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African Pilot’s March 2019 edition
African Pilot’s March edition is complete and at the printers. This edition features business at Rand Airport, Business Jets, Supersonic Business Jets and the famous DH Mosquito. The March edition will enter its distribution phase later this week. I would like to thank all those businesses that supported this magnificent edition with an incredible cover picture by Gavin Conroy from New Zealand.
African Pilot’s April 2019 edition
It is almost crazy to think that we are about to launch the April 2019 edition of African Pilot – where has the year gone? This edition will feature business at Wonderboom National Airport and Turboprop Aircraft types. For this reason, I will be paying personal visits to ALL the aviation businesses at Wonderboom over the coming weeks to take new pictures and understand the requirements of these businesses first hand. With the launch of APAdigital, I have been filming extensive video footage at the airports in order to produce a video that illustrates the regional airport experience. The closing date for the April edition will be on Wednesday 6 March 2019. For advertising positions please contact Lara Bayliss at Tel: 0861 001130 Cell: 079 880 4359 or e-mail: email@example.com
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SOUTH AFRICAN AVIATION NEWS
What happened in aviation over the past week?
SACAA to investigate AVGAS
The following was received from the SACAA this past week and I have left the text exactly as received:
SACAA General Aviation Hangar Talk
African Pilot received this notification from the SACAA on Wednesday this past week and ever since I have tried to call the advertised number, but you guessed – no answer. I even tried calling other numbers within the same department and yet again you guessed – no one answers telephones at the regulator. Now according to the SACAA’s own website section CATS Part 91 is ‘General operating and flight rules’. However, the website does not list Part 93 and yet the SACAA’s website says ‘Keeping you safe in the sky’. Perhaps someone from the regulator could contact me to discuss what they mean with reference to ‘Hangar talk with the SACAA’ so that I can provide the correct information to the much wider aviation audience Cell: 082 552 2940 or Tel: 0861 001130.
Comair awarded R1.1bn in final competition settlement with SAA
Comair, the operator of kulula.com and British Airways in South Africa, advised shareholders on Friday that it has entered into a full and final settlement agreement with South African Airways (SAA) regarding a case relating to SAA’s incentive schemes for travel agents from 14 years ago. Comair had initiated the case against SAA because it was of the view that these incentive schemes for travel agencies were anti-competitive in nature. According to Comair, the scheme was designed to keep travel agents loyal to SAA, therefore being in breach of the Competition Act. The scheme was in place from 2001 to about 2006.
The Supreme Court of Appeal has now made the settlement agreement between the two airline companies an order of the court. According to Comair, in terms of the settlement agreement, SAA will pay Comair a total settlement amount of R1.1bn plus interest as from the end of February until the end of July 2022 or earlier if SAA elects to do so. In addition, SAA will pay Comair’s taxed legal costs incurred to date. In terms of this judgment, Comair was awarded R554m plus interest at 15.5% on this amount, which would have been capped at the value of the award, plus costs, amounting to approximately R1.16bn in total. The matter was then taken on appeal.
What is scheduled for the next few weeks?
African Pilot’s 2019 calendar
We will publish the aviation calendar within APAnews three months ahead, but you can always visit African Pilot’s website: www.africanpilot.co.za if you would like to obtain the full calendar for the entire year.
