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African Pilot’s June 2018 edition
The June 2018 edition of African Pilot featuring Lanseria International Airport as well as the EAA South Africa’s annual convention in Vryheid, the excellent SAAF Museum airshow, the Lowveld airshow as well as many other interesting feature articles has completed its distribution phase. Thank you to the many aviation businesses and individuals that assisted with various aspects of this edition.
African Pilot’s July 2018 edition
Perhaps one of the most important editions of the entire year, the July edition will be featuring all aspects of aviation training. This year African Pilot will be undertaking a far more in-depth look at the value of training organisations in South Africa with particular focus on the youth of our country who would like to become involved in the exciting world of aviation. This is the ideal time to present the ‘Aviation Training’ feature, because later in the year matric students will be preparing for their final examinations and they certainly don’t have time to focus on career options. Does your training organisation wish to be part of this valuable feature?
This edition will also feature the President’s Trophy Air Race (PTAR) in Bloemfontein as well as the Botswana Wesbank Matsieng International airshow over the same weekend.
The deadline for the July edition is Friday 8 June. For advertising positions, please contact Lara Bayliss Cell: 079 880 4359 Tel: 0861 001130 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org for inclusion into this edition. Thank you.
What is changing at African Pilot?
Now you can get your favourite aviation magazine online
As our digital capability has grown substantially, we will be developing aviation news blasts with ‘breaking news’ as and when this happens.
We have also re-designed the option for the electronic version of African Pilot to be uploaded via our website. The cost of a single download is R18 (US$2) or R180 (US$20) for a 12-month subscription. In addition, we have created several other options. If you happened to miss out on a particular article or edition, back editions are available.
Video of the week
Two weeks ago, I purchased a superb Canon 4K video camera that is broadcast quality and this was one of the first assignments that I worked on with the new camera. This is the video I shot at the President’s Trophy Air Race 2018 last weekend in Bloemfontein. Thanks to Christine for the superb final picture on this video.
SOUTH AFRICAN AVIATION NEWS
Our new Cessna 182 is flying
After what has been an eternity, at last our new Cessna 182 ZS ILD is flying and on Sunday I did my safety flight with the AFOS flight instructor Johnathan de Reuck. What a pleasure this particular Cessna 182 is with so much reserve power as well as being a terrific stable platform. Now that almost all the issues on this delightful Cessna have been sorted out, I will be flying to many more aviation events in the coming months. Apart from a new interior, new exterior paint, some Garmin equipment including touch screen GPS, the engine has so much power that we were cruising at 135 knots over the Vaal Dam on Sunday afternoon. What a beauty!
SAAF working on returning VIP 21 Squadron to airworthy state
Steps are being taken to ensure that the South African Air Force’s (SAAF) VIP transport squadron becomes airworthy, where the most recent development is a series of engineering support and procurement tenders issued by Armscor for the squadron’s three Falcon business Jets. The aircraft, along with the Presidential Boeing 737-700 Inkwazi, have been grounded, in some instances for about 12 months, due to a lack of maintenance contracts as well as a lack of qualified personnel.
Earlier in May Armscor issued tenders for parts and ad-hoc maintenance for its Cessna Caravans and Beechcraft King Airs, both operated by AFB Waterkloof-based 41 Squadron. However, the latest Armscor tenders relate to ad-hoc engineering support services and procurement of spares for the aircraft ZS-CAQ and ZS-CAS, both Falcon 50s and ZS-NAN, a Falcon 900. The Falcon 50s were delivered to 21 Squadron in 1982 and 1985 with an upgrade done on both in the United States in 2005/6. At this time interiors were refurbished, whilst engines were upgraded to improve economy, reduce maintenance costs and improve range. A full digital upgrade was also done to the avionics suite. The Falcon 900 was delivered to its current home at AFB Waterkloof in 1991 and as far as can be ascertained, an avionics update is all that was done. Apparently, an upgrade, including engines and avionics, was scheduled for the 2010/2011 financial year.
What happened in aviation over the past week?
