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African Pilot’s May 2019 edition
The May edition features most Helicopter Types and Helicopter Operations as well as HAI Heli-Expo, which is the largest helicopter exhibition in the world, organised by Helicopter Association International. At the same time our team has completed our annual African Pilot Service Guide to be distributed together with the May edition. This edition is printing and will be ready for distribution later this week. I would like to thank all our valuable advertisers that supported this exciting edition as well as our annual aviation services guide.
African Pilot’s June 2019 edition
African Pilot’s exciting June edition will feature business at Lanseria International Airport, the South African Power Flying Association’s (SAPFA) President’s Trophy Air Race (PTAR) to be staged in Saldanha (Western Cape), South Africa’s EAA National Convention in Vryheid (KZN) and the Lowveld airshow (Nelspruit airfield), scheduled the weekend before this edition goes to print. In addition we will be featuring US EAA’s Sun ‘n Fun staged in Florida as well as the annual AERO Friedrichshafen European trade show staged in Germany. Indeed this is a very busy time within the South African aviation calendar. African Pilot continues to be the foremost aviation publication that continuously brings the most important aviation events to its readers every month. 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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SOUTH AFRICAN AVIATION NEWS
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
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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.
Witbank Aeronautical Association fly-in Easter breakfast
Contact Robert Clark e-mail: Comms@flywaa.co.za
Rand Airport Easter fly-in and SAPFA Easter adventure rally
Contact Rob Jonkers e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org cell: 082 804 7032
Contact Carolle Olivier Tel: 011 827 8884 E-mail: email@example.com
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
Contact Johan Pieters E-mail: email@example.com Cell: 082 923 0078
6 and 7 June
Africa Drone Conference – Emperors Palace Convention Centre
Contact Simon Mkitlane E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 011 886 0433
SAPFA Bethlehem Speed Rally – Bethlehem Airfield
Contact Jonty Esser e-mail: email@example.com cell: 082 855 9435
10 to 16 June
SAPFA World Precision Flying Championships – Castellon Spain
Contact Hans Schwebel cell: 082 656 3005 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
5 to 8 June
Zimbabwe Air Rally
Mel Cooper Cell: + 263 773 218426 E-mail: email@example.com
20 to 23 June
SAC National Championships venue TBA
Contact Annie Boon e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
21 to 23 June
EAA Chapter 322 flight training Boot Camp at Mwala Lodge
Contact Neil Bowden Cell: 084 674 5674 E-mail: email@example.com
Contact Relibile Mofokeng E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Cell: 073 837 0162
Reefsteamers train, plane, vintage car event from Krugersdorp to Magalies
Contact Ian Morrison e-mail: email@example.com
23 to 28 June
South African Hot Air Balloon Championships Skeerpoort North West Province
Contact Richard Bovell e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
27 to 30 June
SAC National Championships Malelane airfield
Contact Annie Boon e-mail: email@example.com
AFRICAN AVIATION NEWS
Uganda Airlines firms up orders for two Airbus A330neo aircraft
Uganda Airlines, the national carrier of Uganda, has firmed up its order for two A330-800 airliners, the latest version of the most popular A330 widebody airliner. Fitted with the new Airspace by Airbus cabin, the A330neo will bring a range of benefits to Uganda Airlines and its customers, offering unrivalled efficiencies combined with the most modern cabin. Uganda Airlines plans to use the A330-800 to build its medium and long-haul network with the aircraft offering cutting-edge technology along with more efficient operations.
Angola to receive two more Su-30Ks
In May this year the Angolan Air Force will take delivery of a further two Su-30K combat aircraft from Russia, having already received six out of an order for 12 of the refurbished second hand aircraft.
This emerged during the visit to Russia by Angolan President João Lourenço on 3 April, who was in Moscow for the Russian-Angolan business forum.
