The Brazilian Air Force (FAB) performed a high-altitude landing for the first time with the KC-390 Millennium, Embraer’s new multi-role aircraft.
The operation took place on May 11 at the Francisco Carle airfield, in Jaula, Peru, located at 11,034 feet, about 3,300 meters. Zeus Squadron aircraft number FAB 2856 is participating in Exercise Cooperación IX with the Peruvian Air Force (FAP) and other countries on the continent.
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The objective is to carry out integrated training for actions in scenarios of natural catastrophes such as earthquakes and hurricanes.
“The city of Jauja is located in a valley at the top of the Andes Mountains, which is why the air operations that take place there require extreme caution and planning. such as the absence of air navigation aids in the location, demand a careful analysis of the aircraft’s performance capabilities, with the experience of its crew being fundamental”, explained the Squadron Commander, Lieutenant Colonel Aviator Bruno Américo Pereira.
Francisco Carle Airport is located in the Andes Mountains and has an asphalted runway measuring 2,800 meters.
Due to the thinner air, operations at high altitudes can affect engine power, approach speeds and the aircraft’s braking capacity, requiring a refined technique from the pilots.