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African Pilot’s June 2019 edition
African Pilot’s exciting June edition features business at Lanseria International Airport, the South African Power Flying Association’s (SAPFA) President’s Trophy Air Race (PTAR) that was staged in Saldanha (Western Cape), South Africa’s EAA National Convention in Vryheid (KZN) and the ABSA Lowveld airshow (Nelspruit airfield). In addition, Divan Muller covered the USA’s Sun ‘n Fun staged in Florida. We also have published a comprehensive report on the AERO Friedrichshafen the premier European aviation trade show staged in Germany. 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. The printing and of the June edition is complete and has its distribution phase. African Pilot’s June digital edition was released on Friday 24 May. Should you wish to receive your copy of the digital edition, please visit the African Pilot website: www.africanpilot.co.za and sign up using the button provided. Thank you.
African Pilot’s July 2019 edition
The July edition of African Pilot will feature our annual Aviation Careers Guide as well as Flight Training Schools in southern Africa. African Pilot specifically plans to prepare the comprehensive aviation careers guide for the July edition so as to provide matric students with the opportunity to review their options within the July school holidays. At the same time, there is no point in publishing this type of information in November when learners are busy with their matric exams. This edition will also carry a report on EBACE to be staged in Geneva, Switzerland between 21 and 23 May 2019 and the brilliant Botswana, Matsieng airshow this past weekend. The closing date for editorial submissions is Wednesday 5 June and advertising material on Friday 7 June. For advertising positions please contact Lara Bayliss at Tel: 0861 001130 Cell: 079 880 4359 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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SOUTH AFRICAN AVIATION NEWS
Passing of former chief of the air force Lt. Gen Dennis Earp
It is with great sadness that the South African Air Force (SAAF) has to announce the passing on of retired Lieutenant General Dennis J. Earp SSA, SD, SOE, SM on midnight on Sunday 19 May 2019. Ironically he passes on just after attending both Air Force memorial services at Bays Hill and the Smuts memorial at Smuts House.
General Earp joined the South African Defence Force Military College on 1 April 1948 after completing his schooling and started his training in May 1950. The Korean War broke out on 25 June 1950 and he left for Korea on 24 May 1951. He was shot down on 27 September 1851 and was taken Prisoner of War and was released when hostilities ceased and retuned to South Africa on 11 September 1953.
Lt General Earp played a key role as a fighter pilot and later a helicopter pilot. He served in different roles both as a commander of several flying Squadrons, notably 2 Squadron, which took part in the Korean War and the Canberra Bomber Squadron including Air Force Base Pietersburg as well numerous roles as Senior Staff Officer responsible for Air Operations at the SAAF HQ where after he was promoted to the rank of Lt General and appointed Chief of the SA Air Force, a position he held from 1984 to 1988.
Lt General Earp remained a keen aviator throughout his retirement and kept attending all SAAF corporate events such as the Air Force Day Parade and the annual Memorials. Lt Gen Earp was last with the Air Force Family on 19 May 2019, to once more, pay homage to the fallen airmen of our country and passed on the morning of the 20 May 2019. A memorial service will be held At AFB Swartkop on Monday 27 May 2019 at 13h00 and the funeral arrangements will be communicated once they have been finalised.
What happened in aviation over the past week?
Botswana International airshow – a fantastic blast!
Congratulations to the Matsieng Flying Club for staging a safe and thoroughly entertaining airshow yesterday (Saturday 25 May). The show probably set several records: 2 X Antonov AN2s, longest wall of fire in the Southern Hemisphere, 2 X Navions, 135 South African aircraft attended, more than 350 tents erected, amazing helicopters including car drop and so much more. There were 37 displays with very few repeats, which is an all-time record for this show. Thanks once again to Juba Joubert for flying me in the blue Gazelle helicopter to capture to overhead pictures and videos. To Chris Briers and the amazing team at Matsieng, thank you and well done! Botswana rocks. Thanks to Mark Hill and the wonderful family of ‘Little Annie’ for taking us to Matsieng and back safely. The full story with pictures will be published in the July 2019 edition of African Pilot.
