The Commercial Aviation Association of Southern Africa (CAASA) has just announced that the Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) Trade Show will take place between 24 and 26 March 2021 at Lanseria International Airport. For further information please contact Louis Olckers 082-847-3403. African Pilot will be partnering with CAASA to provide publicity for this very important trade exhibition. Further details will be published as soon as I have been advised of them.
B20 question: What is the maximum pressure differential?
African Pilot’s October 2020 edition
The amazing October edition of African Pilot was completed in the final week of September and has been fully distributed. This edition of African Pilot features Aircraft Maintenance Organisations (AMOs) and Aircraft Refurbishment. This edition has been tailormade to be read on any laptop computer or any other electronic device such as your smart phone, iPad or desktop computer.
African Pilot’s September edition was the first utilising the new 3D software that greatly enhances your reading experience. Within that edition African Pilot became an international aviation magazine publishing on an international stage and not just an African aviation magazine.
This October edition, with 48 illustrated articles is available to anyone throughout the world FREE of charge, whilst this magazine has set the standard for digital publishing, not just in South Africa, but throughout the world. At 224 pages this edition has 24 embedded videos and 12 embedded picture galleries. Several of the videos were created by the African Pilot team, which again sets this magazine apart from ALL other aviation publications, especially South African aviation publications.
Advertisers can now see the benefits of marketing their products and services to a vast international aviation audience including short videos, picture galleries and actual virtual shops, they will realise that marketing is most important for future profitability. In South Africa and the African continent, African Pilot is the only aviation publication that has purchased the latest software to provide digital enhancement to any advertiser anywhere in the world. At the same time African Pilot is also the only aviation magazine that is easy to read on any digital smart device, because our team understands the importance of ensuring the ease of use in this ‘new normal’ digital age. It is now quite obvious that ALL the other aviation publications are copying what African Pilot has pioneered, but this was to be expected. At least African Pilot publishes correct aviation information such as the calendar of events on a regular basis.
African Pilot’s November 2020 edition
As we get closer to the end of this year, the November edition will feature ‘Gifts for Pilots’ as well as international news about all aspects and developments in aviation.
The material deadline for the November edition is on Wednesday 21 October 2020.
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Video of the week:
Launch of Wouter Botes’ e-book ‘Flights to Nowhere’
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AERO South Africa news
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African Pilot’s picture of the week
Something exciting for African Pilot’s readers to enjoy is the launch of the ‘Picture of the Week’. Please send any aviation related picture to me at: firstname.lastname@example.org at a resolution of at least 500 Kb. There is no payment or prize offered, just editorial recognition. However, all photographs submitted will be considered for the ‘Picture of the Month’ within the monthly magazine and I will be looking for a sponsor to cover the cost of a monthly fee.
Aero Club of South Africa’s Centenary Yearbook
Produced by John Illsley who is the second master at Pretoria Boys’ High School (I spent five happy years at PBHS), the AeCSA is taking pre-orders for the Centenary Yearbook, to assess the demand for a print run. It will be in the form of a hard and soft cover version as well as a limited-edition leather-bound book on request. Details of the book are available on the AeCSA Website.
Indicative Pricing: – Hard Cover Book – R 400 – Soft Cover Book – R 300 – Leather Bound Book – add +/- R 200 for Novalite & R 500 for Leather. Delivery options are collected at the Rand Airport AeCSA office, or door to door courier service anywhere in South Africa. Courier costs will range between R 100 to R 130 per book dependent on location. Volume purchases are also available should this be required. Once you have registered for a pre-order and the print run is complete, the AeCSA will send an invoice for payment, which once received will have the book dispatched.
To get your pre-order secured, please go to this link. Centenary Yearbook Order form:
If you are not a member and wish to join the Aero Club and any of its sections, feel free to do so http://www.aeroclub.org.za/member-renewals-and-new-memberships/
SOUTH AFRICAN AVIATION NEWS
Pandemic leads to a big drop-in activity within the aviation sector
The economic instability brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic has affected aviation, aircraft owners and operators in the sector, which caused a big drop in activity not only in flying but also in purchases of insurance, said South Africa aviation insurance broking firm DJA Aviation in a webinar. The DJA Aviation team recently hosted the webinar in collaboration with AERO South Africa to look at the impact of this global pandemic on the general aviation industry and specifically aviation insurance. The insurance market had been struggling prior to the pandemic, said DJA Aviation director Jackie Nieuwoudt. “We are entering a third year of insurance adjusting and what is very clear is that the global aviation insurance market as a whole is facing unprecedented losses and an urgent requirement for insurers to balance their books in order to respond to claims has to be made,” she said.
