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African Pilot’s November 2018 edition
Cover picture taken by my wonderful wife, Christine Brits taken at AAD2018 a few weeks ago.
The November edition of African Pilot has entered its printing phase and will be ready for distribution later this week. This edition contains our annual Cape Town Airports feature as well as Gifts for Pilots.
There is no doubt that a well designed and superbly produced monthly aviation magazine has significant popularity. I wish to thank the many people with whom I interacted over the four days of the AASA conference in Zambia for their valuable input that has certainly indicated that African Pilot is recognised as the most respected and best produced monthly aviation magazine in Africa. In addition, African Pilot is now printing significantly more monthly magazines than any other aviation magazines on this continent, whilst at the same time African Pilot’s influence within the digital on-line magazine is ever increasing, not only in Africa, but also throughout the world.
African Pilot's December 2018 edition
This edition will feature the various General Aviation and Airlines based at OR Tambo International Airport. In addition we will feature an illustrated report on the Airlines Association of Southern Africa (AASA) annual general assembly staged in Livingstone, Zambia at Victoria Falls. The closing date for this edition is Friday 2 November 2018. For advertising positions, please contact Lara Bayliss Cell: 079 880 4359 Tel: 0861 001130 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
What has changed at African Pilot?
Now you can get your favourite aviation magazine online
As our digital capability has grown substantially, we have also developed aviation news blasts within the week. We have 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. In an effort to increase our digital footprint, African Pilot’s digital edition has now been made available on just about every digital device in production today, including iPads and iPhones through the iTunes Store, all Android devices through Google’s Play Store, Windows 8, Kindle Fire, Nook and Web. We have achieved this by partnering with a multitude of digital publishing platforms, the most noteworthy of which is Magzter, the world’s largest digital magazine newsstand with over 10 000+ magazines in its catalogue. Subscribers through our own website will still be able to enjoy the magazine as a download at:
Video of the week
The biggest secret of the F-16 Fighting Falcon has an unusual difference. This is a relatively long video, but is well worth watching:
SOUTH AFRICAN AVIATION NEWS
SAA appoints interim CFO
South African Airways (SAA) has appointed Deon Fredericks as new Interim Chief Financial Officer (CFO). The appointment is effective from October 15, 2018, and will last for a year. During the upcoming 12 months, the airline intends to find and appoint permanent CFO. Fredericks is replacing Robert Head, whose also interim contract ended on 30 September 2018. Since July 2018, Fredericks has held a role of Chief Investment Officer at Telkom – South Africa’s semi-privatised wireline and wireless telecommunications provider. Fredericks also served as CFO at the same company from September 2014 to July 2018.
What happened in aviation over the past week?
Airlines Association of Southern Africa (AASA) annual general assembly
I spent the past four days travelling to and from Livingston, Zambia to attend AASA’s annual general assembly, which was sponsored by South African Airways this year. Planning for the attendance of more than 250 people is no mean feat, but the management and staff of AASA made this task look so easy. In addition, the venue of the Avani Hotel at Victoria Falls was outstanding, whilst all the functions that traditionally take place around this annual event worked out very well.
AASA has 19 airline members, of which 15 were present, whilst 13 of those were represented by the CEOs of the particular airline. ASSA also has 35 associate members of which 30 were present at the annual general assembly. It was great to have the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) take an active role in the deliberations. In addition, it is always important to have the various other civil aviation organisations represented such as the Commercial Aviation Association of Southern Africa (CAASA), Aero Club of South Africa (AeCSA), Recreational Aviation Administration of South Africa (RAASA) and the Air Line Pilots Association of South Africa (ALPA). A full feature article with pictures will be published in the December edition of African Pilot.
What is scheduled for the next few weeks?
