Category: Flight


NASA’s New 10-Engine Drone Is Half Chopper, Half Plane

 

 

 

” Planes and helicopters have their strengths and weaknesses. Planes are fast and can carry a lot of stuff a long way, while helicopters are slow but they don’t need enormous runways and they’re extremely maneuverable. So naturally, people want to combine them.

  That’s why a team at NASA’s Langley Research Center is developing a drone that’s a hybrid of the two.

  The GL-10 Greased Lightning is a ten-engine, battery-powered prototype with a ten-foot wingspan that can change its shape midair to fly either horizontally or vertically. This month, NASA announced it recently took off vertically and, for the first time, successfully rotated its wings to transition from “helicopter” mode to standard “wingborne” flight.

  The GL-10 is a relative of the V-22 Osprey, the VTOL (vertical takeoff and landing) aircraft developed in the 1980s for the US Air Force and Marines. It’s a tiltrotor design: The engines rotate to propel the aircraft either up and down (like a helicopter), or forward (like a propeller-driven plane). The Osprey can take off and land from the deck of a carrier or from a field in the middle of the jungle, instead of from a lengthy runway. It can haul 32 troops or 20,000 pounds of internal cargo up to 2,200 miles. It’s very handy.”

 

Read more at Wired

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Watch This Homeowner Shoot Down A Drone Flying Over His Property

 

 

 

 

” One video shows a drone hovering over a beautiful home in Southern California and you won’t believe what happened!

  The homeowner ran out of his front door with a shotgun!

  The drone flew away with the guy in hot pursuit. His friend was recording cell phone video of the wild chase.
  The homeowner ran around his house, spotted the drone again, took aim, and fired.

  Larry Breaux of Valencia, California, is the homeowner who shot down the drone. He told INSIDE EDITION he believes the drone was sent over his house in a deliberate act of harassment.”

 

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   The whole thing is suspicious as hell when you take into account , the shotgun right at hand and the ground footage of Mr Breaux chasing the drone … Be sure to read the comments from many drone enthusiasts and you will wonder if this whole deal was nothing more than a publicity stunt .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Get Ready For Optimus Prime Shipping: FAA Approves Amazon Drone Experiments

 

 

 

 

 

” It seems like all that hype from Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos about using drones for deliveries wasn’t hype after all. The Federal Aviation Administration announced today that it has awarded an experimental airworthiness certificate for a drone design presented by Amazon Logistics, the online retailer’s in-house fulfillment and delivery company.

  The certificate amounts to a learner’s permit for drone operations. It allows Amazon to conduct flight operations under 400 feet altitude, during daylight hours, “in visual meteorological conditions,” the FAA announcement states. Additionally, the certificate requires that “the [unmanned aircraft] must always remain within visual line-of-sight of the pilot and observer. The pilot actually flying the aircraft must have at least a private pilot’s certificate and current medical certification.”

  As with all of the experimental drone airworthiness certificates being issued by the FAA in advance of formal approval of unmanned aircraft, Amazon’s permission slip to fly comes with some oversight. Amazon will have to report monthly data to the FAA on how many flights it conducted, the amount of pilot time associated with each flight, and information on “unusual hardware or software malfunctions, any deviations from air traffic controllers’ instructions, and any unintended loss of communication links.”

  These conditions don’t exactly lend themselves to Amazon using drones very soon to help with the one-hour delivery to Amazon Prime customers the company announced recently. But they put Amazon in position to be among the very first commercial drone operators in the US once the FAA gives approval for full integration of unmanned aircraft into the national airspace. “

 

Thanks to Sean Gallagher at ArsTechnica

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mysterious UFO Captured On Drone Camera As It Shoots Through Sky

 

 

 

 

 

” A mysterious UFO has been captured by a high resolution drone as it moved through the air at an incredible speed.

  The flying object, which seen over the Silicon Valley in California, has left the public baffled after it was caught on camera by the DJI Inspire 1 in one of the few 4K video clips to be uploaded online and feature a UFO.

  But even this ultra HD resolution drone camera couldn’t capture clear still images of the mysterious object – it was simply moving too fast. “

 

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Drone Crashes On Upper West Side Sidewalk

 

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” A drone crashed on the Upper West Side Friday evening. The drone apparently fell out of the sky at 61st Street and Columbus around 6:30 p.m. The drone landed near a delivery man riding a bicycle.