Final call for SAA rescue as budget looms
The rescue plan for South Africa’s flag carrier has yet to materialise since the government has not provided promised funding, but with the upcoming budget looming this will be a crucial test for the airline’s future. State-owned South African Airways (SAA) had limped along for a decade thanks to regular government bailouts but last December Pretoria decided to let it sink into administration in the hopes of a profound restructuring to stanch the flow of red ink and wipe away debts. Administrators axed most domestic and some international routes in February to save cash, even before COVID-19 grounded airlines globally, as they drafted a massive restructuring plan to create a leaner, competitive airline. In July creditors gave the green light even though they will be paid only 7.5 cents for each Rand they are owed. The plan would see the airline shrink dramatically, emerging with a fleet of just six aircraft out of the 44 it had the previous year. Only a fifth of the almost 5,000 employees would remain.
The aim is then to grow it back to 26 planes by the end of 2021 and re-hire 1,000 furloughed staff. The plan required R5 billion to kick-start and another 5.3 billion rand over three years, which the government has pledged to finance, as well as bringing in a well-heeled strategic partner. But the money has yet to materialise. Finance Minister Tito Mboweni is expected to announce details of the funding when he presents his medium-term budget at the end of October.
Analysts warn that failure to move ahead quickly could sink the restructuring plan. While the administrators believe the restructuring plan is still viable, if the money comes soon, they have also evoked more severe solutions. Administrators have suggested winding down the airline as an alternative: stripping the company to the bare bones but keeping its licenses, allowing the airline to fly again if the opportunity arises. That would still require an injection of more than R4 billion. The government has resisted this option as well as the airline’s complete liquidation. Analysts also question whether the overhaul (if it goes through) will be enough to save the carrier, particularly considering the impact of the pandemic on global air travel.
What happened in aviation over the past week?
Sling breakfast fly-in on Saturday17 October
On Saturday 17 October Sling Aircraft staged its first ‘breakfast fly-in’ for 2020, which was well attended by more than 250 people. In addition, about 45 aircraft, mostly Slings and one Bell LongRanger helicopter arrived. The hospitality laid on by the Sling crew was amazing as several of the factory crew were on hand to demonstrate the various assembly sectors of the building of a Sling aircraft. It was good to meet up with so many enthusiastic aviators as well as the management and staff of Sling Aircraft. A full feature article with many pictures and videos that I took on the day will be published in the November edition of African Pilot.
Beautiful young South African woman receives her private pilot’s licence
The aviation school she attended congratulated her on her wonderful achievement. A beautiful young woman called Sisipho Nofemele recently made herself and thousands of South Africans proud after she obtained her private pilot’s licence from the Border Aviation Club and Flight School. Congratulations Sisipho on obtaining your Private Pilot’s License last Thursday in ZS-EGX! Lots of hard work and determination has finally paid off for you! Wishing you many safe and enjoyable hours in the air.
What is scheduled for the next few months?
African Pilot’s 2020 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.
24 and 25 October
Sports Aerobatics Club North West Regionals TBC
Contact Annie Boon E-mail: email@example.com
26 to 28 October
Airport Show, Airport Security and ATC Forum DWTC, Dubai
Registration is now open for Airport Show, Airport Security and ATC
Forum. FREE registration: https://bit.ly/2SnJ33S
SAPFA spot landing training camp at Brakpan Airfield
Contact Jonty Esser Cell: 082 855 9435
Krugersdorp Flying Club breakfast fly-in
Refer to website www.fakr.co.za WhatsApp to 079 213 9059
6 – 8 November
Pretoria Radio Flyers Jet Rally, EDF and Turbine Weekend
Contact Emil Cell: 082 962 2334
Children’s Flight at Orient Airfield – by invitation only
Contact Felix Gosher Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
EAA Chapter 322 AGM Venue TBA
Contact Neil Bowden Cell: 084 674 5674 E-mail: email@example.com
Helevate Helicopter Olympics at Krugersdorp Airfield
Contact Animike Cell: 072 219 3264 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
CAASA AGM to be a virtual meeting from 11h00
Contact Sam Keddle E-mail: email@example.com Tel: 011 659 2345
13 to 16 November
Battlefields now in Mossel bay fly-in view poster for details
Contact E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Cell: 082 446 9916 or 082 875 5419
27 and 28 November
SAPFA Speed Rally at Springs airfield
Contact Jonty Esser E-mail: email@example.com Cell: 082855 9435
Aero Club of South Africa annual awards at Rand Airport
Contact Sandra Strydom e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 011 082 1100
5 and 6 December
SAC Ace of Base TBC
Contact Annie Boon e-mail: email@example.com
As further dates are sent to me, I will continue to update the aviation calendar
I have started preparing the 2021 calendar with assistance from Air Show South Africa and the various sections of the Aero Club of South Africa. Please send me your planned aviation event fixtures for next year so that I may accommodate them on the calendar. Thank you.
