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The landing of the Texan II in Colombia

For the last sixty years, the Colombian Air Force (FAC) had presented itself as a successful user of the Cessna T-37 Tweets, in its various variants, always operating in the Combat Air Command 1 ( CACOM) , at the Base Aerial of Palanquero, located northeast of the capital Bogotá. After approximately 53 years of service, the Tweets saw their retirement, due to the arrival of the Beechcraft T-6C Texan II, which has landed to join a second operator in South America, a new story is being created!

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The FAC’s path to renewal in its fixed-wing training and combat assets is undoubtedly taking shape, because of which it has been seen as the Vietnam-era Cessna A-37 Dragonfly and its sibling training twin, the T-37 Tweets, have recently been decommissioned from active service from CACOM 3, on March 31, 2020, and from CACOM 1 at Palanquero, in June 2021, respectively.

This is how the first fifteen lightly armed Tweet T-37C ( FAC-2100 to FAC-2114 ), were acquired by the FAC to fly from the Palanquero air base, in 1968, replacing the Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star, while the last delivery of surplus T-37Bs to the United States Air Force (USAF), began in 2010. Around 38 Tweets served the Colombian Air Force, becoming the last operational aircraft of this class in the Americas.

During an official retirement ceremony at Palanquero Air Base ( PQE ) on June 10, 2021, the last two Tweets featured a flight formation with two of the new Beechcraft T-6C Texan II single-engine aircraft, announcing their withdrawal from operational service. FAC, after 53 years of service, where he trained nearly 1,500 pilots, according to Group Commander Colonel Alexander “Lex” Arbolera Medina. The same Lieutenant Colonel, who flew the Tweet, noted that the small twin-engine plane became difficult to maintain, as it could take two to three months for its parts to be delivered.

This is how the challenges in training for the T-37 Pilot School became increasingly difficult to overcome, which ultimately led to the start of negotiations with the American company Textron, in 2018.

Currently, the remaining discharged Tweets from the 116th Fighter Squadron “ Tango ” have been sidelined to the outside hangars and air base maintenance quarters, waiting to spend the rest of their lives on an honorary flagpole, or in a museum. In this way, the Pakistan Air Force is now the only remaining military operator of the old Tweet in the world.

Propellers instead of jets

Prior to selecting the Beechcraft T-6C Texan II, several options existed to replace the T-37. Along these same lines, the Colombians created the ” Aircraft Selection for Basic and Primary Training Using the Fuzzy AHP Model (Fuzzy Analytic Hierarchy Process) for the Colombian Air Force “, a project that included a new C-172 factory for basic training.

According to internal FAC sources, the Brazilian Embraer A-29 Super Tucano; the Swiss Pilatus PC-9 and PC-21, the Korean KAI KT-1 and the Czech L-39NG, are the only aircraft that were evaluated by the FAC. Finally, in a small list, were the Pilatus PC-21 and the Texan II. Focusing on the future, the requirements for the Colombian Air Force not only replace the aging T-37 in its training role, but also some aspects suggested a modernization project similar to that of the Embraer A/T-27 Tucano, which currently, have been removed from their light offensive role, they gave the Texan II more chances. Unfortunately for the Pilatus aerospace company, the PC-21 lacked offensive capabilities that could become crucial to Colombia’s internal conflict with the various guerrilla factions.

The acquisition cost, the life cycle cost, the spread times, as well as the strategic relationships were taken into account in the selection, which in June 2020, led the T-6C to become the winner of the project, the Beechcraft T-6C Texan II being chosen. It is understood that the acquisition process within the General Command of the FAC was slightly complicated and that obtaining a replacement Tweet was quite a challenge, in fact, the funds in the Colombian Air Force were displaced and all the units of the FAC they had to slightly reduce spending in pursuit of the acquisition of the turboprop trainer.

This is how the Texan II has an open architecture, with three multifunctional liquid crystal displays, a flight control system with throttle and stick ( HOTAS ), two Martin-Baker MkUS16LA 0/0 ejection seats and an Initial Integrated Control ( UFCP). In addition, it has Advanced Esterline CMC Cockpit 4000 avionics, with double FAA-certified flight management system (FMS), GPS/INS navigation systems, Heads-up display (HUD) and digital video recorder, among other systems. last generation. In terms of performance, the Texan II is powered by a Pratt & Whitney PT6A-68 engine, rated at 1,100 hp, allowing it to fly at a cruising altitude of 31,000 feet (9.45 km) and reach a speed of 316 knots (585 km/h), with a range of 883 nautical miles (1,637 km).

Currently, the installation of electromagnetic masts at six strong points (three per side) at the base of the wing allows operators to carry external stores. The standard 14-inch NATO configuration is not built in, although all other provisions are installed and ready to go.