Erik Venter resigns from Comair
On 22 May the Comair board has announced that CEO Erik Venter has resigned from the company to pursue his own interests. Venter, who has been with Comair for 23 years, 13 of them as CEO, leaves at the end of July 2019. The board has not yet decided on a new appointment. Board chair and himself a former Comair CEO, Piet van Hoven, says Venter, who is only the fifth CEO in the company’s 73-year history, leaves Comair in a much stronger position than when he started. “When Erik took over Comair was almost exclusively dependent on its airline businesses which are notoriously subject to seasonal and economic vagaries. He conceived and led our diversification strategy. Other Group businesses now contribute nearly 30% of profit before tax, a proportion that is growing.”
These businesses include the Group’s investment in an aviation training academy with a global customer base, as well as its SLOW lounge business, its Food Directions catering unit, its travel business and its investment in technology solutions for tourism, travel and aviation. “I believe I speak for everyone in Comair when I say that Erik has been a visionary, considered and hugely respected leader and a wonderful person to work with. He will be missed but leaves behind a strong and experienced executive management team, which is another credit to his foresight.”
Wrenelle Stander, an industry veteran and former Comair director, who has returned to the board, is a recent addition to an executive team, which collectively has over 100 years’ experience at the airline. Stander was appointed executive director responsible for the airline business in September last year.
“For years to come, Comair will continue to benefit from Erik’s contribution in terms of the course he has set for the business and the team he has appointed and nurtured to deliver it and ensure another 73 years of consecutive profits,” said Van Hoven.
SAAF Museum airshow at AFB Swartkop cancelled again!
Last week we were told that due to the elections on Wednesday 8 May the annual SAAF Museum airshow was postponed from its usual date at the beginning of May to Saturday 31 August. However, this past weekend I learnt that the annual AFB Swartkop airshow had been cancelled yet again, this time the excuse was apparently due to the fact that there was not enough time to plan and prepare for the airshow. Despite numerous attempts to contact the SAAF to obtain information, there appears to be a serious communication problem. However, if the situation changes, now that the presidential inauguration is complete, African Pilot will try to keep you advised of any new date announced.
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.
Contact Johan Pieters E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Cell: 082 923 0078
5 to 8 June
Zimbabwe Air Rally
Mel Cooper Cell: + 263 773 218426 E-mail: email@example.com
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
20 to 23 June
SAC National Championships venue TBA
Contact Annie Boon e-mail: email@example.com
21 to 23 June
EAA Chapter 322 flight training Boot Camp at Mwala Lodge
Contact Neil Bowden Cell: 084 674 5674 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact Relibile Mofokeng E-mail: email@example.com Cell: 073 837 0162
Reefsteamers train, plane, vintage car event from Krugersdorp to Magalies
Contact Ian Morrison e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
23 to 28 June
South African Hot Air Balloon Championships Skeerpoort North West Province
Contact Richard Bovell e-mail: email@example.com
27 to 30 June
SAC National Championships Malelane airfield
Contact Annie Boon e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
4 to 6 July
AERO South Africa Wonderboom National Airport, Pretoria
Contact: Tel +27 10 599 6170 E-mail: Amanda.Dube@za.messefrankfurt.com
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
CAASA AGM at CAASA House Lanseria International Airport
Contact Tel: 011 659 2345 e-mail: email@example.com
12 to 14 July
Taildraggers Fly-In at Nylstroom
Contact Richard Nicholson Cell: 082 490 6227 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
SAPFA Hoedspruit Fun Rally Hoedspruit Civil Airfield
Contact Frank Eckard cell: 083 269 1516 e-mail: email@example.com
22 to 28 July
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, Wisconsin, USA
Camping on the airfield contact Neil Bowden E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hotels in Appleton contact Calvin Fabig E-mail: email@example.com
Action, education, entertainment and everything in between makes EAA AirVenture Oshkosh your perfect, affordable northern hemisphere summer destination! For seven days from sunrise to well past sunset, your Oshkosh day is filled with dazzling displays of aerobatics, informative programmes and hands-on workshops, diverse aircraft spanning all eras of flight, concerts to keep you rocking into the night and much, much more. Fun for the whole family that you will only find in Oshkosh is waiting for you at the World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration!