BARSA Aviation Summit Registration 07h30 the Polo Room at the Inanda Club
Contact Phushaza Sibiya Cell: 072 870 7085
EAA Chapter 322 monthly meeting at the Dicky Fritz Moth Hall, Edenvale
Contact: Kevin Marsden E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
General Aviation Hangar Talk with the SACAA Durban
RSVP to Mr Mpho Ramoshaba Tel 011 545 1601 E-mail: email@example.com
7 to 10 March
Aero Club Air Week and mini airshow at Middelburg
Contact Richardt Lovett Cell 082 771 8775 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Aero Club Alan Evan Hanes Tel: 011 082 1100
7 to 10 March
SAPFA Aero Club Speed Rally
Contact Rob Jonkers cell: 082 804 7032 e-mail: email@example.com
9 and 10 March
Swellendam Flying Club host Sport Aerobatic Club Regional Championships
Contact Pieter Venter e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
12 to 14 March
Saudi Airshow Thumah Airport, Riyadh
13 to 15 March
Ageing Aircraft & Aircraft Corrosion seminar at OR Tambo International Airport
Contact e-mail: email@example.com
FASHKOSH at Stellenbosch airfield
Contact Anton Theart Cell: 079 873 4567 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
SAPFA Virginia Fun Rally – Virginia Airport
Contact Mary de Klerk cell: 084 880 9000
General Aviation Hangar Talk with the SACAA Nelspruit
RSVP to Mr Mpho Ramoshaba Tel 011 545 1601 E-mail: email@example.com
General Aviation Hangar Talk with the SACAA Cape Town
RSVP to Mr Mpho Ramoshaba Tel 011 545 1601 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
4 to 6 April
SAPFA Rally Nationals & Fun Rally – Stellenbosch Airfield
Contact Frank Eckard cell: 083 269 1516 e-mail: email@example.com
Coves airfield fly-in (west of Hartebeespoort Dam)
Contact: JP Fourie E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Cell: 083-625-4804
Thys Kuhn E-mail: email@example.com Cell: 082-568-5614
Jan Hanekom E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Cell: 083-279-6572
Robertson Annual Breakfast fly-in
Contact Alwyn du Plessis Cell: 083 270 5888
Pilot Career Show venue TBA
Contact Greta Senkevie e-mail: email@example.com
Uitenhage Air Festival
Contact Lourens Kruger E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Cell: 082 320 2615
4 to 14 April
Stars of Sandstone Ficksburg, Eastern Free State
SAPFA EAA Convention Adventure Rally – Vryheid
Contact Rob Jonkers cell: 082 804 7032 e-mail: email@example.com
26 to 28 April
EAA National Convention in Vryheid
Contact EAA National Committee Marie Reddy
27 & 28 April
SAC Judges Trophy venue TBA
Contact Annie Boon e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
29 April to 1 May
Airport Show 2019
Be in the know about the next Airport Show
The new theme of Airport Show 2019 will bring together the most influential innovations that are shaping the design, features and day-to-day operations of the modern airport
- Exhibitors who have revolutionary technologies will be highlighted on the show floor
- The new Innovation Hub will present a selection of innovators from across the globe who will be showcasing their breakthrough technologies set to shape the future airport experience
- A new Smart Airports Conference will take place on day 1 GALF.
AFRICAN AVIATION NEWS
Boeing to optimise crew operations for Royal Air Maroc
Last week Boeing announced an agreement with Royal Air Maroc to use a suite of Boeing AnalytX-powered crew solutions to bring greater efficiency to the airline’s planning and operations. The airline will be the first in Africa to use the advanced solutions, which include Crew Pairing, Crew Rostering and Crew Tracking; with options to add modules in the future. Crew Pairing helps airlines create optimised work duties, improving staffing efficiency and overall safety, while minimising costs. Crew Rostering allows airlines to build rosters that respect crew members’ preferences and constraints. Crew Tracking helps airlines detect, resolve and follow-up on changes to crew planning. The Boeing AnalytX-powered Crew Optimisation products are provided through Boeing subsidiary Jeppesen.
South African Airways to resume flights to Blantyre, Malawi
On 2 February South African Airways announced that it is likely to resume flights between Johannesburg and Blantyre, Malawi. On 18 January, South African Airways took a decision to cancel flights between the two cities after the audit process conducted at the Chileka International Airport in Blantyre confirmed that the airport was not fully compliant with minimum standards required for the airline to operate in line with its licensing conditions. South African Airways put together a Corrective Action Plan and submitted it for consideration by its regulator, South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA).
Working together with the Malawian authorities as well as stakeholders such as the Malawian Ministry of Transport and the local municipality in Blantyre, implemented the required interventions to return the airport to expected levels for safe operations. SAA has notified SACAA that the remedial interventions have been implemented. “We now await SACAA inspection of the airport and demonstration to them that we have successfully implemented required interventions as per our corrective action plan. Until measures put in place meet the satisfaction of SACAA, our operations between Johannesburg and Blantyre will remain suspended,” explained Tlali. South African Airways operates a three weekly service between Johannesburg and Blantyre (Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays).
WORLD AVIATION NEWS
Dubai International flights suspended over suspected drones activity
A hub for Emirates airlines, the airport in Dubai is among the world’s busiest for international travellers.
Flights from Dubai International Airport were suspended for half an hour starting from 10h13 local time over ‘suspected drone activity,’ a Dubai Airports spokesperson said in an e-mailed statement. A hub for Emirates airlines, the airport in Dubai is among the world’s busiest for international travellers.
