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iainpeden
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Tucano flying?

Post by iainpeden » Wed Feb 12, 2020 7:22 pm

I was driving south on the M1 - near J22 just north of Leicester at about 3 this afternoon and spotted what appeared to be a Tucano flying west to east.. It was at the usual lowish flight level and had that particular "sit" in the sky.

I know the RAF retired them last year, which is what surprised me, but wondered if any of the test units still had some for tasking.

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Re: Tucano flying?

Post by Agent K » Thu Feb 13, 2020 8:23 am

Happy to be corrected but I don't think any are flying now. Was it a Texan you saw?

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Re: Tucano flying?

Post by big john » Thu Feb 13, 2020 9:21 am

A g-info search returns G-ZFOO a homebuilt Tucano replica, which is still current.
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Re: Tucano flying?

Post by Yammer » Thu Feb 13, 2020 10:42 am

yes but GINFO also shows,

"Date of "No Flight" Declaration:
13-Jun-2019" and no insurance.

Not sure if it's ever yet flown.
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Re: Tucano flying?

Post by bizfreeq » Thu Feb 13, 2020 10:45 am

I'm pretty sure it hasn't as yet
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Re: Tucano flying?

Post by Vulcanone » Thu Feb 13, 2020 12:00 pm

All the airframes at Linton were dismantled and engineless last photo I saw of them. assume the stored airframes at Shawbury are likely the same.

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Re: Tucano flying?

Post by iainpeden » Thu Feb 13, 2020 12:13 pm

Agent K wrote:
Thu Feb 13, 2020 8:23 am
Happy to be corrected but I don't think any are flying now. Was it a Texan you saw?
Thanks - that probably explains it. My recent knowledge of RAF training a/c is a bit lacking.

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Re: Tucano flying?

Post by ColintheCaterpillar » Sun Feb 16, 2020 8:03 pm

Aren’t CFS still operating a Tucano at Cranwell?

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Re: Tucano flying?

Post by EGVP » Sun Feb 16, 2020 8:08 pm

Only if it's a non-British one!

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Re: Tucano flying?

Post by Agent K » Sun Feb 16, 2020 10:13 pm

ColintheCaterpillar wrote:
Sun Feb 16, 2020 8:03 pm
Aren’t CFS still operating a Tucano at Cranwell?
No, and can’t see why they would need to anyway as the type is no longer in service?!

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Re: Tucano flying?

Post by ColintheCaterpillar » Mon Feb 17, 2020 12:58 am

Agent K wrote:
Sun Feb 16, 2020 10:13 pm
ColintheCaterpillar wrote:
Sun Feb 16, 2020 8:03 pm
Aren’t CFS still operating a Tucano at Cranwell?
No, and can’t see why they would need to anyway as the type is no longer in service?!
When you’ve only been given a finite number of Texans at Valley (ie, you can’t just keep one in the shed at Cranwell as was done with the Tucano), and your examiners live at Cranwell, then there could be an argument to keep a one for (non-type specific) continuation training, depending on how a regulation was written.

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Re: Tucano flying?

Post by Agent K » Mon Feb 17, 2020 7:58 am

ColintheCaterpillar wrote:
Mon Feb 17, 2020 12:58 am
Agent K wrote:
Sun Feb 16, 2020 10:13 pm
ColintheCaterpillar wrote:
Sun Feb 16, 2020 8:03 pm
Aren’t CFS still operating a Tucano at Cranwell?
No, and can’t see why they would need to anyway as the type is no longer in service?!
When you’ve only been given a finite number of Texans at Valley (ie, you can’t just keep one in the shed at Cranwell as was done with the Tucano), and your examiners live at Cranwell, then there could be an argument to keep a one for (non-type specific) continuation training, depending on how a regulation was written.
I'd imagine the costs and challenge of operating and supporting a single aircraft fleet would preclude this, let alone it will no longer be certified after withdrawal from service. I've always believed that the CFS' role is to train flying instructors on in-service types hence again, can't see a role for a Tucano here.

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Re: Tucano flying?

Post by ColintheCaterpillar » Mon Feb 17, 2020 10:26 am

Agent K wrote:
Mon Feb 17, 2020 7:58 am

I'd imagine the costs and challenge of operating and supporting a single aircraft fleet would preclude this, let alone it will no longer be certified after withdrawal from service. I've always believed that the CFS' role is to train flying instructors on in-service types hence again, can't see a role for a Tucano here.
CFS Exam Wg at Cranwell effectively standardise and audit the individual CFS instructors around the training establishment. They had a single Tucano at Cranwell before as a “hack”/currency machine.

No idea if the aircraft type has been removed from the military register as yet.

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Re: Tucano flying?

Post by Thunder » Mon Feb 17, 2020 4:16 pm

Do Boscombe Down still have a Tucano on strength?
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Re: Tucano flying?

Post by Mike » Mon Feb 17, 2020 4:20 pm

Scott, both were withdrawn from use in December 2018.

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Re: Tucano flying?

Post by Pi » Fri Feb 21, 2020 12:00 pm

All Tucano's are withdrawn from RAF service

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