25 to 27 July
SAPFA Air Navigation Race (ANR) Nationals at Brits airfield
Contact Frank Eckard e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org cell: 083 269 1516
AFRICAN AVIATION NEWS
Angola receives final Su-30K fighters
Angola has received the last of 12 Su-30K fighters from Belarus after they were upgraded by the 558th Aviation Repair Plant in conjunction with Russia’s Rosoboronexport. The final two Su-30Ks were delivered to Angola in April this year, Alexander Vorobey, Deputy Director for Development at the 558th Aviation Repair Plant told the TASS news agency. He said Angola’s fighters had been upgraded to Su-30SM standard, giving them the ability to fire anti-ship and air-to-air missiles. They are also fitted with jammers. The contract included delivery of a flight simulator and training aids from Belarus. Angola’s Su-30Ks augment around half-a-dozen Su-27s, out of 18 originally delivered. These aircraft serve with the 13th Fighter Squadron, part of the 25th Fighter Aviation Regiment at Kuito Air Base.
WORLD AVIATION NEWS
EASA certifies Daher’s TBM 940
EASA has certified the Daher TBM 940, enabling deliveries to begin with this latest very fast turboprop aircraft version. EASA’s certification paperwork will be formally provided during the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) at Geneva, Switzerland, where Daher exhibited. The TBM 940’s airworthiness authority approval comes two months after the aircraft’s launch in March, with 25 orders already booked for the version. Initial deliveries will be to customers in Europe and Asia, followed by North America and other markets after subsequent certification by the FAA.
Honda Aircraft Company to expand production operations in Greensboro, New Carolina
By investing an additional $15.5 million in a new 82,000-square-foot facility on its 133+ acre campus in Greensboro, this will bring the company’s total capital investment in its North Carolina facilities to more than $245 million. Scheduled to break ground in July, the building will house a new wing assembly process for the HondaJet Elite, the fastest, farthest and highest-flying plane in its class. The new facility will allow for more wings to be assembled concurrently, resulting in a major increase in production efficiency. Additionally, this expansion will add more storage for service parts for the growing fleet of Honda Jets around the globe. The facility is expected to be completed in July 2020.
Harbour Air and magniX partner to build the world’s first all-electric airline
Operating 12 routes between hubs like Seattle and Vancouver and across the pristine natural wilderness of the Pacific Northwest, Harbour Air welcomes more than 500,000 passengers on 30,000 commercial flights each year. Through this partnership, both companies are furthering the vision to someday connect communities with clean, efficient and affordable electric air travel. The aviation industry currently contributes 12 percent of all US carbon emissions and 4.9 percent globally, all while providing few low-cost, fuel-efficient options for passenger flights under 1,000 miles. By modifying existing Harbour Air planes with innovative, all-electric magniX propulsion systems, the partnership will create the world’s first completely electric commercial seaplane fleet. A Harbour Air ePlane will have zero reliance on fossil fuels and produce zero emissions – a significant step forward in the innovation and advancement of the airline industry. This partnership follows significant milestones for both companies, including the successful testing of magniX’s 350 HP all-electric motor and the addition of a Vancouver to Seattle route in Harbour Air’s destination roster.
Bombardier’s Global 7500 Jet demonstrates unmatched performance
The aircraft flew non-stop from London City Airport (LCY), one of the most notable airports requiring steep approach capabilities, to Van Nuys, California, one of the most popular business aviation airports serving the Los Angeles area. The flight was carried out by a flight test vehicle (FTV5) called “The Masterpiece,” in London City to complete the Global 7500 aircraft’s steep approach certification flight test campaign for Transport Canada. The Masterpiece was configured with the equivalent weight of a fully fitted interior, including a stateroom and shower, and 2,400 lbs of additional payload, representing about 11 passengers and their baggage.
As part of its steep approach certification flight test campaign, the aircraft also performed several take-offs and landings at London City Airport to demonstrate this operational capability. With its tremendous performance and flexibility, the Global 7500 aircraft gives passengers direct access to any location in the U.S. from the airfield deep in the heart of one of the world’s greatest financial centres. The Global 7500 aircraft is the largest business jet with short-field performance and steep approach capabilities able to operate out of London City Airport and to connect any city in the continental US, Africa or the Middle East. Its long-range performance can go even further traveling eastward, reaching most major cities in Asia.
