By Gonzalo Silva Infante/Diálogo September 13, 2018 In April and August 2018, the Ecuadorean and Peruvian air forces carried out two Hercules transport aircraft crew exchange exercises. The exchanges took place in April at Cotopaxi Air Base in Latacunga, a town in central Ecuador, and in August at Callao Air Base in Lima, Peru. The objective of the exercises was to improve both institutions’ operational capabilities in the use of the Hercules aircraft. Participants exchanged experiences to apply what was learned in their respective institution, and become multiplying forces. “It’s good to know what happened to others, so it won’t happen to us,” said Ecuadorean Air Force (FAE, in Spanish) Captain Christian Terán, who took part in the August exchange. “The operational exchange makes us both grow [and see] what we do and what they do.” Mutual learning The Peruvian delegation visited Ecuador to learn how their Ecuadorean counterparts used the Hercules aircraft, April 23rd-27th. Service members of the Peruvian Air Force (FAP, in Spanish) joined FAE’s 1111th Heavy Transport Squadron, which operates C-130 Hercules and L-100-30 Hercules. “I was very interested in the air systems and how they teach their courses, train their pilots, and apply Crew Resource Management,” FAP Lieutenant Colonel Carlos Begazo told Diálogo. “In Ecuador I learned about the references, capabilities, and how they organize the cargo based on its type; how they do it, how they get help, [and] the equipment they use. They are very methodical.” During a visit to Callao Air Base August 19th-22nd, the Ecuadorean delegation had a similar experience. Ecuadorean participants joined the Eighth Air Wing, the FAP transport unit that operates L-100-20 Hercules aircraft. During their visit, Ecuadorean service members took part in theoretical instruction on the ground with their Peruvian counterparts, reviewing the aircraft systems and load capacity, as well as performance, maximum takeoff weight, and fuel consumption, among other features. We analyzed FAP’s planning, especially emergency procedures,” FAE Captain Daniel Valencia told Diálogo. “There are slight differences from our [way of doing it], but we adopted them because they will help and complement us; we seek to take the best of each.” Ecuadorean service members also participated in air exercises and post-flight briefings, and learned about training and maintenance procedures of FAP aircraft. Main transport aircraft The Hercules is a medium-heavy transport aircraft made by U.S. manufacturer Lockheed Martin. With four turbo-prop engines, the aircraft is the main airlifter of many air forces in the world, and is used for military and humanitarian assistance operations. Its load capacity of more than 23,000 kilograms makes the aircraft ideal to transport personnel and cargo to remote areas or provide disaster relief. Several variants of the Hercules aircraft with specific characteristics exist. Crews who can familiarize themselves with different models enhance their capabilities, said FAP Lieutenant Colonel Elard Granda Alviar, who took part in several regional exchanges. Each region’s different geographic and climate characteristics, he added, influence aircraft performance and each air force’s operational competencies. Lt. Col. Granda knows first-hand about the Hercules’ performance in different environments. He flew a Hercules at Vice-Commodore Marambio Air Base in the Argentine Antarctica, where temperatures can drop as low as -40 °C. The experience taught him a lesson about the aircraft’s capacity in extreme weather conditions and the type of airstrips used in this environment. “I’ve learned that the aircraft is designed to be used under any condition,” Lt. Col. Granda told Diálogo. For his part, Lt. Col. Begazo highlighted the recent visit to Ecuador. “In addition to exchanging technical experiences and tapping their capabilities, we get to know the field,” he said. “If anything were to happen in Latacunga, having been there, we would know what to consider and how much load we can take in.” Exchanges between Peru and Ecuador were agreed upon at the 11th Chiefs of General Staff meeting between FAP and FAE, held June 26, 2017. These experience exchanges also fall within the System of Cooperation Among the American Air Forces to strengthen regional members’ capabilities. The exercises also contribute to improving cooperation and trust between the armed forces of countries in the region. “These exchanges help us strengthen bonds of friendship,” Capt. Valencia said. “If we can help them, we will do it gladly, just like they would.” The Peruvian and Ecuadorean delegations expect to continue exchanging experiences in combined events. “These exchanges should evolve gradually,” Capt. Valencia said. “Perhaps we’ll be able to share academic and operational courses. We will definitely have good results from these exchanges.”
