Colombian and Ecuadorean Air Forces Train in Aircraft Maintenance

first_imgBy Julieta Pelcastre/Diálogo October 10, 2017 The Air Maintenance Command (CAMAN, per its Spanish acronym) of the Colombian Air Force (FAC, per its Spanish acronym) exchanged knowledge and experiences with its peers in the Ecuadorean Air Force (FAE, per its Spanish acronym). The meeting was held from June 27th to August 26th at Madrid Air Base in Cundinamarca, Colombia. The training was part of the “Major Aviation Maintenance Training Course and Specialization” for Ecuador’s A-29 Super Tucano landing gear. It is part of the current cooperation agreements between the FAC and FAE, in order for both nations’ military aviation to be updated with new procedures and doctrinal training. Major maintenance, also known as overhaul, is done to aviation components when they reach the end of the life cycle recommended by the equipment’s manufacturer. In this case, the landing gear should complete 5,000 landings or six years of use. The work consisted of completely disassembling the component and performing nondestructive testing to ensure the operability of the pieces in order to extend their useful life cycle, the FAC reported. Spare parts were brought in from Ecuador as part of the certification training. “The Colombian Air Force has broad experience in this complex overhaul task. Ecuador needs to build this capacity,” First Sergeant Nestor Tinitana of the FAE told Diálogo. “At present, our planes are grounded because we need to overhaul them.” During the training sessions, workshops on different aviation components, such as hydraulics, were involved. The hydraulics workshop was the most important because it involved assembling, inspecting, cleaning, painting, and using electro-chemistry on certain parts, as well as a session on nondestructive testing. “They were taught how to use special tools and were taught about technical orders and test benches,” Chief Master Sergeant Julio César Carillo Tunjano, the chief of inspectors and an advisor to the Hydraulics Workshop for CAMAN’s Air Intelligence Group, told Diálogo. “Now, they can do this servicing at their various air bases.” Upon completing the trainings, the command delivered the landing gear that had undergone maintenance, together with its Colombian certification, which was approved by international institutions. Ready to complete the mission “After attending the various workshops and experimenting, analyzing, and working, the Ecuadorean specialists have the knowledge and experience required to overhaul the landing gear on their A-29 Super Tucano units,” FAC Brigadier General Eduardo Contreras Meléndez, the commander of CAMAN, told Diálogo. The A-29 has very robust landing gear and is able to land on runways as short as 500 meters. This combat aircraft is used mainly by the Brazilian, Chilean, Colombian, Dominican, Ecuadorean, and U.S. air forces in air interception, attack, and surveillance operations. Colombia has 24 units in this class. In Ecuador’s case, its air force acquired 18 Super Tucano units in 2010 to cover the capacity of conducting operations in border areas and the Amazon region. “We’re ready to overhaul these air units in our country,” 1st Sgt. Tinitana reiterated. Keeping up with technological developments To perform landing gear maintenance on the FAE’s A-29 units in Ecuador, a group of engineers and technicians from the lead logistics unit in Colombian aviation will travel to that country to supervise the implementation of major maintenance procedures on the equipment. The Ecuadorian officers who have been trained will be able to reinforce what they have learned and complement their capabilities. “Ecuadorean service members have shown interest in acquiring other capacities in CAMAN through ongoing courses related to ejection seats, the C-130 brake system, and aircraft painting,” 1st Sgt. Tinitana added. “In the future, we’ll overhaul a CASA 295 that we have in FAE.” Both nations are studying the scope of new trainings for FAE. Some agreements are in a development phase to be completed at CAMAN. The Uruguayan, Chilean, and Peruvian air forces are also interested in establishing ties and alliances with Colombia in order to complement their capacities, in accordance with each nation’s needs.last_img read more

