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        Airborne Tactical Advantage Company

        Operator Profile
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        John Hayles

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        History

        Narrative Summary

        Airborne Tactical Advantage Company (ATAC) was first formed in 1994 by two ex-USAF pilots, who saw an opportunity for commercial tactical flight services to fill the gaps left by the disbandment of several USAF and USN Aggressor Squadrons during the defence cuts of the 1990s. The first aircraft, two SAAB 35 Drakens, were obtained in 1997, and the first training operations were conducted under contracts from the US Navy.

        The fleet was considerably expanded in 2002 with the acquisition of half a dozen IAI Kfirs retired from the Israeli Air Force. In 2004 the company added the capability of using electronic jamming systems as part of the training. A number of A-4 Skyhawks were added to the fleet, some company-owned and others obtained on lease. A significant change to the fleet was the introduction of more than a dozen ex-Swiss Air Force Hawker Hunters. Fast, agile and very reliable the Hunter soon became the backbone of the training fleet. In September 2011 the company was awarded a contract to support the training of Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC) personnel – known in other countries as Forward Air Controllers – for the USAFE in Germany. The Skyhawks were retired in 2012 and replaced by a couple of Aero L-39 Albatros trainers.

        By 2016 the market for commercial tactical air training market was quite well established, and continuing to expand. In July 2016 ATAC was acquired by Textron Inc, the company that owns Beechcraft and Cessna, with a view to developing further opportunities in this market.

        Key Dates

        1994    Airborne Tactical advantage Company first formed
        1997    First aircraft enter service – two SAAB 35 Drakens
        2002    Fleet bolstered by ex-Israeli AF IAI Kfirs
        29 Sep 2011    ATAC wins 4-year USAFE JTAC contract in Germany
        2016    ATAC is aquired by Textron Corporation

        Current Status

        ATAC provides outsourced civilian tactical airborne training services. These include air-to-air aggressor training services, air-to-ship crew preparedness training, and air-to-ground Forward Air Controller training.

        Future Plans

        None known.

        Markings

        Special Markings

        Apart from the Drakens, aircraft operated by ATAC generally carry a two or three-tone camouflage paint scheme, with the ATAC logo on the fin in black. The Drakens retained their RDanAF gloss dark green finish.

        Aircraft Serial Numbers

        Aircraft operated by ATAC carry United States civil aircraft registrations, eg. Hawker Hunter N321AX.

        Fleet List

        All-Time List of Serials/Registrations

        Unit/Base Codes

        Coding system not used

        Aircraft

        Aircraft Designations

        None – Manufacturers designations used

        Current Aircraft Inventory

        Aircraft Type Total Del’d Total Active Still on Order Role
        Aero L-39 Albatros 2 2 0 Tactical Training
        Hawker Hunter Mk.58 16 11 0 Tactical Training
        IAI Kfir 6 5 0 Tactical Training

        All-Time Aircraft Used List

        Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
        Aero L-39ZA Albatros 2 2012 current ?
        Hawker Hunter Mk.58 15 2007 current Swiss AF
        Hawker Hunter FGA.74 1 ? current UK
        IAI Kfir C2 6 2002 current Israeli AF
        Douglas A-4C Skyhawk 1 ? 2012 US Navy
        Douglas A-4L Skyhawk 5 ? 2012 US Navy
        Douglas A-4N Skyhawk 3 2008 2012 leased
        Douglas TA-4J Skyhawk 1 ? 2012 US Navy
        SAAB 35 Draken 2 1997 ? RDanAF

        Aircraft NOT Used

        No false allocations known.

        Aircraft Losses and Incidents

        One Kfir and two Hunters have been lost in accidents.

        Organisation

        Main Headquarters

        Airborne Tactical Advantage Company, 1001 Providence Blvd Newport News, VA 23602, USA.

        Organisational Structure

        The company does not have any sub-units.

        Current Unit Assignments

        Not applicable.

        Historical Unit Assignments

        Not applicable.

        All-Time Flying Units List

        Not applicable.

