Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Operator: NOAA

Commander Carl Newman from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is briefing about their P-3s. Their P-3s are primarily used for hurricane hunting. NOAA's first two aircraft are named Miss Piggy and Kermit, and they recently refurbished a third aircraft.

NOAA has 10,000 hours on the airframes, which have many unique features for their weather and science mission.

Commander Newman says NOAA's three challenges are engines, sea salt effects on the aircraft, and determining whether the aircraft should be re-winged.

Lockheed Martin is doing a Service Life Assessment Program (SLAP) for NOAA to determine whether they need to re-wing their planes, particularly taking cost and timeline into account.

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