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Northrop Grumman Corporation has been selected to provide engineering services for the $156.7 million, KBR-led, five-year Multi-Contract Vehicle (MAC) Analysis Center of the information from the Department of Defense (DoD IAC).

IAC MAC Task Orders are awarded by the U.S. Air Force’s 774th Enterprise Sourcing Squadron to develop and create new knowledge for the enhancement of the Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC) repository and community of research and development (R&D) and science and technology (S&T) .

“We are exploring a broad range of capabilities that will allow the UH-60V to remain relevant in the multi-domain operations environment of the future,” said Lindsay McEwen, vice president, navigation, targeting and survivability, Northrop Grumman. “Our modular and open architecture approach enables rapid integration of enhanced capabilities.”

The UH-60V is a complete digital cockpit redesign that replaces the analogue instrumentation inherited from the UH-60L with a fully open and integrated avionics suite. The UH-60V flight architecture applies to current fleet and future vertical lift aircraft, and is expandable to Apache, Black Hawk and Chinook aircraft.

The DoD IAC, sponsored by DTIC, provides technical data management and research support for DoD and federal government users. Established in 1946, the IAC program serves the DoD S&T and acquisition communities to drive innovation and technology developments by enhancing collaboration through the integrated development and dissemination of scientific and technical information for the DoD and the community. S&T in the broad sense.

Northrop Grumman is a technology company focused on global security and human discovery. Our pioneering solutions give our customers the capabilities they need to connect, advance and protect the United States and its allies. Driven by a common goal of solving our customers’ toughest problems, our 90,000 employees define the possible every day.

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Il 76 – The multi-purpose Soviet strategic airlifter https://pilotin.org/il-76-the-multi-purpose-soviet-strategic-airlifter/ Sun, 20 Nov 2022 07:45:25 +0000 https://pilotin.org/il-76-the-multi-purpose-soviet-strategic-airlifter/

The Ilyushin Il 76 is a Soviet strategic airlifter originally designed to transport heavy machinery to rural and underserved areas of the USSR as a replacement for the Antonov An-12 turboprop. The Il 76 first took flight on March 25, 1971, and five decades later the aircraft has continued to spread its wings across Europe, Asia and Africa. Let’s delve into the history and superiority of the multi-purpose Soviet military transport aircraft Il 76.

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In a world dominated by Boeing and Airbus aircraft, one cannot simply ignore the presence of Soviet-era multipurpose aircraft illustrating the power of the Soviet aircraft industry. While the Soviet Union crumbled for decades, some planes from its glory days still fly in the skies today. The Ilyushin Il 76 is one of these extraordinary aircraft.

Background

Ilyushin Il 76 is a Russian multi-purpose fixed-wing, four-engine strategic airlifter widely used as a commercial and military cargo ship for the delivery of equipment, weapons, supplies and troops and as an emergency transport for relief operations in the event of a disaster. Designed by the former Soviet “Ilyushin Design Bureau”, Il 76 was designed in the late 1960s to meet the needs of a heavy transport aircraft that could carry a payload of over 88,000 pounds. The resulting heavy freighter had to cover a distance of 5,000 kilometers in less than six hours and possess the ability to take off from short, unprepared runways and withstand the adverse weather conditions of Siberia and the Arctic regions.

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Ukrainian Air Force Ilyushin Il-76 seen at the 2017 Royal International Air Tattoo at Royal Air Force Fairford in Gloucestershire — Photo by Depositphotos.com

First flown in March 1971, Il 76 entered service in 1975 and became a huge success. The aircraft underwent several modifications in terms of power plant, size and service purpose. Further development of the Il 76 took place from 2004 when it was upgraded to the Il-76TD-90VD version to serve the commercial purpose with the newly developed PS-90 engine.

Ilyushin Aviation Complex Joint Stock Company had tremendous success with Il 76, which eventually saw large-scale production with large orders from several countries, including the People’s Republic of China, where assembly of the aircraft took place licensed.