TotalAir Newcastle airshow
by Charlie Hugo
Now in the 8th year of running the Newcastle airshow never fails to entertain the local attendees. With an enthusiastic and dedicated crew from Champ Marketing who do their utmost to ensure that this airshow is successful (and succeeding) to the support from the local community long may they prosper. It is surprising that a small community like Newcastle can organise an airshow when the larger and more established flying clubs in KwaZulu-Natal do not. The 2018 Newcastle airshow was also a major milestone for the South African Air Force’s Silver Falcons Team 82 when Major Omphile Mutloane, the first black leader led them to the Silver Falcons for their first public display. Eagle Air Aviation provided a welcome VIP hospitality suite for the visiting pilots and support crew. A full report will appear in the July edition of African Pilot magazine.
Two people die in Limpopo helicopter crash
Police at Rooiberg near Belabela in Limpopo have opened an inquest after two people were killed in a helicopter crash on Friday. Police spokesperson Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo said the helicopter was allegedly flying over Lumary farm near Zebula lodge when it crashed, instantly killing the two adult men.
“The police and paramedics were summoned to the scene, reacted swiftly and on arrival, the deceased were still trapped in the wreckage. Forensic experts and the aviation investigators were also informed and are currently at the scene,” said Mojapelo. He said the deceased had been identified as Herman Wenhold (37) and Jacque Oelofse (31), who were flying from Rustenburg in the North West province to Zebula lodge when the accident happened. The cause of the crash is not known at this stage, said Mojapelo.
What is scheduled for the next few weeks?
6 to 10 June
Zim Navex Prince Charles Airport Harare, Zimbabwe
Contact Marion Kalweit E-mail: email@example.com Tel: +26 37 725 7009
Brakpan Aero Club Cessna Fly-in from 08h00 for the day
Contact: Cell: 071 5422 993 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The new committee of the Brakpan Aero Club is wanting to place FABB firmly on the map for breakfast fly-ins and so much more. With our excellent restaurant ‘The Flying Grace’ run by the delectable Minnie van der Merwe, two kilometers of tarred runway and tarred taxiways, competitively priced fuel, clubhouse and swimming pool, the folk at FABB believe that they have the best airfield and Flying Club for a thousand square miles. This will be a fabulous day for all pilots and their friends.
Reef Steamers Train vs Vintage Planes, Cars and Bikes
From Krugersdorp departing 09h15 to Magaliesburg return 15h00
Contact: Ian Morrison E-mail: email@example.com Cell: 082 903 9463
24 to 28 June
South African Hot Air Balloon Championships Skeerpoort North West Province.
Contact Richard Bovell firstname.lastname@example.org
28 to 29 June
Drones Conference and workshop 2018 at Emperors Palace Convention Centre
Contact Jerry Davidson E-mail: email@example.com
28 June to 1 July
Race for Rhinos at Sua Pan, Botswana
Contact Chris Briers E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Cell: 082 568 7988
13 to 15 July
Taildraggers Fly-in to Nylstroom
Contact Richard Nicholson Cell: 082 490 6227
14 July July
SAPFA Hoedspruit Fun Rally Hoedspruit Civil Airfield
Contact Frank Eckard E-mail: email@example.com Cell: 083 269 1516
14 to 15 July
SAC Nationals Coastal venue TBA
Contact Annie Boon E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
73rd CAASA Annual General Meeting CAASA House Lanseria International Airport
Contact Office@caasa.co.za Tel: 011 659 2345 Time: 09h30 for 10h00
23 to 29 July
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, Wisconsin, USA
Camping on the airfield contact Neil Bowden E-mail: email@example.com
Hotels in Appleton contact Calvin Fabig E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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! African Pilot will be attending again this year – my 18th consecutive year in a row and I am looking forward to meeting all of wonderful friends in Camp Plakkerfontein again this year.