ECU’s Jayden Gardner turning in terrific freshman campaign, and looking for more

first_imgEast Carolina’s Nov. 6 matchup against Delaware State wasn’t the first time Jayden Gardner played in Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum, where the Pirates play their home games. But it was the first time he’d ever received cheers there.The ECU freshman forward’s first played there in March 2018 — eight months prior to his collegiate debut — as the senior star for Heritage High School (Wake Forest, N.C.). There, his 21-point, eight-rebound effort helped the Huskies to a 61-55 overtime win over South Central  (Winterville, N.C.) that sent his team to the North Carolina High School 4A State Championship. At the time, most fans in attendance weren’t too happy with Gardner’s performance.SCHLARP: Mike Daum’s homegrown loyalty producing big numbers for SDSU“It was a good feeling,” Gardner told Sporting News. “It was really surreal to play on the court, but I think at that time I was getting booed because South Central is only 10 minutes from there.”These days, you’ll have a difficult time finding anyone at Minges booing Gardner’s performances. The 6-6, 245-pound freshman has quickly become a leading attraction for the 12-11 Pirates, leading the team with 17.7 points and 8.8 rebounds per game.He posted his first double-double in just his third career game at ECU, leading the Pirates with 30 points (on 9-of-10 shooting) and 10 rebounds in an 84-78 overtime win against visiting Lamar. Later, in a 76-65 loss to UCF, Gardner made American Athletic Conference history, putting up 35 points and 20 rebounds for the conference’s first 30-20 double-double. That effort also made him the first freshman to post multiple 30-point games in AAC history. That feat is all the more impressive considering it came against 7-6 center Tacko Fall.“UCF was starting to pull away, because Tacko’s so big. He was really deflecting a lot of our shots,” Gardner said of his performance. “I seemed to be the only one that could get the ball in the basket, so I eventually got hot and just kept it going the whole game.”Gardner has made an early name for himself doing just that, whether it’s dashing his way into the lane or out-muscling opponents on his way to the basket for a quick score. That said, even some on his own team are surprised by the big numbers he has put up so far. That includes ECU associate head coach Raphael Chillious.“We figured that he would be a high-level rebounder in college, no matter what league he played in,” Chillious said during the American teleconference on Monday. “His ability to score multiple different ways and make plays for other people, and really compete against much taller players at his position — that’s been a big-time X-factor for us.”Gardner’s versatility and strength in the post make it easier for his teammates to set him up for success — “They know I have a knack for scoring,” he said — but also make him one of the most fouled players in Division I. His 191 free-throw attempts this season ranks sixth nationally and most among freshman.That reveals yet another interesting facet to Gardner’s game: his specialty free throw.His pre-shot routine is normal enough, featuring some mix of dribbling and bending of knees. Then comes the interesting part: He jumps, barely lifting his feet off the floor as the ball leaves his fingertips and arcs toward the goal in what is, more often than not, a successful attempt.I’ve been working this week on the backstory and why #ECU standout Jayden Gardner hops at the line when he shoots free throws. Here’s some video I snagged, and look out for the feature Sunday in @reflectornews— Ronnie Woodward (@RonnieW11) January 11, 2019It’s out of the ordinary, but it works. Gardner shoots 75.9 percent from the line and ranks 13th nationally in free throws made.”So,” Gardner said, “I just keep the routine going.”SCONZO: Chris Clemons forging unforgettable legacy at CampbellHis early season success has turned some heads, but it has also caused opponents to key in heavily on the freshman phenom.“Teams in our conference are loading up and they’re either doubling post-to-post, or they’re choking from the guard closest to him, and when he gets (the ball) on the perimeter sometimes they’re running two and three men at him, and making him make basketball plays,” Chillious said. “There’s been spots where he’s struggled, but there’s been spots where he’s been really good at figuring it out.” That said, Chillious said the last few weeks of the regular season could be an opportunity for Gardner to use what he’s learned to improve his game. It’s an opportunity the freshman — who prides himself on his work ethic — is ready to take on. The attention that has come with his breakout season has required Gardner to learn from his own teammates: not only in learning the minutiae of the game, but also in conducting himself like a leader. In that endeavor, he said, senior Isaac Fleming and sophomore Shawn Williams have been indispensable.“Everyone’s bigger, the competition is better,” Gardner said. “You just got to be able to go out there and even though you’re young you just got to go out there and compete with these kinds of guys every night and give it your all, and you’ll come out successful.”As the 2018-19 regular season gives way to the American Tournament, Gardner has been able to enjoy his in his debut year while still looking ahead ahead to his long-term goal. He hopes to make the NCAA Tournament during his time at ECU — the Pirates haven’t been since 1993 — and believes he can accomplish that alongside his teammates. But that’s not all. He also wants to be recognized not just for his on-court talent, but the character with which he plays.“Be known as not only an athlete,” Gardner said, “but a good person here at East Carolina University.”Early indications suggest Gardner will achieve that. It’s true he played his first game at Minges Coliseum amid boos. But, at the rate he’s going, that’s something he’ll never experience there again.last_img read more


first_imgA CO Donegal artist has been commissioned to produce a sculpture of one of Co Derry’s most famous historical figures.Burt man Maurice Harron will unveil his sculpture of Finvola O’Cathain in Dungiven later this month.Folklore says Finvola, the young and beautiful daughter of Dermot, the chieftain of the O’Cathains, fell in love with Aengus McDonnell of the McDonnell Clan from the western isles of Scotland more than 700 years ago. Dermot consented to the marriage on the condition that on his daughter’s death, she would be brought back to Dungiven for burial.When she did die, Aengus would not return her body.On Benbradagh Mountain, Finvola’s two brothers heard a piercing wail and recognising the call of the banshee, Grainne Rua, knew that a member of their clan had died.The brothers set sail for Islay, where they recovered Finvola’s body and brought her home to Dungiven, setting the banshee’s cry to rest. Artist Maurice, pictured above with a previous work, said: “Finvola, a princess of the O’Cathain clan, is famous for her great beauty.“She united western Scotland and north-eastern Ireland through her marriage to Angus MacDonnell, Lord of the Isles.“In the larger than life size sculpture, she will be seen dancing, whirling in a dynamic movement and is in the act of playing the harp.“The design is informed by history and musical heritage. It is also a reference to the Bardic Harp School commemorated in the ‘Harper’s Walk’ path, close to the Priory.”Mr Harron worked with six local schools and community groups to create a ceramic wall panel, which is now on display inside Dungiven library. The collection extends across the main internal wall in the form of the flowing River Roe.“We held a series of active workshops and the children each made a ceramic tile, inspired by their locality and heritage,” said Mr Harron.Maurice’s works are on display all over the world – including his Hands Across the Divide work in Derry and Red Hugh in Roscommon.DONEGAL ARTIST TO CELEBRATE LEGEND IN NEW SCULPTURE was last modified: January 9th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BURTdonegalDONEGAL ARTIST TO CELEBRATE LEGEND IN NEW SCULPTUREmaurice harronlast_img read more