        Air Bases

        Current Air Bases

        The main air base is NAS Point Magu, CA, but four other bases are regularly used inside and outside of the continental United States to deliver contracted services.

        All-Time Air Bases Used List

        See above.

        More Information

        Books

        None known.

        Magazines

        To be added.

        Websites

        wikipedia: Airborne Tactical Advantage Company

        Official ATAC Website

        Facebook: Airborne Tactical Advantage Company

        Outsourced Flight Support

        On the ATAC!


        Fleet List
        Airborne Tactical Advantage Company

        John Hayles

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        This a fleet list for the aircraft of the Airborne Tactical Advantage Company (ATAC).

        Serial/Reg’n. Aircraft Type C/No. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate
        N401AX IAI Kfir C2 136 N806KF 2005 ex 806 IDF/AF
        N402AX IAI Kfir C2 134 N822KF 2005 ex 822 IDF/AF
        N403AX IAI Kfir C2 124 2005 ex 842 IDF/AF
        N404AX IAI Kfir C2 130 N820KF 2005 ex 820 IDF/AF, w/o 6 Mar 2012
        N405AX IAI Kfir C2 145 2005 ex 928 IDF/AF
        N406AX IAI Kfir C2 106 2005 ex 825 IDF/AF
        N214AX Aero L-39ZA Albatros 232409 2011  
        N215AX Aero L-39ZA Albatros 432830 2011  
        N321AX Hawker Hunter F.58A 41H-697443 C-GIVT 1934  
        N322AX Hawker Hunter F.58 41H-697454 J-4087 ?  
        N323AX Hawker Hunter F.58A   J-4101 ?  
        N324AX Hawker Hunter F.58A 41H-697390 J-4030 ?  
        N325AX Hawker Hunter F.58   J-4095 ?  
        N326AX Hawker Hunter F.58   J-4080 ?  
        N327AX Hawker Hunter F.58A   J-4103 ?  
        N328AX Hawker Hunter F.58   J-4031 ?  
        N329AX Hawker Hunter F.58 41H-003067 J-4105 ? w/o 18 May 2012
        N330AX Hawker Hunter F.58   J-4090 ?  
        N331AX Hawker Hunter F.58 41H-697439 J-4072 ?  
        N332AX Hawker Hunter F.58 41H-697448   ? w/o 29 Oct 2014
        N334AX Hawker Hunter F.58 41H-679904 1934  
        N335AX Hawker Hunter F.58   J-4091 ?  
        N336AX Hawker Hunter F.58 ? 1934  
        N339AX Hawker Hunter FGA.74   XJ685 ?  
        N132AT Douglas A-4L Skyhawk 12374 145128 ? w/o 8 Jul 2010
        N143AT Douglas A-4L Skyhawk 12454 147690 ?  
        N146AT Douglas A-4L Skyhawk 12525 147761 ?  
        N147AT Douglas A-4L Skyhawk 12532 147768 ?  
        N154AT Douglas A-4L Skyhawk 12600 147836 ?  
        N207AT Douglas A-4C Skyhawk 12774 148581 ?  
        N7051J Douglas TA-4J Skyhawk 14018 156925 ?  
        N260WL Douglas A-4N Skyhawk 14349 ? ex 321 IDF/AF
        N261WL Douglas A-4N Skyhawk 14453 ? ex 413 IDF/AF
        N265WL Douglas A-4N Skyhawk ? ?  
        N111XD SAAB RF-35 Draken 35111 AR-111 1996  
        N119XD SAAB RF-35 Draken 35119 AR-119 1996  

        Additional information is welcome

        H.M. Coastguard

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        John Hayles

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        History

        Narrative Summary

        Her Majesty’s Coastguard or, more commonly, H.M. Coastguard, is a division of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), an executive agency of the Department for Transport (DfT). It’s main duties are coastal surveillance and pollution patrol. Aircraft are supplied and operated by civilian contractors.