Dubai Airports has worked closely with the appropriate authorities to ensure that the safety of airport operations has been maintained at all times, the spokesperson said.
AirVenture 2019 celebrates 50th anniversary of the Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet
The 50th anniversary of the Boeing 747, the iconic wide-body jetliner that has carried everything from heads of state to the space shuttle, will be celebrated at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2019. It is expected that several Boeing 747s will make an appearance at AirVenture during the week, with fly-bys and displays on AirVenture’s showcase Boeing Plaza. It will extend a legacy of the airplane’s appearances at Oshkosh that include jumbo jets from as far away as Australia, New Zealand and Iceland in past years.
The genesis of the Boeing 747 came in the mid-1960s, when Pan American Airlines founder Juan Trippe asked Boeing to design an aircraft that could meet the rising demand of air travel, which was outstripping the capacity of the Boeing 707s then commonly used for long-distance routes. The Boeing 747 made its maiden flight on 9 February 1969 and entered airline service less than a year later.
The airframe has been continually upgraded over the past 50 years to the current 747-8 model, which has been selected as the aircraft the US government will use for the new Air Force One. The 747 is still widely used by airlines and carriers around the world and, according to Boeing, has carried roughly the equivalent of the world’s population as well as such unusual cargo as the space shuttle. Specific aircraft and programmes in conjunction with this anniversary will be announced as they are finalised.
Aerial firefighting to be featured at AirVenture 2019
Aerial firefighting will be a major theme at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2019 with support from the US Forest Service and other aircraft operators and manufacturers. EAA will be working with the US Forest Service and other entities to bring various firefighting aircraft to AirVenture to allow visitors to see them up close. “We have an opportunity to expose a broader audience to how our operations commence and the tremendous ability to showcase the firefighting pilot and the firefighter on the ground,” said Chad Runyan, north zone aviation officer for the Eastern Regional Office of the Forest Service. “Typically the only people that really understand what we are doing are people actively in the fire because we have to close down airspaces and protect our area. The general public doesn’t really get to see these systems, how they all interact and how they all work, in a static setting.” Exact details on firefighting aircraft scheduled to appear and other programme information around the aerial firefighting theme will be released in the coming months.
Pro aerobatic pilot set to crush world record for the most inverted flat spins
Plummeting toward the ground in a plane that is upside down and spinning is Spencer Suderman’s signature move. The manoeuvre is called an inverted flat spin and in February 2019, the professional aerobatic pilot will attempt to smash his own world record by spinning his biplane 120 times over Yuma, Arizona. Suderman, who lives in St. Augustine, Florida, is an airshow performer and two-time Guinness World Records title holder for the most inverted flat spins in an aircraft. For this attempt, Suderman will fly an experimental Pitts Special S-1C. The plane is a different version of the one he used in 2016 to set the current world record of 98 spins. It is lighter and has a flat bottom wing, which lowers the stall speed and should allow it to reach a higher altitude. It also has a smaller engine that was custom built with extreme modifications for the attempt.
Suderman will start the manoeuvre at around 27,000 feet and anticipates it will take between three-and-a-half and four minutes to complete 120 spins. “High altitude flying is inherently risky,” says Suderman. “A failure in the oxygen system at attitude is potentially fatal.” The recovery is set to occur at 2000 feet above ground level and according to Suderman, if something goes wrong at that point, bailing out high enough for the parachute to work is not guaranteed.
MC-21 aircraft continues flight testing with help of EASA
On 13 February 2019, the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) announced that MC-21 testing is moving forward: for the first time, test flights were attended by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) representatives. The evaluation flights of the MC-21-300 were carried out for 2.5 to 4 hours at 3 to 10 km altitudes. The airliner was tested in high angles of attack and during stalling. Presently two MC-21-300 prototypes are undergoing testing, with a third aircraft expected to begin flight tests in March 2019.
As of 31 January 2019, 122 flights have already been carried out by two prototypes. UAC expects to complete certification in the second half of 2020, with the first delivery to launch customer Aeroflot by the end of that year.
Russian officials view EASA certification as a gateway for the airliner to enter the international market. “Obtaining a European certificate will open the MS-21-300 way to the international market,” Denis Manturov, Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation, is quoted as saying in the UAC statement. At the end of December 2018, the supply of composite materials used for the ‘black wing’ of the MC-21 were halted due to the United States sanctions on Russian company Aerocomposit (which is a part of UAC), as widely reported by local media, which also pointed out that the halt could delay MC-21 entry to the market for up to five years.