  No one was injured. It’s not yet known who the drone belongs to.It’s a radio-controlled quad copter that had a go-pro camera still rolling. A man who works for fivethirtyeight.com witnessed and tweeted about the accident.

 

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The FAA Says You Can’t Post Drone Videos On YouTube

 

 

 

 

 

 

” If you fly a drone and post footage on YouTube, you could end up with a letter from the Federal Aviation Administration.

  Earlier this week, the agency sent a legal notice to Jayson Hanes, a Tampa-based drone hobbyist who has been posting drone-shot videos online for roughly the last year. 

  The FAA said that, because there are ads on YouTube, Hanes’s flights constituted a commercial use of the technology subject to stricter regulations and enforcement action from the agency. It said that if he did not stop flying “commercially,” he could be subject to fines or sanctions.

” This office has received a complaint regarding your use of an unmanned aerial vehicle (aka drone) for commercial purposes referencing your video on the website youtube.com as evidence,” the letter reads. “After a review of your website, it does appear that the complaint is valid.” “

  The hobby use of drones and other model aircraft has never been regulated by the FAA, but the agency has been adamant about making a distinction between hobby and commercial use, which has led to much confusion over the last couple years.

  Where, exactly, does commercial use begin and hobby use end, for instance? If you fly for fun, but happen to sell your footage later, were you flying for a “commercial purpose?” What if you give it to a news organization that runs it on a television station that has ads on it? What if you upload it to YouTube and Google happens to put an ad on it? What if you decide to put an ad on it?

  The letter makes clear that at least some in the FAA (this one was sent by Michael Singleton, an aviation safety inspector in the FAA’s Tampa office) take a very wide view of what is “commercial.” “

 

Read the rest at Motherboard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paris Drones: New Wave Of Alerts

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ten more drones have been spotted flying over Paris and reports say police are searching for four men after a chase in the east of the city.

  The latest drones were seen hovering near the Eiffel Tower and several other areas further away from the centre.

  Some 60 drones have been sighted since October, over nuclear installations and central Paris, the government says.”

 

 

 

 

 

” The most recent have all been over Paris, prompting security fears after the murders of 17 people last month.

  Security at key sites in Paris was tightened last month after the killings by Islamist gunmen at Charlie Hebdo magazine, in Montrouge and a kosher supermarket.

  Flying drones over the capital is banned without a license and no night flights are allowed over the city at all. The heightened security presence was thought to be one of the reasons why the unmanned aerial vehicles were spotted.”

 

 

Read more on the Paris drone wars at the BBC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fireball Sightings With Booms Heard In Florida

 

 

 

 

 

” The American Meteor Society received more than 160 reports of bright fireball sightings clustered around Lake City, Florida over the weekend. Some witnesses were as far away as Georgia and South Carolina.

  Many reported feeling a sonic boom. AMS says over 15 of the reports described a “window rattling delayed boom.” Scientists believe a meteor caused the phenomenon, ending its flight about 30 miles west from Jacksonville.

  Last week, people in Pennsylvania, New York, and Ohio reported seeing a fireball, which was captured on camera by NASA.You can report a fireball event here. “

 

Thanks to WFLA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GoPro: Majestic Wingsuit Flight In Switzerland

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bird’s Eye View Of Aircraft ‘Graveyard’ Outside Moscow

 

 

 

 

 

 

Published on Feb 23, 2015

” Drone footage gave a rare bird’s-eye-view of one of Russia’s many plane graveyards earlier in February, capturing amazing shots of the Central Air Force Museum located just 40 kilometres (24.

  You can use the footage in all types of projects including commercial. Don’t forget to write/link our channel’s name in the description where video material .”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Draft U.S. Rules On Commercial Drones Keep Some Limits On Use

 

 

 

 

 

” The U.S. aviation regulator proposed rules on Sunday for commercial drone flights that would lift some restrictions but would still bar activities such as the delivery of packages and inspection of pipelines that have been eyed by companies as a potentially breakthrough use of the technology.

  The long-awaited draft rules from the Federal Aviation Administration would require unmanned aircraft pilots to obtain special pilot certificates, stay away from bystanders and fly only during the day. They limit flying speed to 100 miles per hour (160 kph) and the altitude to 500 feet (152 meters) above ground level.

  The rules also say pilots must remain in the line of sight of its radio-control drone, which could limit inspection of pipelines, crops, and electrical towers that are one of the major uses envisioned by companies.

  Commercial drone operators would need to be at least 17 years old, pass an aeronautical knowledge test and be vetted by the Transportation Security Administration. But they would not need to undergo the medical tests or flight hours required of manned aircraft pilots.”

