Scramble 445 contains a lot of news and this month a few special items:
In 1986, Aero Mercantil, a longtime dealer for Piper Aircraft in Guaymaral, Colombia, started the development of a single engine utility and passenger aircraft. Decades of experience with Colombian general aviation, they decided for the aircraft to be built in Colombia, utilising limited resources and an inexpensive workforce. This is how the Gavilán (Sparrow hawk) was born and Wim Sonneveld wrote this overview.
9 April 2016 saw the celebration of 70 years of the TNI-AU (Tentara Nasional Indonesia-Angkatan Udara, or Indonesian Air Force). Marco Pennings, the expert on all things related to Indonesian military aviation, went to visit the celebrations (and rehearsals) and came back with this article.