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Transport Aircraft

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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,793 ✭✭✭EchoIndia




  • Registered Users Posts: 1,103 ✭✭✭Psychlops


    Sadly in most countries MATS means Military Airlift Transport not Ministerial..



  • Registered Users Posts: 2,492 ✭✭✭California Dreamer


    Personal preference or is there a reason for not using something like a 737 or a BBJ configuration? Considering Ryanair have 400 plus of them, they might know a thing or 2 about maintaining them.



  • Registered Users Posts: 24,742 ✭✭✭✭Strumms


    The A320/321 is a narrow body aircraft, so in terms of the cabin width and height, size of main deck cargo door, you’d be limited to what equipment and cargo you could haul dimensionally and indeed the weight too. Any A320s that are flying cargo, it’s not generally heavy freight and non conveyable items or military cargo / vehicles…

    I’m still for a couple of newish second hand Hercs… screw the cost…. We can according to some be penny pinching when it comes to looking after our own needs and expectations but spending billions on… ? Anyway..upgrade cockpit to glass cockpit, Collins Aerospace did the upgrade for the French Hercs….

    can carry troops, cargo or a combination of both. Land and takeoff from rough / dirt strips. Cargo on pallets or containers…or a combination of both….



  • Registered Users Posts: 3,562 ✭✭✭roadmaster


    Dont worry i am sure there would be plenty of advisors and department heads willing to go for the spin with the minister to fill up the seats



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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,850 ✭✭✭sparky42


    And general attitudes like that mean we will likely end up with something that will barely cover the task with little to no growth margins or ability for other duties, because otherwise the Government of the day will get hammered.



  • Registered Users Posts: 1,069 ✭✭✭jonnybigwallet


    An A320 could fulfill Min. Transport and troop deployments overseas. Could fit out the front of the cabin as VIP accommodation and rear for service personnel. It would reflect well on national prestige.



  • Registered Users Posts: 3,850 ✭✭✭sparky42


    So reports of a "larger" second hand jet to be procured:

    https://twitter.com/SeanDefoe/status/1621093460710146049



  • Registered Users Posts: 23,772 ✭✭✭✭Larbre34


    No European Governments should be operating American planes.

    Airbus is a massive employer and flag carrier for Europe Inc, and it offers a range that far exceeds Boeing for flexibility and options.

    Airlines make commercial decisions and thats fine, but Governments can and should fly the flag.

    Airbus, Dassault, Pilatus, ATR, Leonardo, Vulcan, Saab.

    No shortage of solutions for any air transport need there.



  • Registered Users Posts: 3,562 ✭✭✭roadmaster


    According to the journal its a new/2nd hand 10 seater jet and also a deposit confirmed for a transport aircraft

    https://www.thejournal.ie/new-government-jet-5985682-Feb2023/



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  • Registered Users Posts: 23,772 ✭✭✭✭Larbre34


    About time, sounds like a Falcon 7X / Global 5000 ballpark. Citation models just don't have the range and GVs probably have a bad name in the AC. And as I said earlier, European or Euro partnered is preferable.

    Incidentally, the deposit on the Transport Aircraft is for the C295MW already discussed.



  • Registered Users Posts: 3,562 ✭✭✭roadmaster


    Its funny how the headlines are about MMs speach about a government jet but hardly a mention about the casa



  • Registered Users Posts: 3,850 ✭✭✭sparky42


    Is it? A "Government Jet" is news, it's something to be used as an attack from some of the Left, when whatever is selected and costed we will likely be told how many "insert occupation of choice here" jobs it could have funded instead. A Transport plane is just something that the DF "plays with", a nothing story like the manpower crisis.



  • Registered Users Posts: 3,258 ✭✭✭Dohvolle


    The response to the story on twitter all seem to think the "govt jet" is a like Austin Powers personal aircraft, with beds and waitresses. Its an executive transport aircraft flown by Military Pilots, not a flying camper van.



  • Registered Users Posts: 3,850 ✭✭✭sparky42


    Like I said is anyone surprised by such comments, one of the reasons for not replacing the Gulfstream back in the day...