Gulfstream G550 flies record between US and UK on alternative jet fuel
Achieved on Friday the record by the Gulfstream G550, connected Charleston, South Carolina, with Farnborough, England, a distance of 3,591 nautical miles at an average speed of Mach 0.85 in 7 hours and 13 minutes. The city-pair record, along with a G550 demonstration flight on SAJF today to Geneva for the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition, is part of a second industry event designed to promote the development and adoption of SAJF. The first took place in January in Van Nuys, California.
for its G550.
Pilatus re-opens order book for PC-24
Pilatus has already handed over 30 PC-24s since the first customer delivery in February 2018 and the PC-24 fleet leader, serial number 101 belonging to PlaneSense, has already flown over 1,100 hours in its first 15 months of operation. The PC-24 fleet as a whole has clocked up over 5,000 hours of safe airborne time, an impressive result for the newly launched business jet by Pilatus. Of those 30 PC-24s that are currently in operation around the world, three are being used as medevac aircraft for the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia. Pilatus plans on delivering about 40 PC-24s in 2019 and on stepping up production to 50 aircraft the following year.
EASA and the FAA have already certified the PC-24 for use on unpaved runways. Work to obtain post-certification for other surfaces, including grass, is currently underway. The PC-24 has also been certified for steep approaches as required for the approach into London City Airport. The very first PC-24 of the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia (RFDS Central Operations) with serial number 118 arrived in Australia on 29 April 2019. A few days later, the first landings on unpaved strips went ahead in Kingoonya, a small and almost totally abandoned farming settlement in the central outback of the Australian state of South Australia.
In 2014, Pilatus sold 84 PC-24s in the space of one and a half days. The order book was subsequently closed until receipt of feedback from the first PC-24 operators.
Pilatus and its Authorized Pilatus Centres are now taking orders for the PC-24 again, with delivery positions programmed for late 2020 and 2021. The base price of the PC-24 is $10.7 million.
Boom Supersonic and Dassault Systèmes announce partnership
Boom Supersonic is using Dassault Systèmes’ ‘Reinvent the Sky’ industry solution experience based on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform to support product development from concept through manufacturing and certification. By using this industry-leading solution, Boom Supersonic can cut development time of its first prototype in half and improve product quality by reducing program complexity, inefficiency, costs and resources, thus lowering the barriers to market entry. In response to increasing passenger travel and demand for new products and services, aerospace start-ups, new market entrants and small original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) are shaking up traditional aviation industry dynamics with new and emerging aircraft design concepts that aim to overcome technical challenges of the past.
Tailored for product innovation by small OEMs and start-ups, ‘Reinvent the Sky’ offers scalable access to digital design and simulation applications in a single, secure and standards-based environment. Boom Supersonic’s engineers, programme managers and chief test pilot can collaborate in real time to define requirements, access and reuse common processes and parts with full traceability. Boom Supersonic is currently building XB-1, its two-seat demonstrator aircraft, to prove key technologies for supersonic flight. Once operational, the company’s flagship airliner, Overture, will become the fastest commercial airplane in history, flying Mach 2.2 from New York to London in 3.25 hours and from Tokyo to San Francisco in 5.5 hours.
Icon layoffs confirmed
Amid recent reports of yet another sinking of an Icon A5 airframe, a heretofore unsuccessful attempt to raise more capital and a GAMA publication showing that Icon’s promised production targets are not being met, along comes news that yet another layoff has come to the company. An Icon A5 was sunk in Washington state last week after it appeared, according to witnesses, the aircraft suffered a hard landing, not the first time such has been reported. The airframe was seen to have sunk to wing level and required winching out of the water to recover the airframe for repair.
Long rumoured attempts to raise additional capital appear to be highly unproductive and promises of completing as many as 12-20 airframes per month have definitely not been reached as GAMA noted that the First Quarter production total for Icon tallied only 14 aircraft. In addition, following reports of layoffs seen in social media by former icon staffers, a company spokesman stated that there were, indeed layoffs, but described them as, “ICON eliminated less than 20 positions this week as part of an organisational realignment. Our current employee count remains at nearly 700 people spread throughout North America.” The 700 employee count has been scoffed by a number of industry observers and is the first time that Icon has claimed such numbers.