Angola received its first two Su-30Ks in September 2017, with four spotted in satellite imagery in October 2018. It ordered 12 Su-30K fighters during a visit by Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin to Luanda, Angola, in October 2013. Deliveries were originally anticipated around 2015, but were delayed due to upgrade work. According to ITAR-TASS, modification work included improvements to the radar and navigation system and installation of a video recorder, amongst other items. The aircraft were formerly operated by the Indian Air Force, which has ordered more than 200 Su-30MKIs in a number of batches. The early models delivered were basic aircraft without features such as canards and thrust vector controls and it is these 18 early model aircraft (ten Su-30MK and eight Su-30K fighters delivered between May 1997 and December 1999) that were returned to Russia and replaced with more advanced Su-30MKIs.
Washington warns Cairo on Su-35
Roll Call reported on 9 April that the proposed Su-35 buy ‘has alarmed the Trump administration,’ which is concerned about Cairo’s deepening relationship with Moscow. A senior US official told the media outlet, “In terms of the expanding Russian influence in the region, that’s obviously something which we are quite concerned about. We don’t see a lot of material benefits to engagements with the Russians. We just would encourage the Egyptians to turn more toward the West, toward the United States.”
He added that Washington could enact sanctions on Egypt – via the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act of 2017 (CAATSA) if it goes through with the purchase. The comments from the senior official come as Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi visits the US for high-level dialogue.
Last month, Kommersant reported that Egypt bought ‘over two dozen’ Su-35s in 2018. The contract for the buy is said to be around $2 billion, with deliveries planned to start in 2020-2021. Kommersant noted that production of the jets had already begun. However, later in March, Rosoboronexport denied that a contract had been inked. Rosoboronexport deputy head Sergei Kornev told Interfax that Russia remains ready to supply the aircraft, but indicated that a deal had not been finalized. The US has already sanctioned China, as well as Su-35 producer Komsomolsk-on-Amur Aircraft Plant, over Beijing’s recent acquisition of the Su-35 and the S-400. In addition, the US has sought to pressure Turkey over its effort to procure the S-400.
Air Peace selects the E195-E2
Embraer has signed a firm order for 10 E195-E2 jets with Air Peace, Nigeria’s largest airline. The order was announced during Embraer’s Africa Airline Business Seminar in Mauritius. With this order, Air Peace will become the first E-Jets E2 operator in Africa. The contract includes purchase rights for a further 20 E195-E2 jets. With all purchase rights being exercised, the contract has a value of $2.12 billion, based on current list prices. Air Peace has grown rapidly since it commenced flight operations in 2014 and is now the largest airline in West Africa. The airline intends to address the significant untapped demand in the African market with the E195-E2, the newest, most efficient, and most comfortable aircraft in the segment.
WORLD AVIATION NEWS
World’s largest aircraft makes its maiden flight
The world’s largest airplane took flight for the first time ever on Saturday morning. Built by rocket launch company Stratolaunch, the 500,000-pound plane with a 385-foot wingspan lifted off shortly after 10h00 from Mojave Air and Space Port in Mojave, California. It was a critical first test flight for the aircraft, designed to launch rockets into orbit from the air. According to the company, the inaugural flight lasted for 150 minutes. The dual-fuselage Stratolaunch is designed to fly to an altitude of 35,000 feet, where it can drop rockets that ignite their engines and boost themselves into orbit around the planet. There was no rocket on this particular flight. But the company has already signed at least one customer, Northrop Grumman, which plans to use Stratolaunch to send its Pegasus XL rocket into space. This flight comes just three months after Stratolaunch laid off more than 50 employees and cancelled efforts to develop its own rockets. Originally, the company had planned to build a whole suite of rockets, including a spaceplane. The change in plans was reportedly sparked by the death of Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, who started Stratolaunch in 2011.
Stratolaunch did not take questions during the press call and made no mention of what comes next for the aircraft. The road to Sunday’s launch involved a number of incremental tests over the last few years, including the initial rollout and an engine test in 2017 and a number of taxis down the runway in Mojave at various speeds.
