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saleya22r
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AN-124 Visits NCE

Wed Feb 25, 2015 8:56 am

AN-124 seems to be an occasional visitor here in NCE. I could again spot the huge tail from our place. Not big news per se but this time the visit was mentioned in the local Nice-Matin as well (in French):

http://www.nicematin.com/nice/un-gea...-de-laeroport-de-nice.2117122.html

The Antonov departed yesterday to Kourou carrying a military satellite Sicral 2 assembled by Thales Alenia here in Cannes. I found out that the satellite weighs 3000kg, dimensions I don't know but my question is whether a plane of this size is needed for the transport? Maybe they have a lucrative deal with the airline? Other equipment was perhaps transported simultaneously?
According to Nice-Matin such flights take place 4 to 5 times per year. The airline is Russian, Volga-Dnepr.

In addition, two French military ships were circling in front of the airport as long as the Antonov was parked there(several days) -just a coincidence?
 
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RE: AN-124 Visits NCE

Wed Feb 25, 2015 9:12 am

If NCE still has the offset approaches to the runways for landing aircraft (to avoid overflying Monaco & Antibes/Juan-les-Pins), that is one approach & landing I would have liked to have seen  

I take it they were using an Antonov due to the size of the satellite? IIRC they're fairly bulky, leaving very few options when it comes to transporting them by air.
 
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RE: AN-124 Visits NCE

Wed Feb 25, 2015 10:42 am

Quoting CPH-R (Reply 1):
If NCE still has the offset approaches to the runways for landing aircraft (to avoid overflying Monaco & Antibes/Juan-les-Pins), that is one approach & landing I would have liked to have seen

Yes, the Saleya approach to 22R is used in 10-15%, circling Cap Ferrat. Straight approach is not possible because of high terrain northeast of NCE. In good wether, the circle to land Riviera procedure is used for 04 avoiding Antibes; in less visibility the approach is ILS over the Antibes peninsula.

Regarding the Antonov, I find it interesting that a Russian company is flying military equipment of NATO countries..They must have the know-how and experience I guess. Incidentally, I remember that an Argentinian satellite built in Bariloche (ARSAT 1) was flown from there to Kourou just a few months ago:

http://www.aerospace-technology.com/...sat-1-telecommunication-satellite/
 
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RE: AN-124 Visits NCE

Wed Feb 25, 2015 10:50 am

Quoting CPH-R (Reply 1):

Ask and you shall recieve  
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gqPhNCyrR-E
When you hear the noise of the Tartan Army Boys, we'll be coming down the road!
 
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RE: AN-124 Visits NCE

Wed Feb 25, 2015 12:29 pm

Quoting gkirk (Reply 3):
Ask and you shall recieve  
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gqPhNCyrR-E

Note the use of 22L, the longer runway. In nasty wind shear, crosswind it seems sometimes to be the case here.
 
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RE: AN-124 Visits NCE

Wed Feb 25, 2015 3:45 pm

Soyuz rockets are launched from France nowadays.

As for the need for the Antonov, it could be that the satellite is already mated to a part of the rocket.
New Technology is the name we give to stuff that doesn't work yet. Douglas Adams
 
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RE: AN-124 Visits NCE

Wed Feb 25, 2015 5:08 pm

Quoting Aesma (Reply 5):
Soyuz rockets are launched from France nowadays

Thank you for the info. Did not know that! Wiki says since 2011..

Quoting Aesma (Reply 5):
As for the need for the Antonov, it could be that the satellite is already mated to a part of the rocket.

Indeed. So the rockets are made in this region as well? That would explain 4-5 flights from NCE annually
 
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RE: AN-124 Visits NCE

Wed Feb 25, 2015 5:31 pm

Quoting saleya22r (Reply 2):
Regarding the Antonov, I find it interesting that a Russian company is flying military equipment of NATO countries..

I believe it is a Ukraine company based in Kiev.
 
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RE: AN-124 Visits NCE

Wed Feb 25, 2015 6:07 pm

Quoting TVNWZ (Reply 7):
I believe it is a Ukraine company based in Kiev.

No, it's a Russian company based in Ulyanovsk:

http://www.volga-dnepr.com/en/

But the Antonovs are/were made in Ukraine
 
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RE: AN-124 Visits NCE

Wed Feb 25, 2015 8:37 pm

Quoting saleya22r (Reply 8):

Yes, but I also thought Antonov marketed their own cargo hauling..

http://www.antonov.com/

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