The Black Eagles
As we look back on 2014 one of the highlights for the Wings 24 team was successfully arranging for the Republic of Korean Air Force to participate in the Singapore airshow in February.
Wings 24 has been established for over 15 years and provides a full flight support service 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Based in the UK and as a subsidiary of Chapman Freeborn, Wings 24 benefits from 40 years of experience partnering with passenger and cargo airlines worldwide.
The Black Eagles are the Republic of Korean aerobatic display team and consist of 9 KAI T-50 trainer aircraft. Based in Wonju Airforce Base, South Korea, they needed to position in Singapore for the biennial airshow. Wings 24 were chosen to manage the logistics project due to the experience and ability to handle such large and complex requirements.
Due to the range of the T-50’s, strategic fuelling and overnight stops had to be planned in advance. Three locations were chosen, these were Kaouschiung in southern Taiwan, Cebu in the Philippines (where Wings 24 had recent experience when they coordinated the relief flights following Typhoon Haiyan) and Brunei.
Wings 24 deployed a project manager to each base. Alex Sharrock (Duty Officer), Trevor Butler (Supervisor) and Lee Goodeve (General Manager) conducted pre-event meetings with handling agents, airport authorities, transport companies and other agencies to ensure everything was in place ready for the deployment.
Wings 24 also organised the support teams on three C-130 aircraft to position at each base. Each C-130 had a team of around 30 mechanics and technicians who flew in to each base prior to the arrival of the T-50’s. Resting areas, immigration procedures, catering, fork-lift trucks and ice creams were just some or the arrangements made by the Wings 24 project managers.
Wings 24 organised the ground handling, assisted with the diplomatic clearances and arranged slots, fuel, flight plans, weather package and NOTAMS. These services are arranged from the Wings 24 London Gatwick head office for its customers around the world.
The T-50’s performed on most days at the Airshow and performed a 20 minute display each time. They even had the honour of being the last display and closed the show on the Sunday to a very excited capacity crowd.