“We used to be a free people. Now we are hedged in by millions of laws. Harassed by a plague of opportunistic lawyers. Harmed by regulations meant for our protection. Unnecessarily taxed to pay for a suffocating bureaucracy. Drowning in petty paperwork. Stifled by ‘rights’ that rarely benefit anyone.” Joan Beck
African Pilot’s April 2019 edition
The April edition of African Pilot is complete and has entered its distribution phase. This edition features business at Wonderboom National Airport and Turboprop Aircraft types. With the launch of APAdigital, I have been filming extensive video footage at the airports in order to produce videos that illustrate the various regional airports as they have never been seen before.
African Pilot’s May 2019 edition
The May edition will feature all Helicopter Types and Helicopter Operations available in southern Africa, whilst at the same time, our team will complete the annual African Pilot Service Guide to be distributed together with the May edition. The closing date for editorial material is Wednesday 3 April and the advertising material deadline is Friday 5 April. We have made this deadline earlier for the May edition due to the many public holidays in the month of April. For advertising positions please contact Lara Bayliss at Tel: 0861 001130 Cell: 079 880 4359 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you
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Video of the week: AERO South Africa promotional video
Aero South Africa 4 to 6 July 2019
After months of planning and preparations, the Aero South Africa team is excited to announce that visitor registrations to Africa’s inaugural trade show for the general aviation are now OPEN. Exhibitors will cover the full spectrum of services, so this is the ideal place to source new products, view the latest technology and even sell or buy new aircraft. Daily seminars will be FREE to attend. Secure your FREE visitor pass online now and get ready to discover the latest industry innovations available to the African market: https://www.tisevents.co.za/Event/AERO/Default.aspx?id=3651
SOUTH AFRICAN AVIATION NEWS
Goodbye to a friend in aviation – Ken Jones
Sadly I am breaking the news that Ken Jones owner of Aviation Rebuilders passed away on Friday at about lunchtime after what has been described as a massive heart attack. Ken was one of those people who always had time for everyone in solving some of the seemingly impossible aviation problems. Many aircraft owners and pilots will have fond memories of Ken’s inner smile as he discussed solutions to sorting out repairs within the maintenance environment. Also so many AMOs relied on Ken’s ability to manufacture parts at very reasonable rates. African Pilot wishes Ken a safe journey to that great hangar in the sky and may Lyn (Ken’s daughter) keep running this special business together with the many staff members who are all highly skilled at aviation repairs and maintenance.
Sungazer Paradise Estate
“Are you a pilot? (microlight, LSA, STOL aircraft, or helicopter) we offer a 650m long grass runway and the possibility to build your hangar and holiday house just alongside.” Some consider this location the most stunning area to fly in South Africa. You can organise fly-aways in almost all directions and will find magnificent landscapes. Even the coast is only a short flight way. Create your dream hideaway on this small and exclusive development near Van Reenen; a leisurely three-hour drive from Johannesburg or Durban; Nestled between the ripples of mountains on the Drakensberg escarpment, Sungazer Paradise is the perfect spot for your entire family to unwind. You can sip sundowners on the terrace, which offers magnificent views, play games in front of a cosy, crackling fireplace or experience the cool and misty winter days in total relaxation. Sungazer-Paradise is safe, secure and absolutely beautiful, which is exactly what your family deserves to call home. At your holiday nest you will enjoy the clean, crisp, invigorating mountain air as you take the kids on a healthy hike and imagine that you have the Scottish highlands at your doorstep. You will be in the middle of an almost untouched farm-landscape. Sungazer-Paradise Estate offers special deals: Going Green and 50% discount for the first two buyers. Just R270 000 for 12.000m2 (1.2HA) in a stunning area.
Contact Tel: 083 366 8481 Website: www.sungazer-paradise.co.za
MAYDAY-SA needs your support so that we can continue supporting pilots and their families
Dear Fellow Aviator,
We know the stresses and demands of our profession, the requirement to cope and the responsibility for safety. As Mayday-SA, we want you to know that support is available to you to perform at your best when taking to the skies! Our volunteer pilot peers from all sectors of the aviation industry support the health and wellbeing of colleagues, whether through personal stressess or operational events.