A Japanese F-35 fighter crashed into the Pacific Ocean
The stealth jet disappeared from radar minutes into a training mission from Misawa Air Base in northern Japan. Defence officials said its pilot signalled the need to abort the mission shortly before the plane was lost. Japanese Defence Minister Takeshi Iwaya said debris from the plane, parts of its two tail fins, was found early on Wednesday. Japanese and US planes and ships, including a US guided-missile destroyer, were continuing to search for the pilot, the Japanese Ministry of Defence said, adding that the unnamed aviator was a male in his 40s with more than 3,200 hours of flying experience. He was flying what is considered the finest stealth jet technology in the skies.
With the world’s most advanced avionics, engines and weaponry, the Pentagon touts the F-35 as the ‘the most affordable, lethal, supportable and survivable aircraft ever to be used.’ According to the plane’s maker, Lockheed Martin, as of August 2018, more than 310 F-35s have been delivered to militaries around the world. Japan’s first squadron of the $100 million fighter jets went operational last month, with 13 of the jets forming the 302nd Squadron at the Misawa base. Japan’ 12 remaining F-35s would be grounded until the cause of Tuesday’s crash is determined.
The Japanese Ministry of Defence said, whilst most F-35s are manufactured in the United States, the one that crashed on Tuesday was the first to come off an assembly line in Nagoya, Japan. The Japanese jet, an F-35A model, is the second lost to an accident. A US Marine Corps F-35B crashed in Beaufort, South Carolina, in late September 2018. I October US defence officials said a faulty fuel tube was the likely cause and all F-35s operated by the United States and its allies were temporarily grounded for inspection.
Tuesday’s crash is certainly a setback for Japan’s ambitious F-35 programme. With 147 of the planes in its fleet or on order, Tokyo is Lockheed Martin’s second largest customer for the plane. Japan announced plans to purchase 105 of the F-35A models and 42 F-35Bs, the latter of which it could eventually use to turn its Izumo-class helicopter destroyers into small aircraft carriers, its first since World War II.
Wreckage of Japanese F-35 found in the ocean
Authorities have recovered at least a portion of a Japanese F-35 fighter jet that went missing during a training sortie Tuesday night off the east coast of Aomori. The plane was part of a four-ship sortie on a night training flight when it dropped off radar about a half hour after take-off from Misawa air base.
Japan first deployed the US-made jets last year as it ramped up defence spending in response to threats from North Korea and China.
Airbus shareholders approve all AGM resolutions
At a board meeting immediately following the AGM, Guillaume Faury was formally appointed Airbus Chief Executive Officer (CEO), replacing outgoing CEO Tom Enders whose board mandate expired at the close of the AGM. Airbus announced last October that its board of directors had selected Faury, previously President of Airbus Commercial Aircraft, as its next CEO.
AERO Friedrichshafen starts with record number of exhibitors
This past week the European AERO exhibition was staged in Friedrichshafen with a record number of exhibitors. With 757 exhibitors from 40 countries, this is the largest that the international aviation exhibition at Lake Constance has ever seen. The proportion of foreign exhibitors is also unprecedented, with every second exhibitor coming from abroad.
Messe Friedrichshafen CEO Klaus Wellmann, head of AERO Roland Bosch and project lead Tobias Bretzel reported ahead of the trade fair that it would feature 50 more exhibitors than in 2017, when the previous record of 707 was set. This represents an increase of seven percent. Every company of significance in general aviation will be in attendance at the fair on the shores of Lake Constance.
African Pilot will be featuring a comprehensive report with reports from the South African contingent on AERO Friedrichshafen within the June edition of the magazine.
Continental Aerospace Technologies announces partnership with Diamond Aircraft
Continental Aerospace Technologies has announced a partnership with Diamond Aircraft to equip the DA50 with the 300 hp, Jet-A fuelled CD-300 engine. Certified in December 2017, the CD-300 is the third platform in Continental’s successful Jet-A fuelled piston engine line-up. The engine produces 300 HP, at a fuel sipping 9.2 US gallons per hour and a quiet 2,300 RPM. The engine was specifically designed to power high performance piston powered aircraft. The programme has already reached significant milestones, with the first flight of the development aircraft taking place on 22 March 2019, a scant few months after the programme started. The programme now moves into the detailed integration work to create a seamless flying experience allowed by the integration of the DA 50’s advanced avionics with the CD-300’s dual redundant FADEC.