 

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TransAsia Airways Plane With 53 Passengers Crashes Into A River After Hitting A Bridge In New Taipei City

 

 

 

 

” A passenger plane with 58 people on board plunged into a river after clipping a road bridge outside Taiwan’s capital, with 27 people rescued so far, leaving others unaccounted for.

  The number of fatalities are unclear, but the Taiwanese Civil Aviation Authority said in a press conference that there were nine confirmed deaths, 18 people were injured, and 31 people who were unaccounted for.

  Local media has since reported that up to 19 are dead, but according to China’s state broadcaster CCTV, the death toll has risen to 21.

  The flight recorders have been recovered from the wreckage of the plane, which will help determine what caused the plane to crash, Channel News Asia reports.

  There were five crew members and two passengers were children.

  The TransAsia ATR 72-600 turboprop plane was on a domestic flight when it hit a road bridge before ploughing into the Keelung River in New Taipei City, Taiwan. “

 

 

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Panicked Super Rich Buying Boltholes With Private Airstrips To Escape If Poor Rise Up

 

 

 

 

” Super rich hedge fund managers are buying ‘secret boltholes’ where they can hideout in the event of civil uprising against growing inequality, it has been claimed.

  Nervous financiers from across the globe have begun purchasing landing strips, homes and land in areas such as New Zealand so they can flee should people rise up.

  With growing inequality and riots such as those in London in 2011 and in Ferguson and other parts of the USA last year, many financial leaders fear they could become targets for public fury.

  Robert Johnson, president of the Institute of New Economic Thinking, told people at the World Economic Forum in Davos that many hedge fund managers were already planning their escapes.

  He said: “I know hedge fund managers all over the world who are buying airstrips and farms in places like New Zealand because they think they need a getaway.” “

 

 

   We would guess that the likelihood of the “poor” rising up is less a motivation for the rich man’s prepping than is the possibility of the entire economic “house of cards” collapsing .

 

The Mirror

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1,700 Private Jets Descend On Davos For World Economic Forum

 

 

 

 

” Billionaires, world leaders and pop stars are clogging up the skies with their private jets as they descend on the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland to liaise over issues such as terrorism, the central banks and growing economic inequality.

  Over the course of this week, approximately 1,700 private jets are expected to fly into the region, resulting airport traffic increasing by 10% which means that landing spots are in short supply.

  The Swiss Armed Forces have even opened up one of their military air bases for the first time to try and accommodate the increase in traffic. For private jet companies like PrivateFly, Netkets and VistaJet, this is by far their busiest time of year. “

 

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FAA Grants Permits For Drones To Monitor Crops, Photograph Real Estate

 

 

 

 

 

” The Federal Aviation Administration on Tuesday issued permits to use drones to monitor crops and photograph properties for sale, marking the first time permission has been granted to companies involved in agriculture and real estate.

  The exemptions to the current ban on commercial drone flights were granted to Advanced Aviation Solutions in Star, Idaho, for “crop scouting,” and to Douglas Trudeau of Tierra Antigua Realty in Tucson, Arizona.

  Advanced Aviation Solutions plans to use its 1.5-pound, fixed-wing eBee drone to make photographic measurements of farm fields, determine the health of crops and look for pests. The aim is to save farmers time walking through fields. The drone also can carry sensors that pick up information invisible to the naked eye, which can help determine which fields need watering.”

 

 

    Will this latest licensing effort by the Feds morph into yet another example of cronyism and reward towards favored , connected corporations ? Of course . Notice that the film industry was one of the first to gain their exemption from the State .

 

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CIA Reveals The Truth Behind UFOs

 

 

 

” America’s Central Intelligence Agency has used the end-of-the-year silly season to finally come clean about UFOs.

  Anyone hoping for little green men will be disappointed, though — the CIA is claiming responsibility.

  Tweeting about its most popular stories of the year, the CIA named a 1998 report linking its activities in the 1950s to UFO sightings.

  The report, ‘The CIA and the U-2 Program, 1954-1974’, written by Gregory Pedlow and Donald Welzenbach, outlines the CIA’s involvement in the development of the U-2 spy plane.

  It explains how the testing of the planes led to a massive increase in UFO reports.”

