[HD video below] As the A400M transport fleet rapidly grows its
number of flight-hours, Airbus has recognized the aircrew with
most hours on the type by creating the A400M Thousander Club.
The club is open to those crew members who have
clocked up 1,000 A400M hours and includes pilots, loadmasters,
mechanics and members of Airbus Flight Test.
It has been launched with 28 members. At this
year’s A400M User Forum in Orleans and Paris, seven awards were
presented to French Air Force aircrew and two to personnel of the
Royal Malaysian Air Force.
A total of 19 Airbus aircrew, including Airbus
experimental test pilot Tony Flynn who uniquely has already
recorded 2,000 hours, were subsequently honoured at the
International Training Centre in Seville.
Jane Strongman, widow of
the late Ed Strongman, the first person to record 1000 hours on
the A400M, received his award.
All the awardees, internal and external, will be
registered on the A400M Thousander Club Logbook as they reach 1000
hours. The book will be held and administrated by the A400M
Programme and the awards ceremony will take place at each year’s
User Forum. Later it will record all aircrew who reach 2000 and
then 5000 hours.
Airbus A400M Grizzly
Bear in Bangkok, Thailand (2012)