Knowing the new assets of Colombia

Before the first Texan was delivered to the Colombian Air Force, five young men, including lieutenants and captains, came from different operating environments, along with five ground technicians, to receive training at the Beechcraft facility in Wichita, Kansas. The pilots had two months of training, of which two weeks were ground school. Sixteen training flights per student were carried out, in which general, low-level, instrumentation and aerobatic instruction flights were carried out.

Textron Aviation Chief Pilot and Delivery Demonstration Instructor, Jonatan Wrinn, has been pleasantly surprised by his Colombian students, in fact commenting on their progress: “In effect, we decided to accelerate the program and instead of waiting until the ten flights to go in close formation, with the Colombian students we did it on the third and fourth flight” adding that “the capabilities of the Colombian pilots led us to be able to land in close formations that we did not know”. The USAF veteran also commented that “a lot of that helped, as these planes are very, very easy to keep together in formation, plus the plane has a great power-to-weight ratio and the power response in the T- 6 is faster than in a jet. When full throttle.

The T-6C delivery ceremony, in April 2021l, was attended by: Tom Hammoor, President and CEO of Textron Aviation Defense, Major General Pablo Enrique García Valencia, Deputy Commander and Chief of the Air Force Team Air Force, Major General Henry Quintero Barrios and many others.

On May 4, 2021, T-6Cs FAC-2350 ( N2878B) and FAC-2351 ( N2804B) left the Beechcraft facility in Wichita, beginning a five-day trip south, making several stops in Central America. On May 8, FAC2350 landed confidentially in Bogotá, the capital of Colombia, while FAC2351 experienced a delay, finally landing in the country on May 13. The Commander of the Colombian Air Force, General Ramsés Rueda, highlighted the arrival of the T-6 as “an aircraft with the highest standards, with which new pilots can be trained, today and in the future, to be part of the squadron.” and defend our national sovereignty” and then continued: “Colombians know that their Air Force pursues NATO standards, and now that we are their global partners, we aim for interoperability.” For his part, the Commander of PQE,

With the introduction of the T-6C to the squadron, the name changed to: T-6C “Texan” Basic Flight Training Squadron.

Colombian media reported that the contract for the acquisition of the first three T-6s, signed with the US company, is valued at $109,190,028,324 million Colombian pesos, equivalent to approximately 28.7 million dollars. This includes spare parts, ground equipment, pilot training, maintenance equipment, etc. There is quite a bit of speculation about the exact number of aircraft on order. General Martínez expects to receive between two to four more aircraft in 2022, making a total of 12 Texans, which will be assigned to the 116 Squadron. General Rueda pointed out in his speech during the reception of the aircraft that the FAC requirement for the T-6C is currently set at 24 aircraft.

A new aerial demonstration team is being created

The Commander of the new brand of Squadron T-6, Captain Cristian Andrés “Warrior” Guerrero, feels that it is a true honor to lead this new step for the FAC. “This requires a lot of responsibility, which is not always easy, but I see this as one of the best things that has happened to me in my life”, and he continues, “the plane has great capabilities, which will allow pilots to multiply his skills. Some young lieutenants who arrive have only 40 hours of basic flight training. In my Squad, they will fly around 150 hours in aerobatic flight, close formation, and air-to-air and air-to-ground missions, giving them the ability to become fighter pilots.”

The Warrior Captain also oversees the newly established aerobatic team, where the first steps are being taken with four Texans equipped with smoke generators. The goal is to integrate six aircraft for displays and two T-6s as spares into the team. For his part, Lieutenant Colonel Arbolera proudly announced that Izeth “Linx” Fiandiño, a young female Captain, became the first director of the new team, in fact she was the first female pilot in the FAC’s A-29 Super Tucano. in 2013, while in 2015 she became the leader of a combat mission.

In 2021, La Capitan was selected to be a pilot instructor for the new Texans brand. She will have a challenging task ahead of her, leading her team as proud ambassadors of the Colombian Air Force around America.

The Group Commander pointed out that the FAC is observing aerobatic, commercial and military teams or schools in America and the United Kingdom, although in the appointment process, no concrete decisions have yet been made.

In addition to the new team, Lieutenant Colonel Arbolera is also running the school, which is still established in Palanquero, but is planned to move to Cali. The project under the name “Skyhawk”, has four new Ce-172 and will operate under the same coordinator as the Texan team. However, it is now planned that the Cessnas will be based on a concrete runway at Velasquez, 1,600 meters, about 15 minutes southeast of PQE. The latter is considered too busy for the 20-24 Ce-172, which are planned to operate in primary pilot training. The school will be called: “ESIAF”: International Fixed Wing School for primary (basic) and advanced training, obviously aimed at the Latin American military market.

Until last year, the training of Air Force pilots in Colombia was concentrated around the Tweet: T-90 Calima, T-41 Mescalero, T-27 Tucano and T-37. The standardization with the Texan C-172 and T-6C means a big step forward for the Colombian Air Force.