Grand Central Airport Oshkosh competition
To be drawn together with the June fuel competition. Refer to the website: www.grandcentral.co.za
1 to 5 August
SAC National Championships Tempe Bloemfontein
Contact Annie Boon E-mail: email@example.com
5 to 11 August
SAPFA World Rally Flying Competition Dubnicac Slovakia
Contact Website: www.akdubnica.sk
Women’s day fly-in at Stellenbosch Flying Club (Thursday)
Contact Alison 082 728 7386 or Louise 083 454 1104
24 & 25 August
Contact Stefan Fourie E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
SAPFA Sheila Taylor Fun Rally at Krugersdorp Airfield
Contact Grant Rousseau Cell: 082 329 3551E-mail: email@example.com
AFRICAN AVIATION NEWS
Ethiopian wins Airline Reliability performance award
Ethiopian Airlines has won the 2017 Airline Reliability Performance Award, for the seventh year in a row, from Bombardier Aerospace. Tewolde Gebremariam, GCEO of Ethiopian Airlines said: “We are pleased to receive the award for the seventh year in a row. It is the fruit of continued dedication and hard work of our employees and especially those working in our light aircraft and turbo-prop section. We are committed to providing to our esteemed customers reliable schedule and punctual flights at all times. This is a testament of our dedication to operational excellence in our domestic and regional routes.”
Angolan consortium orders six Bombardier Q400 aircraft
Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced that it has signed a firm purchase agreement for six new Q400 aircraft with African Aero Trading on behalf of the consortium forming Air Connection Express, Transportes Aereos S.A, based in Luanda, Republic of Angola. Based on the list price of the Q400 aircraft, the firm order is valued at approximately US$ 198 million. The airline will operate the Q400 domestically to connect smaller communities and increase frequencies as a regional feeder airline to TAAG Angola Airlines, the flag carrier of the Republic of Angola.
“We congratulate Air Connection Express as it launches its domestic air travel business and are pleased that the Q400 has been selected to support regional air travel in Africa,” said Jean-Paul Boutibou, Vice President, Sales, Middle East and Africa, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “The Q400 has proven to be a key contributor to the growth of the network in the region, enhancing connectivity on routes that are not economically viable for larger aircraft. Today, more than 37 operators are flying the Q Series in Africa, and we look forward to adding Air Connection Express to the family of Q400 operators.”
WORLD AVIATION NEWS
ACJ320neo Family enters production
The manufacture of the first ACJ320neo has started, with elements taking shape across Europe and final assembly due to begin in June, followed by the first delivery of the ‘green’ aircraft to Acropolis Aviation of the UK in the last quarter of this year. A second ACJ320neo will follow by year-end. Deliveries of the first ACJ319neo, for K5 Aviation, will begin in the second quarter of 2019, marking a further step in the creation of the new corporate jet family. Orders for the ACJ320 Family now total nine aircraft, comprising three ACJ319neo and six ACJ320neo aircraft. The ACJ319neo can fly eight passengers 6,750 nm / 12,500 km or 15 hours, while the ACJ320neo can transport 25 passengers 6,000 nm/11,100 km or 13 hours.
With wider and taller interiors than any other business jet, the ACJ320neo Family capitalises on the trend toward bigger cabins, delivering unmatched comfort, space and freedom in an aircraft of similar size and operating costs, with the modernity and value sought by customers today. More than 190 Airbus corporate jets are in service worldwide. They are flying on every continent, including Antarctica, highlighting their versatility around the clock, around the world.
Boeing Business Jets grows order book with new sales
Boeing Business Jets (BBJ) has won four new orders in 2018 as elite customers continue to favour Boeing’s portfolio of ultra-large-cabin, long-range airplanes, the company announced at the European Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (EBACE). The new orders this year follow an impressive 2017 in which customers purchased 16 Boeing Business Jets.
“We continue to see a lot of customer interest in Boeing’s family of business jets and that is translating into new orders and a growing backlog,” said Greg Laxton, leader of Boeing Business Jets. “Customers seek more space and greater range, which is driving significant growth in the large cabin segment.” Two of the new orders this year are for the BBJ MAX airplane, adding to a backlog of 19 airplanes and making the BBJ MAX one of the selling business jetliners in history. Based on the new 737 MAX airplane, the BBJ MAX delivers 14 percent better fuel efficiency thanks to advanced engines and improved aerodynamics. The model also features 787-style flight deck displays and multiple advanced new systems. The BBJ MAX family offers customers more range, comfort and space than any business jet in its class. The jet is capable of flying 7,000 nautical miles and features a lower cabin altitude, whilst bespoke interiors to match any preference. “The performance advantage of the BBJ MAX is a big sales driver,” said Laxton. “The airplane is perfectly suited for discerning customers who want to fly further without stopping.” Boeing celebrated the first BBJ MAX 8 flyaway in April 2018. Additional deliveries of BBJ MAX airplanes are expected in the coming months.
