Monthly Archives: November 2011

X2 TECHNOLOGY™ demonstrator

Product Innovation Historically, vertical flight has required a compromise between hover performance and forward speed. If you look at efficiency vs. speed image on the right; the desired helicopter attributes (good hover efficiency, low speed controllability, low downwash, hover endurance) fall to the left of the plot. High disk loading aircraft such as Harriers and […]

Stealthy Upward: Mobility

By BRIAN McFADDEN The nation’s rich are taking a clandestine approach to living in luxury.

U.S. deploys the Switchblade Kamikaze Drone

By Mike Hanlon   U.S. deploys the Switchblade Kamikaze Drone U.S.Forces in Iraq and Afghanistan are beginning initial deployment of the Switchblade unmanned aerial system (UAS). A product of AeroVironment, the aircraft is light enough to be man-packable, simple enough to be deployed in minutes and can fly off over the horizon sending back video. […]

HBC Protests Light Attack News, Embraer Waits

f.r3_at6_brochure_flipbook While Hawker Beechcraft has lodged a protest with the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) over the U.S. Air Force’s decision to exclude the company from the Light Air Support (LAS) competition, the rival team of Sierra Nevada Corp. and Embraer say they have heard nothing from the service about the status of their proposal. […]

GE H80-Powered L410 Makes First Flight

L410_Brochure_English Electric’s long-term plan to develop the H80 turboprop into a challenger to the Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6 has taken another step forward with the first flight of an H80-powered L410 commuter aircraft. The 40-minute flight of the Aircraft Industries L410-UVP-E20 took place in Kunovice in the Czech Republic on Nov. 16. Certification for […]

Ahrlac – Reconnaissance Aircraft

The Advanced High-Performance Reconnaissance Light Aircraft (AHRLAC) is a revolutionary new South African-designed and developed aircraft, destined for a significant role in a wide range of civilian and military tasks around the world. Click here for the AHRLAC Fact Sheet Click here for the AHRLAC Technical Specification Document Developed by Africa’s largest privately held defence […]

United Launch Alliance Completes Crucial Milestone Toward Certifying Atlas V for Human Spaceflight

Centennial, Colo. (Nov. 22, 2011) – United Launch Alliance (ULA) today announced the completion of a key milestone that could lead toward the certification of the Atlas V launch vehicle for human spaceflight. ULA has successfully completed the second required major performance milestone of its Commercial Crew Development (CCDev) Unfunded Space Act Agreement. The Design […]