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JULY 2016 – HHA and IAI DEMONSTRATE “RAIDS” TECHNOLOGY at the ROYAL INTERNATIONAL AIR TATTOO

As part of the demonstration of ASDOT ( Air Support Defence Operational Training) capability, an HHA military registered MK 58 Hunter equipped with a demo version of IAI’s RAIDS pod system deployed to participate in the Royal International Air Tattoo held at Fairford.  HHA is planning to utilise IAI’s training backbone, including RAIDS and RAIDS Next Generation (RAIDS NG) in order to provide LVC training under the ASDOT programme.

It is estimated that over 150,000 visitors attended the event and the 4 strong HHA team were inundated with questions pertaining to the Hunter, RAIDS and what we were doing in the 21st century with a 20th century jet?

The answer was a simple one and is a combination of three elements:

–        Hunter MK58 aircraft which exhibits superlative subsonic performance, low through life cost and ongoing supportability.

–        HHA’s unique suite of regulatory approvals permitting operation on the UK military register and seamless  integration with our MoD and NATO allies.

–        Access to the latest ECM, targeting and LVC training & simulation pods upscales the capability envelope of the HHA service provision.

In short, HHA’s combination of agile contractor-owned but MoD-regulated fast jets provides resource benefit and assurance of training delivery standards

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SEPT 2015 – LOUIS MCQUADE 5th SEPT 1954 – 26th SEPT 2015

Louis F4 2015 (3)It is with deep regret that I write to inform you of the death of Louis McQuade ( RAF S/ Ldr retired), HHA’s former Head of Flying.  Louis died unexpectedly yesterday, 26th September 2015 from a suspected heart attack whilst out jogging.

He was one of life’s greats – a wonderful friend and colleague, loyal, honourable, tenacious with great wit and unwavering generosity.

Louis was a consummate fighter pilot with an unquenchable passion for aviation. After leaving the RAF (where he flew Hawk, F4, F18 and F3), he joined Cathay Pacific flying the Boeing 747-400 and 777, but continued his involvement with fast jets initially through OFMC and then HHA. His contribution to HHA, especially in the early years, was immense and many will remember him from the numerous displays he gave in the Hunter. Behind the public scenes, he was instrumental in managing HHA’s initial transition to flight ops on the military register, which, given his aversion to paperwork, was a challenge he nevertheless accepted. More recently, his advice with regard to operations involving HHA’s latest platform was measured and full of infectious enthusiasm.

It is somewhat ironic that he died on the same calendar day as his great friend, Mark Hanna, and I’m sure that there will be many a yarn told as they meet at the Pearly Gates!

Our thoughts are with his wife Penny and children Louis Jr, Phil and Meg. Also heartfelt condolences to Pat, his mother, and his brothers and sisters.

Further details pertaining to funeral arrangements will be published in due course.

Mat Potulski

27th Sept 2015

AUG 2015 – HHA COMMENT TO SHOREHAM HUNTER CRASH – NOT AN HHA AIRCRAFT

Following the tragic accident involving the “Canfield Hunter Ltd” owned Hunter T7 G-BXFI at Shoreham on Saturday 22nd August 2015, HHA staff have received numerous requests to comment on the crash. We understand that the AAIB investigation has commenced. Until the facts from this AAIB investigation are known it would be inappropriate to make any comment concerning this matter.

The HHA fleet of aircraft, which is used for various Aerial Support activities on behalf of the Defence Community, is operated on the UK Military register. The Military Type Airworthiness Authority has not imposed any restrictions on the normal operation of military registered Hunter Mk58 aircraft, which are exempt from the CAA temporary grounding order affecting civil registered Hunter aircraft. HHA’s Safety Management, Maintenance and Operating procedures are compliant with Military Aviation Authority regulations and mirror those found within the rest of the MoD aviation community. The MK 58 Hunter is a substantially different design from the type involved in the recent tragic accident at Shoreham which did not involve either HHA aircraft or crew.”

Our thoughts are with all those and their families directly affected by this tragic event.

APR 2014 – NEW HHA WEBSITE FLYING HIGH

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We’re pleased to announce that the new HHA website is now live! We feel the site will provide an excellent insight into the services we provide, the aircraft we operate and information about that team that makes up HHA. Full technical details on each airframe that we operate can be viewed from the Aircraft Data page and the range of services that we provide can be viewd here. The news site also provides us a useful news section which will be updated with our recent activity, as well as photos…

OCT 2013 – DAVE SOUTHWOOD COMPLETES 1000TH HUNTER FLIGHT

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On the 23rd October, HHA Test Pilot Dave Southwood completed his 1000th Hunter flight hour in a flight from Boscombe Down to RAF Scampton. To commemorate the occasion, HHA’s Head of Flying Simon Hargreaves presented Dave with a special photo and the customary bottle of champagne!

APR 2012 – HUNTER GLASS COCKPIT

HHA has commenced the modification of one of its Hunter aircraft to incorporate a glass cockpit centred around a military version of the Garmin G600 system. The overall upgrade will be evaluated during the course of the year, with a final cockpit version to be rolled out across the fleet upon completion of the evaluation trials.

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