Gulfstream G500 on final approach for type certification
The Gulfstream G500 is nearing completion of function and reliability (F&R) testing, which will mark the end of the flying required for FAA type certification later this summer, according to the company. Gulfstream’s other in-development aircraft, the Gulfstream G600, is well into its certification programme. The G500 has also completed certification tests for flight into known icing and high-elevation conditions. During F&R testing, the fourth G500 flight-test aircraft stayed aloft for a programme-best 11 hours and 12 minutes, traveling 5,204 nautical miles. The 300 hours of F&R testing required by the FAA for aircraft with new engines will ensure the G500, including its components and equipment, is reliable and functioning properly. This is done by flying the aircraft in conditions representative of normal in-service experience. Gulfstream has been demonstrating the reliability, maturity and readiness of the G500 during a six-month world tour slated to end on 10 June in Paris. So far on the tour, the G500 has logged more than 240 flying hours and over 100,300 nautical miles during 69 flights to 41 airports in 21 countries on six continents.
To date, the five G500 aircraft in the flight-test program have accumulated more than 4,955 flight hours over more than 1,355 flights. Meanwhile the G600 finished collecting data that will be used by FlightSafety International to build a Level D full-motion simulator. The aircraft is currently undergoing mechanical systems certification testing. The five G600 aircraft in the flight-test programme have logged more than 1,950 flight hours during more than 510 flights.
C-5 Galaxy attending AirVenture
A massive Lockheed Martin C-5M Super Galaxy, one of the largest military cargo aircraft in the world, will be in attendance at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018. The airplane will be flying in to Oshkosh at the end of the Tuesday afternoon airshow and departing during the Sunday airshow, giving AirVenture 2018 attendees the rare opportunity to see a C-5M in flight. During the course of its stay at AirVenture, the C-5 will be on static display and open for tours on Boeing Plaza, with the Air Force Reserve Command showing a unique exhibit within the aircraft for visitors. “The C-5 is celebrating its 50th year, but it’s also playing a role in the 70th anniversary of the Air Force Reserve Command,” said Maj. Christopher Vasquez, Air Force Reserve 70th year project officer. “We are bringing out a great crew from Travis Air Force Base in California to become a unique exhibit, where we will host 70 years of history inside the aircraft and on the walls. You will be able to walk through 70 years of Air Force Reserve Command history and come out the other end into Boeing Plaza.”
EAA and Balloon Federation of America announce joint effort
On 31 May EAA and the Balloon Federation of America (BFA) announced a memorandum of understanding that expands the organisations’ joint efforts to bring the possibilities of flight to more people. The agreement formalises a relationship between the organisations as they promote and encourage flying activities. It will also include initiatives ranging from membership growth and communications to advocacy and youth activities. The new memo of understanding also outlines specific areas where EAA and BFA will work together. That includes web and publications presence, as well as possibilities of joint activities between EAA chapters and BFA’s local clubs. It also encompasses visibility at major events, including EAA AirVenture Oshkosh and the BFA convention. EAA and BFA will create a joint working group to further explore possibilities for joint activities and programmes that could inspire youth and adults to get involved in model aviation or recreational flying. The agreement also provides for increased visibility of each organisation in the other’s outreach and communications channels.
Citation Longitude returns to EBACE as it nears FAA certification
Last week Textron Aviation showcased the company’s new super-midsize Citation Longitude business jet at the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) 2018. Fresh from its circumnavigation of the globe in March and now nearing FAA type certification, Textron Aviation’s flagship Citation Longitude will be on the vanguard of the FAA’s latest certification requirements.
“We’re in the home stretch now and eager to move one step closer to delivering this new Citation flagship jet to our excited inaugural customers around the globe,” said Brad Thress, senior vice president of Engineering. “This is the most robust certification process we have ever been required to conduct for a Citation, which means we will deliver an exceptionally verified, clean-sheet aircraft that will thrill pilots and passengers alike. We are introducing one of the most thoroughly-researched passenger experiences; one that will revolutionise the super-midsize category with its low cabin altitude, class-leading legroom and low decibel cabin sound levels that are half of its nearest competitor.”