SA’s disastrous economic conditions has impacted us with donations being suspended, putting Mayday-SA at serious financial risk. Although our cost structures are low, Mayday-SA requires funding to equip the Peers with comprehensive training and other organisational expenses.
For this reason, we are launching this appeal to the aviation community to support us through this time. Please graciously consider making any level of donation: R100, R1000, R5000 so that Mayday-SA can continue playing its vital role in offering a safe and supportive environment and world class support for license holders in our industry. Supporting us in this way will enable us to continue offering support to pilots and other license holders.
Please deposit directly into our FNB account:
Peer to Peer Mayday-SA
Rivonia Branch: 250355
Account number: 62407814288
Swift Code: FIRNZAJJ
Wendy Santilhano (CEO)
African Pilot’s commitment to Mayday-SA
In the past African Pilot has supported Mayday-SA as a worthy cause where all pilots who impacted by stress-related events in their lives may receive peer support from Mayday-SA’s experienced pilot peers. As part of this ongoing support I pledge an amount of R2000 to Mayday-SA’s cause and I challenge all those individuals and companies in the aviation market to also make a donation to this vital organisation within South African aviation.
Air BP launches Airfield Automation digital technology in Africa to help prevent misfuelling
The cloud-based platform is designed to prevent misfuelling by enhancing safety, reliability and compliance in airport fuelling operations, as well as to provide data in real time to airline customers. Importantly, it strengthens safety barriers and mitigates risks during the fuelling process. It is the first commercially deployed system in the world to provide an engineering barrier to actively help prevent misfuelling.
The platform consolidates the data related to airport fuelling operations and works via an app on a handheld device in the fuelling vehicles. The appropriately named ‘safe2go’ app captures fuel volume readings and provides fuel grade checks to add an additional misfuelling barrier. It then electronically captures customer details which are confirmed with an electronic signature from the pilot or airline. By using this automated, end-to-end, paperless system, accuracy is enhanced and any potential mis-keying errors minimised.
Aside from the enhanced safety barriers, aircraft operators will also benefit from faster, more comprehensive and more accurate fuelling and delivery data. The cloud-based technology will enable Air BP to offer increasingly integrated information to customers, such as delivery records and precise delivery timings.
Air BP has been present in Africa for more than 75 years. The company currently supplies fuel at 40 network locations and works with around 50 customers across all three sectors (Commercial, General and Military) at nine locations in South Africa; 10 in Egypt; seven in Tunisia; seven in Mozambique; two in Morocco; two in Cape Verde and one each in Mauritius, Ivory Coast and Nigeria. The company’s operations in Africa are supported by around 180 employees.
What happened in aviation over the past week?
Puma Energy at Rand Airport
On Sunday 31 March Puma Energy together with the Flying Lions sponsored a customer experience day at Rand Airport where various persons within the client base of the fuel supplier were treated to an amazing flying experience with the famous Harvard aerobatics team. Thank you for the invitation from Puma Energy, Christine and I spent a wonderful morning photographing and videoing the various people who enjoyed an amazing flight. This video will be placed onto next week’s APAnews for all to see.
Piper Twin Comanche accident at Baragwanath airfield
In what appears to have been a ‘botched’ practice engine failure on touch and go at the airfield late on Friday afternoon resulted in the aircraft cart wheeling into the field alongside the runway and fortunately both occupants survived with only minor injuries. I will ask Charlie Marais to examine this type of twin training accident and provide his expert opinion about cutting an engine at low level in the practise situation for publication in a future edition.
What is scheduled for the next few weeks?
The Coves ‘Flying Carnival’ takes off
The annual ‘Coves Fly-In’ has been a popular event on the aviation calendar since 2011. The Coves is a beautiful lifestyle estate on the Western shores of Hartbeespoort dam. This year promises to be particularly exciting. To reflect many enhancements to the event, The Coves community has renamed the event ‘The Coves Flying Carnival’.