24 to 27 October
Marrakech airshow RMAF Military Base, Marrakech, Morocco
Contact Houda Medkouri e-mail: email@example.com
Baragwanath fun nav rally
Contact Rob Jonkers E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Cell: 082 804 7032
2 to 4 November
Potties Flying Club Fly-in
Contact Nico Willemse e-mail: email@example.com Cell: 082 582 5961
Stellenbosch fun navigation rally
in Association with the Stellenbosch Flying Club
Contact Frank Eckard e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Cell: 083 269 1516
6 to 8 November
Dubai Helishow Royal Pavilion Al Maktoum Airport
Contact Mr Abel Bajamunde E-mail: email@example.com
EAA Chapter 322 meeting. Dicky Fritz Moth Hall, Edenvale
Contact Clive King Cell: 082 850 4141
EAA / SAPFA Sun ‘n Fun Adventure Rally Brits Airfield
EAA contact Marie Reddy 083 259 7691 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
SAPFA contact Rob Jonkers E-mail: email@example.com Cell: 082 804 7032
16 & 17 November
Sandstone Estates Cherry Festival steam weekend
Contact Alina Tel 051 933 2235 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Aero Club of South Africa awards dinner Wanders Club 17h00
Contact E-mail: email@example.com
SAPFA Fun Rally at Springs Airfield
Contact Jonty Esser E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Cell: 082 855 9435
1 & 2 December
SAC ACE of Base Brits airfield
Contact Annie Boon E-mail: email@example.com
African Pilot has started populating the 2019 aviation calendar, so please contact me to reserve the most suitable date(s) for your planned event or airshow: firstname.lastname@example.org
AFRICAN AVIATION NEWS
Ethiopian Airlines wins Africa lease deal of the year 2018 award
Ethiopian Airlines has won the Aviation 100 ‘Africa Lease Deal of the Year 2018’ award by Airline Economics Magazine during the Airline Economics Growth Frontiers Dubai 2018 conference gala dinner. The Aviation 100 awards recognise aviation’s most outstanding performers, as well as the most innovative and successful finance and leasing deals closed in the last 12 months. Winners of the Aviation 100 awards are decided by an industry-wide survey, a rigorous vetting process and editorial consideration. Commenting on the award, Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Tewolde Gebremariam said: “We are happy to receive this award from Airline Economics. It’s for the first time that the Japanese financing system, JOLCO, financed an aircraft deal with an African airline. JOLCO availed financing for our A350 aircraft. The deal shows the strong confidence of reputed global financiers in Ethiopian balance sheet and business plan.”
WORLD AVIATION NEWS
Airbus Board of directors selects Guillaume Faury future CEO
Faury (50), who currently serves as President Airbus Commercial Aircraft, will succeed Tom Enders (59), who remains CEO until the Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 10 April 2019, when the appointment of Faury as executive member of the Board will be submitted to shareholders.
“Guillaume is an excellent choice. He has gained broad industrial and aeronautic experience over many years and in many roles both inside and outside Airbus. With his strong values and international mindset, Guillaume stands for the new generation of leaders that Airbus needs for the coming decade. He knows he can rely on me to facilitate a smooth transition,” Enders said in a statement.
Guillaume Faury served in various senior management roles at Eurocopter from 1998 to 2008. Starting in Engineering, then Flight Test, he later became Executive Vice President for Commercial Programmes, then Executive Vice President for Research and Development. In 2009, Faury joined Peugeot S.A., where he served as Executive Vice President for Research and Development as a Member of the Managing Board. In May 2013, Faury returned to Airbus as CEO of Airbus Helicopters and in early 2018 he took the helm of Airbus Commercial Aircraft.
Denis Ranque will continue as Chairman of the Board of Directors until the end of his mandate in April 2020, as foreseen in the staggered board succession process, introduced at AGM 2016. At that time and after seven years as Chairman, Denis Ranque has requested to leave the Board to pursue other interests. The Board will commence the process of selecting a new Chairman in due course having regard to, as expressed in its internal rules, the importance of maintaining international diversity at Board and Management level.
Pentagon grounds F-35s
On Thursday after the discovers of defective fuel tubes in a F-35 engine, the Pentagon temporarily grounded the United States’ F-35 fleet. The findings come from the initial investigation into the crash of an F-35B in late September. Israel and the UK have also paused F-35 flights as a result. “The US Services and international partners have temporarily suspended F-35 flight operations while the enterprise conducts a fleet-wide inspection of a fuel tube within the engine on all F-35 aircraft,” said the F-35 Joint Programme Office in a statement. “If suspect fuel tubes are installed, the part will be removed and replaced. If known good fuel tubes are already installed, then those aircraft will be returned to flight status.” According to the statement, the inspections are expected to be completed in the next 24 to 48 hours. The accident that revealed the potential problem took place near Beaufort, South Carolina, on 28 September. The pilot was able to safely eject, but the aircraft was destroyed. The accident was the first operational loss of an F-35 and occurred just a day after the model’s first-ever combat mission. The crash investigation is ongoing.