Madrid: Real Madrid confirmed Santiago Solari as their new permanent first team coach until the end of June 2021 following a successful fortnight in charge since replacing the sacked Julen Lopetegui on October 29.The 42-year-old Solari was promoted from the Real Madrid B-team (Real Madrid Castilla) on an interim basis and his four games in charge have led to four wins with 15 goals in favour and just two against, which is the best start any Real Madrid coach has ever enjoyed in the club’s 116 year history, reports Xinhua news agency.Spanish rules state a coach can only be in charge of a club on an interim basis for two weeks, so this Monday Real Madrid President Florentino Perez had to decide whether to confirm the Argentinean as coach on a permanent basis or to return him to Castilla. It had been reported in the Spanish press that Solari would be offered a deal until the end of June 2020, but finally the club has given him a contract for two and a half years as a sign of their confidence in him.A former Real Madrid player, Solari scored 10 goals in 131 league appearances for the club between 2000 and 2005 and after hanging up his boots, he returned to work in the Real Madrid youth system in 2013, being made Castilla coach in 2016.His numbers in just over two seasons with Castilla are decent but not spectacular, with 32 wins from 86 matches in charge with a team with the biggest budget in their league.There was even speculation he could be replaced last season as the side failed to make the playoffs from the Segunda B (third tier of the Spanish game) to the second division (Liga 123), but he retained his position for the current season and the team was just outside of the playoffs when he was called on to replace Lopetegui.A very amiable person, Solari is seen as a man who will be able to repeat the good relationship Zinedine Zidane enjoyed with the heavyweights in the Madrid dressing room, while also promoting young players he has worked with in Castilla.His next game in charge will be the always difficult trip to face Eibar on November 24. (IANS) Also Read: Sports News
The No. 5 USC women’s golf team struggled through two days of wind, rain and 40-degree temperatures on its way to a 12th place finish at the Wildcat Invitational at the Arizona National Golf Club in Tucson, Ariz.The Women of Troy finished at 50-over-par 618 (308-310), 42 strokes behind No. 3 Arizona State. The finish is their second worst of the year, after the 16th place finish at the UNCW Fall Preview in October.For that tournament, the Women of Troy were missing No. 1 golfer sophomore Jennifer Song and lost senior Belen Mozo in the final round to injury. This week, the team had its lineup at full strength but struggled in conditions so poor the tournament was forced to cancel the second round of play.The break in action and the poor conditions wreaked havoc on scores across the board, as Arizona State’s winning combined score was an 8-over-par 576. Second place and host team Arizona recorded two rounds of 10-over-par to finish 12 strokes back of the Sun Devils at its own event.Not even the No. 2 team in the nation, the Auburn Tigers, could handle the conditions, finishing a combined 37-over-par.Mozo finished as the team’s low scorer for the week at eight-over-par 150 (77-73). Mozo, seeking her team-record fourth All-American award this year, balanced her four bogeys with two birdies to have the lowest round of the tournament for any of the Women of Troy. Mozo finished tied for 22nd, 16 places up from her finish in the first round.Song had her worst finish of the season with a tie for 40th at 12-over-par 154 (74-80). Her final round, which was marred by three double bogeys, is the first time Song has not scored below 80 in her USC career.Junior Lizette Salas, seeking a third All-American award this season, finished tied for 53rd at 15-over-par 157 (79-78). Two birdies in the final round were not enough to overcome five bogeys and two double bogeys. Salas shot three over par on the last three holes in the final round.Senior Caroline Kim (79-79) and sophomore Inah Park (78-80) tied for 57th at 16-over-par 158. Kim finished her final round with three double bogeys, three bogeys and a birdie, while Park had two double bogeys, five bogeys and a birdie. Freshman Cyna Rodriguez entered as an individual and tied for 86th at 25-over-par 167 (84-83).The Women of Troy have six days to regroup before competing at the Bruin-Wave Invitational at the Robinson Ranch Golf Club in Canyon Country, Calif., from March 1-3.