’s Blackhawk.

All Australian models will be identical in everything from configuration, right down to the special radar and heat absorbing paint.

The MRH90s will operate out of 808 squadron, which is expected to be fully operational in three to four years’ time. The Navy aims to have three flights at sea at all times.

Lieutenant Commander Brad Mackay, who is a test pilot working in the flight trials unit, said the MRH90 was far superior to its predecessors.

“This is the best aircraft I’ve flown.

“It’s like driving your own vehicle and then getting to drive a Formula One car.”

Lt Comm Mackay, who has been piloting for 14 years and flown more than 30 different aircraft, said the modern aircraft was easy to fly.

“It is the best handling aircraft. If I command it to fly somewhere, it will get there, no matter what the conditions are,” he said.

The fly-by-wire aircraft boasts several innovative systems Mackay believes establish its superiority.

“It’s got weather radar, forward-looking infra-red, electronic warfare and countermeasures.

“This is a next generation aircraft.”

MRH90 maintenance team member Will McConnell said the leap forward in terms of technology helped maintenance efficiency.

“The aircraft can tell you about faults, it helps maintenance out so much.”

In mid-October the aircraft will be taken to Storm Bay off the coast of Tasmania to meet with a ship, where its limits and operational capability will be tested to the fullest extent in a variety of weather conditions.

The aircraft, which can reach speeds of 350km/h and has a 15-20,000 foot ceiling was designed from scratch and will be used by Navy for utility support; carrying loads, supplies and personnel.

Lt Comm Mackay said the aircraft had a vast amount of potential and was well suited to search and rescue missions, due to, among other things, its night flying capabilities.

Army will use the MRH90s to gain mobility on the battlefield and will establish their own testing for the aircraft.
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Re: MRH-90s arrive at Albatross

Postby A.C » Sat Sep 05, 2009 11:04 am

Richard

i think there is only a couple with navy painted on the side, and sorry about the camo but thats the way they will be staying apparently.

Something to do with servicing schedules and swapping as they come up......................but who am i to speculate.

Haven't seen the flying around as yet so hopefully next week.
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Re: MRH-90s arrive at Albatross

Postby Richard G » Fri Sep 18, 2009 10:39 am

Worth a mention today is that "Tiger 82" N24-013 is coming home this morning, from a 6 month deployment aboard HMAS Sydney for Northern Trident. Well done to the detachment from 816 squadron and ships company. Heres a file pic from Def Media while she was on Northern Trident. Also note the white Polar Bear zap from visiting Canadian waters at right lower nose and large "BUNDY" bear with sun glassess above middle canopy frame.

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Re: Nowra-South Coast NSW Noteworthy Movements

Postby Richard G » Sat Dec 05, 2009 10:20 am

Good morning all,

Thought we might recycle the old "MRH Arrive at Albatross" thread into a thread where we can post the odd interesting movement for this area - so please feel free to post the interesting, unusual or otherwise noteworthy movement or any heads up.

For starters I dont know how this Navy big wing formation slipped under our radar yesterday, would have been a great sight with 3 Seakings in the formation - very rare to see 3 Kingies in the air at the same time these days not to mention the other birdies.

Also am told "Felix" the A9-662 P-3 with the 11 Sqn Anniversary Tail (Green/white checks with Felix the cat) visited Albatross on Wednesday/Thursday then went onto Willy which may have been ECADEX related.

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Re: Nowra-South Coast NSW Noteworthy Movements

Postby A.C » Sat Dec 05, 2009 11:24 am

There were actually 4 seakings airborne, with the fourth being the camera ship.

Look pretty impressive as they past over town.

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Re: Nowra-South Coast NSW Noteworthy Movements

Postby Richard G » Sat Dec 05, 2009 6:50 pm

Thanks Adam,

I remember there was only one flying for the airshow last year, and three for the fleet review, so four Kings out of six really is a tribute to the techies of 817. Look forward to seeing the aerials from the 4th camera ship.

The Sharks of 817 will be disbanded as they are resurrecting the Tridents of 808 to fly the Mr H.
Not much longer to go for retirement of the Seaking in RAN service - a type I will miss so cath them if you can folks.

Would be awesome if 817 painted up two Kings in celebratory Shark colours for the few months remaining for this type.
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Re: Nowra-South Coast NSW Noteworthy Movements

Postby Richard G » Wed Dec 09, 2009 7:29 am

Adour LJR today for Albatross between 1100 and 1400 today

LJR EASTERN NEW SOUTH WALES
MIL HAWK JET ACFT OPR
BLW 5000FT AGL ON THE FLW RTE:
GOULBURN (DES) / NOWRA / NOWRA 057012 / NOWRA 027036 /
SYDNEY 150010 / SYDNEY 016021 / WILLIAMTOWN 187025 /
WILLIAMTOWN
SFC TO 5000FT AGL
FROM 12 090000 TO 12 090300
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Re: Nowra-South Coast NSW Noteworthy Movements

Postby A.C » Wed Dec 09, 2009 2:21 pm

Richard

Nothing heard today but thats not to say it didn't fly over this way somewhere.

Also not sure where to broadcast this but be prepared for an F111 low flying in Canberra for ADFA grad and also Wagga Wagga for a flypast over a graduation i believe.

