SP’s Aviation|May - June 2020
Keeping in mind the requirements of more long haul commitments as our diplomatic needs widen, it is strongly suggested that the newer long range Embraer Legacy 650 with extended fuel tanks may be considered. By procuring the aircraft from the same family, it will give the much needed flexibility whilst ensuring that the pilot training and maintenance infrastructure remains the same.

AIR HEADQUARTERS COMMUNICATION SQUADRON OF THE Indian Air Force (IAF) has been synonymous with the highest level of professionalism and efficiency. It is tasked with the onerous responsibility of ferrying Indian and international VVIPs/VIPs in India and abroad.

A new chapter was added to the glorious history when four Embraers were inducted in 2005. These Embraer Legacy Business Jets added many “Firsts” to the IAF:

They were the first glass cockpit aircraft in the IAF;

First to have capability to conduct Low Visibility Operations with an ILS Cat2 capability;

First jets to land at Kargil due to excellent performance at hot and high performance airfields. They fly regularly to challenging airfields like Paro, Kargil, Thoise and Leh;

First transport aircraft with a range of over 3,000 nautical miles due to its frugal fuel consumption, enabling non-stop flights upto most destinations in Asia and one stop flights to Far East Asia and Europe. Also, Embraer 145 (used as AEW&C) is the first transport aircraft to be able to receive Air to Air refuelling.


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May - June 2020