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AirCArgo AsiA-PACifiC • APRIL -MAY 2017 • Page 25 uberchat... THE ANToNoV AN-2 -100 light aircraft, an up-to-date modification of the world’s biggest bi-plane, the Antonov AN-2, recently performed a test flight at the company’s test base in Kyiv, Ukraine. The AN-2-100, which has a payload of 1500kg, lifted cargo weighing a total 3202kg, which is a new record for the class of aircraft, to an altitude of 2700m. A report on the attempt to set the new record will be sent to the Federation Aeronautique Internationale (FAI). leaders from ukrainian aircraft industry companies and the united Aircraft Company participated in the event. The AN-2-100 is intended for passenger, cargo, and mixed cargo- passenger journeys on local routes. It can be operated autonomously at small airfields, in a wide altitude range, under good and adverse climatic and weather conditions. The main difference between the AN-2-100 and its predecessor is in a power plant with a MC-14 turboprop engine, designed and produced by the Motor Sich Public Joint Stock Company. The advantage of this replacement is an increase in profitability by substituting aviation gasoline with aviation kerosene. The AN-2-100 is further equipped with the AV-17 reversible propeller, instead of the AV-2 . The operational empty weight of AN-2-100 is 200kg less than that of the AN-2 . Airports you’ve never heard of AN INDUSTRY chat over a cuppa about ‘airports you’ve never heard of’ somehow brought up Eday Airport in Orkney, Scot- land. What’s unusual about it is that the Eday islanders call it London Airport. They’re not mad: The 527m strip is close to the Bay of London which probably derives from the Old Norse word for the puffins which breed there. Loganair provides a freight and pas- senger service much prized by the isolated islanders. Many of the ‘airports you’ve never heard about’ are of course former military air bases, freed up by eroding defence budgets and changing circumstances. Some of these are now well-utilised by low cost carriers but several are driven heavily by air cargo includ- ing Oscoda-Wurtsmith Airport (look it up on Wikipedia) which is a major base for Kalitta Air and Omni Air International. Toll gives giving a novel twist THE CARGO and aviation sector give back to the community in many ways, including spon- sorships, intern and cadet schemes, charity fundraising, involvement by staff in clean- ups and other projects... The Toll group has an interesting twist on this with a placement program for Australian Defence Force staff. This got under way last year with WO2 Megan Webber being seconded for three and a half months to Toll Remote Logistics’ head office in Brisbane. The arrangement was a win-win with both sides learning from each other. TRL holds a number of Defence contracts. Flying boats? ...Well, this really was ‘sky cargo’ MOST Australians and NZers are too young to recall the flying boats that once did sterling service connecting the two countries to Pacific Island nations. Boats are still flying, however, thanks to the air cargo sector. Early April saw an Emirates SkyCargo B744 freighter visiting Auckland to pick up Aotearoa, the Emirates Team NZ ultra-high-speed racing catamaran (see story p12). Destination was Bermuda, where the America’s Cup is to be contested this year. First race of the challenger series is scheduled for May 26. It is believed to be the first time one of EK’s 744 freighters has car- ried out an NZ job although EK’s B777 aircraft are quite often in Auckland or Christchurch. In- cidentally, Team NZ claims that Aotearoa is the most high-tech sailing boat ever built. Now to see how it performs. Once winners, the Kiwis recently have tended to choke in the finals. Antonov AN-2-100 sets lift record, carrying 3202kg to 2700m altitude Davies Turner says China-Europe rail service is working well, cheaper and clients welcome it UK freight forwarding company Davies Turner says that three months after it introduced a fixed-day, weekly rail service for LCL cargo to the UK from the Chinese rail terminals of Wuhan and He- fei, it is pleased with the response from the marketplace. The service is offered in conjunction with Air Sea Transport in China, which arranges collection of shipments from any location in mainland China and takes them to rail terminals at either Hefei or Wuhan, where closing dates are approximately two days prior to the departure of the intercontinental rail service. That rail service heads west across China, Kazakhstan, Belarus and into Warsaw in Poland. Cargo is then trucked to the UK under bond using the daily ser- vice that Davies Turner operates with its Polish partner Raben, for subsequent Customs clearance upon arrival and delivery to door. The transit time from Hefei to the UK is 23 days and from Wu- han, 21 days.