Questions

Modernization of the Il-76 series continued with the introduction of several prototypes and development variants. Military variants of the Il 76 include the Il-76-Tu160 tail carrier, Il-76 D ‘Desantnyi’, Il-76K/Il-76MDK/Il-76MDK-II, Il-76LL ‘letayuschchaya laboratoriya’, Il-76M Modified, Il-76MD Modified Long Range, Il-76 MD Skal’pel-MT, Il-76M/Il-76MD, Il-76-MD-90, IL-76MD-M, IL-76MD-90A, etc

Read also : IL 76 Aircraft to airlift mortal remains of Indian Pilgrims

Civilian cargo transport variants of Il 76 include Il-76MGA, Il-76P, Il-76T, Il-76TD, Il-76TD-90, Il-76TD-90VD, IL-76TD-S, Il-76TF, etc. . , there are special-purpose variants to perform the role of telemetry and communications relay, missile tracking, electronic intelligence, and other unknown missions.

Versatility

The unsung hero of cargo logistics and a favorite of air forces around the world, the Ilyushin Il 76 is an iconic Soviet-era model packed with versatile features. From basic transport work to a specialized aerial firefighting role, zero-G formation and Ilyushin Il 76 do it all. If you are wondering what the Il 76 is used for, this extraordinary aircraft can perform the following functions:

1. The original Il 76 is a purely military transport aircraft built to transport strategic military cargo to frontline airbases in underdeveloped regions of the USSR with the worst environmental conditions. The Soviet war in Afghanistan between 1979 and 1991 saw extensive use of the Il 76 for military and cargo transport.

2. Need to transport oversized or unusually heavy items? The Il 76 commercial freighter can lift massive cargo and enter and exit unpaved runways with few or no facilities. This heavy cargo aircraft has a unique ability to operate in rough terrain. Thus, transporting goods to distant villages is easy.

3. As a military cargo ship, Il 76 occupies a leading position in countries like Russia, Algeria, Belarus, China, Cuba, India, Iran, Libya, North Korea , Ukraine, etc., to transport payloads of up to 50 tons and drop cargo, supplies and vehicles.

4. One of the unique features of the Ilyushin Il 76 is its robust and reliable airframe which can sustain heavy damage and remain operational. It can handle the extreme weather conditions encountered in Siberia and the Arctic regions of the Soviet Union, making the Il 76 ideal for air operations in Antarctica.

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Kaunas Lithuania 2021-01-25 (EW-383TH) Ilyushin Il-76TD – Rubystar. Photo from Depositphotos.com

5. In addition to playing the role of commercial and military cargo, the Ilyushin Il 76 also functions as an emergency response transport in the event of war, epidemic or natural disaster. During its history, Il 76 has contributed extensively to humanitarian aid and disaster relief operations and has airlifted supplies and equipment a distance from airports with little or no cargo devices.

6. It 76 offers unrivaled and unparalleled flexibility in performing much-needed support roles including cosmonaut training, aerial firefighting, airborne laser platform, civilian mobile aircraft, and more.

While most operators use the IL 76 as a commercial or military freighter for ramp-delivered cargo, some use it as an air-to-air tanker or command center, and a few as a water bomber for firefighting .

Features

The Soviet-designed Ilyushin Il 76 turbofan transport aircraft was originally built as a military aircraft with two cranes traveling over airways, two guns in a rear turret and four engines producing 26,455 pounds of thrust each, a top speed of 528 miles per hour, ceiling of 50,850 feet and hard benches.

The widely used civilian versions of the Ilyushin Il 76 – the IL 76-T and IL 76-TD, were introduced in 1978 and 1982, respectively, to transport heavy payloads to remote areas. The IL 76-T unarmed civilian cargo transport version features a conventional aerodynamic configuration with a high swept wing, four engines on underwing pylons, a high T-tail and full pressurization on the aircraft cabin. crew, the hold, aft compartment and handling equipment inside the hold. It can carry a payload of 48,000 kg in medium-haul flight at a maximum distance of 4,600 km.

The Il 76-TD, the civilian equivalent of the Il-76MD military transport version, is powered by 4 Soloviev D-30KP turbofan engines to give it the maximum speed of 900 km/h and accommodates a total of 5 crew members. crew. Compared to its predecessor, the IL-76T, the Il-76TD has increased fuel capacity due to enlarged fuel tanks, better performance at higher ambient temperatures, and strengthened airframes that ease takeoff weights higher.

The modern IL-76MD-90A

Although Il 76 was designed in Soviet times, Russia has not only continued the tradition of keeping and flying this iconic bird. Yet, it has also made some much-needed upgrades and improvements to keep it at the forefront. Since the maiden flight on March 25, 1971 until now, Russia is still producing the Ilyushin 76 in a few quantities. On par with modern advanced technology features, Russian state-owned United Aircraft Corporation deployed its first Il-76-MD-90A at Aviastar’s Ulyanovsk plant in 2014.

