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Aviation News, Space Stories, Drone Dispatches, UFO Rumours #26

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Aviation News, Space Stories, Drone Dispatches, UFO Rumours #26

Here is Redspan Aviation News #26.

In this edition:

1. Boeing and aviation fans everywhere celebrate 50 years of the Jumbo.
2. CAA Safety Sense leaflets now appearing in video format.
3. When to go around and when you’re committed to land.
4. Drone Major’s Guide to Counter-Drone Technology.

1. Some aircraft are in a class of their own and the Boeing 747 is one of them. This aircraft is a classic of the late 20th Century.

Like Concorde, the Spitfire, or the Ferrari Dino it has a unique design and a character that has been present in two generations.

It has appeared in numerous films, as Air Force One, and as the carrier for the Space Shuttle.

The ‘face’ of a Jumbo is unmistakable and we’ve seen it in countless situations, the saddest of which was the Lockerbie bombing of 1988.

When it was developed half a century ago it was double the size of any other airliner at that time, and consequently it revolutionsed air travel.

It reduced the cost of long haul flights to such an extent that such journeys became affordable to a huge new market.

In 50 years it has carried over 3.5 billion passengers and countless amounts of cargo.

Boeing took a big gamble with developing it but within two years of service it becamse clear that it was to be a huge success.

And although today’s new airliners are more efficient and economic to run, the Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet will be flying for many years to come.

2. The UK’s Civil Aviation Authority’s Safety Sense leaflets have been available for several decades. These short but informative publications are packed full of valuable advice for both novice pilots eager to instill good habits, and older pilots who need a reminder.

Until now these leaflets were only available in print or in PDF, downloaded from http://www.caa.co.uk/safetysense, but I’ve started converting them into videos in order to make them accessible to a wider audience.

The first video is Safety Sense leaflet #3, Winter Flying. This was split into several parts, all of which are available on my channel. The next one is #1, Good Airmanship. This is in two parts with part 1 available now and the second in a few days time.

Reading through these leaflets is an education. Putting the advice into practice will make you a better pilot, keep you out of danger, and may just save your life one day.

So please view and share them widely in the general aviation community so that others may benefit.

3. Speaking of safety, go-arounds are a normal procedure familiar to pilots of any aircraft, whether they fly a Piper Cub, an F/A-18 Hornet, or a Boeing 747.

Recently, as Storm Erik passed through the UK we saw more examples of go-arounds appearing in the media, with headlines such as “Plane Struggles To Land At Heathrow…”.

These reports are invariably sensational and convey the idea that the pilot is desperately wrestling with the flight controls in a dangerous attempt at landing.

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