Aviation News, Space Stories, Drone Dispatches, UFO Rumours #23

Aviation News, Space Stories, Drone Dispatches, UFO Rumours #23

It’s Monday January 14th and here is Redspan Aviation News #23.

In this edition:

1. Lessons learned from the 1989 Kegworth air disaster.

2. Drones help India’s Government tackle illegal sand mining.

3. SpaceX launches 10 Iridium satellites and completes the deal.

4. More sightings of the mysterious black triangle UFOs.

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. Air safety continues to evolve as lessons are learned from every incident whether it’s a minor mistake on a local airfield or a major disaster involving loss of life.

The meticulous investigations by bodies like the AAIB ensure that causes are determined and from them improvements can be made, not just in aircraft design but also in procedures, communications, and human factors.

The 8th January 2019 marked the thirtieth anniversary of the Kegworth air disaster in which 47 people died and 74 suffered serious injuries.

British Midland Flight 92, a Boeing 737-400 (G-OBME), was attempting an emergency landing at East Midlands Airport (EGNX) when it crashed onto the embankment of the M1 motorway which passes very close to the runway’s end.

The aircraft was on a scheduled flight from Heathrow to Belfast when a fan blade broke off in the port engine. Due to a variation on the 737-400 type the flight crew mistakenly believed that it was the starboard engine that had the problem.

Consequently they shut the starboard engine and pumped more fuel to the port engine with disastrous consequences.

No less that 31 recommendations were made in the report that followed the investigation, stipulating improvements in aircraft safety and emergency instructions for passengers.

The recommendations also included better communication protocols between the cabin and air crews, and the passengers themselves.

2. The illegal extraction of sand from the river beds of India is being reduced thanks to the use of drones.

However, as much of the extraction occurs at night the drones have been unable to spot the theft during the hours of darkness.

But thanks to the Centre for Aerospace at the Madras Institute of Technology, fixed-wing UAV with infrared capability are now on their way.

Currently, they are using quadcopters for the surveillance and the criminals have been able to track the vehicles of those piloting the drones.

The Indian government’s Geology & Mining Department will now be able to deploy fixed-wing UAV with infrared cameras, and with longer range and endurance.

They are confident that this will increase the success rate of their missions leading to more fines and FIRs.

3. A previously used SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched the final 10 Iridium Next satellites into orbit on January 11th.

This successful mission marks the end of a two year contract that included a total of 8 launches.

With the final 10 satellites in place Iridium Next will have their new network 66 satellites ready for testing.

This network replaces the previous one and gradually those satellites will be decommissioned and brought out of orbit.

Not only will the new network bring about improvements in broadband services but it will also help with the monitoring of aircraft equipped with Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) systems.

And of course it also demonstrates once again how SpaceX are delivering on their promises.

4. Finally, the new year has kicked-off with yet more sightings of the mysterious black triangle UFOs.

If you’ve not seen it there’s a video on my channel entitled, “TR-3A Black Manta, TR-3B Astra – What are these black triangle UFOs?” which explores the subject in more detail.

So far this year there have been reports in; Chilliwack, British Columbia; Garden City, Texas; Omagh, Northern Ireland; Atlanta, Georgia; Franklin, Indiana, and Wichita, Kansas.

Of course, a reported sighting means nothing without investigation and genuine photos or video.

Internet UFO groups and YouTube are awash with fakes but now and again the observer manages to capture something worthy of attention.

Cynics may argue that with the millions of cameras now operating in our towns and cities, whether they are phones, dash-cams, or security cameras, there would be more evidence.

The fact is that there is ample data to investigate but the waters are clouded by all the fakery and misidentification of astronomical, meteorological, or aeronautical phenomena.

If there is no government funding for UFO research it’s left to the amateur groups to sift through all this data.

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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What Are Drones Used For? 31 Uses For Flying Drones and UAV.  From Aerial Photography to Warfare

What Are Drones Used For? 31 Uses For Flying Drones and UAV. From Aerial Photography to Warfare

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What are drones used for? 31 uses for drones compiled by http://benlovegrove.com

Drones or UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) are being employed in ever increasing areas of life. It seems barely a week goes by without new uses for drones being imagined and realised. So here is our list. If you can think of any we’ve missed then please add a comment at the foot of this page.

Aerial Photography
If there’s one thing most people consider when they think of uses for drones it is aerial photography. It’s a huge field with lots of spin-offs and niche areas. It’s the basis of the whole civil UAV industry and the entry point for most, if not all, drone pilots. Drone aerial photography and filming is an industry and a service in itself.

Film and TV Footage
Film and TV companies were very quick to take advantage of the burgeoning drone technology. They tend to have larger budgets for new equipment and the latest gadgets. The footage and shots achievable from hexacopters and octocopters carrying broadcast grade cameras have proved they justify the investment.

Perhaps you can remember that most aerial shots on TV dramas and documentaries were either created using a camera boom or captured from the helicopter. Now, drone footage is commonplace and while booms and helicopters still have their uses the new aerial footage has added much to these programs.

Aerial Mapping
There was a time when Google Earth and Google Maps was the state of the art but there is so much more to do with mapping the planet’s surface. Drones designed and equipped for mapping and programmed to fly in grid patterns are slowly building up a very detailed picture of our home planet.

Archaeological Digs & Research
It’s long been known that aerial photos can reveal clues about the history hidden in the landscape. Some sites are only fully appreciated from the air. You only have to think of the Nazca plains in Peru. One of the many uses for drones is in the field of archaeological research.

Time, weather, and budget can prohibit the use of manned aircraft at a site but a quick scan of the area from 300 feet using a small drone can be like switching on a light. Suddenly all is revealed and made clear.

Filming Marine Wildlife
No doubt you’ve seen in the press or on social media those spectacular shots of pods of whales or a mother and calf, shot from a few hundred feet. It has given us a view that was denied to most of us a few years ago.

Apart from the spectacle there are all kinds of research advantages enabled by the use of drones at sea. Drones can be launched from the shore but the real benefits are out on the open ocean.

However, drone pilots at sea need to have particularly good handling and navigation skills. There are few options for emergency landings and even if you’ve flown the UAV back to base you may have to land it on a moving vessel. Some have learned the hard way that this is not easy and watched as their precious drone lands not safely on deck but in the water.

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