One Aviation files Chapter 11 bankruptcy
One Aviation has ‘entered into a consensual restructuring,’ the company said in a news release on Wednesday, and has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The company has secured financing that will enable it to maintain its normal operations and plan for the future, according to the release. “The path to this outcome has been long and difficult,” said CEO Alan Klapmeier. “The management team appreciates the generous support it has received from its employees, service providers, suppliers and customers throughout the process.”
Development of the EA700 Canada, an upgraded version of the Eclipse EA500 twinjet, with more range and faster cruise will continue and the company said it also will continue to provide service, maintenance and upgrades to the existing fleet of EA500 and EA550 jets. The company didn’t announce any plans for the Kestrel turboprop and Klapmeier has not responded to requests for more details. Over recent years the company’s financial problems have been widely reported. Earlier this year, the company was behind on its hangar rental fees in Albuquerque and downsized from three hangars to one. Previously, its operations in Maine, in support of the Kestrel turboprop, were shut down and jobs were cut from both Kestrel and Eclipse staff.
Branson: space launch expected within weeks
Virgin Galactic should be in space “within weeks, not months,” CEO Richard Branson told CNBC this week. He added that he expects to fly to space himself “in months and not years” and customers will be in space “not too long after that.” Virgin Galactic pilots have been flight-testing VSS Unity, with the aim to carry passengers up to 100 km, or about 62 miles, above the Earth. So far, the craft has flown to about half that altitude. Branson also told CNBC there is plenty of consumer demand to justify Virgin’s commercial space-launch efforts. “If I have a room full of 10 people, eight out of 10 would love to go to space if they could afford it,” he said. “So I think the market for people who would love to become astronauts and go to space is gigantic and it is up to us to produce as many spaceships as we can to cater with that demand.” He added that he hopes Virgin can reduce the cost of spaceflight over time from $250,000 down to about $50,000 per seat.
Longest nonstop commercial route launched
Singapore Airlines launched the first flight of its newly reopened nonstop route from Singapore’s Changi Airport (SIN) to Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) on Thursday. The Airbus A350-900ULR departed SIN with 150 passengers and 17 crew members onboard. The flight is expected to travel approximately 8,285 NM and be in the air for an estimated 18 hours and 25 minutes, making it the longest nonstop commercial flight currently available. The airline first flew the route in 2004 with an A340-500 but cancelled it in 2013, reportedly due to rising fuel costs.
The Singapore Airlines route is the latest in a series of opening or restarting nonstop ultra-long-range routes, including Qantas’ 17-hour Perth to London route and Qatar Airways’ 17.5-hour Auckland to Doha flight. Qantas has already announced plans for even longer routes in the future and has asked both Boeing and Airbus to come up with proposals for aircraft capable of regular nonstop 20-plus-hour flights. Qantas is hoping to open a Sydney to London route by 2022.
Air India B737 hits wall during take-off, continues flight
On 12 October an Air India Express Boeing 737-800, registered VT-AYD, was about to operate flight IX 611 from Tiruchirappalli International Airport(TRZ), India to Dubai International Airport (DXB), United Arab Emirates, when it hit a localizer antenna and a wall upon take-off. Unaware of the incident and damage caused to aircraft, the pilots continued climbing to FL360. The plane stayed at cruising altitude for three hours. It was only when airport officers contacted the pilots to inform them of the incident that the flight diverted to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (BOM) in Mumbai, India.
130 passengers were on board the plane. None were injured and they all boarded another plane from Mumbai to Dubai. The two pilots of the flight were suspended while authorities investigate the incident.
Air India Express is a low-cost subsidiary of Air India operating a fleet of 25 Boeing 737-800s.
Lockheed Martin reveals LM-100J freighter launch
Lockheed Martin announced that Pallas Aviation is going to be the first LM-100J commercial freighter operator. The LM-100J is a production variant of military airlifter C-130J Super Hercules. “Pallas Aviation will provide management services and operational control of two LM-100J aircraft requiring heavy-lift / oversized cargo capability into and out of unconventional airports and remote locations for a specific set of clients in multiple industries,” a statement by Lockheed Martin read. The LM-100J freighter was first introduced in 2014 as an updated version of the L-100, a commercial variant of C-130 Hercules. Between 1964 to 1992 the company produced 115 these aircraft.
The L-100s serviced a niche market, where jet aircraft operations were unpractical. The aircraft was used for delivering oversize cargo (e.g. oil and natural gas drilling equipment) and operations on dirt/unimproved fields or short runway.