Il-76-MD-90A is the new variant and successor of the prolific Soviet military freighter Ilyushin Il 76 powered by high-speed PS-90A turbofan engines, which meet all international environmental standards. This latest model offers more economy, greater range and a payload capacity of up to 60 tonnes, 20% more than its predecessors. It has 25% greater range and features internal improvements such as advanced avionics and multi-function cockpit displays, improved control and fuel system, digital automatic aircraft control system and observation complex and navigation.

Ilyushin He 76
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The Russian military industry is reaching new heights every day with significant breakthroughs in the production of Il 76 aircraft, infusing the latest technology and creative spirit of the Soviet era. With the completion of the first military cargo plane on a new Aviastar-SP assembly line in 2021, Russia has invested in its ability to project military power for decades.

Il 76 Operators

Launching operations from obscurity, Il 76 marked a milestone as a landmark Soviet-era design and earned a reputation as a versatile cargo aircraft around the world, routinely flying for operators in North Africa, in Russia, Asia and the former Soviet republics. . Ilyushin Il 76 is one of Russia’s most successful cargo projects, with over 960 units built to date.

The list of major military operators of the IL 76 include Russian Air Force, Ukrainian Air Force and Indian Air Force, while major civilian operators include TransAVIAexport Airlines in Belarus, Silk Way Airlines in Azerbaijan, Tesis Aviation Enterprise, Aviacon Zitotrans, etc.

How much does the Il 76 cost?

The legendary Russian strategic and tactical transport aircraft has a remarkable value in the market. The price of Ilyushin 76 hovers around $50 million.

Interesting facts about Ilyushin Il 76

  • Deployed in active service during the Soviet-Afghan War, the Ilyushin Il 76 was the basic troop carrier of the Soviet Union, carrying 89% of Soviet troops and 74% of air cargo.
  • The Il 76’s on-board crane, used for loading and unloading heavy-duty cargo, can lift up to 10 tons.
  • Suited for Antarctic adventures, Il 76 successfully operated two Antarctic parachute drops for Argentina’s Belgrano II station, delivering 166 tonnes of supplies on each occasion over nine round-trip flights.
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IndiGo CarGo Starts Operations With First Delhi-Mumbai Cargo Flight, Infra News, ET Infra https://pilotin.org/indigo-cargo-starts-operations-with-first-delhi-mumbai-cargo-flight-infra-news-et-infra/ Thu, 17 Nov 2022 07:14:00 +0000 https://pilotin.org/indigo-cargo-starts-operations-with-first-delhi-mumbai-cargo-flight-infra-news-et-infra/

The low-cost carrier and the country’s largest airline by number of planes – IndiGo – has started operations of its first A321 cargo plane between Delhi and Mumbai.

Cargo plane services began on November 15.

The airline said the plane, converted from a passenger jet to an all-cargo configuration, would be used for general cargo on the inaugural Delhi-Mumbai flight, while carrying general cargo and e-commerce – CarGo – on the return journey.

The inaugural flights would carry a payload of more than 20 tonnes on each leg, he added.

IndiGo welcomed its first 321F aircraft last month.

This aircraft, and the next one due to arrive later this year, will also be deployed on international routes, the low-cost carrier said.

Mahesh Malik, Commercial Director of CarGo, IndiGo, said, “We are thrilled to launch a new chapter in IndiGo’s journey with the inaugural CarGo flights. Delhi and Mumbai are the two largest shopping centers in the country and the response we have received from our customers for our service offering is very encouraging. We expect business to grow over the coming months as we expand our cargo fleet and add new destinations to our CarGo network. »

The airline said the A321P2F (passenger-to-freighter conversion) is the most efficient narrow-body freighter available, offering 24 container positions and carrying a payload of up to 27 tonnes.

The planes are being converted as part of a program involving ST Engineering and Airbus with their joint venture, Elbe FlugzeugWerke (EFW), he said.

IndiGo said it leased the plane with funds managed by Castlelake Aviation Holdings (Ireland), which is part of a global alternative investment firm with 17 years’ experience in financing and managing aviation assets.