        The Coast Guard was first established in 1822, primarily as an anti-smuggling force. It also had the secondary duties of safeguarding shipwrecks and life saving. The growing influence of the Royal Navy within the service resulted in the Coast Guard being placed under the control of the Admiralty in October 1856. Thereafter, the service also performed a formal role as a naval reserve force. By the early 1900s the anti-smuggling role had greatly diminished and the Admiralty was proposing to drastically scale-down the Coast Guard. This was opposed by the public, the Board of Customs and the Board of Trade, who championed the need for life saving and revenue protection.

        After a major inquiry, in 1923 the service was placed under the Board of Trade and specifically tasked with marine safety and life saving. This was confirmed by the Coastguard Act of 1925, which formally defined it’s roles and powers. This act also introduced the ‘Coastguard’ title as one word instead of two words.

        After using military helicopters for urgent marine rescues since the 1940s, in 1983 the first dedicated Coastguard helicopters were obtained from a private contractor. These helicopters operated off the coast of Scotland, filling the gap where the normal military Search and Rescue (SAR) service seen in the rest of the UK was not available. This service became known as the UK Gap SAR service. Fixed-wing aircraft were also contracted for pollution control work. In 1994 the Coastguard service became a Government Agency and in 1998 the Marine Safety Agency was combined with the Coastguard Agency to form the Maritime and Coastguard Agency. The success of the Scottish operations lead to similar contractor-operated SAR services at two locations on the south coast of England.

        After awarding a new SAR helicopter contract to CHC Scotia on 13 December 2005, the Coastguard took delivery of four new Sikorsky S-92 and three new AgustaWestland AW139 helicopters to replace the ageing Sikorsky S-61Ns then in service at the four contractor-operated SAR bases. The five year contract ran from 1 July 2007 until 2012. Plans were announced in May 2006 for the merger of UK military and civil SAR helicopter provision from 2012, under a single civilian contractor. This target date was later moved to 2015. In 2012 Bristow Helicopters won the UK Gap SAR contract and took over operations from CHC in 2013. In March 2013 Bristow also won the new UK-wide SAR contract, committing to operate two helicopters each from 10 bases around the British Isles from 2015 onwards. The bases were to be operational 24 hours a day. Seven of these bases were new to contractor SAR operations and required significant infrastructure investment before operational flying could commence. Bristows ordered 11 Sikorsky S-92s and 11 AgustaWestland AW189s to provide this service. Unfortunately, the bad weather certification of the AW189 was delayed, and some AW139s and additional S-92s had to be drafted in, to provide temporary cover until full certification was received. Validation of the full-ice protection system on the AW189 was achieved in June 2016, allowing entry into service to commence. The complete SAR service is expected to be fully operational by mid 2017.

        Key Dates

        15 Jan 1822    Coast Guard first established by Board of Customs
        Oct 1856    Control of the Coast Guard passed to the Admiralty
        1923    Coast Guard placed under the Board of Trade, specifically dedicated to marine safety and life saving
        1925    Coastguard Act passed, formally defining it’s powers and responsibilities
        1983    First dedicated Coastguard helicopters obtained
        April 1994    Coastguard Agency formed
        1 April 1998    Marine Safety Agency and Coastguard Agency combined to form Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA)
        13 Dec 2005    CHC Scotia wins UK Gap SAR contract
        2012    Bristow wins UK Gap SAR contract
        Mar 2013    Bristow wins 10-year UK SAR contract to replace all military SAR services
        29 June 2016    AW189 fully certificated for SAR operations

        Current Status

        Bristow has commenced operations at all ten SAR locations required under the 2013 UK SAR contract. The full service will be available in mid-2017.

        Future Plans

        Take delivery of 11 AgustaWestland AW189 helicopters by mid 2017, to replace the AW139s and S-92s used pending full AW189 certification.

        Markings

        Special Markings

        No national markings are carried. The service titles HM COASTGUARD or COASTGUARD RESCUE are displayed on the fuselage sides of aircraft and helicopters. Some anti-pollution spraying aircraft carry POLLUTION CONTROL titles.

        Aircraft Serial Numbers

        All aircraft and helicopters carry civil registrations. Recent helicopters have been assigned registrations in the G-HMCx sequence.

        Unit/Base Codes

        Unit coding system not used.

