Avionics

Garmin® GI 275 electronic flight instrument CDI/MFD ready for helicopter installations

Garmin International, Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), announced that the GI 275 electronic flight instrument is ready for installation in select Part 27 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)-registered helicopters via Field Approval. The GI 275 has completed stringent helicopter vibration and temperature testing, demonstrating it can withstand the

Business Aviation

Airline Association of South Africa

CEO, Chris Zweigenthal will be participating in the Aviation Panel Sessions at the #AfricaTomorrow virtual conference on 21 July 2020. The travel and tourism, hospitality and aviation sectors within Africa are facing challenges unlike anything that has been face before. Africa Tomorrow has been developed to unite the industry’s leaders

Military

Russian Helicopters holding company to present its products at the International Military-Technical Forum “Army-2020”

Russian Helicopters holding company (part of Rostec State Corporation) will demonstrate a wide range of military helicopters at the International Military-Technical Forum “Army-2020” that will take place in the Moscow Region from August 23 through August 29.The holding company’s static exposition in the Patriotic Park of Recreation and Leisure “Patriot” will include upgraded transport

Africa

O. R. TAMBO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT EXCITED AND GEARED UP TO WELCOME PASSENGERS UNDER LEVEL 2

The opening of leisure travel under Level 2 is exciting news for O.R. Tambo International Airport which is ready and standing by to welcome domestic passengers. Says Bongiwe Pityi-Vokwana, General Manager of the airport: “The entire airport community is preparing to welcome more passengers as people start to make bookings

Global Daily

The Real Story Behind the Myth of Area 51

For decades, Nevada’s Area 51 Air Force facility has represented the eye of a conspiratorial hurricane that swirls around “evidence” that aliens (and their technology) exist and are hiding behind its walls. Books, TV shows, and even massive online “raids” have tried to glimpse beyond its stark signs warning against trespassers. While

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    Loon and HAPSMobile test LTE from solar-powered drone, India MALE, Chinese weaponized drone swarm, small sensors dropped from small drones, FAA submits two proposed final drone rules, a Colorado drone club builds a drone park, a virtual drone summit.
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    Weaponized drones, Walmart tries to catch up with Amazon, drone swarms and UFOs, disinfecting a stadium with a drone, converting old biplanes to unmanned aircraft, and a video of whales swimming with surfers.
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    Amazon security drone monitors the inside of your home, Bell cargo drone flies through metropolitan airspace, new underwater drone manufacturing facility, humanitarian awards, Covid tests delivered by drone, ATSB report on a pseudo-satellite break-up.

Gear

Amazon Fire HD 8 and 8 Plus

Software remains a weak point for Amazon’s tablets. FireOS, Amazon’s heavily modified version of the Android operating system, is really an OS-based version of Amazon’s website. Fire tablets are designed to sell you Amazon content, and FireOS is the means of selling that content. It never stops selling. Never. There

Politics

Lockdown level 4: Retailers selling winter clothes, limited e-commerce allowed to operate

 Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel has announced a list of industries that will be re-opening on lockdown level four.  The businesses that will be allowed to operate include 50% production of factories. Retailers that sell winter clothing, bedding and linen will be allowed to operate.  Stores that sell educational products

Space

Scientists Have Pinpointed the True Center of the Solar System

It’s not where you think. Researchers are using a new software model to pinpoint the true center of the solar system. Massive, bossy Jupiter pulls the center slightly out of true with its gravity field. The true center is just outside of the sun’s surface, depending on where Jupiter is. Even without third-generation GPS technology,

Science

At 3,836 mph, which way does the air flow?

If you’ve ever been to an air show, or lived near an air force base, you’re familiar with sonic booms. These deafening noises are created by aircraft exceeding the speed of sound, roughly 767 mph. They explain, in part, why passenger airliners cruise the skies at slower and less auditorily

Business & Finance

South Africa Eyes New National Carrier From SAA Remains

We’ve all joked about how it’s impossible to kill off South African Airways, the Alitalia of the southern hemisphere. But it seems not even SAA can weather the 2020 aviation crisis. The airline had suspended all international and domestic flying in late March, and the South African Government has discontinued financial support,

Travel

Supersonic flight

For over three decades, supersonic commercial travel had been dominated by the Concorde, the only successful supersonic passenger jet. It was considered the pinnacle of luxury air travel and was known for swiftly shuttling passengers across the Atlantic in record time. Boom Supersonic is among those seeking to restore commercial

Technology

Saab unveils broad package for HX bid

Sweden’s Saab provided an outline of a significant package as part of its bid for Finland’s HX fighter procurement programme on 28 August, including the development of a new lightweight air-launched decoy missile. As part of the company’s offering for the HX programme, an in-country development and sustainment centre will