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Czech drone manufacturer Primoco UAV SE has sold 8 new aircraft – sUAS News – The Business of Drones https://pilotin.org/czech-drone-manufacturer-primoco-uav-se-has-sold-8-new-aircraft-suas-news-the-business-of-drones/ Mon, 14 Nov 2022 06:41:13 +0000 https://pilotin.org/czech-drone-manufacturer-primoco-uav-se-has-sold-8-new-aircraft-suas-news-the-business-of-drones/

Primoco UAV SE, Czech drone manufacturer, today announced the signing of a new contract for the delivery of 8 One 150 unmanned aerial vehicles. The value of these transactions amounts to 6.8 million euros.

“The contract for eight aircraft for a total of 6.8 million euros plus an option for the delivery of sixteen additional aircraft has been signed with a non-European customer. The delivery includes drones, sensors, control stations and training,” said Ladislav Semetkovský, CEO of the company. Actual delivery will take place in the first half of 2023 and is subject to approval by the Licensing Administration of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic.

The announcement of the sale of 8 drones comes after Primoco UAV SE signed a contract for the delivery of two One 150 drones worth 1.7 million euros to a European customer in October 2022. This year, the Czech manufacturer has seen increased interest in drones, especially from the military sector. In the first half of 2022, the company delivered a total of 7 drones and achieved record sales of CZK 102.8 million.

Primoco UAV SE develops and produces the civilian and military One 150 unmanned aircraft, capable of flying autonomously according to programmed flight plans. The main characteristics of the aircraft are its size, its maximum take-off weight of 150 kg, its endurance of 15 hours, its range of 1800 km, its cruising speed of 120 km/h, its payload of 30 kg and its fully automatic take-off and landing. The company focuses on civil and military aerospace applications, particularly in the fields of energy, border and coastal security, fire monitoring and search and rescue operations. The company’s aircraft are in operation on four continents. Primoco UAV is a listed company on the Prague Stock Exchange on the PX START market.

http://www.primoco.com

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Professor of Aerospace Engineering, Student Collaborates on Award-Winning Paper https://pilotin.org/professor-of-aerospace-engineering-student-collaborates-on-award-winning-paper/ Thu, 10 Nov 2022 17:06:10 +0000 https://pilotin.org/professor-of-aerospace-engineering-student-collaborates-on-award-winning-paper/

Body of the review

Urban air mobility aircraft, which take off and land vertically, will one day go from concept to reality, but a number of technical questions remain. How many passengers does it make sense to design these planes to carry? How fast should they fly and how powerful should their engines be to carry that many occupants at that speed? How does aircraft size increase with distance traveled? Also, could a hybrid design with a battery and also a combustion propulsion system be more advantageous than using a purely electric vehicle, depending on the distances travelled?

These and other questions were explored by Imon Chakraborty, assistant professor of aerospace engineering, and Aashutosh Mishra, doctoral student in aerospace engineering, in their award-winning research paper, “Sizing and Analysis of a Lift-Plus-Cruise VTOL ( vertical take-off and landing) Aircraft equipped with electrified propulsion systems.

The paper was presented earlier this year at the AIAA AVIATION Forum in Chicago between June 27 and July 1. It received the “Best Paper” award from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Electric Aircraft Technology Technical Committee at its recent conference in Chicago. The AIAA is the professional engineering society for aerospace engineers. The award-winning article is available here. Recently, this work was also accepted as an archival article in the AIAA Journal of Aircraft. The revised version of the article is available here. Chakraborty, director of the Vehicle Systems, Dynamics and Design Laboratory (VSDDL), summarized some of the findings.

“Our study shows that depending on the level of battery technology, if the distance flown is short enough, it might make more sense to design an all-electric (battery-powered) aircraft for this mission,” he said. declared. “But given current battery technology, beyond a certain threshold of distance flown, the all-electric aircraft would become too heavy, and it would make more sense to design a hybrid-electric or turbo-electric version. these two alternatives, electrical energy is used for propulsion, but in a different way.In the hybrid-electric design, electrical energy generated by a combustion gas turbine engine and electrical energy supplied by a battery work together to propel the aircraft. In the turbo-electric design, all electrical energy used for propulsion is generated entirely by the gas turbine and the batteries are not used for propulsion. Our paper has identified the threshold criteria for these designs.

Chakraborty said the award is further validation of the work done at VSDDL.

“We performed this research using a tool we developed in-house called the Parametric Energy-based Aircraft Configuration Evaluator, or PEACE,” he said. “This is the second Best Paper Award we have received for work with PEACE.”

He also spoke about the importance of AIAA technical conferences for students and young professionals.