        Aircraft

        Aircraft Designations

        None – Manufacturers designation used.

        Current Aircraft Inventory

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        Aircraft Type Total
        Del'd
        Total
        Now
        Still On
        Order
        Role
        AgustaWestland AW139330Search and Rescue
        AgustaWestland AW1891147Search and Rescue
        Cessna 404 Titan II220Pollution Control
        Cessna F406 Caravan II220Pollution Control
        Lockheed L-188 Electra220Pollution Control
        Sikorsky S-9218110Search and Rescue

        All-Time Aircraft Used List

        All-Time Table of Aircraft Used

        Aircraft NOT Used

        No false reports known.

        Organisation

        Main Headquarters

        MCA Headquarters, Bay 3/25 Spring Place, 105 Commercial Road, Southampton, SO15 1EG.

        Organisational Structure

        The aviation units of the MCA come under of the Directorate of Operations (DO), which is split into a number of Branches looking after Counter Pollution, Search and Rescue, Ship Inspection and Law Enforcement. Coastguard SAR helicopters are currently based at eleven different locations in the UK, but Portland will close in 2017. Fixed-wing pollution control aircraft are based either at the contractors home airfield, or at Inverness in Scotland.

        Current Unit Assignments

        Table of Current Unit Assignments

        Historical Unit Assignments

        Table of Unit Assignments for 2000
        Table of Unit Assignments for 2007

        All-Time Flying Units List

        Dover Surveillance
        Pollution Control North
        Pollution Control South
        Counter Pollution Unit
        Caernarfon
        Humberside
        Inverness
        Lee-on-Solent
        Lydd
        Newquay
        Portland
        Prestwick
        St Athan
        Stornoway
        Sumburgh

        Air Bases

        Current Air Bases

        See current unit allocation table.

        All-Time Air Bases Used List

        As for current bases plus Southend (Essex) and Manston (Kent).

        More Information

        Books

        None known.

        Magazines

        To be added.

        Websites

        Maritime & Coastguard Agency

        wikipedia: Her Majesty’s Coastguard

        Bristow Helicopters: UK SAR

        RVL Group

        S-61 in HM Coastguard

        helis.com: hm coastguard

        All-Time Aircraft Used List
        H.M. Coastguard

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        Historical Unit Assignments for 2007
        H.M. Coastguard

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        Unit Type Base
        Counter Pollution and Response Branch (CPR)
        Pollution Control South 1 Cessna F406 Coventry Airport
        Pollution Control North 1 Cessna 404 Inverness Airport
        Counter Pollution Unit 2 L-188 Electra, 1 Cessna F406 Coventry Airport/Inverness
        Search and Rescue Branch (SAR)
        English South Coast 1 2 AgustaWestland AW139 Lee On Solent, Hampshire
        English South Coast 2 1 AgustaWestland AW139 RNAS Portland, Dorset
        Sumburgh 2 Sikorsky S-92 Sumburgh, Shetland Islands
        Stornoway 2 Sikorsky S-92 Stornoway Airport, Outer Hebrides
        Channel Navigation Information Service (CNIS)
        Dover Surveillance 1 BN-2A-26 Islander Lydd, Kent

        Historical Unit Assignments for 2000
        H.M. Coastguard

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        Unit Type Base
        Counter Pollution and Response Branch (CPR)
        Pollution Control South 1 Cessna F406 Coventry Airport
        Pollution Control North 1 Cessna 404 Inverness Airport
        Counter Pollution Unit 2 L-188 Electra, 1 Cessna F406 Coventry Airport/Inverness
        Search and Rescue Branch (SAR)
        English South Coast 1 2 Sikorsky S-61N Lee On Solent, Hampshire
        English South Coast 2 1 Sikorsky S-61N RNAS Portland, Dorset
        Sumburgh 2 Sikorsky S-61N Sumburgh, Shetland Islands
        Stornoway 2 Sikorsky S-61N Stornoway Airport, Outer Hebrides
        Channel Navigation Information Service (CNIS)
        Dover Surveillance 1 BN-2A-26 Islander Lydd, Kent

