US Coast Guard acquires CN235
The US Coast Guard (USCG) Aviation Logistics Center has purchased the prototype CN235 aircraft and plans to transform it into an HC-144A maintenance training unit. The HC-144A is based on the Airbus Military CN235 tactical airlifter. More than 230 CN235s are in service around the world.
The transformation will configure the CN235 with systems from the HC-144. The systems will have built-in faults that will allow maintenance personnel the opportunity to learn troubleshooting on actual HC-144 aircraft.
“It is very satisfying to see this airframe being used as an integral part of the HC144A programme,” said Sean O'Keefe, EADS North America Chairman and CEO. “We look forward to its performing many years of service in training the technicians who will keep the fleet safe in the air.”