Aviation activities will start at sunrise, with a full programme for the day. We are expecting more than 70 visiting aircraft, plus 30 that are resident at The Coves. Several aviation activities not seen in previous years are confirmed. These include displays of powered paragliders, parachutists, radio controlled aircraft (both powered and gliders) as well as formation flying. Highlights are several aerobatic displays by some of the most sought after teams and individuals on the continent. Helicopter flips will be available to visitors to the Carnival.
To complement the aviation, food stalls, shaded seating areas, ice cold drinks, proper sanitation will be provided. Local produce and crafts, as well as aviation toys and memorabilia, will be for sale. The voice of aviation, Brian Emmenis and his Capital Radio broadcast team will guide, entertain and keep us all informed and safe during the day.
The Coves Flying Carnival is by invitation only. Invited guests and registered aircraft are welcomed to experience a unique lifestyle estate. Visitors can enjoy a meal or drink at The Oaks bistro and see the dam and the various Coves we love to live in. Above all, the natural beauty and grandeur of living at the foot of the majestic Magaliesburg Mountain range provides an unforgettable experience.
Visiting aircraft will be welcomed for arrival up to 11h00, after which there will be sterile airspace for the various displays, The runway will reopen at 15h00 for departures. These timelines will be strictly enforced. All aircraft types are welcomed to visit for the day, as long as they abide by the Coves Aero Club rules, approach procedures and the indemnity requirements laid out on www.thecoves.co.za or available from email@example.com
All arriving aircraft must complete their arrival and indemnity forms by no later than 5 April, to gain access to our private airfield. Please e-mail all forms confirming your understanding and possession of the rules of the day to The Coves Aero club chairman. JP Fourie, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pilots are required to register on arrival at The Coves Pilot Welcome Centre, adjacent to the Outside Broadcast unit. where we shall provide our visiting flying folk with a meal and coffee voucher, in appreciation of their aerial visit, to The Coves Flying Carnival. Diarise 6 April 2019, as a must attend event if you are an aviator. You don’t want to miss this event!
Aero Club of South Africa announcement
The Aero Club of South Africa – General Manager resignation
Mr. Alan Evan-Hanes has resigned his position in the Aero Club as the incumbent General Manager, with effect 31 March 2019, we have agreed that this would be his last day of work and as such from the 1 April 2019, the Aero Club will continue business as usual with the Exco taking up the responsibilities of the GM until alternative resourcing is established.
Aero Club of South Africa AGM
This is to advise you of the upcoming 78th Annual General Meeting of the members of The Aero Club of South Africa. The details of this meeting are as follows:
Date : 23 April 2019
Time : 18h00 for 18h30
Place : EAA auditorium, Hurricane Ave, Rand Airport, Germiston
Available on the Aero Club website www.aeroclub.org.za are the following documents:
• The agenda
• The draft minutes of the last AGM no 77
• Proxy form
• Nomination form
• Council Members Election Process – extracts from the Constitution (given as part of the nomination form document)
Should you wish to place any items on the Agenda under General, please notify the Aero Club Office at email@example.com for inclusion.
As per the Council Members election process to be found in the Constitution, any nominations to be made to serve as Council office bearers are to be made 30 days in advance of the AGM, this being by 23 March 2019 by completing the prescribed nomination form and submitting in writing to the Aero Club office. See you there.
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.
Please take note that the Race for Rhinos scheduled for 27 to 30 June has been cancelled by the organisers. However, there is some talk about a scaled down version taking place at Matsieng in Botswana.
Also the SAAF Museum airshow that was scheduled for Saturday 4 May has also been postponed, due to the general election taking place on Wednesday 8 May. Although African Pilot has not received any communication from the SAAF Museum, we have received this information from a reliable source. As soon as these events have been confirmed, African Pilot will keep you informed about the details.