        Current Unit Assignments
        H.M. Coastguard

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        Unit Type Base
        Counter Pollution and Response Branch (CPR)
        Pollution Control South 1 Cessna F406 Coventry Airport
        Pollution Control North 1 Cessna 404 Inverness Airport
        Counter Pollution Unit 2 L-188 Electra, 1 Cessna F406 Coventry Airport/Inverness
        Search and Rescue Branch (SAR)
        Caernarfon 2 Sikorsky S-92 Caernarfon Airport, Gwynedd
        Humberside 2 Sikorsky S-92 Humberside Airport, North Lincs.
        Inverness 2 AgustaWestland AW139 Inverness Airport, Highland
        Lee on Solent 2 AgustaWestland AW139 Lee On Solent, Hampshire
        Lydd 2 AgustaWestland AW139 Lydd, Kent
        Newquay 2 Sikorsky S-92 Newquay, Cornwall
        Portland 2 AgustaWestland AW139 Portland, Dorset
        Prestwick 2 AgustaWestland AW139 Prestwick Airport, South Ayrshire
        St Athan 2 AgustaWestland AW139 St Athan, South Glamorgan
        Stornoway 2 Sikorsky S-92 Stornoway Airport, Outer Hebrides
        Sumburgh 2 Sikorsky S-92 Sumburgh, Shetland Islands

        Lee-on-Solent Facility
        H.M. Coastguard

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        History

        The first Lee-on-Solent based Coastguard Helicopter became operational on 15th May 1988. The Helicopter’s normal operating area stretched from Beachy Head in East Sussex to St Albans’s head in Dorset, including Poole Harbour during the day. At night, this area was extended to include Start Point in Devon, a coastline of some 170 miles in length. This area extended to the mid-point of the English Channel. Occasionally the helicopter was tasked to incidents outside this area due to its FLIR capability. Since it was established in 1988 Lee-on-Solent has proved to be the busiest Maritime Search and Rescue helicopter unit in the United Kingdom.

        Under a unique agreement with the Hampshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust, the latter provides an paramedic crew for medical emergencies at sea. Hampshire Ambulance despatches a paramedic ambulance from their nearby Gosport base and the ambulance crew board the Coastguard helicopter at Lee-on-Solent, together with their paramedic kit and a portable radio which transmits on ambulance frequencies.

        The S-61Ns were operated by Bristow Helicopters Ltd under a contract that expired on 30 June 2007. They were replaced by two new AW139 machines supplied by CHC Helicopters.

        In March 2006 the MCA brought the Lee-on-Solent airfield site from Defence Estates, securing it’s future. On 1 December 2006 construction commenced of a new hangar to house Coastguard helicopters. It’s first occupants were the new AW139s. The Hampshire Police helicopter also operates from a location very close-by.

        Under the UK SAR contract awarded in 2013, Bristow Helicopters took over operation of the service from CHC in 2015. The AW139s were replaced by newer Bristow-owned examples. These AW139s are in turn due to be replaced by new AW189 machines in April 2017.

        Subordinate Units

        None

        Aircraft

        Type Qty Service Example Serials
        Sikorsky S-61N Mk II 1 15 May 1988 – 1989 G-BCLC
        Sikorsky S-61N Mk II 1 1989 – late 2007 G-BDIJ “Crathes”
        Sikorsky S-61N Mk II 1 19?? – June 2008 G-BBVA (Reserve)
        Sikorsky S-61N Mk II 1 Jan 2008 – June 2008 G-BIMU (Primary)
        AgustaWestland AW139 1 Feb 2008 – Present G-CGIJ
        AgustaWestland AW139 1 Mar 2008 – Present G-SARD
        AgustaWestland AW189 2 Apr 2017+  


        Unit Markings

         

         


        Main Bases

        Base Duration
        Lee-on-Solent, Hampshire May 1988 – present


        Photographs

        S-61N G-BDIJ at Lee-on-Solent. (photo, Chris Jones)

        S-61N G-BIMU at Lee-on-Solent in early
        2008. (photo, Mark Adams)


        More Information

        References

        • To be added.

        Other Sources

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