Air New Zealand plane takes off from Auckland, lands in scandal
On 9 February Air New Zealand flight NZ 289 took off from Auckland (AKL). The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner (ZK-NZQ), was en route to Shanghai (PVG). However, several hours into the flight, it turned around and came back to land safely at Auckland, New Zealand. The reason behind the turn around is the fact, that the Dreamliner ‘did not have regulatory approval to land in China and was required to return to Auckland,’ Air New Zealand explained to passengers. The airline received the aircraft at the end of September 2018 and was previously employed on routes between New Zealand and Singapore, the United States and Australia.
However, a publication by Stuff explains further that ‘multiple sources’ claim ‘paperwork for the Air NZ flight 289, which returned to Auckland after several hours in the air included reference to Taiwan which China took to be an acknowledgement that the island was independent’. Reuters points out that all the airline, New Zealand government and Chinese authorities claim the return was to do with ‘some administrative issue’. Nevertheless, the incident still drew political controversy.
The political issue(s)
The ‘five and a half hours to nowhere’ flight, as one unhappy passenger has called it on social media, on one hand, is perceived as a sign of the increasingly weakening political relationship between New Zealand and China. On another hand, this would not be the first time Taiwan-China question is causing a massive headache for airlines.
In February 2018, the Chinese government had instructed airlines to review their website references, and remove any material that identified Taiwan, Macau and Hong Kong as independent regions; a demand that was reiterated to 44 international carriers in a letter. Airlines were given a July 2018 deadline to comply, otherwise risking to face ‘disciplinary actions’. The Taiwanese government responded by condemning the letter and calling the action as ‘crude attempts to coerce foreign airlines to downgrade Taiwan’s status’. Nevertheless, affected carriers widely chose to either comply or find a creative solution to the problem.
Embraer delivered a total of 181 jets in 2018
The number was evenly split between commercial and business airplanes; 90 were commercial aircraft and 91 were executive jets (64 light and 27 large). The deliveries were within the outlook ranges for the year of 85 to 95 for the commercial aviation market, while business aviation market deliveries were below the 105 to 125 outlook, as recently disclosed by Embraer during its recent meeting with investors and analysts at the New York Stock Exchange. In the fourth quarter of 2018, Embraer delivered 33 commercial jets and 36 executive jets (24 light and 12 large). As of 31 December, the firm order backlog totalled $16.3 billion.
Regarding the business aviation market, Embraer launched in the fourth quarter the new Praetor 500 midsize and Praetor 600 super-midsize business jets, introducing unprecedented range into their categories. The Praetor 600 is expected to be certified and enter service in the second quarter of 2019, followed by the Praetor 500 in the third quarter of 2019.
Embraer Defence & Security celebrated an important milestone in the period when its multi-mission airlift KC-390 was granted the Type Certificate from Brazilian aviation authority Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil (ANAC). Also, the Company successfully completed the troop unloading, evacuation by hatch and evacuation tests through the front and rear doors of the aircraft in tests supported by the Brazilian Air Force as well as the Brazilian Army.
In the fourth quarter, the Services & Support area announced a multi-year contract with airlines around the world. Air Peace, Nigeria’s leading private airline, has signed a multi-year Pool Programme Agreement for spare parts and support of its six ERJ 145 jets. Trans States Airlines confirmed a contract to implement the Embraer Collaborative Inventory Planning (ECIP) programme, a supply chain solution for expendable parts. Besides that, a Flight Hour Pool Programme agreement was signed with Western Air, from the Bahamas, to provide repairable component support for the carrier’s fleet of ERJ-145 aircraft.
Start date announced for Red Arrows American tour
The Red Arrows will fly to North America for the deployment, called Western Hawk 19 after taking part in the Royal International Air Tattoo, at RAF Fairford, from 19 to 21 July. The team will travel across the two nations with a view to promoting trade and co-operation in support of the UK’s prosperity agenda.
Defence Minister Mark Lancaster said: “The Red Arrows are an international symbol of Britain and this landmark event will generate a significant amount of investment. It is only right that after more than a decade away, they return to the home of our closest defence ally.”
