on-station time

on-station time

The time an aircraft can remain on station. May be determined by endurance or orders.
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Its on-station time can be increased through in-flight refueling, with only necessary limitations for crew rest.
He then contacted the airborne assets to tell them of the situation and to determine their on-station time. All the assets had enough gas to stay as long as it took for Dash 3 to shut down and take a look at the the entire aircraft, particularly the main-rotor and tail-rotor systems.
Conducting twelve successful RAS evolutions, fuel was made available to several Navy and Coast Guard vessels in support of JIATF-S Counter-Narcoterrorism operations and maximized their on-station time.
The 1.2-meter long Scan Eagle, a product from Boeing and the Insitu Group, has a three-metre wingspan and can remain on station for more than 15 hours, with a 30-hour on-station time planned for future versions.
Aerial refueling can be done during the day and night, greatly increasing the range and on-station time for Marine assets.
The RQ-8B selected by the Army differs from the RQ-8A version being integrated into Navy operations in that it employs a four-bladed versus a three-bladed main rotor, along with several other enhancements to double its on-station time and triple its payload capacity to 600 pounds.
The F-15E has more endurance than other fighters, "so often we'll put someone else's weapons into an emerging target because they simply don't have the on-station time we provide the ground force."
During a time when the Navy's force structure is stretched increasingly thin by operational requirements around the globe, it is expected to produce significant increases in forward-presence and on-station time.
The area was so large that going around it probably would have cut short our on-station time by about one and a half hours, so I proceeded and let the radar do its magic.
"Beyond the LASH system itself, we're trying to reintroduce the concept of using airships for both technical and economic reasons," said Huettse, "[Blimps] can perform such missions at 25-30% the cost of a P-3 with unmatched on-station time. And right now, with the US burning up its fixed- and rotary-wing assets [in the war on terrorism,] the blimp's capabilities become even more attractive."
Flying form carriers allowed more on-station time. Thus, it fell to the veteran Navy and Leatherneck Corsairs to carry the war in the beginning.
Then, after another aerial refueling, we were to check in with a joint terminal air controller (JTAC) for the remainder of our on-station time. Lastly, we'd rendezvous with our final tanker and head back to the carrier.