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Colombian Air Force received the Texan T-6C Aircraft purchased from Textron Aviation Defense

At the Textron Aviation Defense Headquarters were delivered the two Texan T-6C aircraft purchased by the Colombian Air Force for the modernization of its training fleet for new pilots, a process that until now was carried out with the Cessna T-37B “Tweet”, which completed 51 years of uninterrupted service.

The T-6C delivery ceremony was attended by Tom Hammoor, President and CEO of Textron Aviation Defense; Major General Pablo Enrique Garcia Valencia, Second Commander and Chief of Staff of the Air Force; Major General Henry Quintero Barrios, Commander of Force Support Command; Brigadier General Edgar Mauricio Falla Vargas, Chief of Aeronautical and Space Education; Colonel Rayburn; Ricardo Castro, President of HOUDING, Textron’s representative in Colombia and Latin America; among other members of Textron and the Colombian Air Force. Mr. Tom Hammoor welcomed the Colombian Air Force commission, while Mr. Ricardo Castro highlighted the great collaboration of all parties involved in the negotiation of the T-6Cs as modern, reliable and high-performance training aircraft.

The two Texan T-6C aircraft were shipped to Colombia from the factory in Kansas, USA, making stops in Brownsville, Waco, Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica and Panama, to be officially presented and incorporated into the Colombian Air Force on July 12th, 2021 in Bogota. These aircraft, which received the registration numbers FAC 2350 and FAC 2351, are the first of a total of eight that the Colombian Air Force is expected to acquire in the near future.

A team of Colombian Air Force pilots participated in training in Kansas on the T-6C operation and flight instruction, while non-commissioned officers received training from the manufacturer and the Mexican Air Force on the technical standardization and maintenance processes of the aircraft. In this way, the Colombian Air Force plans to start the Fixed Wing Pilot School, which will provide basic and advanced flight training for the country and the region.

A Volar, a Colombian Air Force’s magazine, showcased the technical capabilities of the Texan T-6C and interviewed the officers and non-commissioned officers who will be responsible for the operation, maintenance and instruction of the aircraft within the Institution. The Colombian Air Force’s pilots and technicians explained how was the process of delivery of the two aircraft, the training received and how the T-6C School is being structured. See below the episode of A Volar dedicated to the Texan T-6C.

Bibliographical references:

Fuerza Aérea Colombiana. (2021, 30 de agosto). Texan T6-C, La nueva aeronave de entrenamiento de la Fuerza Aérea Colombiana | A Volar [Video]. YouTube.

Fuerza Aérea Colombiana, C. E. C. 1. (2021). Un vichadense a cargo del nuevo escuadrón Texan T6.

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Colombian Air Force will purchase Texan T-6 Aircraft

After an exhaustive process of evaluation of different options in the market, the Colombian Air Force will purchase the Texan T-6C aircraft from the renowned manufacturer Textron Aviation Defense, a company represented in Colombia by HOUDING.

The Texan T-6C were chosen by the Colombian Air Force for their technical characteristics and high reliability, because this turboprop in its different versions is used as a trainer by the United States Air Force, the United States Navy, the Royal Canadian Air Force, the Argentinean Air Force, among other armed forces of the world.

With speed up to 0. 67 Mach, a basic weight of 2336 kg, maximum takeoff and landing weight of 3130 kg, PT6A-68A engine, maximum range of 1637 kilometers without external tanks, Head-Up-Display (HUD) similar to that used by the F-16 Fighting Falcon and FA-18 Super Hornet, among other advantages, the Texan T-6C will become the advanced trainer for the Colombian Air Force in replacement of the Cessna T-37B ‘Tweet’ progressively, starting in March 2021.

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HOUDING attends FIDAE 2018

HOUDING was in the Twentieth International Air and Space Fair – FIDAE, carried out between April 3 and 8, 2018, in the Arturo Merino Benítez Airport of Santiago de Chile.

During its participation in FIDAE, HOUDING was searching business opportunities and opening commercial channels for its represented companies, besides it met with some foreign companies which goods and services have many possibilities to be commercialized in Colombia and around Latin America. Thereby, HOUDING started relationships with companies from United States, Ecuador, Peru, Argentina, Spain, and Switzerland, among others.

