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Thu, May 28, 2020

Airbus A400M Achieves Automatic Low Level Flight Certification

Certification Campaign Was Performed Above The Pyrenees And Central France

The Airbus A400M new generation airlifter has achieved a new milestone after the certification of its Automatic Low Level Flight capability, offering a unique in its class capability for a military transport aircraft. The certification campaign, performed in April above the Pyrenees and central France, involved operations down to 500ft, including transitions from low level flight to other operations like aerial delivery. 

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Wed, May 27, 2020

Russians Won't Play Nice... But They Do 'Stupid' Really Well

Third Unsafe Intercept by Russia in U.S. Sixth Fleet in Two Months

For the third time in two months, Russian pilots flew in an unsafe and unprofessional manner while intercepting a U.S. Navy P-8A Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft in U.S. Sixth Fleet, May 26, 2020. On May 26, 2020, a U.S. Navy P-8A aircraft was flying in the Eastern Mediterranean over international waters and was intercepted by two Russian Su-35 aircraft over a period of 65 minutes. The intercept was determined to be unsafe and unprofessional due to the Russian pilots taking close station on each wing of the P-8A simultaneously, restricting the P-8A’s ability to safely maneuver. The unnecessary actions of the Russian Su-35 pilots were inconsistent with good airmanship and international flight rules, and jeopardized the safety of flight of both aircraft.

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Wed, May 27, 2020

Certification Flight Testing Commences For Black Hawk-Genesys Cockpit Suite

Certification Nearing Completion Of Modernization Of Black Hawks By XP Services

Genesys Aerosystems and XP Services have commenced certification flight testing, reportedly the final phase in the certification process of the Genesys avionics suite for the UH-60A and EH-60A Black Hawk. After many months of ground and flight testing, XP Services and Genesys Aerosystems are jointly testing the final version of the cockpit architecture to achieve the FAA STC this summer.   The Genesys avionics suite in the Black Hawk is comprised of four MIL-STD qualified IDU-680s, dual ADAHRS, dual GPS receivers, dual digital COM/NAV radios, and 3-Axis IFR HeliSAS Stability Augmentation System and Autopilot. At the heart of the NVG-compatible avionics suite is the IDU-680 featuring redundant Flight Management System (FMS), radio/audio management, and Helicopter Terrain Awareness and Warning System (HTAWS). The Genesys suite includes an open architecture capability for interfacing with special-mission equipment.

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Wed, May 27, 2020

AD: Pilatus PC-6 Series

AD 2020-11-06 For Flap Actuator Taper Pins That Were Not Swaged During The Manufacturing Process

The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Pilatus Aircraft Ltd. Model PC-6, PC-6/350, PC-6/350-H1, PC-6/350-H2, PC-6/A, PC-6/A-H1, PC-6/A-H2, PC-6/B-H2, PC-6/B1-H2, PC-6/B2-H2, PC-6/B2-H4, PC-6/C-H2, PC-6/C1-H2, PC-6-H1, and PC-6-H2 airplanes. This AD results from mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) issued by an aviation authority of another country to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product. The MCAI describes the unsafe condition as flap actuator taper pins that were not swaged during the manufacturing process. The FAA is issuing this AD to require actions to address the unsafe condition on these products. This AD is effective June 30, 2020.

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Tue, May 26, 2020

Navy Laser v Drone... Drone Loses

USS Portland Conducts Laser Weapon System Demonstrator Test

Amphibious transport dock ship USS Portland (LPD 27) successfully disabled an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) with a Solid State Laser - Technology Maturation Laser Weapon System Demonstrator (LWSD) MK 2 MOD 0 on May 16. LWSD is a high-energy laser weapon system demonstrator developed by the Office of Naval Research and installed on Portland for an at-sea demonstration. LWSD's operational employment on a Pacific Fleet ship is the first system-level implementation of a high-energy class solid-state laser. The laser system was developed by Northrup Grumman, with full System and Ship Integration and Testing led by NSWC Dahlgren and Port Hueneme. 

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Mon, May 25, 2020

High Tech Thinking Breathes New Life Into Aging Army Helicopter Fleet

Program Captures A 3-D Scan Of Each Structural Part

The Army is turning to “digital-twin” technology to resolve challenges and boost efficiencies for its enduring fleet of Black Hawk helicopters. As a first step in this endeavor, an operational Black Hawk helicopter and a separate fuselage began an 800-mile journey Tuesday from Corpus Christi Army Depot in Texas to Wichita, Kansas. Through a partnership between the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command, the Strategic Capabilities Office within the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and Wichita State University, researchers at the National Institute of Aviation Research (NIAR) will create a virtual model of a UH-60L Black Hawk helicopter. Researchers will completely disassemble one of the airframes from Corpus Christi and capture a 3-D scan of each structural part, creating a virtual model – or digital twin – of the workhorse of Army aviation.

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