Started by RiverAux, January 21, 2015, 10:47:18 pm
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Quote from: Larry Mangum on January 22, 2015, 02:19:15 pmWhen a wing averages only 83 hrs a year on their air frames and they have 10 of them, they probably do need to rotate the aircraft around.
Quote from: AlphaSigOU on January 22, 2015, 04:56:16 pmHI WG aircraft are tightly integrated into their civil defense system... they're equipped with airborne loudspeakers to warn people about approaching tsunamis.
Quote from: bflynn on January 22, 2015, 03:59:49 pmThey have 10 squadrons. I'd say maybe they have too many aircraft.Hawaii is a very different place. People don't like things to change, especially if they view the change as detrimental to them. Both Maui and Kauai planes were recently moved, only Oahu (6 squadrons) and Hawaii (2 squadrons) have airplanes now. I don't know, but I'd take a guess that 7 or 8 of the wing's airplanes are on Oahu, an area half the size of Rhode Island. Seems like a very dense concentration.
Quote from: AirDX on January 23, 2015, 09:03:33 amI'm the HNL squadron commander and wing assistant director of operations. We did indeed fail a CI, however we closed the open items and were fully successful on a re-CI in March 2014. I was wing director of safety through that process, as well as a few months as wing chief of staff. So the CI is pretty old news.There are 4 aircraft nominally based on Oahu, with 5 squadrons on the island, 3 composite, 1 cadet, and 1 senior. 3 of the aircraft belong to me, though one of them has been farmed out to Hilo on the Big Island for nearly a year and a half, as theirs has been in a prolonged engine change. Maui has had no aircraft as theirs is in extended maintenance, and Kona is the same. No aircraft have been moved at this point, other than the one I mentioned above, on loan. They certainly will be if necessary. It's hard to get to the magic 200 hours/aircraft with 40% of the fleet NMC for months at a time.The personnel issues I won't comment on. We remain fully mission capable, if a little strained by NMC aircraft. The tsunami warning routes can be covered by other aircraft. We will typically have 6-10 hours of warning time of a tsunami. That's plenty of time to launch and fly tsunami route A, recover, refuel and launch to fly tsunami route B. Some routes, the two on Oahu for example, can easily be flown by one aircraft, which could continue unrefueled to fly still a third. That's a decision I'd make with my IC hat on based on crewed and ready assets at the time.We may have our problems, but they are no more than most wings.
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