Will happen Thursday the 10th dec in Canberra so i have read between 1030 and 1130. Wagga wagga not much longer after that.

http://www.defence.gov.au/media/AlertTp ... entId=9825 (See here for defence press release)

Maybe the last chance to see them down this way.

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Re: Nowra-South Coast NSW Noteworthy Movements

Postby Richard G » Wed Dec 09, 2009 11:00 pm

Thanks Adam.
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Re: Nowra-South Coast NSW Noteworthy Movements

Postby Martin E » Sat Dec 12, 2009 9:53 pm

I was in Nowra just a week or so ago and traffic wise, like every visit (which is quite often), was excellent. Even had a herc thrown in amongst the mix. Only member of the fleet I didn't see out and about was the MRH90. I believe that there are a few down that way now? Was great to see a Seahawk flying coastal and low while we were at Stanwell Park.
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Re: Nowra-South Coast NSW Noteworthy Movements

Postby Richard G » Wed Feb 03, 2010 5:18 pm

"Panther 20" Hawk A27-08 performed a Coastal LJR today Wil-Syd-Nowra-Can, and should be coming back from Can tomorrow Coastal to Wil again. Quite a rare sight to see it with 2 Aim-9's and no tanks.

from ASA:

LJR CENTRAL COASTAL NEW SOUTH WALES MIL HAWK JET ACFT OPR BLW
5000FT AGL
ON THE FLW RTE:
CANBERRA / NOWRA 258023 / NOWRA 303015 / NOWRA 029028 /
SYDNEY 119006 / SYDNEY 028010 / WILLIAMTOWN 181007 / WILLIAMTOWN
AVM TO 5000FT AMSL AT NOWRA 303015
FROM 02 040100 TO 02 040600

Something must be happening at Canberra tomorrow - NFH-90 demo perhaps?
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Re: Nowra-South Coast NSW Noteworthy Movements

Postby A.C » Wed Feb 03, 2010 6:07 pm

Thanks Richard that would explain the noisy fly past today.

As for the NH-90 still havne't been to have a look as its been flying flat out just about every day.
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Re: Nowra-South Coast NSW Noteworthy Movements

Postby Richard G » Sat Feb 27, 2010 1:19 pm

Roulettes expected into Albion Park at about 1445 local (or later this avo).

Wings over the Illawarra 2010 on tomorrow...
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Re: Nowra-South Coast NSW Noteworthy Movements

Postby Richard G » Thu Mar 11, 2010 1:05 pm

Looks like the"Classics" are working themselves to a frenzy for Barry's visit with some night flying last night as well, todays classic LJR

From ASA:

LJR COASTAL NEW SOUTH WALES MIL F18 JET ACFT OPR BLW 5000FT AGL
ON THE FLW RTE:
NOWRA / WOOLONGONG 140010 / WOOLONGONG 090008 / SYDNEY 190013 /
SYDNEY 12DME ARC / SYDNEY 015015 / SYDNEY 013045 / WILLIAMTOWN 190017
/ WILLIAMTOWN
SFC TO 5000FT AGL
FROM 03 110400 TO 03 110600
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Re: Nowra-South Coast NSW Noteworthy Movements

Postby Richard G » Sun Aug 07, 2011 6:10 pm

Looks like VH-FOX was conducting "HATS" demo's from NAS and Nowra last week from the following source:

http://www.southcoastregister.com.au/ne ... 49487.aspx

Chopper bid brings promise of jobs bonanza

05 Aug, 2011 10:05 AM

THREE of the world’s biggest military contractors are promising a huge influx of specialist jobs to Nowra should they be successful in winning a bid to supply helicopters for aircrew training.
Former Australia Defence Force chief, Peter Cosgrove, promised a “substantial” influx of jobs to the region while visiting Nowra on Tuesday to launch the bid by AgustaWestland, BAE Systems and CAE to supply between 17 and 23 helicopters to the planned Helicopter Aircrew Training School.

While Mr Cosgrove was reluctant to put a number on the jobs the bid would bring to the Shoalhaven, BAE business development manager in Nowra, Dennis Hinds, said at least 150 skilled maintainers would be required.

“There is going to be a lot of work for specialist maintainers in Nowra on existing and new helicopter fleets,” he said.

The chairman of AgustaWestland Australia, Mr Cosgrove, said the aircrew training school bid was centred on the GrandNew helicopter, which was flying around the Shoalhaven City Council chambers on Tuesday as the bid was launched.

As the helicopter demonstrated its capabilities, Mr Cosgrove said it was ideal for training navy and army aircrew.

“The GrandNew provides a low-risk, off-the-shelf solution that will meet the future rotary-wing training needs of the Australian Defence Force,” Mr Cosgrove said.

“It is a fully crashworthy helicopter, and complies with the most stringent international safety standards.”

Within the team of companies, BAE Systems will lead all maintenance and support services, while CAE has primary responsibility for designing the overall synthetic training program, including manufacturing training devices and classroom and simulator instruction.

“CAE and AgustaWestland have manufactured a number of simulators for the AW helicopter fleet,” said CAE Australia’s interim managing director, Peter Redman.

“Our existing relationship and proven ability to integrate live and synthetic training environments should provide a high level of confidence to the ADF.

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