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On the other hand, in this fair, considered the most important of the Aerospace, Defense and Security sector of our continent, HOUDING accompanied its Allied companies, Corporación de la Industria Aeronáutica Colombiana (CIAC, in English: Colombian Aeronautic Industry Corporation) and the American company Textron Aviation Inc., in business meetings with possible clients of their products. Additionally, it met with managers of HOUDING Brazil with which is planning new projects.

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CIAC launches Fuel Control Repair Shop in Expodefensa 2017

Corporación de la Industria Aeronáutica Colombiana (CIAC, in English: Colombian Aeronautic Industry Corporation) took advantage of Expodenfensa 2017, carried out in Bogota between December 4 and 6, 2017, to launch the certificate of the Fuel Control Repair Shop awarded by Honeywell, client of Houding in Colombia, which was opened on the past November 30, 2017, in the facilities of the Comando Aéreo de Mantenimiento (CAMAN, in English: Maintenance Air Command) of the Colombian Air Force (FAC).

The Repair Shop, which has the capability of DEPOT maintenance of PT6 and RR-C250 engines’ fuel controls, is part of the PEGASO agreement signed by CIAC and CAMAN, and seeks to strengthen capabilities of these Colombian entities and the American Company Honeywell, because it will operate as guarantee and repair station of fuel controls of this brand for Civil aviation and State aviation.

Thereby, Expodefensa 2017 was a very productive event for CIAC, because besides launched the Fuel Control Repair Shop certified by Honeywell, it received certificates from Embraer and Sección de Certificación Aeronáutica de la Defensa (SECAD, in English: Aeronautical Certification Section of Defense) of the Colombian Air Force; signed agreements with everis Aerospace & Defense,  Aertec, SAAB and Corporación de Alta Tecnología para la Defensa (CODALTEC, in English: Defense High Technology Corporation); showed its three UAV: Équites, Quimbaya and Atlante II; besides promoted its other capabilities, related to maintenance, modernization and manufacturing of aircrafts and spare parts, before the Military Forces and Ministries of Defense of China, El Salvador, Mexico, Bolivia, Ecuador and Spain, among other countries.

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Houding participates in Expodefensa 2017

Between December 4 and 6, 2017, Houding participated in Expodefensa 2017, international fair carried out in Bogota that gathers actors of Defense and Security of all the world, among them armed forces, civil defense forces and private sector companies.

In this fair, in which besides finding exhibitions of technology for ground, air and naval defense, were developed speeches about the latest equipment of this industry, Houding had several meetings with important companies of the Sector in order to open business opportunities for both foreign companies in Colombia and for Colombian companies abroad.

The clients of Houding with the best reception during the sixth version of Expodefensa were Honeywell and Textron, two American companies with important defense and security solutions especially related to the Aeronautical Sector. Likewise, Houding achieved to promote capabilities of the Brazilian: Avionics Services; and the Americans: FMC Solutions, T2GS and AVC Laboratory.

Expodefensa 2017, with more than 12.500 Colombian and foreign professional visitors, was an important shop window for Houding and its clients, for which were achieved new commercial relationships and the possibility of gaining new businesses.

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CIAC opens Fuel Control Repair Shop in CAMAN

On November 30, 2017, Corporación de la Industria Aeronáutica Colombiana (CIAC, in English: Colombian Aeronautic Industry Corporation) and Comando Aéreo de Mantenimiento (CAMAN, in English: Maintenance Air Command) of the Colombian Air Force (FAC) opened the Fuel Control Repair Shop. To the opening of the repair shop attended Mayor General José Francisco Forero, Chief of FAC’s Logistical Operations Headquarters; General (RA) Flavio Enrique Ulloa Echeverry, Manager and Legal Representative of CIAC; Brigadier General Luis Eduardo Contreras Meléndez, Commander of CAMAN; Paola Hernández, Latin America Customer Business Sr. Manager of Honeywell; Coronel (RA) Ricardo Castro Pulido, President of Houding; among other civilians and military personnel.

