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OPERATOR OF GOVERNMENT (VIP) JET AIRPLANES.
THAILAND (KINGDOM OF THAILAND) COVERS AN AREA OF 513,115 SQ KM, ITS POPULATION IS 59 MILLION, ITS CAPITAL CITY IS BANGKOK, AND ITS OFFICIAL LANGUAGE IS THAI.
MARCH 1993: ACCDT: (TAF) 737-3Z6 (1773-24480, /89) CRASHED ON TAKEOFF IN NORTHERN THAILAND = 6 FATALITIES (INCLUDING MIKE VISOCKI, BOEING FIELD SERVICE REPRESENTATIVE).
FEBRUARY 1998: 737-2Z6 (23059) GROUNDED UNTIL NOVEMBER 1998 DUE TO THAILAND ECONOMIC CRISIS.
MAY 2000: THAI INTERNATIONAL (TII) CONTRACT TO REACTIVATE 737-2Z6 VIP. HAS BEEN IN STORAGE, AND ALL MAINTENANCE DOCUMENTATION HAS NOT BEEN UPDATED SINCE 1985. TO COMPLETE MAINTENANCE CHECK BY SEPTEMBER 2000.
SEPTEMBER 2000: AIR CHIEF MARSHAL PONG MANEESIL, COMMANDER IN CHIEF, REPLACES ACM SANAN TOURTIP, WHO RETIRED.
September 2003: 1 order (July 2004) A319 ACJ (CFM56-5B7/P).
November 2004: 737-448 (24866, EI-BXD), bought from Aer Lingus (ARL).
February 2012: Rockwell Collins recently completed the Thailand C-130 Avionics Upgrade Program, led by Thai Aviation Industries (TAI), adding to the company’s extensive record of providing communications, navigation, surveillance/air traffic management (CNS/ATM) avionics upgrades worldwide.
“Rockwell Collins is unmatched in providing advanced avionics upgrades for C-130s,” said Dave Nieuwsma VP & General Manager Airborne Solutions for Rockwell Collins. “With the completion of this program, we have provided cockpit and avionics upgrades to >150 C-130 airplanes around the world.”
Over the past 5 years, (TAI) and Rockwell Collins have upgraded the cockpit and avionics on 12 Royal Thai Air Force (TAF) C-130 Hercules airplanes.
Nieuwsma said the company’s hallmarks of “outstanding teamwork and a clear understanding of program requirements, validated through a rigorous design and testing process,” resulted in a successful program for (TAI), Rockwell Collins and the Royal Thai Air Force (TAF).
The Rockwell Collins Flight2™ avionics system provides the (TAF) with unrestricted access to global airspace by meeting (CNS)/(ATM) mandates currently identified through 2020. Included in the avionics upgrade are new primary flight displays, Flight Management System (FMS), autopilot, communication radios, navigation sensors and surveillance systems including weather radar, Traffic Collision Avoidance System (TCAS), Terrain Awareness and Warning System and digital map. The delivery of the final upgraded C-130 completes an avionics modernization program which provides the (TAF) with state-of-the-art capabilities consistent the world’s leading C-130 operators.
The airplane installation was designed and manufactured by Rockwell Collins, then installed and tested by (TAI) at Takhli Air Force base north of Bangkok.
August 2016: Thai Airways (TII) A340-541 (698, HS-TLC), re-painted in Royal Thai Air Force colors.