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

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

It’s Monday February 11th and 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.

Hello, my name is Ben Lovegrove and here is this week’s round-up of aviation news from high altitude to below 400 feet.

Each week I bring you selected stories about aerial activity; from space exploration to general aviation, from drones to UFOs.

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So chocks away then.

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 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.

They suggest that the pilot has somehow failed and has therefore endangered the aircraft and passengers.

The truth, as 747 pilot Scott Bateman reminds us in an excellent thread on Twitter, is somewhat different.

A go around is a manoeuvre for which air crews practice. They will do so if the aircraft has not touched down at the correct point on the runway. They may even decide to go around even if the aircraft has landed.

Far from being a failure, a go around shows professionalism and demonstrates that the pilot has made the correct decision.

Look up Scott Bateman @jumbo747pilot on Twitter and read the full thread.

However, sometimes a go around is not an option. At some mountain airfields the terrain does not give the pilot any choice but to land correctly each time or face the dire consequences.

On an airstrip built into the side of a mountain a go around is often impossible because the land rises so steeply ahead.

Another clip doing the rounds on social media at the moment is of a Piper Malibu Mirage landing at the notoriously tricky runway at Courchevel, in the French Alps. The aircraft lands too late on the runway leaving too little time to brake. The aircraft slows but does not stop and comes to rest in a bank of snow.

Fortunately no one was killed but there were some slight injuries among the occupants, and it must have been an unsettling experience.

The only way to learn how to land safely at airfields like this where there is no go around option is alongside an experienced pilot who can teach you everything you need to know about flying the approach such that you touch down at the correct point on the runway.

4. In light of the recent media focus on this issue, it is easy to think that air drone technology is a threat, if not just inconvenient to those who experienced delayed flights or evacuation. It is hard to refute the latter, but Drone Major Group takes a firm stance that air drone technology is not inherently dangerous. Indeed, the advancements and innovations in the industry shed light on a promising future in terms of business advancements, if implemented correctly. Drone Major Group poses the following questions as a baseline for considering counter-drone systems:

In which environment (surface, underwater, air or space) is your organisation rendered most vulnerable to unwarranted drone interference?
If a rogue drone is detected, what are the immediate precautionary actions to be taken to protect the security of both personnel and any sensitive data?
After a drone interaction is confirmed, what will be done to remove the drone from the area?
Once the situation has been resolved, what can be learnt to further enhance procedures?

Once suitable policies and procedures are in place to safely and efficiently address an unwanted drone, an organisation may choose to explore the various Counter Drone technologies that have become available on the market. Drone Major is available to offer expert consultancy at any stage of this process. Visit their site, www.dronemajorgroup.com, for more information.

That’s all for this edition of Redspan Aviation News. I look forward to bringing you more about the fascinating world of aviation and space exploration soon.

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Aviation News, Space Stories, Drone Dispatches, UFO Rumours #24

Aviation News, Space Stories, Drone Dispatches, UFO Rumours #24

It’s Monday January 21st and here is Redspan Aviation News #24.

In this edition:

1. Chicago pilot offers reward of $20,000 for location of lost TBM Avenger.

2. Seeing the stars could become even harder for some.

3. Are drones the new UFOs?

4. Singapore Airlines celebrates 60 years of flying to Hong Kong.

Hello, my name is Ben Lovegrove and here is this week’s round-up of aviation news from high altitude to below 400 feet.

Each week I bring you selected stories about aerial activity; from space exploration to general aviation, from drones to UFOs.

Head over to Redspan.com to find out how I can make marketing videos for your aviation business.

So chocks away then.

1. Ron Carlson was ferrying his lovingly restored 1945 Grumman TBM Avenger from Phoenix to Chicago when he and his backseat passenger Ken Franzese had to bail out over the White Mountains of northeastern Arizona.

They were over the most mountainous part of their journey, flying level at 12,000 feet when there was a loud bang and smoke started to flow out of the engine cowling.

Ron, who has 15 years experience as a bush pilot, was unable to locate any suitable terrain for a forced landing.

With the airspeed decreasing and losing height he and his passenger were quickly running out of options and they agreed to bail out.

Both men were rescued but the whereabouts of the aircraft remains a mystery.

So last year Ron took out a full page advertisement in The Independent, a local newspaper in White River, Arizona.

The ad offered $20,000 for anyone who could provide him with the location of the aircraft – and the reward remains unclaimed.

With the winter’s snow covering the area at the moment, the hope is that the spring thaw will finally reveal the remains of the aircraft.

Let’s hope that in the spring of 2019 Ron will be reunited with his beloved TBM Avenger.

To read Ron’s description of the flight and the bail out visit tbmavenger.blogspot.com.

2. Those of us who live in urban areas are familiar with the light pollution that prevents us from gazing in awe and wonder at the night sky.

You have to go far into the countryside to escape most of the light pollution from towns and cities.

And you have to go into the desert or wilderness to see the night sky as our ancestors once did.

So pressure groups who campaign for a reduction in light pollution are not best pleased with the idea of putting billboards in space.

A Russian startup called StartRocket has proposed putting billboards in space.

They would be built using small satellites called Cubesats and positioned about 280 miles up.

The reaction from astronomers and others has been overwhelmingly negative.

However, given the fact that most people live in light polluted cities and don’t bother to look at constellations anyway one wonders if this idea would be met with some enthusiasm after all.

3. An article published on WeTalkUAV on January 18th asks the question, “Are drones the new UFOs?”.

The article links to another published two days earlier on Slate, entitled “Drones Are the New Flying Saucers.”

It’s a good question and I’m sure a lot of UFO sightings can be explained by the use of drones flying at low altitude.

I asked the same questions a year ago in my video, “Drones And UFOs – Why Some (But Not All) UFO Sightings Can Be Explained By Unmanned Aviation”. UAV probably do account for some UFO sightings, often accidentally but also sometimes deliberately.

It’s possible to identify astronomical phenomena and aircraft, but it’s less easy to rule out slow moving lights above the tree line.

So a lot of that shaky footage you see uploaded to UFO groups could be a new stealth aircraft, an alien scout ship, or a drone.

4. This year Singapore Airlines is celebrating 60 years of flying to Hong Kong.

If you know your airline history you’ll quickly point out that Singapore Airlines was launched in 1972, so only 46 years ago.

Prior to that it was Malayan Airways and in 1958 it started flying a 55 seat Douglas DC-4 Skymaster to Hong Kong twice a week.

Malayan Airways became Malaysia Airways in 1963 and the following year it was renamed again – Malaysia-Singapore Airlines, when Singapore split from Malaysia.

The final separation into two airlines occurred six years later, and Malaysia Airlines and Singapore Airlines evolved.

From the Douglas DC-4 Skymaster to the Airbus A380 – things have changed a lot in the past 60 years.

That’s all for this edition of Redspan Aviation News. I look forward to bringing you more about the fascinating world of aviation and space exploration soon.

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