Sunday, October 21, 2012

The New Scientific Commercial Firm (SCF) Technoavia LLC Rysachok arrives

One hard road to tow is finding an aircraft that meets all present certifications and has multi-national blessing on production sales. Now we have a fairly recent aircraft that could find excellent utility in the Labrador Aircraft market. Both as a passenger aircraft or freighter. Meet Rysachok:

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 Racehorse (english for Rysachok) is an interesting beast indeed. Featuring General Electric's new H80 turboprop. A new version of the excellent Walther M601 design that GE purchased. Service history of this engine is extensively known as one of the most trouble free designs. Especially in the Let 410 series which plies the world over as we speak. The H80 benefits from some new GE technology. Primarily making the M601 more efficient in flow. And adding some very nice materials that all but eliminate fuel nozzle and hot core inspections. While increasing shaft power and hot and high performance while almost doubling engine life to 6,600!!!!! Very nice.

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The Racehorse is supposed to carry up to 19, though that seems a bit cramped. It can operate from grass strips of 500 meter length. Some very good features of this aircraft is a somewhat higher top speed of 211 knots. It has an economical cruise speed of 135 knots. A very good range of 1080 nmi (2000km or 1243 miles) with a 1570kg (3450 pounds) payload.

 To watch a russian video relating to production of Racehorse, click here.

 In yet another interesting event, Rysachok is produced by Samara Space Center. One of the main producers of large Russian Spacecraft. Yes it is practically built by Rocket Scientist. Which would clearly convey an excellent reputation to the quality of the aircraft. Oddly the Samara website says it is a 15 seat aircraft. In various articles it also seems blessed with anti-icing gear as one would expect. All in all I would think this aircraft could compete very well in Labrador.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Greetings viewers and readers. It has been a while since I managed some posting. I have been watching the transport news on the Labrador coast on the Northern Ranger and it seems it is the usual debacle. The prevailing powers not even able to agree if the ship is done for the remainder of the shipping season. I am really stunned by the lack of ire from the Nunatsiavut Government. Surely they recognize no economic development will ever occur without a reliable shipping arrangement. And that freight costs will only drop with a steady stream of in and OUT bound goods. Nevermind that freight and Ferry operations are best served by separate ships.
 There was even a curious mention by the transport minister of a hybrid service. I am not sure of what exactly he speaks of. I suspect it is the odd Hoverflight 90 being pushed in Australia. Which is similar to an ACV which Canada is well familiar with. The Hoverflight 90 vehicle simply being a fully water tight hulled version with streamlined cushions for higher speeds. Meaning it floats better if stopped. Now add wings and more powerful engines and you get the whole ungainly thing airborne, much like the Russian Wing in ground affect vehicles. There are also genuine WIG's like the proposed Beriev BE-2500 of Russia. But suffice it to say neither exists in this world today. And no one can accurately say just how effective they would be in service. They would have some liabilities as well as advantages too.