Sun ‘n Fun International fly-in and expo looks to the future
The Sun ‘n Fun International Fly-In and Expo, an aviation tradition for the past 45 years has announced a name change for its 2020 Fly-In event. The largest fundraising event for the Aerospace Centre for Excellence (ACE) will be renamed the Sun ‘n Fun Aerospace Expo. Next year’s event will be held between 31 March and 5 April 2020. The event name and enhanced logo retains the rich history of 45 years of aviation comradery. The horizon line looks to the future as well as matches the organisation’s tagline, ‘the sky is just the beginning’. African Pilot will provide a detailed report on this year’s Sun ‘n Fun presented by our Canada representative, Divan Muller who attend this year’s event within the June edition.
Lufthansa Aviation training extends its simulator fleet
Lufthansa Aviation Training (LAT) is investing a total of US$100 million in pilot training equipment and in the infrastructure of its own training locations to meet the high customer demand. Presently Lufthansa Aviation Training operates 54 full flight simulators (FFS) and, with a load factor of around 90 percent, achieves a peak value in the industry. In 2019 and 2020, the training fleet of the leading training provider for cockpit and cabin personnel in Europe is going to be upgraded to 60 simulators through new purchases.
At both Lufthansa hubs in Frankfurt and Munich, LAT is responding to the fleet strategy of Lufthansa Airlines: In Frankfurt two Boeing 777-9 FFS are scheduled to go into service as well as one Airbus A350 FFS in Munich. There is an increasing need for training on both aircraft types considering the integration of Boeing 777-9 jets within Lufthansa Airlines in 2020 and with regard to the Airbus A350 aircraft based in Munich. All three simulators will be ready for training by mid to late 2020.
The short and medium-haul aircraft Airbus A320 not only plays an important role within the fleet of Lufthansa Airlines but is also a popular aircraft type among other airlines. LAT has already certified and commissioned a new A320 simulator at its training location in Berlin in March 2019, a second simulator will follow in June. As such, the number of all A320 FFS within the LAT training fleet increases to 19. The two latest additions will move to Vienna in 2020 after completion of the training centre there.
With the acquisition of a new Boeing 737MAX-FFS for the Berlin training location, LAT expands its own product portfolio by a further aircraft type and accordingly creates new training capacities. LAT is taking a further important step by investing in its first own combined helicopter simulator H145/135 to go into service at the training centre in Frankfurt.
The training location of LAT in Munich, which currently operates four FFS, will be expanded by four additional units in 2020, two of which are planned for the new A350 FFS and one for the Embraer 190 FFS to be taken over from Frankfurt. The remaining two spaces will be used for flexible further planning, taking into account the growth at the Munich hub. In Vienna, LAT is not only pursuing the necessity of serving the existing training volume in Austria but also the motivation to seize further market opportunities as a training provider. The simulator centre, which currently accommodates four FFS, will be extended gaining three additional FFS spots and two more for flight training devices (FTD). In 2020, two of the three newly won simulator spaces will be used for the Airbus A320 simulators coming from Berlin, one will initially remain free for flexible future use.
TAP Air Portugal takes delivery of its first A321LR
Lisbon-based TAP Air Portugal has taken delivery of its first of twelve A321LRs on order, becoming the first airline to operate a combined A330neo and A321LR fleet. The A321LR is the world’s most flexible and capable large single-aisle aircraft. Powered by CFM engines, TAP’s A321LR is configured with 171 seats (16 full flat Business, 48 Eco Premium and 107 Economy seats). The combination of the A321LR and the A330neo within a single fleet provides operators a powerful lever to cover the needs of the medium- to long-haul market. With both newest-generation single-aisle (20% fuel burn reduction) and widebody aircraft (25% fuel burn reduction), airlines benefit from an unrivalled commonality for operations while passengers experience a higher and harmonised comfort standards. TAP currently operates an Airbus fleet of 75 aircraft comprising five A330neo, 13 A330ceo, 4 A340s and 45 A320 Family aircraft. The single-aisle fleet includes 21 A319ceo, 20 A320ceo, four A321ceo, two A320neo and six A321neo.