Coves airfield fly-in (west of Hartbeespoort 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
Contact Lourens Kruger E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Cell: 082 320 2615
4 to 14 April
Stars of Sandstone Ficksburg, Eastern Free State
10 to 13 April
AERO Friedrichshafen, Germany Global show for General Aviation
Contact Stephan E-mail: email@example.com
The 27th AERO, with its comprehensive range of products and services on offer, will held on Lake Constance as Europe’s general aviation center. The spectrum of aircraft exhibited in Friedrichshafen will extend from gliders and ultra-lights to Echo class planes through to helicopters and business jets. Drones for civilian use and vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) air taxis of the future will play a role at AERO. Electric flight will be even more prominently exhibited at the e-flight-expo. Avionics Avenue, the Engine Area and Be a Pilot are areas that will round out AERO’s specialised exhibits and programming. The Flight Simulator Area will appeal to both beginners and experienced pilots among the trade visitors.
Witbank Aeronautical Association fly-in Easter breakfast
Contact Robert Clark e-mail: Comms@flywaa.co.za
Rand Airport Easter fly-in
Contact Carolle Olivier Tel: 011 827 8884
SAPFA EAA Convention Adventure Rally – Vryheid
Contact Rob Jonkers cell: 082 804 7032 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
26 to 28 April
EAA National Convention in Vryheid
Contact EAA National Committee Marie Reddy
10 and 11 May
Lowveld airshow at Nelspruit airport
Contact Monica Fourie Tel: 083 619 3597 E-mail: email@example.com
10 to 12 May
Contact Dave O’Halloran E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
10 to 12 May
NAC annual fly away Letsatsi Game Reserve
Contact Deon Wentzel Cell: 082 458 5719 E-mail: email@example.com
14 to 17 May
NAMPO Agricultural Trade Show near Bothaville, Free State
Contact Wim Venter Tel: 086 004 7246 E-mail: Wim@grainsa.co.za
SAPFA Sheila Taylor Fun Rally – Krugersdorp Airfield
Contact Frank Eckard cell: 083 269 1516 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
18 & 19 May
SAC Free State Regionals Tempe Airport
Contact Annie Boon e-mail: email@example.com
Botswana International Airshow Matsieng Aerodrome (FBMA)
Contact Hentie de Wet E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
AFRICAN AVIATION NEWS
SANDF continues rescue missions in Zimbabwe, Malawi and Mozambique
Following the devastation caused by tropical cyclone Idai, which made landfall across areas in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe, leaving a trail of destruction, death and total displacements of communities. Having been deployed on 16 March by President Cyril Ramaphosa to support flood relief efforts with the United Nations, joint inter-departmental, inter-agency and other multinational organisations within the affected countries, the SANDF conducted search and rescue missions in support of other humanitarian agencies. Using its air platforms, the SANDF is also engaged in multilateral efforts to provide lifesaving and sustenance supplies to areas cut-off by the devastating cyclone. The World Health Organisation is providing supplies to treat diarrheal diseases and cholera, and helping to set up three cholera treatment centres.
Leonardo helicopter production joint venture with Algeria
Announcing the joint venture on 25 March, Leonardo said that it will own 49% while the Algerian defence ministry will own the other 51%. Headquarters will be in a new facility at Ain Arnat in Setif Province. The helicopter initiative has been in the works since August 2016 when a memorandum of understanding was signed for helicopter production. According to a report published by Mena Defense in April 2015, the setting up of the helicopter plant was part of the deal signed between the Algerian government and Italian defence equipment manufacturer Leonardo for the delivery of AgustaWestland helicopters to Algerian security forces in 2011.
Leonardo said the joint venture is planned to assemble, sell and support several helicopter models, primarily to meet Algeria’s national requirements, but also for the export market. In addition, the joint venture will provide the end users with technical support, maintenance and training services and capabilities. Over the past decade Leonardo has supplied nearly 100 helicopters to different Algerian government departments, including the Algerian Air Force, Presidency, Gendarmerie, Marine, Police Service and civil protection units. This includes eight AW101s, 24 AW109s (ten for the Police and 14 for the Gendarmerie), eight AW119 Koalas for pilot training, 20 AW139s (six for the Civil Protection Department, 11 for the Air Force and three for the Navy) and ten Super Lynx for the Navy.