Based upon the FAA’s newest certification requirements, the number of the ground and flight test conditions to be met by the Longitude programme is nearly double the amount completed on past certification programmes. The team used five aircraft and nearly 50 ground test articles to expedite testing, whereas previous certification programmes featured three aircraft and fewer than 30 ground assets. This innovative approach enabled the programme to move swiftly through the development and certification process, while affording agility for enhancements driven by customer feedback.
Structural testing as well as component qualification testing is complete, while flight testing is wrapping up with nearly 3,000 total hours. The Longitude is built at Textron Aviation’s headquarters in Wichita, Kansas, where the assembly line is at full-rate production. Earlier this year, the aircraft completed a 31,000-nautical mile world tour, demonstrating its performance and reliability throughout a broad array of environments across 12 countries. During the tour, the Longitude made various stops throughout Europe, including customer visits in Sweden, France, Italy, Switzerland and the U.K.
Textron Aviation’s Cessna Denali enters new phase of development
Textron Aviation’s new high-performance Cessna Denali single-engine turboprop update was provided during the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) 2018. Fabrication of the nose section, fuselage, wings and tail cone of the first three flying prototypes is underway, paving the way for the aircraft to enter the market. Programme engineers are busy building and testing initial flight test components using production assembly tools manufactured in-house and continue to conduct static and fatigue tests on ground test components. Throughout the programme’s development, Textron Aviation has integrated new automation and robotic technologies into production, increasing product quality and efficiency throughout the assembly line. The company looks forward to achieving the first wing mate and completing the prototype airframes as the programme nears first flight targeted for early 2019.
Bombardier grows its Global Family of business jets
At EBACE last week Bombardier Business Aircraft unveiled two additions to its business jet fleet: The Global 5500 and Global 6500 aircraft, with class-leading ranges of 5,700 and 6,600 nautical miles, respectively, top speeds of Mach 0.90 and Bombardier’s smooth ride technology. The Global 5500 and Global 6500 aircraft add to the industry’s best large-category family, joining the high-performing Global 5000 and Global 6000 aircraft and the unparalleled Global 7000 aircraft. These new aircraft build on the success of the Global 5000 and Global 6000 aircraft by offering 500 and 600 nautical miles of additional range, respectively, coupled with an up to 13-per-cent fuel burn advantage, contributing to highly favourable operating costs versus smaller competing aircraft with less range.
Taking total performance to new heights, these aircraft also deliver a range increase of up to 1,300 nautical miles when operating out of hot-weather and high-altitude conditions, thanks to increased thrust and improved fuel efficiency. These aircraft also have superior agility compared to their closest competitors, with the ability to access airports that others can’t, such as London City. Purpose-built Rolls-Royce Pearl engines and a new wing make the Global 5500 and Global 6500 aircraft cleaner and more efficient.
Redesigned cabins aboard these aircraft are stunning as Global cabins are renowned to be, with exclusive features that are as innovative as they are luxurious. Bombardier is pleased to reveal that the Global 5500 and Global 6500 aircraft will offer the patented Nuage seat, the first new seating architecture in business aviation in more than 30 years. The Nuage seat, with exclusive technologies engineered for maximum comfort and effortless movement, is the perfect asset on a long flight. An additional seating innovation is available on the Global 5500 and Global 6500 aircraft: the Nuage chaise, which adds new dimensions to the conference suite as a lounge chair that converts into a flat surface for sleeping or banquet-style dining around the table.
The class-leading Bombardier Vision flight deck on these new aircraft introduces the first true combined vision system (CVS) in business aviation, the only system to seamlessly merge enhanced and synthetic images in a single view. Expected to enter service at the end of 2019, the Global 5500 and Global 6500 aircraft have operating costs that rival all other aircraft in this specific class, along with the built-in systems redundancy and robustness for which Bombardier Global aircraft are renowned. The introduction of two new Global aircraft has been a carefully targeted investment that further strengthens Bombardier’s portfolio of business jets.