“At these conferences, there are attendees who are affiliated with urban air mobility companies, and we get probing questions from them,” he said. “It’s a very exciting place for students like Aashutosh and very exciting for the lab as well, because these industry representatives are going to take note of where these people are coming from. For a student, it’s all about timing. You have to work on good search when it’s popular. Graduate students like Aashutosh, who work on urban air mobility vehicles, are at the right time in this wave of interest. They do a good job and there is a good chance that they can be integrated into this segment of the industry when they graduate.

Mishra, a graduate research assistant at VSDDL and recent winner of the AIAA Luis de Florez Graduate Award in Flight Simulation, said he hopes to one day use his experience at Auburn Engineering and work with take-off and landing aircraft. verticals for a career in the industry. It aims to develop a unified vehicle design and simulation framework that integrates aircraft stability and control assessment into the design iteration. In the next step, a real-time flight simulation of the developed concept can be performed to better understand the dynamic behavior of the vehicle during flight.

“It’s very gratifying to know that the work I’ve done in the lab is recognized under the umbrella of a great organization like the AIAA,” said Mishra. “Receiving recognition from this organization where people believe in what we do is very motivating and reassures me that our work is valuable to the community. It is an honor for me to be recognized for the work I have conducted in the field of urban air mobility vehicle model development and simulation, and I feel inspired to contribute to the best of my ability to bridging the gap between a conceptual design and actual flight through real-time sizing and flight simulation studies.

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OU Announces Plan to Replace Aircraft Fleet and Build Multipurpose Aviation Center | New https://pilotin.org/ou-announces-plan-to-replace-aircraft-fleet-and-build-multipurpose-aviation-center-new/ Mon, 07 Nov 2022 22:54:00 +0000 https://pilotin.org/ou-announces-plan-to-replace-aircraft-fleet-and-build-multipurpose-aviation-center-new/

The OU on Monday announced a three-year, $10 million plan to replace its current aircraft fleet, double enrollment in programs at the OU School of Aviation Studies and build a multi-purpose center.

OU Aviation will replace its current aging fleet of 19 aircraft, while increasing it to 28 aircraft, with the first nine expected to arrive in December 2023, according to an OU press release.

“As a comprehensive public research institution, it is our duty to lend our expertise to the betterment of our state and its people,” OU President Joseph Harroz Jr. said in the statement. communicated. “We have an incredible opportunity to expand the excellence of our #1 ranked college aviation program to meet the growing demand for aviation professionals in Oklahoma and across the country.”

The OU also plans to increase enrollment in School of Aeronautical Studies programs from a total of 250 students to potentially 600 students over the next four years, according to the statement. OU’s goal is to potentially triple the number of first-year aviation flight electives from 50 to 150 for the next freshman class.

According to the statement, OU Aviation will build a multifunctional aeronautical center of excellence, with a “state-of-the-art” hangar, classroom, laboratory and offices.

“With this significant workforce initiative, OU remains committed to the highest academic standards for admission into our aviation program,” said OU Senior Vice President and Provost André- Denis Wright in the press release. “OU will continue to produce the most skilled, passionate and exceptional pilots, air traffic controllers and industry leaders who intimately understand the industry they are entering.

The OU School of Aviation Studies will also purchase air traffic control simulators to address the shortage of air traffic controllers in Oklahoma, according to the release. The simulators will expand the Air Traffic Management major.

According to the release, OU has pledged to raise $30 million for OU Aviation over the next five years as part of the university’s recently announced $2 billion “Lead On” fundraising campaign.

“With four undergraduate degree concentrations, the School of Aeronautical Studies offers students the opportunity to not only become experts in their chosen field of study, but also to learn the business behind the industry – a core area of ​​focus that has earned us national recognition,” Dean of OU’s College of Atmospheric and Geographical Sciences Berrien Moore said in the statement. “We look forward to continuing this excellence and look forward to expanding our efforts to meet the workforce needs of Oklahoma’s growing aviation and aerospace industry.”

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A USAF KC-135 Stratotanker plane draws a ‘heavenly penis’ near Tartous in Syria – the Russian naval facility in the Mediterranean https://pilotin.org/a-usaf-kc-135-stratotanker-plane-draws-a-heavenly-penis-near-tartous-in-syria-the-russian-naval-facility-in-the-mediterranean/ Fri, 04 Nov 2022 10:20:34 +0000 https://pilotin.org/a-usaf-kc-135-stratotanker-plane-draws-a-heavenly-penis-near-tartous-in-syria-the-russian-naval-facility-in-the-mediterranean/ A USAF KC-135 Stratotanker aerial refueling plane crew performed a daring maneuver near the Moscow base in Syria on the night of Nov. 1, 2022 in a move hard for the Russians to ignore.