Cars

BMW 2020

The BMW 330e comes with a lot of interesting numbers. There are the impressive performance figures (288bhp, 0-62mph in 5.9sec). Plus there are the official economy and CO2 figures (176.6mpg, 36g/km). Those then feed into the 330e’s real trump card – and its imminent crowning as the best-selling 3 Series in the

Bikes/Boats/Cars

MiRider One

Smart folding electric bike that will brighten up your commutePros: Fun to ride, boost trigger is a winner, good looks, well-pricedCons: The single gear could be limiting for stronger riders, soft-feeling brakes The MiRider One is a keenly-priced, compact folding electric bike that will brighten up almost any cycle commute. Some riders may find the

2021 Lexus LC

Overview Though the 2021 Lexus LC has looks to kill, its driving demeanor is more luxury car than exotic sports car. Going head-to-head with the likes of the BMW 8-series and the Porsche 911 in terms of price, Lexus’s signature two-door offers little in the way of their sportiness. The LC can be had

The 4 Best Motorcycles to Ride This Year

The last few years have been an unusually good time to buy a motorcycle. Starting after the 2008 recession, manufacturers have increased their efforts to earn new customers and replace the riders who are aging out of ownership. That economic pressure has resulted in affordable, practical, and wonderfully strange new

GOING GREEN ON THE BIG BLUE: LUXURY YACHTING INDUSTRY SAILS TOWARD AN ECO-FRIENDLY FUTURE

Nothing quite spoils a relaxing cruise on the ocean like the noise of massive diesel engines down below. It’s not just about the racket though, the marine industry might have avoided being targeted in the same way as the automotive industry but it is still conscious of environmental issues, such

Rosoboronexport

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JSC Rosoboronexport (part of the Rostec State Corporation) has donated medical supplies to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to fight the new COVID-19 coronavirus infection as part of its humanitarian activities. The humanitarian cargo, including Russian-made test systems for the timely identification of infected persons and providing them with medicalRead More →

Simone Weber, Technology Integration Manager at Airbus Helicopters in the UK working on the BladeSense project

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Airbus Helicopters in the UK is exploring future activities to follow on from a four-year research project, in conjunction with Cranfield University, that has shown strong potential for advancing the state-of-the-art in measuring deformation of helicopter rotor blades in the rotating frame. The BladeSense project, a £2 million programme supportedRead More →

South African Airways

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SAA’s business rescue practitioners have had a request for R10 billion bail out refused by the government, a move that could see the airline liquidated. This will have a serious affect on the more than 4 000 employees. At present the staff are on leave unless regarded as essential andRead More →

NATO

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NATO is scaling down military exercises in Europe to curb the spread of the coronavirus, but alliance missions are continuing, including the drawdown of the U.S.-led force in Afghanistan following a peace agreement last month. “Some of our exercises have been modified or cancelled … but our forces remain ready,”Read More →

Court Approves Virgin Atlantic Restructuring Plan

A U.K. court has signed off on Virgin Atlantic’s restructuring plan, paving the way for the troubled carrier to “emerge from the Covid-19 crisis a sustainably profitable airline.” The £1.2 billion ($1.6 billion) plan gives Virgin Atlantic breathing room for 18 months to restructure its operations. The carrier plans toRead More →

UAE start-up Wizz Air Abu Dhabi receives first aircraft

Wizz Air’s new Abu Dhabi division has received its first aircraft, an Airbus A321neo registered in the United Arab Emirates. The aircraft (A6-WZB), fitted with Pratt & Whitney PW1100G engines, was originally ordered by Wizz Air but underwent a sale-and-leaseback through Singapore’s BOC Aviation. It carries a livery similar toRead More →

Saab unveils broad package for HX bid

Sweden’s Saab provided an outline of a significant package as part of its bid for Finland’s HX fighter procurement programme on 28 August, including the development of a new lightweight air-launched decoy missile. As part of the company’s offering for the HX programme, an in-country development and sustainment centre willRead More →

Kazakhstan builds local industrial capabilities at Army 2020

Kazakhstan’s state-controlled defence industry conglomerate, Kazakhstan Engineering (KE), announced a raft of agreements had been signed with Russia during the Army 2020 exhibition held in Russia, while interest from export customers was also expressed. In a press release on 27 August, the company revealed that agreements with Russian industry andRead More →

US Air Force delays first B-21 flight

The US Air Force (USAF) is now expecting the first flight of its Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider long range strike bomber (LRSB) to take place no earlier than 2022, slightly later than the late 2021 timeframe the service previously expected. The Eighth Air Force is responsible for the service’s bomberRead More →