Thursday, November 3, 2016

Lockheed Martin is helping out with QueSST – NASA’s Quiet Supersonic Transport - Charles D'Alberto

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Lockheed Martin is completing preliminary design of a low-boom flight demonstrator as part of NASA’s Quiet Supersonic Transport (QueSST) project. The single-engine, Mach 1.4+ X-plane is intended to mimic the shockwave signature of a 100- to 120-seat supersonic airliner and show that a shaped sonic boom of 75 PLdB is quiet enough to permit supersonic flight over land. NASA plans to fly the competitively procured X-plane in 2019 and begin community acceptance testing in 2020.

The ability to fly supersonic over land will be the game changer for supersonic business jets, but that’s not likely to happen for another 10 to 15 years, says Gulfstream, which is actively but quietly studying the concept.

“The earliest will be 2025-2030,” says Dan Nale, SVP for programs, engineering and test. “That’s the earliest the ICAO process can change the rules to allow it.” Meanwhile Gulfstream, which has conducted more studies into supersonic flight and mitigation of the sonic boom than any other business jet manufacturer, continues to carry out original research, participate in regulatory issues and undertake paper studies.

“We’re doing a lot of the preliminary design studies,” says Nale, who believes the sonic boom and engine emissions from flying that fast at altitude will be the two major issues to overcome. Next step is for NASA to fly its proposed supersonic demonstrator, on which it is working with Lockheed Martin. “Gulfstream is involved as part of NASA’s consulting review panel,” he adds.

Gulfstream believes the aircraft must be shaped to minimize the boom, and to that end it earlier test-flew an extending nose on a NASA F-15. That Pinocchio-like proboscis is now on display in the lobby of the company’s advanced acoustics lab in Savannah.

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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Freedom soars over Adriatic Sea - Charles D'Alberto

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AVIANO AIR BASE, Italy–F-16 Fighting Falcons assigned to the 555th Fighter Squadron participated in a training flight over the Adriatic Sea on Oct. 25, 2016. Pilots from the 555th and 510th Fighter Squadrons train regularly to ensure they can deter aggression, defend U.S. and NATO interests, and develop Aviano through superior combat air power. The two squadrons fly more than 20,000 hours a year combined to ensure they can provide combat airpower to U.S. and NATO combatant commanders and the National Command Authority to meet national security objectives.

#F_16 #Adriatic #NATO #Military #FighterJets #Aviation #Charles_Dalberto #Perla_Group

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Saturday, October 29, 2016

Arrest after Laser Strike of Police Helicopter, WA – Charles D’Alberto

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Just before 1am this morning tomorrow, a green laser beam was pointed at the police helicopter as it was conducting patrols of the Butler area.

The helicopter crew were able to pinpoint the location where the beam emanated from and officers from the Northern Regional Operations Group attended the identified residence in Butler, WA Police say.

A 28 year old man from Butler has been charged with Cause Fear with Laser or Light to People in Conveyance and Possession of a Controlled Weapon. He is due to appear before the Joondalup Magistrates Court on 21 November 2016.

A 26 year old man from Alkimos and a 23 year old man from West Perth have been summonsed to appear in court at a later date on the offence of Possession of a Controlled Weapon.

#Helicopter #Laser #Australia #Aviation #Charles_Dalberto #Perla_Group

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Russia’s New Look Mi-28NM Attack Helicopter to Tote New, Better Missiles - Charles D'Alberto

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Russia’s upgraded Mi-28NM Night Hunter helicopter gunships will soon bristle with an array of longer-range guided antitank missiles.“

We are updating Ataka and Khrizantema missiles for the Mi-28NMs to increase their range of target detection, lock on and destruction. The helicopter’s onboard fire control system will likewise be adapted for the use of these new missiles,” Valery Kashin, chief designer of the Kolomna-based Mechanical Engineering Design Bureau, said.

The Night Hunters will be able to use their new weapons round the clock and in any weather. For example, the modernized Ataka guided antitank missiles will have their range increased to 8 kilometers from 6 now. Early this month Russia tested out an upgraded version of the Mi-28 attack helicopter.

Dubbed Mi-28NM (NATO reporting name “Havoc”), it features a 360-degree radar and advanced weapons guidance system that ensures faster target acquisition and its downloading to the helicopter’s fire control system.

Unlike its predecessor, the Mi-28NM can be piloted also by the gunner and is better suited for the use of high-precision ordnance. The Mi-28NM is a modernized version of the Mi-28N Night Hunter attack helicopter that is being upgraded to a fifth-generation aircraft, which has been in development since 2008.

#Mi_28NM #Helicopter #Attack #Aviation #Charles_Dalberto #Perla_Group

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Monday, October 24, 2016

Suspected Drunken Driver Smashes Into Helicopter - Charles D'Alberto

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An alleged drunken driver in New Mexico is accused of driving through a highway barricade and crashing into a medical helicopter over the weekend.

The chopper and two fire trucks were parked in the highway in Gallup early Sunday morning to rescue the victim of a one-vehicle accident, local ABC station KOAT reported.

Glenn Livingston, 26, allegedly drove through the barricade set up at the scene and hit both the chopper and a fire truck, per CBS station KRQE.

The chopper was not running and its rotors were not spinning at the time of the collision, the McKinely County Sheriff’s Office said.

#Helicopter #Crash #Aviation #Charles_Dalberto #Perla_Group

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BREAKING A twin-prop Metroliner crashed in Luqa (Malta) this morning - Charles D'Alberto

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Five people died this morning after the aircraft they were flying in crashed shortly after take-off in Luqa at around 7.20am (local).
  • UPDATE 0831 UTC The plane was on its way to Misrata, Libya.
  • UPDATE 0813 UTC The aircraft involved in the accident at Luqa Airport was a 1983 Fairchild SA227-AT aircraft
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  • UPDATE 0808 UTC Runway 13/31 is currently available for departures but a zero-rate regulation is applied until 1200 UTC for arrivals (NOTAM A0971).
  • UPDATE 0721 UTC The aircraft believed to be carrying EU border officials crashes at Malta airport.
  • UPDATE 0704 UTC Incident at Malta airport. Main runway unavailable. No arrivals until further notice.
Sources said the plane crashed near the runway soon after take-off and subsequently burst into flames. An eyewitness told Times of Malta they saw the plane take-off and rise before it suddenly tipped onto its right side “and went straight down into the ground.”


#Malta #Crash #Aviation #EU #Charles_Dalberto #Perla_Group

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Saturday, October 22, 2016

Marine helicopter hits power line before landing near Sunset Beach - Charles D'Alberto

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Moscow: A helicopter crashed in northwest Siberia on Friday, killing 19 people on board, Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency said on Saturday.

Three crew members and 16 passengers died when the Russian-made Mi-8 helicopter came down late on Friday in adverse weather conditions.

Two survivors were injured and a third unscathed, TASS news agency reported, citing a regional health official.

The helicopter was carrying employees of a contractor from oil major Rosneft’s Suzun oilfield, part of the Vankor deposit, Russia’s northernmost onshore oil production project.

#Mi_8 #Helicopter #Crash #Charles_Dalberto #Perla_Group #Russian #Military

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