A United States Air Force (USAF) KC-135 Stratotanker air-to-air refueling aircraft crew performed a daring maneuver near the Moscow base in Syria on the night of Nov. Russians.

As shown in the Flightradar24 screenshot in this article, the tanker drew a “heavenly penis” in the vicinity of Tartous in Syria – the Kremlin’s naval facility in the Mediterranean. The news was first reported by Italian newspaper La Repubblica.

According to POLITICO, it is unclear if the plane took off from Crete to refuel fighter jets, or if the pilots had only one job: to mock the Russian ground crew.

It was reported on Twitter that the KC-135 remained in position for almost two hours just east of Cyprus.

An expert claimed: “They were on a resupply mission which is usually just a long oval, repeated over and over…. so they added the ‘balls’. No extra taxpayer money spent.

The KC-135 Stratotanker provides the base air-to-air refueling capability of the USAF and has excelled in this role for over 60 years. This unique asset enhances the Air Force’s ability to accomplish its primary global mission. It also provides aerial refueling support to aircraft of the Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps and allied nations. The KC-135 is also capable of transporting waste and ambulatory patients using patient support pallets during aeromedical evacuations.

A USAF KC-135 Stratotanker appeared to draw a penis in the sky near the Russian Syrian naval base on the Mediterranean

Russia has close ties with Syria and under a bilateral agreement in 2017, Damascus agreed to lease the port of Tartous from the Kremlin.

Tartous is Russia’s only base in the Mediterranean and is mainly used to deliver supplies to help its mission in Syria with the regime and to repair its warships.

As reported by Mirror, a Russian official also suggested in December that the port could be used to station Russia’s new Zircon hypersonic cruise missiles.

The Mediterranean was the subject of a close encounter between three US Navy planes and Russian planes in February, days before Russia launched its full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

The unwitting approach came as tension rose between Russia and Ukraine a week before war broke out on February 24.

Although interactions were common, at the time the Pentagon was concerned about the potential outcomes during the uncertain time.

“Although no one was harmed, such interactions could lead to miscalculations and mistakes that lead to more dangerous outcomes,” a Pentagon spokesperson said.

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The war between Russia and Ukraine persists as nearly 1,000 Russian soldiers were killed on October 30. The event became the deadliest day for Putin since his troops invaded eight months ago.

According to Daily Mail, the Russian death toll in Kyiv now stands at at least 71,200.

This comes as Russia tries to round up as many men as possible and push them quickly to the front lines, regardless of their skills, training and equipment.

The UK Ministry of Defense (MoD) said in its latest intelligence briefing that Russia has deployed several thousand newly mobilized reservists to the frontline in Ukraine – but in many cases they are “ill-equipped”.

“In September, Russian officers feared that some recently mobilized reservists might arrive in Ukraine unarmed,” the defense ministry said.

Russia has stepped up its attacks on Ukrainian power plants and other key infrastructure as the war enters its ninth month. As a result, large parts of Ukraine are already experiencing continuous blackouts.

Photo credit: Flightradar24, US Air Force and Tim Felce (Airwolfhound) via Wikipedia

Two KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft set a new endurance mission record of 72 hours demonstrating the capabilities of generating multi-day resupply missions

]]> Garmin will provide a G3000-based cockpit for special forces attack aircraft https://pilotin.org/garmin-will-provide-a-g3000-based-cockpit-for-special-forces-attack-aircraft/ Tue, 01 Nov 2022 23:16:36 +0000 https://pilotin.org/garmin-will-provide-a-g3000-based-cockpit-for-special-forces-attack-aircraft/

Garmin (NYSE:GRMN) said L3Harris Technologies (NYSE:LHX) selected the company’s G3000 tandem integrated flight deck for use in its Sky Warden attack aircraft under a contract with the US Special Operations Command Armed Overwatch program.

The G3000 provides Special Operations Command with the latest in communications, navigation, surveillance and air traffic management capabilities using out-of-the-box technology based on the familiar open system architecture design of Garmin. L3Harris has integrated its mission management system, military sensors, communications equipment and weapon systems into the G3000 touchscreen for use in the Sky Warden.

