PRAGUE ($1=23.52 Czech Korunas) — The Nigerian Air Drive has obtained again its jet trainers from the Czech Republic. These are three L-39ZA Albatros plane from Aero. They had been despatched to the Czech Republic in 2020 for restore and modernization. Then, an Antonov An-124 transport airplane loaded them and transported them to the Pardubice base within the Czech Republic.

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Nigerian L-39ZA Albatros obtained a brand new digital cockpit. EFIS system already works in it. It’s a digital info system processing and offering flight information to the pilot. Moreover, for comfort throughout piloting, the Czechs have put in a heads-up digital show.

The L-39ZA Albatros shall be utilized by Nigerian airmen for coaching earlier than they sit within the cockpit of the CAC/PAC JF-17 Thunder. Nigeria acquired three fighters of this sort in late 2020. It’s the most superior fight fighter within the stock of the Nigerian Air Drive [NAF]. NAF tools additionally contains 13 Franco-German Alpha Jet, with Chinese language fighter Zhengju F7, and 6 Brazilian mild assault plane EMB 314 Tremendous Tucano. In keeping with the previous Pakistani pilot and now analyst Kaiser Tufail, the Nigerian authorities will use [already uses] the Pakistani fighter jet to combat the terrorist group Boko Haram.

Czech L-39ZAs had been delivered to Nigeria extra curiously – flying on their axis. In precept, such deliveries happen after the plane is disassembled, transported by cargo airplane again to the client, assembled by Czech specialists on web site and the primary check flights of the upgraded plane are carried out.

Nigeria will fight Boko Haram with Pakistani JF-17 fighters
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Flying on its axis implies that the three plane have traveled a distance of 5,000 km in a direct flight. The Czech firm informs that the three pilots flew for 13 hours a day. 5 staging places had been used – Dijon [France], Valencia [Spain], Gardaye [Algeria], Tamanrasset [Algeria], and Agadez [Niger].

This technique of transportation is handy when it’s carried out over quick distances. However on this particular case, it’s dangerous, since apart from being accompanied by dozens of administrative actions [permission to fly in the airspace of each country] additionally it is related with complicated logistical assist. For instance, ample oxygen should be offered to the pilots. A army escort within the air should be offered to make sure the security of the pilots and the preservation of the tools. Final however not least, the precise coordinates for touchdown, the place refueling is permitted, should be calculated.

One of many three pilots shared that the final stage gave the impression to be probably the most troublesome. Earlier than the planes headed for the runways at Kano Air Drive Base, the climate situations had been very poor. Thunderstorms over the airport and heavy downpours sophisticated the landings of the three planes. Piloting abilities had been on show because the three efficiently landed the machines utilizing an appropriate meteorological window of time.


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