Regardless; things seem to be going less than swimmingly for the company. Icon is not, at this time, an exhibitor at AirVenture 2019 and has been notably absent from other high-profile events, leaving many in the industry to question the long-term viability of this troubled company.
Signature Flight Support assisting D-Day Squadron mission to Normandy
Over 130 US FBOs in Signature Flight Support’s North American network are preferred destinations for Squadron aircraft as they travel to Oxford, Connecticut (KOXC) and Goose Bay Airport (CYYR) to begin their historic mission. Signature’s comprehensive handling will continue as the Squadron stops at domestic and international locations as the aircraft travel to Europe for the 75th anniversary of the Invasion of Normandy and return, with services continuing at other Squadron stops into the Fall of 2019. After departure, the aircraft will cross the North Atlantic to arrive in Duxford Airfield in the UK, where the D-Day Squadron will join with its European counterparts, Daks over Normandy, to participate in multiple events on 2 to 5 June 2019. The combined fleet of historic aircraft will then cross the English Channel on June 5th, fly over Normandy, France, and participate in multiple events at Caen-Carpiquet Airport from 5 to 9 June 2019.
Cessna SkyCourier advances through development; prototype assembly underway
At EBACE Textron Aviation announced new milestones in its Cessna SkyCourier twin utility turboprop development programme, with assembly underway for the prototype aircraft and the additional five flight and ground test aircraft. Component testing also continues for the new propeller, nose landing gear and fuel system. Endurance and functional testing for the new McCauley 110-inch propeller consists of nearly 150 hours of operation and includes a variety of simulated flight profiles. The propeller is mated with the proven PWC PT6A-65B, 1100-shp engine, mounted on a test stand. Simultaneously, assembly of the fuel system test article and nose landing gear drop test article is underway, with testing to start later this month.
The Cessna SkyCourier is the latest clean-sheet design from Textron Aviation and will be offered in various configurations including cargo, passenger or a combination of both, all based on a common platform to meet the needs of a wide range of customers. The cargo configuration is designed to accommodate three standard air cargo containers (LD3) with a payload of up to 6,000 pounds while the passenger version carries up to 19 passengers.
FedEx Express, the world’s largest express transportation company and long time Textron Aviation customer, signed on as the launch customer in late 2017 for up to 100 aircraft, with an initial fleet order of 50 cargo aircraft and options for 50 more.
ICAO playing a key role in UN effort to limit the movement of terrorists
Headquarters in New York, ICAO Secretary General Dr Fang Liu emphasised that aviation security and the facilitation of passenger movements are important and reciprocal priorities in air transport, outlining the advances ICAO has made in support of the corresponding priorities defined in UN Security Council (UNSC) resolutions 2178, 2309, 2368 and 2396 in relation to Foreign Terrorist Fighters (FTFs).
The UNCTTP launch event was focused mainly on UNSC resolution 2396 (2016), and specifically its call for UN member States to develop capabilities to collect, process and analyse Passenger Name Record or ‘PNR’ data, in addition to sharing it with all of their competent national authorities. The sharing of PNR data among countries is seen as critical to the objective of better identifying higher-risk travellers while streamlining the experience of lower risk passengers, but Dr Liu stressed to her audience that the efforts of the UN in these areas must be matched by meaningful State commitments in order to address all related gaps and targets. “Although UNSC resolution 2396 has placed a legal impetus on all States to develop effective PNR programmes, we must recognise together that only 26 States are currently requesting PNR data,” she said. She also drew their attention to the closely related call in UNSC Resolution 2178 (2014) on the related Advanced Passenger Information or ‘API’ data objective, noting that “just 68 of ICAO’s 193 member States have presently established an API system.”
She highlighted that ICAO has already developed an API standard under Annex 9 (facilitation) to the Convention on International Civil Aviation (Chicago Convention), one which became applicable in February of 2018, and that the conclusions of a special ICAO PNR standard Task Force would be reported on later this year.
