Induction of the ‘Legacy’ Embraer EMB 135BJ: Dawn of a New Era

Reproduced from SP’s Aviation 3/2005. This issue had published a first-hand exhaustive coverage of IAF’s Communication Squadron’s Embraer jets which had just arrived and inducted by the Squadron, in the same year

Issue: 5-6 / 2020Photo(s): By SP Guide Pubns
SP’s AVIATION’s EDITOR IN CHIEF, JAYANT BARANWAL INSIDE THE EMBRAER LEGACY JET DURING SP GUIDE PUBLICATIONS’ TEAM VISIT TO COMMUNICATION SQUADRON HQ AT PALAM IN THE YEAR 2005

With the recent induction of two state-of-the-art Embraer EMB 135BJ Legacy aircraft, the Squadron is witnessing the dawn of a new era in its operational capabilities. Seen as a replacement for the older Avro HS-748, the squadron is earmarked to receive four Legacy aircraft. The remaining two are likely to reach Delhi by November/ December 2005.

To ensure its smooth induction into the Squadron, a team of eight pilots had earlier visited the ‘Flight Safety International’, Paris for the orientation course and simulator flying. This was followed by a visit of four technical officers to Sao-Jose, Brazil, for technical evaluation and acceptance of the aircraft. The aircraft were flown in from Brazil jointly by the IAF pilots and pilots from the Embraer Company. The aircraft globe-trotted their way, starting on August 29, 2005 from Sao-Jose, Brazil, halting in between at Raciefe in Brazil, Sal islands in Cape Verde, Lisbon, Cairo and Dubai before finally touching down at the Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi, at 7 PM on September 3, 2005.

Presently, pure and on-the-job flying training on the aircraft is in full swing in the Squadron, the aim being to accumulate as much operational and technical experience during the warranty period as possible.