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NEWS Navy Advanced Multi Engine Trainer Replacement

Somewhat related to this thread, had a Boeing exec at out school so asked if they plan on pursuing the $1.5 Billion contract the Navy is asking for funding for a replacement for the F18 in the 2030s. Got a very non answer of "Boeing pursues all contracts but has the personnel in place from the F18 project and would like to pick up where the F18 leaves off".

So yea no real answer but still kinda interesting.
 

ChuckMK23

FERS and TSP contributor!
pilot
Looks like first delivery to Corpus happened yesterday!

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FLGUY

“Technique only”
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Contributor
You know what’s funny? After talking to the METS guys, apparently the max gross weight of the T-54 is 12,500 pounds. AKA the highest weight it could possibly be without warranting a type rating.

The perception is that the Navy hates allowing its pilots to get type ratings. The P-8 isn’t “737 enough” to warrant a type, and the T-54 is one pound under the limit. 😔
 

Swanee

Cereal Killer
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None
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You know what’s funny? After talking to the METS guys, apparently the max gross weight of the T-54 is 12,500 pounds. AKA the highest weight it could possibly be without warranting a type rating.

The perception is that the Navy hates allowing its pilots to get type ratings. The P-8 isn’t “737 enough” to warrant a type, and the T-54 is one pound under the limit. 😔

Yet the Air Force had no problem with their T-1 guys getting Beechjet/Hawker 400A type ratings.
 

zippy

Freedom!
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You know what’s funny? After talking to the METS guys, apparently the max gross weight of the T-54 is 12,500 pounds. AKA the highest weight it could possibly be without warranting a type rating.

The perception is that the Navy hates allowing its pilots to get type ratings. The P-8 isn’t “737 enough” to warrant a type, and the T-54 is one pound under the limit. 😔

In its defense, Navy didn’t set the MTOW weight of the T-54A to 12,500LBs. The King Air 260 MTOW is set/certified by Beechcraft.
The King Air 360 has a MTOW that requires a type rating but it’s overkill for training and isn’t even offered for sale as a Special Mission Aircraft solution for the activity.



 

FLGUY

“Technique only”
pilot
Contributor
In its defense, Navy didn’t set the MTOW weight of the T-54A to 12,500LBs. The King Air 260 MTOW is set/certified by Beechcraft.
The King Air 360 has a MTOW that requires a type rating but it’s overkill for training and isn’t even offered for sale as a Special Mission Aircraft solution for the activity.




Hey don’t let the facts get in the way of a good story ;)
 
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