Previous tours, which include visiting locations such as China, Greece, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Pakistan and Bahrain, have led to the UK gaining as much as ten times in sales and investments as the cost of the tour. The Red Arrows will display at several US airshows and areas with strong UK links; the first time they have done so in more than a decade.
Gulfstream G500 earns innovation award for setting new safety standards
Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. received a 2019 Business Intelligence Group (BIG) Innovation Award for the advanced technology introduced on the high-performing Gulfstream G500. The Business Intelligence Group seeks out and rewards those with vision, creativity and persistence, all hallmarks found in the world’s leading companies and individuals. The G500 earned the award for its influence on worldwide travel thanks to the introduction of the Symmetry Flight Deck and the safety advancements it brings to the business jet industry. The new Gulfstream innovations feature active control sidesticks, the most extensive use of touch-screen technology in the industry and Gulfstream’s third-generation Enhanced Flight Vision System. The result is greater situational awareness, increased visibility, enhanced communication and a new level of safety in the skies.
The cabin experience on the G500 is just as beneficial for passengers as the flight deck is for pilots. Gulfstream interior and industrial designers collaborated to create new seating built around usability, comfort and aesthetics. With 100 percent fresh air, the quietest cabin in the industry and a low-altitude interior environment, the G500 delivers passengers to their destination refreshed, revived and ready to do business. In addition to the BIG Innovation Award, the G500 received Aviation Week’s 2017 Technology Laureate Award for the active control sidesticks and Flying’s 2019 Editors’ Choice Award. The Gulfstream-designed seats on the G500 and its sister ship, the G600, earned a 2018 International Yacht & Aviation Award.
Sun Flyer 2 completes first flight with Siemens electric motor
The Sun Flyer family of aircraft, including the two-seat Sun Flyer 2 and the four-seat Sun Flyer 4, aims to be the first FAA-certified, practical, all-electric airplanes to serve the flight training and general aviation markets. Siemens will provide electric propulsion systems for the Sun Flyer 2 airplane; the 57 lb.-SP70D motor with a 90kW peak rating (120 HP) and a continuous power setting of up to 70kW (94 HP). Sun Flyer brings the full promise of electric propulsion to the market with safe, practical and reliable electric aircraft. The all-electric operation requires no aviation fuel and results in zero emissions and significantly lower noise pollution compared to conventional aircraft. The sleek Sun Flyer design also features enhanced speed and altitude performance with extremely low operating costs.
George E. Bye, CEO of Bye Aerospace, the developer of the Sun Flyer, said the initial flight with the Siemens motor went flawlessly. “The airplane performed exactly as planned,” he said. “My thanks to the entire Siemens team for their participation as we enter this next, important flight test phase of Sun Flyer 2 with the Siemens electric propulsion system.”
Sun Flyer 2’s programme application to the FAA was accepted under FAR 23 certification criteria in the spring of 2018. The Sun Flyer 2 prototype will conduct extensive additional flight test activities in 2019 and continue to work closely with FAA representatives on certification activities. Current flight test focus areas are propulsion system, envelope expansion and systems optimisation.
Globally, Siemens eAircraft technology is helping lead the aviation industry in electrification and hybrid propulsion, system integration, service and condition-based monitoring. The company has previously equipped European light and sport aircraft with electric propulsion systems up to 260kW for test purposes and is also developing propulsion technology in power classes up to 10MW to enable electrification of aircraft in the commercial air transport sector. Siemens electric motor technology has powered aircraft to set two-speed records, achieve the world’s first aero tow by an electric plane and set a new world climb record with an altitude of 3,000 meters in four minutes and 22 seconds.
Deadly crash in Orange Country, Los Angeles
Antonio Pastini, (75) of Gardnerville, Nevada, was flying home after visiting his daughter and granddaughter on Sunday 3 February 2019, when his Cessna began coming apart and debris slammed into a Yorba Linda home, which caught fire. Four people inside the house died. The aircraft had recently taken off from Fullerton Municipal Airport in Los Angeles and was climbing through 7800 feet.
The Orange County Register reported the Cessna was built in 1981 and flown by a 75-year-old private pilot who had bought the aircraft last year. Weather at the time was overcast with rain and westerly winds about seven knots. Reports speak of one engine striking the house, the second engine landing on a road and the fuselage coming to rest in the yard of another house. News footage shows part of a wing on a roadway.
