Here is Redspan Aviation News #29.
1. On Saturday March 2nd a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the Crew Dragon demo successfully took off from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
This test flight is intended to prove that the Crew Dragon is capable of reliably and safely carrying astronauts to and from the International Space Station.
The tense silence of countdown and lift-off were replaced by loud cheers a few seconds after launch and again at the point of main engine cut-off and stage separation.
The Crew Dragon is a successor to SpaceX’s cargo Dragon and the first crewed mission aboard this spacecraft is planned for July this year.
That mission, SpX-DM2 (SpaceX Demonstration Mission 2) will involve a crew of two and if successful it will be the first time in eight years that the USA has sent astronauts to the ISS from US soil.
Since the last such mission (STS-135) in 2011 when the Space Shuttle Atlantis flew for the final time, crews and supplies to the ISS have travelled in Soyuz vehicles launched in Baikonur, Kazakhstan.
These are exciting times and 50 years after the lunar landings of 1969 it is fitting that space exploration gets a boost in development.
2. Are you an aspiring professional pilot? Do you already hold a CPL/IR or ATPL and are you looking for your first job or a change of employer?
Pilot Careers Live are holding several exhibitions in Europe this year. The first, in Dublin, was last weekend. The next will be at the Hilton Hotel, Frankfurt, on the 9th March.
There is another at the Sofitel Hotel, Terminal 5, Heathrow on the 6th April, and another at the NH Collection Madrid Eurobuilding
At these events you can meet pilot training academies from the UK, mainland Europe, USA and beyond.
There will also be representatives from the military air forces including the RAF, Army Air Corps and Fleet Air Arm.
Others offering their advice and guidance include universities, pilots, former students, and representatives from the airlines.
For more details and to register for any of these exhibitions visit http://pilotcareernews.com.
3. Among the many commemorative events to be held this year there will be a D-Day 75 event at Solent Airport, Daedalus on the weekend of the 8th and 9th June.
There will be two days of music, children’s activities, and of course aircraft on display to commemorate 75 years since the D-Day landings.
Solent Airport was formerly HMS Daedalus and played a key role in the D-Day landings.
In the run up to Operation Overlord in June 1944, Daedalus became the base for 10 squadrons and 1 flight.
These comprised six Fleet Air Arm and RAF squadrons on Spitfire/Seafire; 3 on P-51 Mustangs; 1 on both Mustangs and Typhoons, one squadron on Spitfires.
On D-Day itself Daedalus was the busiest air station on the south coast involved principally with gun-spotting and fighter-reconnaissance.
The airfield deployed a total of 400 aircraft during the operation. The event will be open from 10am to 5pm on Saturday 8th and from 10am to 4pm on Sunday 9th.
Ticket details will be announced soon.
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