“Our strategic relationship with L3Harris integrates the open system architecture of the G3000 flight deck as a critical enabler for Sky Warden’s close air support and armed Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) mission,” said said Carl Wolf, Garmin’s vice president of aerospace sales and marketing. . “Garmin has an established history of providing innovative and future-oriented avionics to militaries around the world and we are honored to have our G3000 Integrated Flight Deck supporting U.S. Special Forces.”

The G3000’s integrated flight deck will allow L3Harris to rapidly deploy new technologies, while reducing costs, the companies said.

“Sky Warden features a state-of-the-art cockpit and open mission system interfaces to support

integration of future technologies for the Armed Overwatch program,” said Luke Savoie, President, ISR Sector, L3Harris. “We have partnered with Garmin for years and look forward to continuing our strategic relationship to enhance fighter capabilities.”

The G3000 is night vision goggle compatible and features state-of-the-art synthetic vision technology that combines a “window” view of the environment on large primary flight displays. The Sky Warden is also equipped with Garmin’s GFC 700 digital autopilot which couples to the flight management system to develop complex, pilot-configurable search and rescue patterns. Other cockpit features of the Sky Warden include Terrain Awareness and Warning System (TAWS), Traffic Collision Avoidance System (TCAS), and traffic information via ADS-B.

The Armed Overwatch program includes the delivery of up to 75 fixed-wing manned aircraft, Garmin said.

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What are Air Canada’s oldest active aircraft? https://pilotin.org/what-are-air-canadas-oldest-active-aircraft/ Sat, 29 Oct 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://pilotin.org/what-are-air-canadas-oldest-active-aircraft/

The largest airline in Canada, Air Canada operates a fleet of nearly 200 aircraft. Many of them are new, such as the Airbus A220 and the Boeing 737 MAX. However, a large portion of the fleet might be around the same age or possibly older than some of our readers! Today, let’s take a look at the oldest active aircraft flying with Air Canada.


Retired and not retired

The oldest active aircraft in the fleet are two of the airline’s Boeing 767-300s. They are both a little over 33 and a half years old and are registered C-FPCA and C-FTCA. This pair have quite an interesting history and background, as they began their “career” flying with Canadian Airlines, now rival Air Canada, in April 1989. When Air Canada took over Canadian, it adopted a large part of the fleet, including the two 767s. This happened in 2001.

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Until the COVID-19 pandemic, nearly 20 years after joining Air Canada, the aircraft was performing passenger operations. Of course, with the massive drop in air travel amid border restrictions, the airline has been forced to park much of its fleet, including the 767s.

Both passenger planes were sent to storage with their future somewhat uncertain. However, in the midst of the pandemic, Air Canada made the decision to get more serious about the cargo market and try its hand at operating dedicated freighters. At this point, the C-FPCA and C-FTCA proved to be very useful, as the jumbo jets would be sent to IAI’s facilities in Tel Aviv (Israel) to be converted into freighters.

So, with their conversions, airplanes these days are filled with cargo. Instead of shuttling passengers, they pick up and deliver goods to destinations such as Toronto, Quito, Mexico City, Frankfurt, etc.

Of course, while the jets are technically the oldest to fly for Air Canada, they are no longer the oldest active planes carrying passengers. So let’s take a look at which former airline plane you could potentially find yourself on board these days.

Air Canada’s oldest passenger plane

The oldest passenger aircraft flying for the airline are a pair of Airbus A320-200s registered C-GPWG and C-FPWE. Both planes first flew with Canadian Airlines in 1991 and are now nearly 32 years old. The pair of planes have parallel histories and both transitioned to the Air Canada fleet in 2001. They also both flew for Air Canada’s budget subsidiary, Air Canada Tango, while also serving in the airline group’s VIP charter service, Air Canada Jetz.

The A320s were eventually reassigned to Air Canada’s mainline fleet in 2012 and have been flying in that role ever since (except for a two-year period spent in long-term parking due to the pandemic).

These days, planes are configured with 14 seats in business class and 132 in economy class. It appears both jets haven’t had a cabin refresh in over a decade. Indeed, recent flight reviews from various YouTubers show quite old cabins with extremely slow and unresponsive in-flight entertainment systems. On the plus side, these older seats have a built-in power outlet and USB port.

What do you think of Air Canada’s oldest plane? Is it time to refurbish or replace those older A320-200s? Let us know by leaving a comment!