 

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2014 Man Of The Year: A-10 Warthog

 

 

 

 

 

 

” There you are, an Islamic State fighter minding your own business on a crisp winter day in the suburbs of Raqqa. Perhaps it’s been a busy morning—your work on the morals patrol is always a hassle, your team leader Mahmoud will not shut up, and you hurt your hand beating that recalcitrant shopkeeper who has been selling pop music despite your stern admonitions.

  Now, you’ve got to stand duty on a checkpoint just outside of town, but it’s a quiet and peaceful spot, and you can rest a bit before getting back to the wives later in the day.

  Then, literally out of the clear blue sky, you hear the swelling roar of a jet engine. As you turn, there is a new, unfamiliar noise, the kind of noise an industrial steam engine would make if it could burp like Jessica Simpson. It sounds like this:” (see above)

” That is the noise that a 30-mm Gatling gun makes, firing 3,900 rounds per minute—or 65 depleted uranium slugs every second—from its mount on the U.S. Air Force’s ugly, slow, fat, and entirely irreplaceable A-10 Warthog. It is widely believed that the force of the gun firing actually slows the A-10 in flight. (Some say this is a myth—but life is more fun if some myths aren’t debunked.)

  Truth be told, you didn’t actually hear that noise. See, the bullets go faster than sound. But all of your compatriots within a few miles did. They should be happy for you! For over a decade now, the A-10 has been serving in the role of an online dating service, connecting jihadists with those eager 72 virgins awaiting them in heaven. It’s a Tinder for the terrorist set.

  Today, the U.S. Air Force swiped right for you. “

 

 

Thanks to the Free Beacon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Helicopter Drone Makes First Flight From Navy Destroyer

 

 

 

 

 

 

” A helicopter drone developed by Northrop Grumman Corp. has made its first flight from a U.S. Navy destroyer, the company announced.

  The MQ-8C Fire Scout on Dec. 16 completed 22 autonomous takeoffs and landings aboard the guided-missile destroyer, USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109), off the coast of Norfolk, Virginia, according to a Dec. 23 release from the Falls Church, Virginia-based defense contractor.

“ This is the first sea-based flight of the MQ-8C and the first time an unmanned helicopter has operated from a destroyer,” Capt. Jeff Dodge, who manages the program for Naval Air Systems Command, said in the release. The technology offers greater endurance, he added, allowing “ship commanders and pilots to have a longer on station presence.” “

 

Read more at Military.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Live – NORAD Santa Tracker 2014: Follow Father Christmas’s Trip Around The Globe

 

NORAD Santa Tracker 2014

 Click pic to go live where you can follow Santa around the world

 

 

 

” Each festive season the air forces tasked with defending US airspace instead devote themselves to tracking Father Christmas.

  The North American Aerospace Defense Command – or NORAD – started tracking him when a 1955 advert encouraged children to phone Santa – but gave the wrong number.

  When he realised what had happened, Colonel Harry Shoup – who came to be known as the “Santa Colonel” – quickly told his staff to answer the calls with an update on Father Christmas’s current position.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

” And the practice has continued ever since, developing into a tradition where volunteers staff call centres on Christmas Eve and field around 70,000 phone calls each year from 200 countries.

  But the tracker has adapted with the times, becoming more advanced through the years as it took to the internet.

  It now has its own Twitter, Facebook and YouTube accounts, and not only counts down the days until Father Christmas will begin delivering presents but lets you visit the digital North Pole and play various games.”

 

Read more at Mirror.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thunderbirds Release 2015 Show Schedule

 

 

 

 

 

 

” The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds have finalized their 2015 show schedule. In its 62nd season, the team is slated to perform 71 demonstrations at 39 locations.

  The flying unit, officially known as the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, will perform its first public flyover of 2015 at the opening of Super Bowl XLIX in Phoenix, Arizona, Feb. 1.

The remainder of the schedule is as follows:

Feb. 22: Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Florida
March 8: Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas, Nevada
March 14-15: Titusville, Florida
March 21-22:  Lancaster, California
March 28-29:  Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi
March 31- April 5: Easter Break
April 11-12: Tyndall AFB, Florida
April 18: Louisville, Kentucky
April 25-26: Lakeland, Florida
May 2-3: Dyess AFB, Texas
May 9-10: Millville, New Jersey
May 16-17: Seymour Johnson AFB, North Carolina
May 23-24: Wantagh [Jones Beach], New York
May 28: U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado
May 30-31:  Aurora, Colorado
June 6-7: Waco, Texas
June 13-14: Whiteman AFB, Missouri
June 20-21: Dayton, Ohio
June 27-28: Mankato, Minnesota
July 4-5: Traverse City, Michigan
July 11-12: Gary, Indiana
July 18-19: Niagara Falls, New York
July 22: Cheyenne, Wyoming
July 25-26: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
July 28 – August 2: Mid-Season Break
August 8-9: La Crosse, Wisconsin
Aug. 15-16: Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota
Aug. 22-23: Open Date
Aug. 29-30: Midland, Texas
Sept. 5-7: Cleveland, Ohio
Sept. 12-13: Owensboro, Kentucky
Sept. 19-20: Joint Base Andrews, Maryland
Sept. 26-27: Millington, Tennessee
Oct. 3-4: Mather [Sacramento], California
Oct. 10-11: Grand Junction, Colorado
Oct. 17-18: Houston, Texas
Oct. 24-25: Lake Charles, Louisiana
Oct. 31-1 Nov.: Joint Base San Antonio, Texas
Nov. 7-8: Moody AFB, Georgia

  The release of the show season is good news for the squadron’s Airmen, who normally spend up to 220 days a year traveling. Aside from performing impressive aerial demonstrations, Thunderbird Airmen visit with local schools and hospitals, hold enlistment ceremonies and conduct media engagements to speak with people about the Air Force.

” We are extremely excited to represent the Air Force during the upcoming season” said Lt. Col. Greg Moseley, U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron commander and lead pilot. “Our newest team members have been training rigorously to ensure we execute our mission safely while showing the public what their Airmen can do.”

  Moseley is expected to depart the squadron after a change of command ceremony scheduled to occur Jan. 7, 2015. Lt. Col. Christopher Hammond, an experienced fighter pilot with more than 2,000 flight hours, will assume command of the squadron for the 2015 and 2016 demonstration seasons.

” It’s an honor to share the story of U.S. Airmen serving at locations around the globe,” said Hammond. “We hope these stories inspire others to learn more about aviation and opportunities to serve.”

  The Thunderbirds were formed in 1953, and since have been charged with demonstrating the professionalism of Airmen and the capabilities of modern airpower. The 2015 season marks the 33rd year the squadron has performed in the F-16 Fighting Falcon.

Assigned to Air Combat Command, the squadron is composed of nearly 130 Airmen serving in more than two dozen Air Force job specialties.

  The primary product of that teamwork is a Thunderbirds aerial demonstration, which includes approximately 40 maneuvers, featuring formation flying and solo routines. The entire show, including the beginning ground ceremony, lasts about one hour. A typical air show travel season extends from March to November.

  To learn more about the Thunderbirds, visit www.afthunderbirds.com., or find afthunderbirds on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. “

 

U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron Public Affairs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Australian BASE Jumper Nathan J Jones Completes Incredible Wingsuit ‘High Five’

 

 

 

 

 

” An Australian BASE jumper has pulled off the seemingly impossible to complete what is thought to be the world’s first air-to-ground ‘high five’.

  Nathan J Jones from Avoca Beach did the death-defying stunt in early December for Project BASE to raise awareness for a water well project in the Amhara region of Africa.

  Footage shows Jones skimming just metres above boulders and tree tops in Chamonix before smashing through a large hand held up by another member of their team.

  The leap was filmed by Sam Hardy and was dedicated to “absolute legend and good friend’ Alex Duncan, the West Australian BASE jumper who died in the Swiss Alps earlier this year.”

 

News.com.AU

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sky’s Not The Limit: World’s First ‘Jetman’ Flies Over Dubai Desert

 

 

 

 

 

” A former fighter pilot and Guinness record holder – known as ‘Jetman’ – has performed a new stunt, taking over the skies of the United Arab Emirates. High-flying Swiss national Yves Rossy teamed up with Dubai, flying above the wealth of its land.

” To fly alone is great, but to fly with another guy is greater,” Rossy, who is equipped with a pair of jet-propelled wings, said in a new 4K video, before taking part in a formation flight with Hungarian aerobatics champion Veres Zoltan, conquering the heights in cloudless Dubai.

  Rossy and his futuristic jet suit have partnered with Dubai to push yet higher boundaries within the realm of anti-gravity experiences.

  Naming his challenge a “culmination of decades of fulfilling a childhood dream through technological innovation, determination, teamwork and courage,” the ex-Swiss Air Force pilot took to the skies of the UAE, celebrating its 43rd National Day, as both he and Sheikh Hamdan – the Crown Prince of Dubai – announced on social media.”

 

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