AFRICAN AVIATION NEWS
Airlink reconnects Johannesburg to Windhoek with daily flights
Airlink, the privately-owned regional airline, has launch daily direct air services reconnecting Johannesburg with Windhoek starting on 26 October. This follows the relaxation of South Africa’s intra-Africa travel restrictions and Namibian Aeronautical Authorities acknowledging Airlink’s traffic rights and designation on the route. Airlink also recently resumed scheduled services between Cape Town and Windhoek as well as between Johannesburg and Walvis Bay.
Airlink’s Johannesburg-Windhoek service will provide travellers with seamless connectivity with Airlink’s new services linking Johannesburg with Cape Town and with Durban. Connections are also available to Airlink’s other South African destinations, such as George, Port Elizabeth, East London, Bloemfontein, Upington, Kimberley, Polokwane, Hoedspruit, Nelspruit, Skukuza, Pietermaritzburg, Mthatha and others. Since the beginning of October Airlink has also begun resuming services reconnecting various destinations throughout the SADC region with Johannesburg.
WORLDWIDE ACCIDENTS AND INCIDENTS
Piper PA-18A-150 Super Cub
The pilot was receiving flight instruction in his newly purchased airplane to satisfy insurance requirements. During the flight, the two decided they would land in a hay field behind the instructor’s house, touching down beyond a ditch. After touchdown, the pilot ‘noticed trees at the end of the field…were getting close.’ As he began applying the brakes, the ‘plane hit a bump, or bounced a bit,’ and nosed over. The airplane sustained substantial damage to both wings, the engine and propeller, and to the vertical stabiliser and rudder.
Electrical failure beginning of bad landing
The pilot reported that, during a night flight, while lowering the flaps for landing, the cockpit lights turned off. He attempted to turn the lights back on to no avail. He added that the precision approach path indicator (PAPI) lights were off at the airport in Winder, Georgia and he could not get the runway lights to turn on either. As he was landing past ‘the first arrow in front (chevron in the displaced threshold),’ he heard a ‘thump.’ He taxied the Piper PA24 to the ramp without further incident. The passenger, an airframe and powerplant mechanic, reported that during approach after the cockpit lights went out, he used his flashlight to light up the cockpit. He was unable to correct the panel lights but observed that the runway lights were ‘bright.’ He added that, during the landing, he felt the ‘bottom drop out’ and that the airplane landed hard and bounced.
Post-accident examination revealed that the right horizontal stabilator sustained substantial damage.
The pilot added that he and the passenger went to the beginning of the approach runway and found pieces of broken runway lights. Archived NOTAMs for the date of the accident stated that: RWY 31 PAPI UNUSABLE
Pitts pilot hits power wire
The Pitts S2C pilot reported that, while performing a reconnaissance flight to determine the viability of landing the biplane on the infield section of a racing track in Hampton, Georgia, for an upcoming airshow, he made several passes and saw no power wires. He added that, during an approach to the proposed landing area, the plane hit a power wire. The pilot aborted the approach, performed a quick controllability check and decided to land at a nearby airport. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left ailerons. The pilot reported that there were no pre- accident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the biplane that would have precluded normal operation.
Man charged over plane death of footballer Sala
On Thursday Britain’s Civil Aviation Authority (UKCAA) said it had charged a man in connection with the death of Argentine footballer Emiliano Sala in a light aircraft crash last year. “The UK Civil Aviation Authority has commenced a prosecution of David Henderson for offences associated with the fatal light aircraft accident over the English Channel in January 2019,” said UKCAA director Richard Stephenson in a statement published on the regulator’s website.
Henderson (66) appeared at Cardiff Magistrates’ Court on 28 September and was bailed to appear at Cardiff Crown Court on 26 October. Sala (28) died when the plane carrying him and pilot David Ibbotson came down in the Channel on 21 January 2020, just days after he had joined Cardiff City from Nantes. He had been Cardiff’s record signing after a fee of £15 million ($19 million) was agreed with Nantes during the January transfer window.