Quest launches upgraded G1000NXi Kodiak
Quest Aircraft Company has announced that it is now offering an upgraded model of its Kodiak 100. The new Kodiak 100, Series II incorporates many of the changes the company has made to the original design over the last ten years and adds on some new features including a Garmin G1000NXi avionics suite, the Flight Stream 510, an angle-of-attack indexer and a digital 4-in-1 standby indicator.
“The refinements and upgrades across the entire platform truly elevate the Kodiak experience, while continuing to deliver the distinctive design and workmanship we’re known for,” said Quest CEO Rob Wells. Quest has also reworked some of the cabin features, adding in additional cockpit storage, new sun visors and LEMO headset plugs. Better fuselage seals were included for improved soundproofing and the cargo doorstep saw a weight-reducing redesign.
The Quest Kodiak is a 10-seat, single-PT-6 powered STOL workhorse. Among other things, it can be equipped for float operations, cargo hauling, passenger carrying, medevac and skydiving. According to the company, the Kodiak can take off in under 1,000 feet at its maximum gross take-off weight of 7,255 pounds and climb at more than 1,300 feet per minute.
Honda Aircraft Company unveils the HondaJet Elite
Towards the end of May Honda Aircraft Company revealed a new, upgraded aircraft, the ‘HondaJet Elite,’ at a special hangar event ahead of the 2018 European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva, Switzerland. HondaJet Elite has achieved an extended range to 1,437 nautical miles and is equipped with a newly developed noise attenuating inlet structure that lines each engine and greatly reduces high frequency noise to enhance cabin quietness.
In addition, the new aircraft’s advanced avionics system incorporates additional performance management functions for optimum flight planning and automatic stability and protection functions to enhance safety of flight. The HondaJet Elite also protects the environment by offering the best fuel efficiency in its class while also featuring best-in-class speed, altitude and range. The aircraft is type certified by the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). The HondaJet Elite has inherited the aeronautical breakthroughs developed by Honda Aircraft, including the Over-The-Wing Engine Mount (OTWEM) configuration, Natural Laminar Flow (NLF) fuselage nose and wing and composite fuselage. The aircraft continues to be the most efficient, quietest, fastest and highest-flying as well as the furthest-flying in its category.
Israeli Air Force conducts airstrikes with F-35
According to Israeli Air Force Commander Major General Amikam Norkam, for the first time the F-35 Lightning II has been used to carry out airstrikes. He said the 5th generation multi-role fighters have been used in two separate strikes on two fronts in recent weeks. Israel took delivery of its first F-35s in 2016 and declared the airplanes operational in 2017. In Israel, the aircraft are designated ‘Adir’, which means ‘Mighty One’ in Hebrew. Israel has placed orders for 50 F-35s to be delivered through 2024. At least nine have been delivered. The country has options for as many as 50 additional aircraft.
Hat trick for Michael Goulian – three podiums in three races
US pilot Mike Goulian was back on the podium with a second-place finish in the Red Bull Air Race in Chiba, Japan over the weekend. The incredibly technical track (possibly the MOST technical of the season) proved a challenge for the pilots. Track conditions quickly deteriorated as the final four commenced, but Goulian flew the plan. “I tried to fly really aggressivly but yet again not make any penalties… I got a little out of rhythm in the chicane there… I think that is what made the difference”.
With the final results of the race, Goulian and Hall are currently tired on 36 points each in the World Championship standings, an incredible 17 points ahead of the following position. Cinching second place in Chiba makes for an impressive three podiums in a row for the American pilot, proving yet again he is a force to be reckoned with. 2018 is the best season start the team has ever experienced.
1) Hall (AUS) – 56.376
2) Goulian (USA) – 56.695
3) Sonka (CZE) – 58.443
4) McLeod (CAN) – 58.639
Michael Goulian remains in second place in the overall championship series behind Australian Matt Hall.
Tecnam, BRP-Rotax and Siemens team up for Hybrid propulsion for General Aviation
A kick-off meeting for H3PS (High Power High Scalability Aircraft Hybrid Powertrain) was held on 17 May at the Tecnam headquarters in Capua, Italy. The objective of the project is to put the basis for the development, manufacturing and in-flight test of a parallel hybrid powertrain for general aviation through the involvement of three European General Aviation market leaders: Tecnam, BRP-Rotax and Siemens. The R&D departments of these three innovative European companies, will join their experience to present a concrete performing alternative to state-of-the-art propulsion that will dramatically reduce environmental impact of today’s General Aviation four seat aircraft.