ANA takes delivery of its first Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner
Boeing has delivered the first of three 787-10 airplanes to ANA (All Nippon Airways), the original launch customer of the 787 Dreamliner. With this milestone delivery, ANA becomes the first airline in Asia to operate the entire Dreamliner family.
As a stretch of the popular 787-9, the 787-10 carries a total of 330 seats in a standard two-class configuration, adding about 40 more passengers, while setting new benchmarks for fuel efficiency and operating economics with 25 percent better fuel per seat. The market-leading fuel efficiency of the 787 has enabled ANA and more than 50 other airlines to open at least 210 new non-stop routes around the world. With over 800 Dreamliners in service around the world, the 787 has helped airlines save 35 billion pounds of fuel since its launch in 2011.
SpaceIL Moon landing attempt unsuccessful
The landing attempt was planned for 15h25 on Thursday afternoon. At about 15h24, controllers announced they had lost contact with the spacecraft. About two minutes later, Morris Kahn, an Israeli telecommunications entrepreneur and president of SpaceIL said from mission control that they had been unsuccessful in the landing attempt. Apparently the rocket motor cut out during the descent. It was successfully restarted, but then contact was lost. The SpaceIL team quickly realised that their landing was not going to be a success.
SpaceIL was one of the companies that had participated in the Google Lunar XPRIZE competition to successfully land a spacecraft on the Moon without the assistance of any government entity.
The non-profit organisation was founded in 2011 by three young engineers: Yariv Bash, Kfir Damari and Yonatan Winetraub who answered the international challenge presented by Google Lunar XPRIZE: to build, launch and land an unmanned spacecraft on the Moon. SpaceIL was the only Israeli representative. In October 2015, SpaceIL reached a dramatic project milestone by becoming the first team to announce a signed launch contract, that symbolises an actual ‘ticket to the Moon’. In January 2017, SpaceIL became one of the competition’s five finalists. The competition officially ended with no winners on 31 March 2018, after Google ended their sponsorship. The Beresheet spacecraft, whose name means ‘Genesis’ in Hebrew, was launched in February by SpaceX. Among the accomplishments achieved by SpaceIL was making Israel only the fifth nation to place a spacecraft in lunar orbit.
BAA Training and Avion Express announce MPL training
BAA Training has launched an MPL (Multi-Pilot License) training programme by signing a partnership agreement with Avion Express. Under the agreement, Avion Express pilots will start MPL training this August and will be qualified to serve as a First Officer in 18 months. The aim of the course is to train pilots to the level of proficiency necessary to enable them to operate as co-pilot of a multi-engine multi-pilot turbine-powered air transport airplane under VFR and IFR rules, as well as to obtain an MPL consistent with airlines procedures.
With the main focus on the competency-based rather than task-based training, devoting 80% of the flight training to a multi-piston aircraft, including a full flight simulator into the training and integrating airline procedures from the very first training days, the MPL training programme allows pilots to qualify to work for the airline in less time and at a lower cost.
Garmin receives EASA approval of the GFC 500 Autopilot for aircraft in Europe
The GFC 500 incorporates a number of safety-enhancing technologies, including Electronic Stability and Protection (ESP), underspeed protection, overspeed protection, Level Mode, Flight Director (FD) and more. The GFC 500 also offers aircraft owners with a simple, light-weight and cost-effective autopilot upgrade path and a lower cost of long-term ownership. Intended for less complex piston single-engine aircraft, the GFC 500 is available immediately and approved for installation in hundreds of aircraft throughout Europe.
Designed to be paired with the popular G5 electronic flight instrument, the GFC 500 autopilot uniquely integrates with the G5 to provide pilots with an economical autopilot and modern flight instrument. The autopilot mode controller contains large dedicated keys and knobs, a control wheel that allows for easy adjustments to aircraft pitch, airspeed and vertical speed and a level button that returns the aircraft to straight-and-level flight. G5 also provides the display and input of altitude preselect, heading, vertical speed target, airspeed target and Flight Director (FD) command bars.