The Cessna 400 series of light piston twins, which were made from 1962–1987 was the subject of an unusually stringent AD last year. US Federal Aviation Administration AD 2018-03-03 requires repeated inspections of the left and the right forward lower carry-through spar cap for cracks and replacing the carry-through spar if cracks are found. Inspections were to be carried out within 25 flying hours for some 400 series models, or within 50 hours for others. For low-hours aircraft in the 400-series inspections are required before 15,000 hours. The AD goes on to impose a stringent service requirement: ‘If no cracks are found, repetitively thereafter inspect at intervals not to exceed 50 hours time-in-service.’
As a state of design airworthiness directive, AD 2018-03-03 applies to the 110 or so Cessna 401-425 aircraft on the Australian register. The AD affects 2147 aeroplanes on the US register. The US National Transportation Safety Board is investigating.
Pilot in deadly California house crash had been disciplined
In 1980, Pastini lost his license for 30 days after Davis found that his plane was behind on inspections, carried only an expired temporary registration and was not airworthy because of a hydraulic fluid leak from a brake and other problems, the Times said. The same pilot was also disciplined for dangerous flying years earlier. Years earlier, Pastini, then using the name Jordan Albert Isaacson, had his license twice suspended by the Federal Aviation Administration, the Los Angeles Times reported Friday, citing records kept by the Library of Congress.
In 1977, Pastini had his pilot’s license suspended for 120 days after he flew from Las Vegas to Long Beach, California, in cloudy and icy weather and falsely told an air traffic controller that he had ‘IFR clearance’ that indicated he was capable of flying the route with instruments. Pastini disregarded airspace rules and posed ‘a potential threat to himself, his passenger and other users of the system,’ wrote an administrative law judge, Jerrell R. Davis.
The Times said the FAA confirmed that Isaacson was Pastini. The agency said he submitted two name changes to the FAA: first in 1991 from Jordan Albert Isaacson to Jordan Ike Aaron, then in 2008 to Antonio Peter Pastini. Pastini told friends, family and even newspapers that he was a retired Chicago police officer. But Chicago police have said he never worked for them and a Chicago police badge he was carrying when he crashed had been reported lost in 1978.
Frankfurt Airport and Volocopter to coordinate on infrastructure
Eyeing the possibility of being the first airport in Europe to ‘harness the potential of electric air taxis,’ Fraport AG has announced its intention to join with Volocopter to develop dedicated ‘Volocopter Ports.’
For its part, Fraport has significant experience managing unmanned flying devices. ‘Via its FraDrones programme, Fraport has already tested various scenarios for using drones for operational purposes,’ according to the company. For its part Volocopter has continued to develop its 2X electric VTOL after a number of test flights and public demonstrations, including this one in January 2018. Fraport says of this collaboration, “This cooperation focuses on smooth passenger handling and efficient integration into existing transport infrastructure. In the future, Volocopter Ports could link existing urban transportation junctions with one another and provide connections to and from Frankfurt Airport.”
“Providing the ideal connection between the city centre and the airport poses a huge challenge for the world’s major cities,” says Florian Reuter, CEO of Volocopter. “Together with Fraport AG, we are excited to pioneer the implementation of an air taxi service at one of Europe’s most important airports.”
Intel drone light show at the Super Bowl in the Atlanta, US
As an official technology provider for the NFL, Intel Corporation made advanced Intel True View highlights available for fans to relive the progamme’s most exciting moments. Using high-performance computing, Intel True View transformed massive amounts of volumetric video data captured from 38 5K ultra-high-definition cameras into immersive 3D replays of Super Bowl LIII on 3 February 2019.
One hundred and fifty enhanced Intel® Shooting Star™ drones took a live flight during the Pepsi Super Bowl LIII halftime show to amplify Maroon 5’s performance.
As Maroon 5 began the song “She Will Be Loved,” 150 enhanced Intel Shooting Star drones floated up and over the field in a choreographed performance to the music to form the words ‘ONE’ and ‘LOVE.’ Intel enhanced the Intel Shooting Star drones specifically for the Pepsi Super Bowl halftime show to emulate the experience of floating lanterns. The drones were also enabled to successfully fly a pre-programmed path inside a closed stadium environment without GPS. Additionally, the 150 drones flown indoors exceed the world record that Intel earned flying 110 indoor drones at CES in 2018. Drone light shows and Intel True View are part of Intel’s larger effort to deliver powerful, innovative technologies that enable the rich viewing and entertainment experiences of the future.
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