Morocco looking to upgrade existing F16 fleet
The Royal Moroccan Air Force (RMAF) is looking to acquire an additional batch of F-16 Fighting Falcons from the United States and upgrade its existing fleet, with the country requesting 25 of the latest Block 72 fighters worth some $3.8 billion. On 25 March the US State Department said it had approved a foreign military sale to Morocco of 25 F-16C/D Block 72 aircraft and related equipment for an estimated cost of $3.787 billion. At the same time as the request for 25 new fighters, Morocco requested upgrades to its 23 existing F-16s, which would bring them to F-16V standard at a cost of $985.2 million. Morocco’s F-16s are deployed at Ben Guerir Air Base north of Marrakech. Since entering service they have been used to strike Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria from late 2014 and have been used to strike Houthi targets in Yemen as part of the Saudi-led coalition there. One was lost in a crash in Yemen in May 2015 due to apparent technical failure.
WORLD AVIATION NEWS
‘Year of the fighter’ brings classic warbirds and modern jets to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2019
A roster of the most legendary American military aircraft in history, from iconic World War II airplanes to today’s most sophisticated flying machines, will be flying and on display EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2019. The 67th annual Experimental Aircraft Association fly-in convention will be held between 22 and 28 July at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. EAA’s activities are being planned in conjunction with the US Air Force Air Combat Command, the EAA Warbirds of America and individual aircraft owners. The activities will take place throughout the week, with some special programmes designated for particular days during AirVenture’s seven-day run.
Among the events involving past and present military aircraft are:
⦁ Aircraft from the USAF Air Combat Command, ranging from fighters such as the F-15, F-16, F-22 and F-35, as well as the A-10 attack aircraft
⦁ The first Oshkosh appearance of the unique XP-82 Twin Mustang, which has been under restoration in Georgia
⦁ A salute to World War II ace Bud Anderson, with every flying P-51 in the US invited to Oshkosh to participate
⦁ A gathering of US Navy fighter aircraft, including F4U Corsairs, the unique gullwing fighters that were a key asset in the Pacific Theatre
⦁ Observance of the 75th anniversary of D-Day, with aircraft that participated in the actual invasion on 6 June 1944, as well as C-47 airplanes that will have just returned from a historic anniversary flight to France
⦁ US Air Force Heritage Flights and US Navy Legacy Flights involving historic and modern aircraft in formation, highlighting the legacy and evolution of military aircraft.
More details, such as arrival and flight days for specific aircraft, as well as forums and evening programmes, will be announced as they are finalised.
US DOT to form special committee to review FAA’s aircraft certification process
In order to review the FAA certification process the US Department of Transport (DOT) has announced the establishment of an expert special committee to review the procedures of the FAA for the certification of new aircraft, including the Boeing 737 MAX. Air Force General (Ret.) Darren McDew, former head of the US Transportation Command and Captain Lee Moak, former President of the Air Line Pilots’ Association, have agreed to serve as the interim co-chairs of the special committee pending the appointment of other members. As an independent body the special committee findings will be presented directly to the Secretary and the FAA Administrator.
Indonesian Airline moves to cancel MAX order
In the wake of the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 on March 10, Indonesia’s Garuda Airlines has sent a letter to Boeing saying that it intends to cancel its order for 49 MAX 8s. According to the airline, the decision was made due to lack of customer confidence in the model. Garuda ordered 50 MAX 8s, valued at approximately $4.9 billion, in 2014 and has accepted delivery of one.
“Continuing the Max order does not benefit Garuda,” airline spokesman Ikhsan Rosan told The New York Times. “Our passengers, psychologically, they don’t trust flying with Max anymore. They often asked during booking what type of aircraft they would be flying on.” Rosan also said that while signed purchase agreements can be difficult to get out of, Garuda will be discussing options with Boeing that include switching to a different aircraft model. Boeing is reportedly meeting with Garuda next week.