Eventually the aircraft began to be phased out due to outdated avionics, its Allison (now Rolls-Royce) T56 engines that did not meet new emission standards or the FAA’s Stage IV noise requirements for civilian transports. L-100s also had higher operating costs than its competitors An-12 or 737 airliner.
Engine failure on Soyuz rocket after take-off
The MS-10 Soyuz rocket, which was supposed to carry American astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin to the International Space Station (ISS) on 11 October 2018, suffered an engine failure after taking off, the Russian news agency Ria Novosti reported. According to preliminary data, the incident occurred after the separation of the first stage. The flight was supposed to last six hours but the two men turned around and landed healthy on the mainland in Kazakhstan.
The search and rescue teams have reached the Soyuz spacecraft landing site and report that the two crew members are in good condition and are out of the capsule. Given the urgency of the situation, the return of the Soyuz capsule was made via a ballistic descent, a steeper curve than usual, implying G higher than normal for astronauts.
Russian space agency Roscosmos opened a commission to investigate the incident. Among several missions, including an experiment on ‘3D bio printing’, the two astronauts were also supposed to carry out a survey on the Soyuz MS-09, after a hole was found on 29 August 2018, drilled in the orbital compartment of the Russian module.
Authorities investigating plane crash at ClayDesta, USA parking lot
On 12 October the pilot and passenger were able to walk away from a small plane that crash landed in the north parking lot of Clay Desta. Midland authorities responded Friday morning to the scene of a plane crash in the parking lot of the ClayDesta office complex. The Cirrus aircraft had recently taken off from the Midland Airpark Airport. The two passengers sustained minor injuries and were not transported to the hospital. The Federal Aviation Administration will be investigating what led to crash.
Yakutia SSJ-100 damaged beyond repair after exceeding runway
A Sukhoi Superjet 100-95 of Russian airline Yakutia, registered RA-89011, was on its way from Baikal International Airport (UUD) to Yakutsk Airport (YKS), Russia, carrying out flight R3-414 on 9 October 2018, when, upon landing, it failed to stop before the end of the runway and collapsed. The aircraft was damaged beyond repair. The plane appears to run over a bump, leading to the collapse of the main gear. The Superjet is left resting on engines, with nose gear still up. At least one of Yakutsk Airport runways (05R) is currently undergoing renovation and extension. A Temporary ramp was placed to mark the end of the tarmac portion still open to operations.
Five crew members and 87 passengers evacuated the aircraft using emergency slides. Four people received medical attention, including three month old baby, who was transported to the hospital for additional examination after luggage fell on him. The incident might have been caused by a braking error, according to a source close to the investigation, quoted by Russian Aviation Insider. Early reports point at ice on the runway and erroneous aircraft braking action declaration communicated to the crew prior to the flight. With RA-89011 out of service, Yakutia now operates a fleet of four Sukhoi SSJ-100s.
Sale of armed Bell 407GX helicopters proposed for Iraq
The US State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Iraq of five Armed Bell 407GX helicopters configured with M240 7.62mm Machine Guns for an estimated cost of $82.5 million. The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on 3 October 2018.
The Government of Iraq has requested to buy five Armed Bell 407GX helicopters configured with five M240 7.62mm machine guns. Also included are five RF-7850A secure communications radios, five AN/AAR-60 MILDS automatic plume detectors, five AN/ALE-47 airborne countermeasure dispensing systems, five M3P .50 calibre machine guns, five M260 rocket launchers (APKWS configuration), five MX-15Di EO/IR sensors, five GAU-19 .50 calibre machine guns, five pathfinder mission management systems, five ARES weapon management systems, five mission configurable armament systems (MCAS), night vision compatible lighting systems, aircraft intercommunications systems (ICS), cockpit and seat armour kits and bifurcated exhaust infrared suppressor systems, operating manuals, spare parts, maintenance and operator training for radio systems, technical and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistical and programme support. The total estimated programme cost is $82.5 million.
This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a strategic partner. The addition of five Bell 407GX helicopters will help compensate for the combat loss of seven IA407 helicopters in recent years and increase the Iraqi Security Forces’ combat effectiveness against ISIS and other terrorist elements in Iraq. The 407GX variant, an upgrade from the current IA407 configuration, includes Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) launchers. Providing Iraq with this capability supports US security goals by furthering the Iraqi Army Aviation Command’s ability to counter terrorism and protect critical infrastructure. Iraq will have no difficulty absorbing this equipment into its armed forces. The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region. This notice of a potential sale is required by law and does not mean the sale has been concluded.
