Sikorsky/PZL Mielec delivers M28 STOL

Posted on 06 Oct 2018 and read 314 times
Sikorsky/PZL Mielec delivers M28 STOLAn M28 short take-off and landing (STOL) aircraft manufactured at PZL Mielec — a facility in Poland owned by Sikorsky (a Lockheed Martin company) (www.lockheedmartin.com) — has arrived in Ecuador after a trans-Atlantic flight from Poland.

Delivered five months after the contract was awarded, the twin-engine turboprop will meet the Ecuadorian Army’s need for a proven multi-role transport aircraft that can perform in a variety of climates and terrains.

PZL Mielec conducted training for army pilots and mechanics, after which a Polish crew piloted the aircraft 13,500km (via Iceland, Greenland, Canada, the USA and Central America) to Shell Mera in Ecuador, where the aircraft was officially accepted.

The M28’s STOL capability means that it can operate from runways or airstrips that are inaccessible to other airplanes; it can also fly in extreme environmental conditions and in temperatures ranging from +50°C to
-50°C.

Currently, over 100 M28 planes are in use world-wide, both in commercial and military configurations. Among other missions, they perform passenger transport, parachutist training, border patrol and fishery supervision roles. The Polish Air Force uses the M28 Bryza variant for both maritime and transport operations.

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