An estimated 4,000 Boeing MAXs are on order worldwide. Several larger carriers, including American, United and Southwest, have said they have no plans to change their MAX orders, but will instead wait for Boeing’s promised software upgrade and training updates.
British Air flight bound for Germany lands in Scotland
On Monday morning 25 March passengers bound for Dusseldorf from London City Airport on board British Airways Flight 3271 were surprised by the landing announcement, “Welcome to Edinburgh.” After a delay of 2.5 hours, the aircraft, operated by WDL Aviation for British Air, eventually made the two-hour flight to Dusseldorf. The BBC is reporting that the Embraer 170 was flown from London City to Edinburgh and back for its final flights on Sunday, the day before. The crew is believed to have followed the previous day’s flight route. WDL said that “At no time has the safety of passengers been compromised. We flew the passengers on the flight with number BA3271 to Dusseldorf after the involuntary stopover in Edinburgh.”
Pipistrel produces 1,000th aircraft in Sinus / Virus family
In its 30th year in business, Pipistrel has produced the 1,000th aircraft in the Sinus / Virus family, one of several milestones noted during the company’s pearl anniversary. The entire Pipistrel team gathered in front of the hangar at the Pipistrel production facility in Ajdovscina, Slovenia, to mark this historic event. The lady of the day was a gorgeous Pipistrel Sinus Max. This year Pipistrel celebrates 30 years of organised aircraft production as a company. During these years they have produced aircraft from the Sinus / Virus family, as well as all the other models; Taurus and Taurus Electro; Type-certified SW 121; the line of aircraft for Indian Army; Garud; Apis Bee; Panthera and powered motor-gliders in the early years) the total sum of Pipistrel aircraft produced is now probably already over 2000.
Garmin announces G3X touch for certified aircraft
The already-warm competition in the low-cost glass panel market got hotter on Monday when Garmin announced that the G3X Touch system will now be available for certified aircraft. The G3X Touch is a mainstay in the experimental segment and will now be installable under an approved model list for some 500 aircraft at $7995 for a 7-inch display version and $9995 for a 10-inch version. Garmin clearly aims to compete with Dynon, which introduced its own line of experimental / certified equipment last year to a limited list of aircraft under STC. While Dynon is supporting installations outside the established avionics shop network, Garmin will leverage its powerful presence in the dealer universe to market the G3X Touch to owners of certified aircraft.
The G3X Touch has four panel configurations to allow pilots to match their current panel or future purchases. Like its bigger brother, the G1000 series, the G3X Touch has vivid moving maps, synthetic vision, weather and traffic capability and wireless connectivity to portables. The G3X Touch will also interface with the GFC 500 autopilot, the G5 electronic flight instruments and a range of navcomms. Garmin says production is underway and deliveries in April 2019 are planned.
Dynon drops prices on SkyView classic
Dynon Avionics has announced a slight reorganisation of its product line with price reductions on two models, the SkyView Classic and SkyView SE, as well as the discontinuation of the SkyView Touch. Dynon has also said it’s close to receiving approval to fit the SkyView HDX to Beech 35-series airplanes via an STC. Dynon says the SkyView Classic and SE versions will be $200 to $500 less expensive, depending on screen size. Both are non-touchscreen versions of the company’s popular EFIS; the SE is aimed at the VFR pilot and so omits the synthetic vision, extensive mapping and other IFR-related features found on the Classic. As with the HDX, both the Classic and SE can be mated to engine-monitoring modules, autopilot servos and remote-mounted comm radios and transponders.
Meanwhile, the company continues to expand its base of STC-approved installations. Dynon already has STC approval to install the SkyView HDX in a long list of Cessna 172 models (and the D10A and D100 are approved as replacement attitude indicators or standby instruments now) but the company now expects to have approval in hand for installations covering Beech’s 35-series Bonanzas in the coming weeks. Next on the list are the Beech A36 models and the Piper Seneca; Dynon says the Piper should be approved in the first half of 2019. After that comes the Cessna 182 series, with an expected approval date before the end of 2019.