After travelling to Cardiff to complete the deal, Sala returned to France to collect belongings and bid farewell to his teammates. It was on his return to the Welsh capital to take part in his first training session that the tragedy occurred. Initial search operations for the player and pilot were suspended in the days after the single-engine Piper Malibu plane went missing. However, a crowdfunding effort supported by thousands of donations, including from football stars such as Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe, helped launch a private search. That specialised search saw Sala’s body recovered from the wreckage in February but Ibbotson’s body has not been found. Two months after Sala’s body was discovered, his father Horacio Sala died of a heart attack in Argentina.
British air accident investigators in March concluded Ibbotson was not licensed to fly the plane or at night and that he lost control and flew too fast as he tried to avoid bad weather. The Air Accidents Investigation Branch said both the pilot and Sala were affected by carbon monoxide poisoning before the crash.
WORLD AVIATION NEWS
Survey shows 69% of travellers are ready for overseas travel during pandemic
It has been a dark year for the travel industry as the COVID-19 pandemic has forced both business and leisure travellers to place their travel plans on hold. It has been almost seven months since the World Health Organization (WHO) announced COVID-19 as a global health crisis and the travel industry is now seeing indications of brighter days as people become accustomed to the so-called ‘new normal’. A survey by UK air travel intelligence company OAG found that 69 percent of respondents planned to go overseas and 79 percent planned to travel to domestic destinations in the next six months. The survey involved 4,004 respondents and was conducted in July and August of this year, the survey found that 40 percent of respondents were most afraid of contracting COVID-19 while on the plane, followed by 17 percent who were afraid of catching the virus at airport terminals. Some 76 percent believed that face masks were the most effective safety measures in planes and at airports, provided facilities required all passengers and staff to wear them.
In Indonesia, Shahira Travel CEO Meyranti ‘Ichie’ Kartika Putri told The Jakarta Post that some people had actually travelled overseas, particularly to Turkey. Ichie acknowledged that many people were still afraid of travel because of the virus but said that those who had travelled were not worried because they had followed health and safety protocols. Indonesian travellers enjoy convenience of COVID-19 testing at airports Dwidayatour marketing communications manager Hatta Pradhana told the Post that the company had been seeing growing interest from consumers to travel to both domestic and international destinations. “However, we find that most of our customers will ask more questions related to the trips during the pandemic, especially about new procedures, before deciding to go on a trip,” he explained. Hatta said Turkey and Dubai were among the few countries that had opened their borders to foreign travellers. “Turkey opened its borders to foreign travellers on 12 June, followed by Dubai on 7 July,” he said, adding that both countries had been actively encouraging health protocols, causing the travel agency to feel confident about offering the packages. Hatta said that all tourist facilities in Turkey had been certified by an official institution in the country. “The certification states that the tourist facilities have been implementing the health protocols recommended by the local government,” he said. “At the moment, tourists traveling to Turkey are only required to show non-reactive COVID-19 rapid test results. Meanwhile, those who are returning home are required to take a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test in Turkey,” he added, saying that the travel agency suggested that tourists purchase travel insurance to cover all expenses if they contracted COVID-19.
SKY express orders four Airbus A320neo
The Greek airline SKY express becomes a new Airbus client by placing a firm order for four A320neo aircraft. The airliners will be powered by two CFM-International’s Leap-1A engines. “Our cooperation with Airbus, through the acquisition of six brand new Α320neo aircraft, meets our ambition to modernize our fleet and have our company transition to a new era,” Ioannis Grylos, οwner of SKY express said.
In addition to the firm order, the carrier has leased two A320neos from Aviation Capital Group (ACG). SKY express currently operates a fleet of ATR regional aircraft. It will now join the circle of 430 Airbus operators around the world. At the end of September 2020, the A320neo Family had received 7,450 firm orders from over 110 customers worldwide.
Embraer delivers six A-29 Super Tucano to the Philippine Air Force
On 14 October, all six Super Tucano aircraft ordered by The Philippine Air Force (PAF) were officially handed over to the Air Force. The aircraft will be deployed for close air support, light attack, surveillance, air-to-air interception, counter-insurgency missions, advanced training and are part of PAF’s ongoing modernisation plan. These aircraft will be operated and maintained by the 15th Strike Wing, the PAF’s end-user. In November 2017, a firm order of six A-29 Super Tucano light attack and advanced training aircraft for the Philippine Air Force (PAF) was made after a comprehensive public bidding process. The A-29 Super Tucano is a durable, versatile and powerful turboprop aircraft capable of carrying out a wide range of missions, even operating from unimproved runways. To date, the Super Tucano was selected by 15 air forces worldwide.
