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Belite Achieves Maiden Flight Of Ultralight Floatplane

 

 

 

 

 

” The base aircraft, a design variation of Belite’s UltraCub aircraft, took off from a grass strip. (The expanded flight test plan will also fly from the water.) Part 103 limits the empty weight to 254 pounds, but ultralights with floats and a parachute system can be up to 338 pounds (254 pounds plus 60 pounds extra weight for floats and 24 extra pounds for a parachute system). The SeaLite’s empty weight comes in at about 335 pounds.

  Wing spars are carbon fiber, as are the floats and certain other key elements of the aircraft. The fuselage is constructed largely from aerospace aluminum. Each basic wing panel weighs only 20 pounds; each individual carbon fiber float also weighs about 20 pounds.

  The SeaLite is powered by the 50-hp Hirth S-23 turning a 2-blade wooden Tennessee propeller. The SeaLite also features a custom lightweight instrument panel with a full range of conventional instruments. First delivery is expected in early 2014.

  In amphibious (land/water) configuration, the new aircraft is priced at $60,000 fly away factory (FAF). In straight (water only) configuration, it is priced at $50,000 FAF. Other non-aquatic versions of Belite UltraCubs have starting prices less than $20,000. “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Damaged and Destroyed Aircraft

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A B-17 that was able to limp home after being ...

Image Credit: Military Channel

” A B-17 that was able to limp home after being sliced by an ME-109. You can see plenty more Damaged B-17s in our Damaged B-17s Photo Gallery.”

 

 

Here’s another sample 

 

 

Realizing that he doesn't have enough altitude to execute a ...

Image Credit: U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Bennie J. Davis III

” Realizing that he doesn’t have enough altitude to execute a split S maneuver, the USAF Thunderbirds pilot of this F-16 guided his plane away from a crowd of 60,000 and ejected seconds before the plane hit the ground in Idaho, September, 2003. Fortunately there were no casualties.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hacker Uses An Android To Remotely Attack And Hijack An Airplane

 

Hijack an airplane with your Android

 

 

” The Hack in the Box (#HITB2013AMS) security conference in Amsterdam has a very interesting lineup of talks [pdf]. One that jumped out was the Aircraft Hacking: Practical Aero Series presented by Hugo Teso, a security consultant at n.runs in Germany. According to the abstract, “This presentation will be a practical demonstration on how to remotely attack and take full control of an aircraft, exposing some of the results of my three years research on the aviation security field. The attack performed will follow the classical methodology, divided in discovery, information gathering, exploitation and post-exploitation phases. The complete attack will be accomplished remotely, without needing physical access to the target aircraft at any time, and a testing laboratory will be used to attack virtual airplanes systems.

While keeping an eye on Twitter #HITB2013AMS, greatly interesting tweets started to appear as hackers who attended were excited. I will add some of those throughout this article.

Before his presentation, Teso recommended that people should have a little background knowledge on aviation and aircraft systems to better understand what he was going to explain. Here’s a few important facts: Automated Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) has no security as was pointed out at Def Con 20 shortly before a hacker was able to inject ghost planes into radar. It is unencrypted and unauthenticated. Teso said, “Attacks range from passive attacks (eavesdropping) to active attacks (message jamming, replaying, injection.” The Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS) also has no security; it “is used for exchanging text messages between aircraft and ground stations via radio (VHF) or satellite.” Although his talk did not focus on the vulnerabilities in those two protocols, he used them to find targets.”

 

 

 

 

Rumor in Afghanistan: President Sucking Assets Away

 

 

” Apparently a huge percentage of our C17’s are being pulled for ‘Presidential Duty’ meaning instead of working to airlift troops and equipment in and out of Afghanistan and cover the other global logistics they are hauling the POTUS gear around on the campaign trail. If this is true I’d love someone to bring it to light. I lack the connections to check it out myself especially from here. I hope do hope this is pure rumor. It couldn’t possibly be legal even for the POTUS.  Fraud Waste & Abuse hotline anyone?

I’d think with the Obama campaign raising a record 181M in September they could afford to charter their own cargo planes and leave the military to do what it’s supposed to be doing . “