Scoot takes delivery of its first A320neo
Scoot has placed orders for 39 A320neo aircraft under its fleet renewal programme. The new addition complements the airline’s existing fleet of 27 A320ceo Family aircraft. Powered by Pratt and Whitney PurePower engines, the new aircraft features 186 seats in Scoot’s configuration. Selected for its outstanding operational efficiency, comfort and range, the A320neo will be deployed by Scoot on its services across Asia.
Dutch fighter jets intercept KLM airliner
An American passenger aboard a KLM Airbus A330 en route from Abu Dhabi to Amsterdam became ‘aggressive’ towards cabin crew and other passengers on Saturday, causing the Dutch air force to scramble two F-16 fighters to escort the airplane to Schiphol Airport. Newsweek reports that the gendarmerie said through spokeswoman Joanna Helmonds that “A 29-year-old American man became aggressive after being asked by a purser to return to his seat. “A scuffle broke out and the cabin crew, together with other passengers, managed to restrain the man.”
A flight attendant said that the passenger did not appear to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs, but his behaviour “was very threatening from one moment to the next.” The aircraft was given special clearance to land immediately at Schiphol airport, which was its intended destination. He has not been identified. The passenger was arrested on landing and admitted to a psychiatric institution for observation.
KLM spokeswoman Heleen Makkinga said the airline “regretted the unpleasant incident,” adding the cabin crew followed the carrier’s standard procedure for dealing with such a passenger. “Passengers and crew have laid a complaint against the man,” she said.
First Saudi helicopter arrives at Naval Station Mayport
The first of several MH60-R Seahawk helicopters purchased by the Royal Saudi Arabian Navy arrived at Naval Station Mayport in northeast Florida on 2 October. The helicopters are part of a training programme for Saudi pilots and crew that is expected to last for the next three years. HSM 40, a helicopter squadron based out of Naval Station Mayport, is playing an imperative role in the training of Royal Saudi Naval officers and crewmen. “We are responsible for providing the training that the foreign military sales office has contracted with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” Miller said. “We will be providing the training for that countries 250 plus, pilots, aircrew and maintainers.”
The Saudi detachment was excited to receive their new aircraft. “We’ve been waiting for this moment for a long time,” said Lt. Cmdr. Mazin Alshahrani, the officer in charge of the Saudi detachment. “We appreciate our partnership with the U.S. Navy and especially the squadron, HSM 40.”
The MH60-R helicopter that the Royal Saudi Navy received is one of the most advanced helicopters in the world and is capable of a multitude of missions. “This helicopter is really a game changer,” Alshahrani said. “It’s the top of the line and one of the best helicopters that the Saudi government will provide our navy and will be the main mission helicopter of our fleet.” Once the detachment is fully trained, 10 aircraft, including five from Mayport, will be shipped to Saudi Arabia where a new squadron will be made up. “The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has purchased 10 MH60-R helicopters,” Miller said. “Five of those aircraft will be homebased in Mayport for the next three years. The addition of the aircraft and the training of the Saudi naval personnel is a step to promote global security in the US Fifth Fleet area of operations. “This is a big milestone for us in the partnership,” Miller said. “We look forward to providing the highest quality of training to the Kingdom. Once the training programme is complete in about three years, we look forward to sending all of the aircraft and personnel back home and strengthening the relationship that both nations have towards global security.
Hangar fire destroys four airplanes
A fire broke out in a hangar at New River Valley Airport (KPSK) in Dublin, Vancouver on Monday which destroyed at least two and most likely four of the seven airplanes stored in the building. The Southwest Times reports that the other aircraft what were in the hangar at the time of the fire are being assessed for heat and smoke damage. Airport Manager Keith Hold said that the damage to the hangar is still being assessed. “We’ve had a substantial loss to several based airplanes,” he said.
According to Lt. Rusty Mitchell of the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office, early information seems to indicate that someone was charging a battery on one of the airplanes in the hangar and that may have led to the fire. That person, who was not identified in the report, tried to stop the fire before it spread, but he was unsuccessful. Mitchell said that four aircraft appeared to be damaged beyond repair in the blaze. The three others are ‘questionable’ and will need to be evaluated to determine if they are still airworthy, he said. No one was injured as a result of the fire, according to the report.