Helicopters evacuate 476 cruise ship passengers off Norway
One of the largest civilian helicopter rescue operations ever undertaken ended on Sunday 24 March when the crew of a foundering cruise ship managed to restore power and sail to a nearby port. Before the ship was able to move again, a total of 476 of 1,300 passengers and crew on the Viking Sky were winched to one of five helicopters hovering overhead in rough weather off Norway. The ship’s crew called a Mayday on Saturday after it lost power in heavy seas and high winds off the rocky west coast of Norway. Crews managed to anchor the ship but the 30-foot swells and 40-knot winds prevented a sea rescue. Instead, five large 19-passenger helicopters normally used to service offshore oil platforms hovered over the ship’s top deck and hoisted passengers by winch and cable one by one to relative safety. Early in the rescue, two of the helicopters were diverted to evacuate a nearby cargo ship that was also in trouble.
All Nippon Airways takes delivery of its first A380
At a special ceremony in Toulouse, All Nippon Airways become the 15th operator of the world’s largest passenger aircraft. ANA has ordered three A380s and will operate the aircraft on the popular route between Tokyo Narita and Honolulu from 24 May. Each ANA A380 will feature a special livery depicting the Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle, also known as the Honu. The livery on the first aircraft is painted in blue, while the second will be green and the third orange.
ANA’s A380 is configured in a premium layout seating 520 passengers. The upper deck features eight suites in first class, 56 business class seats that convert to fully flat beds and 73 premium economy seats. Economy class is located on the main deck, where ANA offers a spacious layout seating 383 passengers, including 60 couch seats. The aircraft features ANA’s very latest in-flight entertainment systems, as well as full connectivity in all classes. Following this delivery to ANA, there are currently 232 A380s in service with 15 airlines worldwide, flying on 120 routes across the globe.
WORLD DRONE NEWS
ADAMA partners with tactical robotics elevating farming to new heights
Tactical Robotics has developed the Cormorant, a multi-role, compact, high payload, unmanned vertical take-off-and-landing (VTOL) aircraft with unique capabilities. The Cormorant can carry an effective payload of more than 1,100 pounds (up to 1,685 pounds including fuel), it does not require an airstrip and can be transported by truck. The Cormorant is a versatile UAV platform capable of performing multiple tasks, ranging from logistics and cargo services to fire-fighting and aerial spraying.
As part of the collaboration, ADAMA and Tactical Robotics will work together to develop the Ag-Cormorant, an innovative solution for aerial spraying. ADAMA’s expertise and know-how of the Ag industry alongside its farmer-centric approach dedicated for bringing valuable solutions to the farm ecosystem will guide the development direction and define the Ag-Cormorant capabilities.
The Ag-Cormorant’s unmanned operation and unique design promote a new standard of safety in aerial spraying. It eliminates the risks of pilot injuries and exposed rotor accidents. With a relatively low acoustic signature and 24/7 flying capabilities it will significantly increase the available window for application. The Ag-Cormorant’s ability to adjust flight height and speed according to the mission in combination with unique aerodynamic properties enables better canopy penetration, drift reduction and variable rate application capabilities.
Swimmers in Micronesia rescued with the assistance of a drone
The CNMI Department of Public Safety-Boating Safety Division in Micronesia recently used a drone to assist in the rescue of seven swimmers who had become stranded in Laulau Bay. The seven were among eight tourists who had gone for a swim in the bay on Tuesday morning when the current and tides began to get strong. The Marianas Variety newspaper reports that one of the swimmers attempted to climb a makeshift ladder out of the water, but the ladder broke, leaving the swimmers stranded in the water. The current and tides began to pull them out to sea. DPS reports that they received a 911 call at about 12h53 local time from one of the swimmers who managed to make it to shore and climb the rocks. A rescue boat was launched, along with a drone which helped locate the seven who remained in the water clinging to a yellow floatation device.
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