DJI Drones comply with new Transport Canada requirements for advanced operations
DJI, the world’s leader in civilian drones and aerial imaging technology, is pleased to declare that nine of its drone models comply with the latest Transport Canada regulations for advanced drone operations in controlled airspace. This allows DJI customers to continue using their preferred drones in these operations after 1 June, when Transport Canada’s new regulatory framework for civilian drone operations takes effect across Canada. “Transport Canada wants to ensure that drones operated in advanced missions are high-quality, reliable products. While DJI drones meet our own high quality assurance requirements, we have spent the last few months diligently reviewing our documentation, safety standards and administrative processes to ensure they comply with Transport Canada’s new requirements,” said David Hansell, DJI Public Policy Manager. “We can now declare official compliance with those requirements, allowing our customers to use our drones in controlled airspace without interruption.”
Transport Canada announced its new regulatory framework for certain types of advanced civilian drone operations in January, requiring the use of drones whose manufacturer has declared compliance with reliability and operational characteristics under a safety assurance framework. DJI’s compliant drones are the M600 Series, M200 Series, M200 V2 Series, Inspire 2, Mavic 2 series, Mavic Pro, Mavic Air, Phantom 4 series and Spark. DJI continues to review the process of declaring its drones compliant for other advanced operations under Transport Canada’s safety assurance programme. These elements of the programme have different steps and requirements and further information will be announced at a later date. DJI supports safe and responsible drone operations and believes technological improvements, registration systems, online knowledge tests to educate drone pilots as well as reasonable restrictions on where drones can fly are the best tools to ensure drones maintain their admirable safety record.
EU and South Korea award $9.3 million to ResponDrone project
The European Union (EU) and the South Korean government have awarded €8.3 million (approx. $9.3 million) to the international ResponDrone consortium, which is composed of 20 partners from 12 countries, to develop and apply a situational awareness system in emergency situations, providing critical information and communication services to first responders. The three-year project aims to develop an integrated solution for first responders to easily enhance their situation assessment capacity and their own protection. This will, together with other means, include the integration of a fleet of drones that can be operated by a single pilot, during multiple synchronised missions to enhance their situation assessment capacity and protection.
The project received €8 million ($8.95 million) from the EU through the Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme and an additional €300,000 ($336,000) from the South Korean government.
The ResponDrone system will simplify and accelerate situation assessment, information sharing, decision-making and operations management. Moreover, it will deliver high quality information to any involved control centre through an intelligent, accessible web-based system, which can be operated from a remote site. In addition, it will serve as an on-demand airborne communications network to allow people on the ground to communicate with the command centre in case of cellular coverage collapse.
More than 200 people were killed by natural disasters during 2017 in Europe alone. Beyond the loss of life, natural disasters also have a severe economic impact. Since 1980, EU member states have lost over €360 billion (approx. $4.4 billion) due to extreme weather and climate events. Deployment of the ResponDrone system is very simple. Each fleet of drones will be operated by a single pilot, instead of that each drone being operated by a single pilot. To ensure seamless uptake and adoption by first responder organisations, ResponDrone will be fully integrated and embedded within the current processes and procedures of real emergency response agencies and teams. ResponDrone will increase the effectiveness and efficiency of civil protection operations as it will consider the first responder’s total mission time, cost and success level. The ResponDrone project held its opening conference in Madrid, Spain between 20 and 22 May 2019.
Short Final: PIC
I was piloting N7304Y, a Miller Twin Comanche (a veritable ‘hot rod’) from San Antonio’s Stinson Airport to Houston Hobby Airport early in the morning. Houston Centre passed me to Approach and then to the final controller for Hobby.
Approach: “Say your indicated airspeed.”
04Y: “Indicating 140 knots on the dial.”
Approach: “Maintain 140.”
04Y: “Will do. Be advised I’ll have to slow to gear speed prior to final.”
Approach: “Direct Carlo—maintain 3,000.”
04Y: “Will do. Will slow to gear speed prior to Carlo.”
There was no response to this. I was slowing down and had passed Carlo when Approach called me again. Approach: “04Y say indicated.”
04Y: “120 slowing to 110.”
Approach: “I told you to maintain 140.”
04Y: “Junior, there is only one PIC on this airplane and it’s not you!” The remainder of the approach and landing went as expected. However, when it was time to return, I spent a protracted amount of time ‘in the penalty box’ awaiting my take-off clearance. Whereupon, I used enough energy to qualify for a noise abatement take-off, nearing my altitude limit of 1,500 feet prior to the end of runway.
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