PQE Commander Brigadier General Martínez

The General was promoted to his current position at CACOM 1 in November 2020, in Palanquero, with a background as a former combat and transport pilot with nearly 6,300 hours in his log where he lists Tweet, Bronco, Do-328, Super Tucano and Fokker F-28. Responsibility for it is distributed over the airspace of seven states, with about 6.7 million inhabitants. His airbase is home to some military aviation legends such as the Douglas/Basler AC-47T Phantom and IAI Kfir COA, as well as new Texans, Cessna 208 Grand Caravan, Casa Cn-235EW and a single IAI Arava.

The Commander of CACOM 1 commented “he dreams of having an aerobatic team and we are working hard to achieve that goal”. According to the General, the Kfir only has two years left as the main combat bomber in the Colombian Air Force, since spare parts are not easy to get, because they are very expensive, in fact, it is estimated that for only an hour of flight, the cost is approximately 7,000 dollars.

“Colombians must understand that this project is to defend the nation and that the investment in a new combat aircraft is for the security of our country.” General Martínez added that after 2023, it will be a challenge to guarantee air defense.

Recent reports, as well as a FAC source, suggest that the government has received bids for F-16AM/BMs from the Royal Danish Air Force (RDAF) through the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program in conjunction with the United States. These fighters are seen as an intermediate solution for the new F-16Vs, which could be available by 2025. However, there is still no concrete information on any firm contact between Lockheed Martin and Colombia. The General diplomatically points out that the project is still under review, but that there are three candidates (Viper, Gripen and Typhoon) that are being studied. “This is a political decision”, concludes the General.

In this way the pilots of the Colombian Air Force will be prepared for any new replacement of Kfrir that is necessary, regardless of the result in the new selection of combat aircraft of the FAC and its new passage next to the Beechcraft T-6C Texan II.

Article taken from: https://vortexxmag.com/el-aterrizaje-de-los-texan-ii-en-colombia-2/

Images taken from: https://vortexxmag.com/el-aterrizaje-de-los-texan-ii-en-colombia-2/

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Fourth Texan T-6C delivered to the Colombian Air Force

On December 20th, 2021, Textron Aviation Defense, a company represented in Colombia by HOUDING, delivered the fourth Texan T-6C aircraft to the Colombian Air Force at the Military Transport Air Command (CATAM), a military base of the Colombian Air Force. The T-6C was delivered for the nationalization process after a four-day trip from the Textron Aviation Defense facilities in Wichita, Kansas, during which it was flown by a pilot of this company and a pilot of the Colombian Air Force.

The aircraft delivered is part of the modernization program of the new pilot training fleet, which thanks to the diligence of Textron Aviation Defense has completed four aircraft in less than a year.

The T-6C has more than 3.2 million flight hours and more than 900 of them operate around the world for military forces such as the U.S. Navy and the Air Force of the United States, Canada, Greece, Morocco, Israel, Mexico, Argentina, among others. This guarantees long-lasting logistical support for the Colombian Air Force.

With a basic weight of 2,336 kg and a maximum takeoff and landing weight of 3,130 kg, the T-6C, manufactured by Textron Aviation Defense, is equipped with a PT6A-68A engine and a four-blade Hartzell propeller, reaching a cruising speed of 515 km/h and a maximum speed of 586 km/h. Additionally, the Texan T-6C has three liquid-crystal multi-function displays, which provide great safety for the crew and the ability to perform complex missions for better training.

Bibliographical references:

Textron Aviation Defense. (2021, December 27th). T-6C TEXAN II Trainer. https://defense.txtav.com/-/media/beechcraft-defense/files/t6c-productcard.ashx?la=en&hash=25AB801492A226478CED19F5960ECE6CDEF1EB7E

Images taken from: HOUDING archive

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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. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6tJyxd7AZgE&t=19s

Fuerza Aérea Colombiana, C. E. C. 1. (2021). Un vichadense a cargo del nuevo escuadrón Texan T6. https://www.fac.mil.co/es/noticias/un-vichadense-cargo-del-nuevo-escuadron-texan-t6

Images taken from: HOUDING archive

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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.

Image taken from: https://www.fac.mil.co/nuevas-aeronaves-para-el-entrenamiento-b%C3%A1sico-y-avanzado-de-pilotos-en-formaci%C3%B3n-en-la-fuerza-a%C3%A9rea

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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.

Image taken from: https://www.ciac.gov.co/

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.

Image taken from: https://www.ciac.gov.co/

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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.

Image taken from: http://www.expodefensa.com.co/

 

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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.

Images taken from: 

https://www.facebook.com/fuerzasmilitares.org/posts/1482050235242988

https://www.ciac.gov.co

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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.
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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.”

News taken from: https://www.ainonline.com/aviation-news/business-aviation/2017-09-06/honeywell-announces-inspection-service-using-intels-drone

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