When the GFC 500 is paired with a compatible navigator, pilots receive the capability to fly fully coupled instrument approach procedures, including Localizer Performance with Vertical (LPV) approaches. Vertical navigation (VNAV) also allows pilots to generate vertical descent profiles by setting altitude constraints in a flight plan. An optional adapter allows the GFC 500 and G5 to interface with select Garmin GPS or VHF navigators. The GFC 500 is also compatible with the G500 TXi and G500 flight displays.
The GFC 500 incorporates solid state attitude and robust self-monitoring capabilities, providing superior autopilot performance, greater reliability and safety tools that are similar to the popular GFC 700 autopilot. A brushless DC motor and a gear train also eliminates the need for a mechanical slip clutch, further reducing maintenance requirements when compared to decades-old servo designs on the market today. Minimal maintenance needs, particularly compared to older generation autopilot systems, also lowers the overall cost of ownership of the GFC 500 autopilot.
As standard, the GFC 500 comes with Garmin ESP, which functions independently of the autopilot and works in the background to help pilots avoid inadvertent flight attitudes or bank angles and provides airspeed protection while the pilot is hand-flying the aircraft. Should the pilot become inattentive and exceed pre-determined pitch, roll or airspeed limitations, ESP provides gentle nudges on the flight controls to lessen the aircraft’s pitch attitude or bank angle. The correcting force becomes stronger if the aircraft pitch, bank or airspeed exceedance grows further away from the pre-set limits. In the event the pilot becomes incapacitated and the system detects ESP has been activated for an extended period of time, the autopilot engages with the Flight Director in Level Mode, bringing the aircraft to level flight until the pilot commands otherwise. For manoeuvring flight, ESP can be disabled manually.
In addition to traditional autopilot capabilities such as altitude hold, vertical speed and heading modes, the GFC 500 also includes:
Premium functions and advanced capabilities such as altitude pre-select, indicated airspeed hold mode and VNAV when appropriately equipped.
Pilots can select, couple and fly various instrument approaches, including GPS, ILS, VOR, LOC and back course approaches.
Built-in GPS roll steering capability eliminates the need for external roll steering converters, allowing for smoother navigation tracking when installed with a compatible navigator.
Level Mode button, which automatically engages the autopilot to restore the aircraft to straight and level flight.
Underspeed protection helps prevent the pilot from stalling the aircraft.
Overspeed protection helps prevent the pilot from exceeding aircraft maximum speed (VNE).
With the addition of an optional yaw servo, Yaw Damping (YD) mode minimizes yawing oscillations while also helping to maintain coordinated flight by keeping the slip/skid indicator centred.
Flight Director command bars can be displayed on the G5
Pilots can fly coupled ‘go-arounds’ during missed approach sequencing. A remotely-installed go-around button commands the Flight Director to display the appropriate pitch attitude required for the missed approach procedure and activates a loaded missed approach when paired with a GTN 650/750 or the new GPS 175/GNX 375 navigators.
An optional pitch-trim servo adds automatic trim and manual electric trim.
Aircraft approved today include select models of the Beechcraft Bonanza, Cessna 172/182/210, Grumman AA-5, Mooney M20 and the PA 28.
Honeywell and Volocopter partner on air taxi systems
Honeywell Aerospace has announced that it will be partnering with Volocopter to jointly develop and test navigation and automatic landing systems for Volocopter’s electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) air taxi. Honeywell says it will be bringing its autonomous sensing and flight technologies, including inertial measurement units and attitude heading reference solutions to the table for the project along with aviation hardware and software products such as navigation technologies and fly-by-wire flight controls ‘tailored for the unique needs of urban air mobility (UAM) aircraft.’ According to the company, its solutions will build on technology developed under Europe’s Clean Sky 2 and Single European Sky Air Traffic Management Research (SESAR) 2020 programmes. Volocopter’s eVTOL completed its first public unmanned test flight in Dubai in September 2017 and the aircraft flew for the first time in the US in January 2018 at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The company plans to begin urban flight tests in Singapore in the second half of 2019.
