The M28 short take-off and landing (STOL) aircraft manufactured at PZL Mielec, a Lockheed Martin plant in Poland, has been deployed on heavy cargo ferrying missions in Canada. The aircraft had to confront the remote and desolate lands of the Labrador Peninsula and Newfoundland in severe cold and extremely low temperature.
Labrador and Newfoundland is the easternmost province of Canada renowned for its hostile climate and the highest annual snowfall in the country. The local climate is as diverse as its landscape which is often subject to whimsical weather such as strong, gusty wind and heavy rainfall. The diverse weather conditions are evoked by the peninsula’s geographical location namely due to the lack of protection from the Arctic Sea currents of the north carrying frozen masses of seawater and icebergs. The deeper inland, the lower the temperature reaching -20°Cin the northern part of Labrador.
The constantly changing weather conditions create challenging air operations scenarios both for the crew and the platform itself. The M28 made a short stopover at the Nain Airport with merely 600 meter long gravel runway usually covered with snow. Let us recall here that the stopping distance on an icy surface is ultimately longer than on a dry one.
High rate of climb, short take-off and landing performance, rugged construction and readiness to operate from unprepared and ice-covered runways allow pilots to operate the M28 aircraft in the most challenging missions in remote areas of the world.
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