    Though I'm sure if it was Mary Lou announcing it for President Gerry, many of those tweets would think it was the greatest choice in the history of the state...



  • Registered Users Posts: 23,772 ✭✭✭✭Larbre34


    The old saying in American politics is 'throw it out with the trash'.

    While all the chatter of the day is about something else (nursing home fees, disability allowances), make an announcement about something unrelated that you can't be bothered taking a load of inevitable abuse for on another day, so that it gets lost in the rest of the trash. Government Jets is an ideal thing.



  • Registered Users Posts: 23,772 ✭✭✭✭Larbre34


    Theres a 50/50 chance that her well fed arse will be the first one to use Seat 1A.

    Maybe we should humiliate her by making sure there is no serviceable Air Corps business jet available for her first EU leaders meeting in Brussels and she can fly to Charlerois with the rest of the cattle on Ryanair.



  • Registered Users Posts: 2,793 ✭✭✭EchoIndia



    The article (with the all-to-common plural "aircrafts") says:

    "The procurement process will consider both new and second-hand replacement aircrafts, added the Tánaiste."



  • Registered Users Posts: 23,772 ✭✭✭✭Larbre34


    France gave Greece a free 7X recently to satisfy some contractual dispute or other.

    Do we have any arguments going on with France per chance?!

    Meanwhile some nice shots of candidate planes in other Air Force / State colours.




  • Registered Users Posts: 3,850 ✭✭✭sparky42


    Defence related? I doubt it, have we bought anything French recently? I do like the look of the Falcon I have to say.



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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,258 ✭✭✭Dohvolle


    We were launch customers for the Dauphin, surely they owe us that alone..



  • Registered Users Posts: 3,562 ✭✭✭roadmaster


    Well are Tainiste seems to be on good friendly terms with Mr Macron , so maybe if he did a deal with him for MCM vessels, Caracels and either Mirages or Rafales they might throw in a falcon in the deal



  • Registered Users Posts: 3,850 ✭✭✭sparky42


    If we went shopping for that list, a Falcon as a signing bonus would be about right…



  • Registered Users Posts: 3,562 ✭✭✭roadmaster


    I know the headline bill would be massive but the way the defence industry is now with so many companies merged you could actually nearly put a tender out to re equip the defence forces from one main supplier



  • Registered Users Posts: 3,562 ✭✭✭roadmaster


    Another Article about the Government jet. Its being thrown around in a few articles that the jet like this could of being used to fly to kabul. Surley a tranaport casa would be way more approiate for that?

    Also Daniel McConnell indicating a Gulfstream, is he Bluffing or does he know something?




  • Registered Users Posts: 3,850 ✭✭✭sparky42


    I would say neither would be ideal for such a mission, though you would imagine a Correctly equipped CASA would be a better option? As for guessing it’s a Gulfstream, unless it’s a prepicked “study” surely it’s way to early for anyone to have a clue what might get picked, could just be going on “it’s what they had before…”



  • Registered Users Posts: 23,772 ✭✭✭✭Larbre34


    C295M still wouldn't be ideal for Kabul, not great range.

    Although a US Air National Guard CN235 did shuttle in an out of Islamabad for the Kabul Airlift.



  • Registered Users Posts: 24,742 ✭✭✭✭Strumms


    Fuel stops are time and money.. not great value as every landing takes you closer to the gear needing to be changed too.



  • Registered Users Posts: 3,258 ✭✭✭Dohvolle


    This is a great tool for comparing Biz Jets. We require something with Transatlantic range. Having that means we can get to the middle east in one hop too.

    The Lear and the PC12 has similar range (neither are transatlantic-remember the PC12 delivery flights from USA?)

    Keep in mind anywhere the aircraft lands must have diplomatic clearance. Some countries can be deliberately slow with this. (Turkey are notorious) If you can avoid stopping it makes repatriation much easier.

    Jet Aircraft Range Rings from Guardian Jet



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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,793 ✭✭✭EchoIndia


    Actually the Finns had a C295 in Kabul as well - did that assist in taking some Irish out?



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