CBP receives two more Special Mission King Airs
The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency is set to get two more King Air-based ‘ground interdictions and air-to-air intercept’ aircraft this year. Based on the King Air 350CER, the CBP’s new additions carry a slew of specialised sensors, including marine-search radar and a collection of ‘electro-optical and infrared sensors.’ The CBP has a wide range of vehicles for border enforcement, ranging from the Lockheed P-3 Orion to single-engine Cessnas; it also has access to Predator drones, rotorcraft including the Sikorsky UH-60 and some pretty fast boats.
Wright selected for prestigious US Department of Energy Electric Aircraft programme
Wright Electric, Inc. a world leader in zero-emissions commercial aviation, announced that the US Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) has selected Wright for a prestigious contract to support the development of innovative, lightweight and ultra-efficient electric propulsion motors, drives and associated thermal management systems for commercial electric aircraft. Wright was started as a way to revolutionise an industry that has historically been a large contributor to carbon emissions. The ultimate goal of Wright was borne from CEO Jeff Engler’s vision to produce a fleet of zero-emissions commercial airplanes. Since its founding in 2016, Wright has pioneered efforts to advance aerodynamics and propulsion technologies.
The foundation of Wright’s ground-breaking Wright 1 zero-emissions 186-seat aircraft is its innovative high-efficiency electric propulsion system. As part of the ARPA-E programme, Wright will design propulsion systems that use cutting-edge innovations in integrated cooling, power electronics and structural design. This system has the potential to enable power densities beyond 12 kW/kg. Presently, aircraft that use jet fuel-burning turbine engines achieve approximately 6-9 kW/kg. Wright’s novel design will use existing manufacturing techniques to create a high-efficiency, high-performance motor without sacrificing safety. This will be delivered by a permanent magnet motor coupled with an aggressive cooling strategy and a high-frequency inverter. In phase one of the ARPA-E programme, the team will create a detailed design and subcomponent testing of this system. In phase two, it will build and demonstrate this system. The unique innovations across the electric propulsion system will aid the development of aircraft flying entirely on electric power. Single-aisle and twin-aisle aircraft that carry 100 or more passengers account for more than 90 percent of global emissions from commercial aircraft.
First NH90 delivered to the Spanish Air Force for search and rescue missions
NHIndustries and its Partner Companies (Airbus Helicopters, Leonardo and Fokker) have delivered the first NH90 to the Spanish Air Force that will boost their search and rescue (SAR) and combat search and rescue (CSAR) mission capabilities. The Spanish Air Force will receive 12 NH90s intended to replace its aging fleet of AS332 Super Pumas and will be based in Cuatro Vientos, near Madrid. Spain has ordered a total of 45 NH90s in the tactical transport version, to be operated by the three-Armed Forces. 13 helicopters have already been delivered to the Spanish Army Airmobile Force (FAMET) for the Manoeuvre III Battalion in Agoncillo.
The NH90 will provide all three of the Spanish armed forces with a versatile and modern transport system helicopter that offers unrivalled military capabilities. The Spanish variant of the NH90 features next-generation General Electric CT7 8F5 engines, a personalised communications system and a sophisticated electronic warfare system developed by Indra and will be supported by training devices (including full flight simulators), automatic maintenance equipment (SAMe) and automatic mission planning system (AMPS) developed as well by Indra. Airbus Helicopters in Spain is involved in the manufacturing of the fuselage and the avionics software development and integration.
How the F-35 became the most expensive fighter jet ever built
The F-35 stealth fighter jet was supposed to be a ground-breaking aircraft that would replace a multitude of already existing fighter jets in their role and thus help rationalise supply chains and costs. However, the fifth-generation fighter jet cost has since exploded to become the most expensive weapon programme in military history. The budget is now estimated to reach $1.5 trillion over the operational life of the aircraft. The initial requirements were for the F-35 to be an economical aircraft.
In 2001, the Pentagon entrusted Lockheed Martin with the development of a fifth-generation fighter jet that could serve three of its corps: the US Navy, the Air Force and the Marines. The three versions (F-35A, F-35B and F-35C) were required to have at least 80% of parts and avionics in common, to limit production and maintenance costs. The allocated budget for development was $233 billion. 19 years later, the titanic programme regroups 14 countries and over 1,500 worldwide suppliers, such as Northrop Grumman, Pratt & Whitney and BAE Systems. What was supposed to be a cost-saving procurement became the most expensive fighter jet ever designed.