This repair shop, in which DEPOT maintenance of PT6 and RR-C250 engines’ fuel controls can be carried out, strengthens capabilities of the PEGASO agreement, signed in 2006 by CIAC and the Colombian Air Force (FAC) to provide aeronautic maintenance services and develop innovation projects.

Additionally, the Fuel Control Repair Shop is certified by Honeywell, company represented in Colombia by Houding, to provide its services for national and international State aviation and Civil aviation, as repair and warranty station of fuel controls of this brand. Opening of the Fuel Control Repair Shop is the first step in the strategy that Honeywell and CIAC are planning to develop its joint capabilities and continue driving the Colombian aeronautic industry.

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Houding signs an Alliance with the French company ZEST

HOUDING and the French Company ZEST met on the past November 23, 2017, in Bogotá, taking advantage of the visit to our country of Floriant Arot and Charles Legrand, General Manager and Commercial Manager of the last one.

Arot and Legrand came in search of a local partner for distribution of ZEST’s products, among which are different intelligent systems that contribute to relieve problems associated with access to energy, water and internet.

Considering the huge benefits of ZEST’s products for a country as Colombia, in which still exist deficiencies in the coverage and access to basic services, Houding and ZEST signed an alliance with which they search to position to ZEST in Colombia and Latin America, and adjust and develop products between ZEST and Colombian companies in order to industrialize the Country.

The main objective of this alliance is achieving that Colombian companies to manufacture and assemble the most important products of ZEST, which include:

  • Monocrystalline and Polycrystalline Solar Panels
  • Energy Acquire (Ea) Cube: It collects energy from photovoltaic modules.
  • Energy Convert (Ec) Cube: It operates as home electrical network.
  • Energy Storage (Es) Cube: It stores electrical energy thanks to different type of batteries: AGM and Lithium. These three cubes are modular and can be combined to provide power to an exhibition room, a house, a condominium, among others.
  • Eacs Cube: All in one cube that stores electrical energy from solar panels and supply energy to small spaces, being able to replace a generator set or power equipment without depending on the electrical network.
  • WaterRain Cube: It allows to obtain potable water from rainwater and other clear water sources.
  • WaterSpring Cube: It allows to obtain potable water from the sea, rivers and turbid water sources.
  • Water Fountain: It allows to obtain potable water from the humidity of the environment and purify clear water.
  • Connect Cube: It is a solution that guarantees internet access anywhere on the globe. It guarantees connection in the city, countryside, or in the middle of the desert.

The aforementioned would allow Colombia to take part in the restricted market of innovative products, increasing exports and reducing imports, gaining competences in production engineering and training its people in projects of world size.

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Honeywell Announces Inspection Service Using Intel’s Drone

Avionics and engine manufacturer Honeywell announced the launch of its first commercial unmanned aircraft system (UAS) inspection service through a collaboration with Intel Corporation.

The “InView” service will support utility, energy, infrastructure, and oil-and-gas companies organize and standardize the way they conduct critical structure inspections, the company said. Honeywell will provide certified UAS pilots, use of Intel’s Falcon 8+ multi-rotor drone with appropriate sensors, a pilot app and customizable web portal.

Earlier this year, Airbus said it has established a new U.S. subsidiary—Airbus Aerial—to provide imagery to industrial customers using data collected from drones and satellites. Boeing’s Insitu subsidiary offers a service it calls Inexa Solutions, which includes UAS, sensors, analytics, command and control software and training.

Honeywell made its announcement on September 6 as much of the commercial small drone industry assembled in Las Vegas for the InterDrone conference. Intel Corporation, a major sponsor and exhibitor at InterDrone, unveiled its own “Intel Insight Platform,” a cloud-based data processing, analytics and reporting service for managing data from drones, during the conference. Honeywell was not an exhibitor.

While its aerospace division is offering InView, the drone service benefits from parent company Honeywell’s presence in the utility sector and multiple industrial market segments.

“This collaboration combines Intel’s advanced commercial Falcon 8+ UAV system with Honeywell’s leadership in aerospace safety and connectivity,” said Carl Esposito, Honeywell Aerospace president of electronic solutions. “Through our extensive industrial experience, our customers will also gain access to Honeywell’s customized software and data solutions that will help them log, analyze, and eventually predict or prevent outages and structural failures.”

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