From DWDD AFP Civil Relations Service Radio Website (Aug 9): ACCOMPLISHMENT | Airlifters Fly more than 100% Flying Time
COL JESUS VILLAMOR AIRBASE, Pasay City (DWDD) – Through the years, your 220th Airlift Wing has remained committed in its mandate to provide tactical airlift operations in support to the Armed Forces of the Philippines. Apart from that, the airlifters have also proven their responsiveness to their stakeholders, particularly when there are missions that contribute to socio-economic development.
As a proof of this commitment, the airlifters have accomplished more than100% flying time for the first semester. From January to July this year, the 220th Airlift Wing has flown a staggering 6,272.1 flying hours compared to the program of 3,745.76 or roughly 167% flying time accomplishment.
Of all the Wing’s assets and in terms of “program vs actual flying time”, the N-22 aircraft is leading the pack with 195% flying time accomplishment followed by the C-130 aircraft with 169%. Coming in closely are the C-295 and F-27 aircraft with 158% and 148%, respectively.
This substantial increase in the actual flight time was largely brought about the heavy airlift operations of the Wing such as troops deployment and reinforcements, particularly the ongoing military campaign in Marawi, AFP and PAF logistic flights, humanitarian and disaster relief missions, support to fighter aircraft operations or territorial defense operations, aero-medical evacuation sorties, maritime patrols, support to national development efforts and socio-economic initiatives, international flight missions and VVIP/VIP flights.
This trend shall continue and may increase rapidly depending on various circumstances and military campaigns. Records revealed that this early, the Wing has, in fact, reached more than the annual flying time accomplishment in recent years. Thus, the Wing is expected to break the 10,000 flying hours mark or more at the end of the year and will be the highest ever recorded than any other time.
One may say that these are just mere numbers. However, keep in mind that behind these numbers are our people. These accomplishments speak highly of the quality of our human resource and the systemic improvements we put in place. Our keen understanding of logistics and maintenance enabled us to push our aircraft to the limits without breaking down.
The Wing’s pilots fly 24/7 to ensure that missions are carried out. Our maintenance personnel work for prompt maintenance operations to keep all the aircraft flying. Our logisticians continuously monitor aircraft spares and ensure these are up to date and accurate. Our personnel work on innovative maintenance equipment to enhance our maintenance capabilities and lastly, our diligent staff who labor for the extensive preparation of all administrative and logistical requirements. It’s no doubt that without our excellent personnel, these sustained flight operations would not have been possible. Courtesy of 220th AW / MCAG