Sources: Planespotters.net, FlightRadar24.com

  • Air Canada Airbus A320-211 C-GQCA

    Air Canada

    IATA/ICAO code:
    AC/ACA

    Airline type:
    Full service carrier

    Hub(s):
    Calgary International Airport, Montreal-Trudeau International Airport, Toronto Pearson International Airport, Vancouver International Airport

    Year of foundation:
    1967

    Alliance:
    star alliance

    CEO:
    Michael Rousseau

    Country:
    Canada

]]> Technical College Expands Aircraft Technician Program https://pilotin.org/technical-college-expands-aircraft-technician-program/ Wed, 26 Oct 2022 23:30:00 +0000 https://pilotin.org/technical-college-expands-aircraft-technician-program/ An upstate technical college is expanding one of its programs to help address what it calls a global shortage. Greenville Technical College instructors say the demand for aircraft maintenance technicians is higher than they’ve ever seen. 2001,” said Carl Washburn, aircraft maintenance program instructor at Greenville Tech. “We didn’t know if the program was even going to last.” Washburn says they are adding a second cohort to their aircraft maintenance program in January. He says they had to turn people away from the program in the fall because it filled up so quickly. He says the industry is exploding and hiring faster than it can train students. “Companies are starting to complain,” Washburn said. “It’s starting to cut into their profits because they can’t find technicians to fix the planes.” According to a 2022 Boeing report, the company expects a demand for 610,000 new maintenance technicians over the next two decades. business owner with my father,” said Ahmed Obaid, a second-year student in the program. “But I’ve done it all my life and I knew it wasn’t something I could count on. So, that being said, I just needed something that I could have a steady income with and doing what I love the most, and that’s mechanics.” Instructors say the two-year program gives students intense hands-on training. Once students complete the training, required hours and testing, Washburn says they are able to slip right into a job. aviation anyway, so I think that’s more what drove me to it is that I’ve always had a passion for it,” said Kyle Leapard, a sophomore from the program. Washburn says his students were able to start their careers making an average of $26 an hour for a variety of different airlines and positions. “I’m not 100% sure where exactly I want to go,” said freshman Julia Jackson. “If I’m going to work on small planes or go somewhere that runs on engines.” Washburn says they are working with Clemson University to offer online classes for high school students who want to start the two-year program early. “If you can name an airline, someone hires our students,” Washburn said. “I get calls from Wisconsin and Wyoming all over the country, looking to hire techs. Everybody’s running out of techs.” the Greenville Tech campus at 915b Perimeter Road.

An upstate technical college is expanding one of its programs to help address what it calls a global shortage.

Greenville Technical College instructors say the demand for aircraft maintenance technicians is higher than they’ve ever seen.

“I remember when I started in 2001,” said Carl Washburn, an aircraft maintenance program instructor at Greenville Tech. “We didn’t know if the program was even going to last.”

Washburn says they are adding a second cohort to their aircraft maintenance program in January. He says they had to turn people away from the program in the fall because it filled up so quickly.

He says the industry is exploding and hiring faster than it can train students.

“Companies are starting to complain,” Washburn said. “It’s starting to cut into their profits because they can’t find technicians to fix the planes.”

According to a 2022 Boeing report, the company expects a demand for 610,000 new maintenance technicians over the next two decades.

“I was a full-time business owner with my father,” said Ahmed Obaid, a second-year student in the program. “But I’ve done it all my life and I knew it wasn’t something I could count on. So, that being said, I just needed something that I could have a steady income with and doing what I love the most, and that’s mechanics.”

Instructors say the two-year program gives students intense hands-on training. Once students complete the training, required hours and testing, Washburn says they are able to slip right into a job.

“It was something I had in my heart for a long time that I wanted to do and I talked about aviation anyway, so I think that’s more what pushed me towards it, it’s is that I’ve always had a passion for it,” Kyle Leapard, a sophomore in the program said.

Washburn says his students were able to start their careers earning an average of $26 an hour for a variety of different airlines and positions.

“I’m not 100% sure where exactly I want to go,” freshman Julia Jackson said. “If I’m going to work on small planes or go to a place that works on engines.”

Washburn says they are working with Clemson University to offer online classes for high school students who want to start the two-year program early.

“If you can name an airline, someone hires our students,” Washburn said. “I get calls from Wisconsin and Wyoming all over the country, looking to hire techs. Everybody’s running out of techs.”

Washburn says they are hosting an open house for prospective students on Nov. 10 from 5-7 p.m. on the Greenville Tech campus at 915b Perimeter Road.

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