Posted: January 10th, 2016 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Aviation News | Tags: air-force, Australia, defence-and-national-security, defence-forces, defence-industry, united-states | Comments Off on Australian Airforce Set to Convert Luxury Corporate Jets Into State-of-the-art Spy-planes
The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) is spending more than $90 million to convert luxury corporate jets into state-of-the-art spy planes. GRILLED has learnt that the high-tech surveillance aircraft are due to come into service at the end of 2017. A statement posted on the US Defense Department website confirms the project.
“L-3 Communications Mission Integration, Greenville, Texas, has been awarded a $93,632,287 firm-fixed price undefinitized contract action task order (1648) for Australia Government G550 aircraft procurement and maintenance. Work will be performed at Greenville, Texas, and is expected to be complete by Nov. 30, 2017. This contract is 100-percent foreign military sales to Australia. The 645th Aeronautical Systems Group, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity. (FA8620-11-G-4025)” the statement read :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: August 15th, 2013 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Aviation News | Tags: Jetpack, Martin Aircraft Company, Martin Jetpack, New Zealand | Comments Off on Kiwis Can FLY? Ask Martin!
The New Zealand makers of a one-person jetpack hope to have it on sale by the middle of next year. The Martin Aircraft company says its jetpack can reach speeds of up to 70 kilometres per hour and soar 1 kilometre high. The Christchurch-based firm has been testing its prototype 12 via remote control.
The New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority said the jetpack has now been issued with an experimental flight permit for development test flying, which allows someone to pilot the aircraft.
Martin Aircraft says it has had 10,000 enquiries from people keen to take to the skies, but it is likely to first sell the jetpacks to government and emergency agencies involved in search and rescue and defence :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: January 17th, 2013 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Aviation News | Tags: 787, All Nippon Airways, ANA, Boeing, Dreamliner, FAA Grounded Fleet, Federal Aviation Administration, Grounded Boeing Dreamliners, JAL, Japan Airlines | Comments Off on UPDATED! US Grounds Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner
The United States has temporarily grounded Boeing 787s after a second incident involving battery failures caused one of the Dreamliner passenger jets to make an emergency landing in Japan yesterday. The Federal Aviation Administration – FAA – says airlines would have to demonstrate that the lithium ion batteries involved were safe before they could resume flying Boeing’s newest commercial airliner, but gave no details on when that could occur.
The FAA said it would work with Boeing and the airlines to develop a corrective action plan that allowed the US 787 fleet to resume operations as quickly and safely as possible.
Yesterday Japan’s two biggest airlines, All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines, grounded all their Dreamliners, after one of the planes was forced to make an emergency landing when smoke was detected in the forward compartment.
It was the latest in a series of problems to hit the Dreamliner fleet in the past week. The sophisticated new jet, the world’s first mainly carbon-composite airliner, has suffered fuel leaks, a battery fire, wiring problem, brake computer glitch and cracked cockpit window in recent days UPDATE! Japanese Switched Batteries :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: August 15th, 2012 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Aviation News, Fly Your Kite | Tags: Hypersonic Jet, NASA, Pentagon, Scramjet, US Airforce, Waverider, X-51A | Comments Off on UPDATED! US Air Force Tests ‘Waverider’ The 1 Hour New York to Paris Hypersonic Jet
The United States Air Force is poised to test an experimental aircraft designed to fly at six times the speed of sound, at almost 7,000 kilometres an hour, the Waverider can travel from New York to Paris in under an hour.
The Waverider project is jointly funded by the Pentagon and NASA, and is part of US plans to one day deliver missile strikes around the globe within minutes. The research could also be used to build a commercial plane which is able to reach much higher speeds than today’s jets.
The unmanned X-51A Waverider resembles a missile and will be dropped from the wing of a B-52 bomber off the California coast at an altitude of about 15,000 metres, according to the Air Force.
After a scheduled flight of about five minutes – in which it is expected to reach an altitude of 21,000 metres – the Waverider will splash down in the Pacific, the Air Force said.
X-51A achieves hypersonic speeds with what’s known as a scramjet engine, which has no moving parts. There are no plans to recover the test vehicle. Hypersonic flight renders conventional turbine jet engines useless due to the extraordinary heat and pressure generated at such high speeds :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: April 3rd, 2012 | Author: Marcus Dangerfield | Filed under: Aviation News | Tags: Flying Car, Terrafugia, TRANSITION | Comments Off on Terrafugia’s Flying Car
Terrafugia says it has moved a step closer to making a flying car a reality, after successfully test-flying a street-legal aeroplane.
Massachusetts-based firm Terrafugia said their production prototype ‘Transition’ car-plane had successfully carried out an eight-minute test flight, clearing the way for it to hit the market within a year.
“With this flight, the team demonstrated an ability to accomplish what had been called an impossible dream,” founder Carl Dietrich said.
Terrafugia argues that the ‘Transition’ offers unparalleled freedom of movement, with a range of 787 kilometres. Spanning 2.3 metres, it fits into a normal-sized garage before unfurling an 8m wingspan.
To take advantage of the TRANSITION, would-be owners will need to have both a driver’s and pilot’s licence, with a minimum of 20 hours of flying time. The craft needs 762 metres of runway for take-off, meaning pulling onto the shoulder and escaping the traffic is not really an option. While many companies have tried to market an aerocar, none have succeeded in producing more than a handful of models. Read the full article »»»»
Posted: January 6th, 2012 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Aviation News, Grilled | Tags: Airbus A380, Cracks in Wings, EADS, Superjumbo | Comments Off on Minor Cracks Found on Airbus A380 Superjumbo Wings
European plane maker Airbus has warned that “minor cracks” have been found on the wings of some of its flagship A380 superjumbo jets, but insisted that there was no risk to passenger safety. The Toulouse-based company, the main subsidiary of aerospace giant EADS, said it had informed airlines operating the plane about the issue and recommended a way of fixing the problem during standard scheduled maintenance. In a statement, EADS said “We confirm that minor cracks were found on some non-critical wing rib-skin attachments on a limited number of A380 aircraft. We have traced the origin. Airbus has developed an inspection and repair procedure which will be done during routine, scheduled four-year maintenance checks. In the meantime, Airbus emphasises that the safe operation of the A380 fleet is not affected.” It added European safety regulators had approved the policy and that the plane’s performance was not affected. Read the full article »»»»
Posted: December 30th, 2011 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Aviation News | Tags: Intermeshing Rotor Helicopter, Kaman Aerospace, Lockheed Martin, Synchropter, Unmanned K-MAX Helicopter | Comments Off on Unmanned K-MAX Helicopter Makes it’s First Combat Cargo Flight in Afghanistan
The ubercool unmanned Kaman K-MAX synchropter – intermeshing rotored helicopter – has made its first combat mission in Afghanistan. Designed to reduce the reliance on unreliable road transportation, often targeted by IED – improvised explosive device – strikes when resupplying front-line troops in remote areas and manned aircraft that place their crews in danger, the unmanned aircraft is a modified K-MAX helicopter with the ability to lift a payload of over 6,000 pounds/2,720 kg. Read the full article »»»»