Pilot fired for unknowing use of marijuana
A pilot for the now-defunct Great Lakes Airline lost his career after testing positive for THC, the active component in marijuana, after he ate a piece of candy he ways he did not know was laced with the chemical. In 2017, Nate Crupps had been hired, and then furloughed by the airline as it cut costs, according to television station KUSA. When he was recalled due to a pilot shortage, he went through a pre-employment drug screening and the substance turned up in his urine test.
Crupps said he had never used any kind of controlled substance in his life and apparently he had not knowingly done so. But prior to the test, he had eaten a piece of candy in a hotel room that had been left on a table by a friend. The candy turned out to be a marijuana gummy that is legal to sell in Colorado. His friend confirmed that it was laced with TCH. Crupps lost his job and his medical certificate. His medical was eventually reinstated. He said that he is using the incident to warn other pilots to be very careful. While he is once again cleared to fly, he must continue with a regular drug testing programme for another year. But he has not yet found another job in aviation. He is currently working in sales and has not decided what his next step back into aviation will be.
Tecnam delivers first trainer to Hellenic Air Force
The aircraft was welcomed at the home of Hellenic Air Force Academy at Tatoi / Dekelia (Athens) Air Base by the General Staff of the Hellenic Air Force, in the presence of John Gkontikoulis, the Commander of the HAFA. This is the first of 12 Tecnam P2002JF low wing trainers due to be delivered to the HAF. The HAF selected the Tecnam P2002 JF as its next-generation screening / primary training aircraft. The delivery flight from Tecnam production facility in Capua, Italy was performed by Tecnam Chief Test Pilot, Massimo de Stefano and Tecnam Global Sales and Marketing Director, Walter Da Costa. In addition to the 12 P2002 JF aircraft ordered, Tecnam will provide a SOFTEK simulator and a computer-based integrated training system with ancillary support services.
The Tecnam P2002JF is a two-seat, single engine, low wing aircraft. Powered by the popular ROTAX 912, featuring the latest avionics from Garmin. The type is firmly established as one of world’s most popular single engine aeroplanes and the aircraft of choice by so many Flight Training Organisations and Air Forces. In 2016 Tecnam delivered eight P2002JF to Argentina Air Force. To date this fleet has amassed a total of over 6,000 hours and performed 16,000 landings.
UK rape victim located by drone using thermal imaging camera
Police launched a drone equipped with a thermal imaging camera in the early morning hours of Saturday in Lincolnshire, UK after a 16-year-old woman called them to say she had just been raped and was still with her attacker but did not know where she was. The UK newspaper The Independent reports that the aircraft was able to locate the young woman ‘within minutes.’ A police spokesman said that the girl called 999 from the Brown’s Road area of Boston, Lincolnshire. She said she was still with her attacker and was in an abandoned industrial complex surrounded by an eight-foot high fence.
“Our drone unit helped to locate her and she was found with a man in his thirties,” the spokesman said. “The man was arrested. Officers from our Emerald Team, who are specifically trained to support victims of rape and sexual assaults, are supporting the victim.”
ApusDuo solar aircraft successful maiden flight
UAVOS Inc. has successfully completed the first stage of the flight tests of the 10-meter prototype of the High Altitude Pseudo Satellite (HAPS) ApusDuo, which was manufactured as part of the development program of ApusDuo solar aircraft with a wing span of 28m. That prototype was made for testing control algorithms, including take-off and landing, full-scale verification of HAPS aerodynamics. Test flights fully confirmed the flight characteristics of the UAV. UAVOS Inc., headquartered in Mountain View, CA, has recently raised a round of financing from a group of private investors, in order to further enhance its R&D efforts, reduce the go-to-market time for new solutions and also focus on promotion and commercialization.
UAVOS works directly with a number of large customers in different segments. Among UAVOS advanced ready-for-commercialization technologies is unique Apus High Altitude Pseudo-Satellite control system for high-altitude unmanned solar-powered aerial vehicles, multiplatform autopilot solution for converting manned vehicles of all types into unmanned, and unmanned aerial vehicles aimed to counteract systems of electronic warfare.
Weekend flying fun
Gordon Dyne (African Pilot’s proof reader) arranged for Lara Bayliss (African Pilot’s Marketing Coordinator) to experience the thrill of flying in two iconic aircraft. First was a semi-aerobatic flight in a Boeing-Stearman with Capt Ivan van der Schaar, followed by a harmonious flight in Gordon Dyne’s Nanchang, flown by Tony Kent. Lara wishes to extend her gratitude to Gordon for arranging this amazing opportunity which she had throughly enjoyed.
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