Wing launches commercial air delivery service in Canberra, Australia
Wing, a subsidiary of Google’s parent corporation Alphabet, has launching its first air delivery service in North Canberra. The service allows customers to order a range of items such as fresh food, hot coffee or over-the-counter chemist items on its mobile app and have them delivered directly to their homes by drone in minutes. The delivery service will initially be available to a limited set of eligible homes in the suburbs of Crace, Palmerston and Franklin, but will be gradually expanded to more customers in Harrison and Gungahlin in the coming weeks and months.
Wing has teamed up with local Canberra businesses to give customers the opportunity to have a range of goods delivered in a handful of minutes. Initial launch partners include: Kickstart Expresso, Capital Chemist, Pure Gelato, Jasper + Myrtle, Bakers Delight, Guzman Y Gomez, and Drummond Golf. The company plans to connect with more local businesses in the Gungahlin area about how it can help them reach more customers faster, safer and more sustainably, as well as encourage any local merchants who are interested in learning more to get in touch.
Wing has been testing drone delivery in Australia since 2014. Over the past 18 months, Wing has delivered food, small household items and over the counter chemist products more than 3,000 times to Australian homes in Fernleigh Park, Royalla and Bonython communities. The company says that feedback which has been received during the trials has been valuable, helping to refine our operations to better meet the needs and expectations of the communities in which it operates. Wing says it will continue to engage with the local community and stakeholders as we expand our service and are hosting community information stalls and delivery demonstrations in the serviceable areas over the next few weeks. Wing strongly believes that by working together with local policymakers, regulators and communities, it can improve access to services, open up new economic opportunities and better connect cities.
Whilst the rest of the world is continuously engaging with its regulators on the new technology available, it seems that our own SACAA is still set in the previous century as far as the rolling out of drone regulations is concerned. Will it have to take a class action by the South African drone companies at the High Court to force the regulator to perform according to its mandate? The fact is that South Africa is the only country in the entire world that has such restrictive RPAS regulations requiring every operator to have a ROC, therefore threating the drone business the same as a charter company or airline. Over the past five years every drone conference I have attended the delegates have raised the same objections, but it seems the regulator either does not have the qualified people or the will to sort out the mess it has created in this important industry.
Hollywood pits licensed drone pilots vs union photographers
International Cinematographers Guild Local 600 is involved in an ongoing dispute with Warner Bros. over the use of non-union FAA-licensed drone pilots in an effort to have the pilots compensated at union scale. The Hollywood Reporter reports that the dispute arose from the hiring of three drone technicians for the Rush Hour TV series in 2015. While the series only ran for 13 episodes, the dispute continues to this day.
The union entered into arbitration in an effort to get health and pension benefits for the drone operators that would have been required for employees under an agreement reached between IASTE and producers. Warner Bros. has taken the case to federal court in an effort to assure that one of the drone pilots appeared at an arbitration hearing set for 2 May. Warner argues that because commercial drone operators require an FAA license and often operate their own companies, they should be treated as subcontractors. But the ICG holds that the labour agreement requires producers to ‘cover the work of all phases of motion and still picture photography’ and that others working in aerial photography are included in the agreement. Warners says that pilots are not part of the agreement. The union says that the drone operators are making creative decisions on camera positions and shot selection, not just flying the aircraft. Both sides declined to comment, citing the upcoming hearing.
On a flight with EasyJet back in 1997 the pilot made what can only be describes as an extremely heavy landing at Luton. It was very early in the morning and a number of passengers around me looked quite alarmed as, apart from the noise, a number of overhead lockers dropped open and several items of carry-on luggage were launched down the aisle.
After slowing up, the aircraft turned off the runway and turned towards the stand and over the PA came “Good morning ladies gentlemen, this is Captain Smith, welcome to Luton…and if any of you were asleep…I bet you’re not now!”
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