The European Commission and INEA Agency has selected and financed H3PS project among 31 submitted proposals on the call Mobility for Growth (Topic MG-1.4-2016-2017) under HORIZON 2020. The 36-month project will allow broadening the horizons of knowledge in the field of parallel hybrid propulsion systems. By developing electrical components, including a parallel hybrid drive system for GA segment, the project will introduce the most advanced technologies for all-electric aircraft and thus stimulating innovation in the sector.
Through the project’s kick off meeting, participants discussed the status of the research area, project goals, and expectations of the different stakeholders with respect to the project outcome. Fabio Russo, head of R&D and product development of Tecnam and project manager of H3PS, explains the expected impact from H3PS. “We are excited to contribute with H3PS project to the main EU challenges in transportation sector, particularly leadership position of its aeronautics industry and reliable and sustainable air transport system,” Russo said. “The project will allow broadening the horizons of knowledge in the field of parallel hybrid propulsion systems. By developing electrical components, including a parallel hybrid drive system for GA segment, the project will introduce the most advanced technologies for all-electric aircraft and thus stimulating innovation. Together with other research and innovation actions funded under H2020 umbrella and focused on development of different hybrid configuration, European aircraft and propulsion leaders will play an essential role both on conventional aircraft efficiency growth as well as on future and most innovative configurations.”
Florida man receives a seven-year sentence for multiple fraud schemes against FAA
On 16 May 2018, Robert Charles Jones Brady, owner of Beech Aviation, was sentenced in U.S. District Court, West Palm Beach, Florida, to seven years’ incarceration, with three years’ supervised release as well as a $400 special assessment fee for operating an aircraft without an airman’s certificate, wire fraud and falsification of records in a Federal investigation.
An investigation by the DOT Office of Inspector General found that it in 2016, FAA revoked Brady’s pilot certificates; yet he continued to operate aircraft and was involved in multiple schemes to defraud the Government, airmen and the flying public using a fleet of single-engine, multi-engine and jet engine aircraft. Brady defrauded student pilots, who had paid significant sums of money to log flight instruction hours, so they could obtain pilot certifications by directing Beach Aviation employees to fraudulently endorse student pilot logbooks as if they were FAA-certified flight instructors (CFI). Neither Brady, who also endorsed the logbooks, nor many of his flight instructors were CFIs. Brady also hired unqualified foreign nationals to act as CFIs. Many student pilots learned only later that FAA would not honour their training hours for certification.
Through Beach Aviation, Brady used social media to advertise domestic and international charter flights, although neither he nor his company received FAA authorisation to engage as a commercial carrier for hire. FAA approval includes strict pilot certification, aircraft maintenance and regulatory compliance oversight conducted by the Agency. The investigation identified 700 discount charter flights for which passengers paid for travel to the Bahamas, South Florida, as well as other domestic locations. Brady piloted many of the commercial flights in a turbojet-powered Eclipse 500 aircraft, which he was not certified to fly or transport commercial passengers.
FLYING CARS NEWS
Uber launches eVTOL research center
Last week Uber announced it will invest $23 million over the next five years to create a new Advanced Technologies Center in Paris that will focus on the company’s Elevate project, which aims to bring autonomous eVTOL taxis into urban areas. “France is a perfect home for our next step forward, with its strong history of research and development, world-class engineers and a unique role in aviation worldwide,” Uber said in a news release. Initially, the project will focus on developing capabilities to support Uber’s goal of launching demo flights of its air-taxi system in three cities by 2020. These priorities include airspace management, autonomy, artificial intelligence, real-time communication networks, energy storage and charging systems.
The company already has established advanced-technology centers in Pittsburgh, Toronto and San Francisco, where it will also have an artificial-intelligence lab. The Paris ATC will open this fall, Uber said and will be the first of its technology offices to focus exclusively on Uber Elevate. The company also announced it has established a five-year partnership with École Polytechnique, a Paris research university known for its engineering programmes. Uber will endow a research position to focus on ‘Integrated Urban Mobility’ at the school. Initial collaborative research projects will include machine-learning-based transport-demand modelling, high-density low-altitude air traffic management simulations, integration of innovative airspace transport solutions with European aviation regulators and the development of smart grids to support future fleets of electric transport on the ground and in the air. “Together we will work towards a future where anyone can get a flight at the push of a button,” Uber said in its news release.