The ever-growing list of F-35 problems
The F-35 development was plagued by accumulated delays and technical deficiencies. A software instability of the stealth jet radar was one of the first F-35 problems observed, but more dangerous technical issues arose throughout the years. On 5 October 2020, the United States Air Force released a report in which it determined that some of those issues factored in the crash of an F-35A Lightning II near Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, in May 2020. The pilot was distracted by a discrepancy in the alignment of his Helmet Mounted Display. In addition, the specific life support system of the F-35 caused excessive fatigue to the pilot who had participated in several days of exercise. “It is known amongst the F-35 flying community that the oxygen delivery system is very different than legacy oxygen delivery systems, such as the one used in the F-15E,” was stated in the USAF report.
In June 2020, the United States Air Force found out early wear of the tubes of the On Board Inerting Gas Generation System (OBIGGS), a system that replaces the oxygen contained in fuel tanks with inert gas, thus rendering kerosene vapours non-flammable. Flight restrictions on its stealth fighters were issued, preventing them from flying closer than 24 miles (40 km) from thunderstorms, as the aircraft were at risk of fuel explosion. On 18 September 2020, the Dutch Ministry of Defence confirmed that the same issue was found on the fifth-generation fighter jets of the Koninklijke Luchtmacht (KLu), the Royal Dutch Air Force. Consequently, the four F-35As based in Leeuwarden could not participate in a NATO demonstration of interoperability, called Operation Allied Sky, in August 2020. In addition to the flight restriction, lightning rods or protective shelters were imposed on the Dutch F-35As parked within 10 miles (18 kilometres) of a thunderstorm. In the past, the life support system caused several cases of hypoxia. Peaks of pressure in the jet cockpit were also observed, which could cause barotrauma to the pilots (the same type of pressure damage faced by divers).
Samad Aerospace unveils luxury Q-Starling personal air vehicle
The British hybrid electric VTOL aviation company, SAMAD aerospace, has launched its concept for Q-Starling, a high-end Personal Air Vehicle (PAV). With an innovative modern design taking elements from both fast jets and VTOL aircraft, the Q-Starling represents a new pinnacle in future sustainable aircraft design. Combining the benefits of traditional flight with VTOL capabilities, the Q-Starling will seat two passengers and can be flown by pilots with an anticipated appropriate class rating. Q-Starling will be powered by a hybrid-electric turbogenerator which will provide power for a large diameter hover fan and a fly-by-wire controlled ‘Reaction Control System’ (RCS). The turbogenerator will then provide forward thrust once the aircraft has transitioned from vertical flight.
Controlled by a comprehensive electronic flight system, the Q-Starling will have numerous and extensive safety systems in-built to prevent the aircraft from departing the flight envelope. In keeping with other ultra-light aircraft, it will feature as a ballistic recovery system. The traditional rudder pedals have been absorbed into the flight system and present the pilot with a simplified side-stick control. The Q-Starling will maintain full authoritative control but having the benefit of a simplified control interface. The aircraft is expected to have a low entry barrier to private flight with an expected conversion requirement of around 10 hours for the average PPL.
WORLD DRONE NEWS
Transport Canada approves BVLOS commercial drone operations
Transport Canada has issued the second Special Flight Operations Certificate (SFOC) for Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) flights in uncontrolled airspace utilising infrastructure masking and Iris Automation’s onboard detect-and-avoid (DAA) solution to MVT Geo-solutions. Under this SFOC, MVT, the UAS Center of Excellence (CED Alma) and Iris Automation will partner to conduct commercial missions over linear power lines in Alma, Quebec. Approval was granted to include the utilization of Iris Automation’s DAA system, Casia, which provides commercial drones with automated collision avoidance manoeuvres. These flights will mark the partnership’s first BVLOS flights outside of the CED Alma test range that will leverage onboard DAA for air risk mitigation and does not require ground-based visual observers or radar. It is the second BVLOS waiver the partnership has secured in Canada, with the first waiver being limited to flights within the Center of Excellence’s controlled airspace.
BVLOS flights unlock autonomous drone use for economically beneficial commercial applications including infrastructure inspection, mining, mapping, agriculture, emergency response and package delivery. Resulting flight missions from this approval will help inform more complex commercial operations in the future.
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Athol Franz (Editor)