Drone pilot who crashed into Space Needle avoids jail time
The 20-year-old man who crashed his DJI Inspire 1 drone into the Seattle Space Needle while workers prepared for a fireworks show on New Year’s Eve has pleaded guilty to a gross misdemeanour charge of reckless endangerment. The Seattle Times reports that Cole Kelley admitted that he ‘flew a drone in a manner that caused a likelihood of harm to persons or property.’ Kelley will not spend any time in jail for his actions, but he received a 364-day suspended sentence and was fined $250. However, he was also ordered to forfeit his drone and not operate a drone in the future.
Leonardo announces the first satellite-controlled European MALE-Class Drone flight
The first flight campaign to demonstrate satellite control of a European-built MALE-class (Medium Altitude Long Endurance) drone has been completed. A team comprising Telespazio (Leonardo 67%, Thales 33%) and Piaggio Aerospace carried out the activity using a remotely-piloted P.1HH HammerHead aircraft as the test bed, developing and integrating capabilities that will enable drones to safely fly in unsegregated air space, beyond the range of ground-based radio coverage (called BRLOS – Beyond Radio Line Of Sight).
The campaign was carried out at Birgi airport in Trapani, Italy in order to evaluate the efficacy of the satellite technology for various dual-use applications under realistic conditions. The flights are in line with the objectives of the DeSIRE II European research project, led by Telespazio and jointly initiated by the European Space Agency (ESA) and European Defence Agency (EDA).
DeSIRE II will support European standardisation and regulatory activities in the drone sector. Telespazio, a subsidiary of Leonardo and a leader in space services, has developed a two-way satellite communication network which was used during the flight campaign. Control data from the ground station was transmitted to remotely operate the P.1HH and its on-board sensors and systems, while data collected by the drone during flight was returned to the ground station via the same network. The system made use of the Athena-Fidus satellite resources, managed by Telespazio’s Fucino Space Centre.
The success of this set of trials reinforces Leonardo’s position as a key player in the development of drone-based capabilities, products, and services, with this campaign proving the company’s ability to support flights of unmanned systems in BRLOS mode. The activities also represent a step towards a future where remotely-piloted aircraft are used to support public services, such as environmental monitoring, surveillance, and emergency management.
LM Stalker XE upgraded with new VTOL launch and landing capability
Lockheed Martin’s (NYSE: LMT) Stalker eXtended Endurance (XE) unmanned aerial system (UAS) has been upgraded with a vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) capability. This new option gives users greater mission flexibility allowing them to operate the system in more austere locations. The new VTOL option features a reduced logistics footprint and expands how and where the Stalker XE UAS may operate. Other launch alternatives include a pneumatic rail or a standard bungee launch system.
“By offering three unique launch options, we will support day or night flight operations in a variety of environments, expanding Stalker XE’s ability to do more with less,” said Russell Coons, Stalker XE program manager. “We continue to evolve the system to bring more capability to our system operators.”
Stalker XE is an operationally proven, small, silent UAS that provides unprecedented long-endurance imaging capability through image stabilized pan, tilt, zoom on electro-optical, infrared, low-light and high-def imagers, along with an image tracker. It features a digital backbone that allows for rapid plug and play of the latest technology, meaning better pictures and more capabilities.
Stalker XE is an all-weather system with a 12-foot wingspan, weighing 24 pounds with standard payloads. Depending on payloads and launch option, Stalker XE can fly up to eight hours with a propane fuel cell or up to four hours with a battery option at a cruise speed of 35 mph.
Tower: “Aircraft on final, go around, there is an aircraft on the runway!”
Pilot Trainee: “Roger” (pilot continues approach)
Tower: “Aircraft, I said GO AROUND!!!”
Pilot Trainee: “Roger”
The trainee doesn’t react, lands the aircraft on the numbers, rolls to a twin standing in the middle of the runway, goes around the twin and continues to the taxiway.
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