Guadalajara, cuna de la Aeronáutica española - 2010

domingo, 10 de octubre de 2010

Del 13 al 22 de noviembre de 2010 el Colegio de Ingenieros de Caminos, Canales y Puertos y el Colegio de Ingenieros Aeronáuticos organizan un ciclo de conferencias, una exposición, y un concurso de aeromodelismo.

Se conmemora el centenario del primer vuelo de Mauvais entre Ciudad Lineal y Los Manantiales, y se rinde homenaje a Leonardo Torres Quevedo, Juan de la Cierva Codorniú, Federico Cantero Villamil y Jorge Loring Martínez, todos ellos Ingenieros de Caminos.

Guadalajara Octubre2010 Cuna Aviacion Española



FAA Proposes New Rules For Helicopters

The FAA is set to propose a broad set of rules intended to improve the safety of helicopter operations that would require additional equipment, training and communications, bring changes to flight rules, and much more. The FAA's proposals cover air ambulance, commercial helicopter, Part 91 and Part 135 helicopter operations. They attempt to specifically reduce accidents that involve controlled flight into terrain, obstacle collisions, night accidents, and those due to inadvertent flight into IMC

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Air Ambulance and Commercial Helicopter Operations, Part 91 Helicopter Operations,
and Part 135 Aircraft Operations; Safety Initiatives and Miscellaneous Amendments Full text [pdf]

SUMMARY: This proposed rule addresses air ambulance and commercial helicopter operations, part 91 helicopter operations, and load manifest requirements for all part 135 aircraft. From 2002 to 2008, there has been an increase in fatal helicopter air ambulance accidents. To address these safety concerns, the FAA is proposing to implement operational procedures and require additional equipment on board helicopter air ambulances. Many of these proposed requirements currently are found in agency guidance publications and would address National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) safety recommendations. Some of these safety concerns are not unique to the helicopter air ambulance industry and affect all commercial helicopter operations. Accordingly, the FAA also is proposing to amend regulations pertaining to all commercial helicopter operations conducted under part 135 to include equipment requirements, pilot training, and alternate airport weather minima. The changes are intended to provide certificate holders and pilots with additional tools and procedures that will aid in preventing accidents.


Israel compra a EEUU una veintena de aviones de combate F-35

Israel ha firmado un contrato por valor de 2.750 millones de dólares (algo menos de 2.000 millones de euros) para la compra a Estados Unidos de una veintena de aviones de combate F-35 fabricados por la compañía estadounidenses Lockheed Martin.

Israel se convierte así en el primer país que adquiere este modelo sin pertenecer al grupo de nueve estados que lo desarrollaron. El Ejército hebreo ha anunciado que recibirá los aviones entre 2015 y 2017, pero el director general del Ministerio de Defensa, Ehud Shani, cree que la entrega comenzará en 2016.

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'Panther' Tilt-Rotor UAV Debuts In Israel

IAI says he Panther combines the flight capabilities of an airplane with helicopter-like hovering, a tilt-rotor propeller, and a fixed wing vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) system, which enable a runway-free takeoff and landing on an unprepared area. The unique concept has been patented by IAI.

An innovative automatic flight control system controls the transitions between the hovering takeoff phase to forward flight and then back to hover before landing. The Panther takes off and lands autonomously, which eliminates the need for an external pilot.

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Snecma prepares to test new Aircelle nacelle demonstrator

Safran subsidiary Aircelle has delivered a nacelle demonstrator designed to evaluate potential noise reduction and enhancements to aircraft efficiency.
t features an all-composite laminar-flow air inlet plus special acoustic treatment on interior surfaces, and components produced with new manufacturing processes such as thermoplastic forming.

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El centro de simulación de pilotos de Airbus se inaugurará la próxima semana

El acto prevé contar con la presencia del presidente de Airbus Military, Domingo Ureña Raso, y del consejero de Economía, Innovación y Ciencia de la Junta de Andalucía, Antonio Ávila.

En estas instalaciones, que contarán con los equipos de simuladores de misión y dispositivos de entrenamiento más avanzados, se formarán tanto los pilotos como los mecánicos del avión de transporte militar A400M, cuyo proyecto de ensamblaje final se realiza en la factoría de Airbus Military, junto al Aeropuerto de San Pablo.


VIDEO: Sikorsky X2 Helicopter Reaches 250kt


Video descriptrion (from Youtube):

Sikorsky video of the Sep. 15, 2010 test flight during which its X2 Technology coaxial-rotor helicopter demonstrator achieved its 250kt speed goal. Conventional helicopters cruise at around 150kt. The X2 reached 260kt in a shallow dive as is expected to exceed 250kt in level flight once a sail fairing is fitted between the upper and lower rotors to reduce drag further.

X2 uses a single T800 engine to power both the rotors and the tail-mounted variable-pitch propeller, which provides forward thrust to enable the high speed. Other technologies include fly-by-wire flight controls and active vibration control. As the video opens you see a full-scale mockup of Sikorsky's proposed X2 Light Tactical Helicopter in the hangar.

Related: Sikorsky X2 Technology™ Demonstrator Achieves 250-Knot Speed Milestone


The Future Of Airborne ISR May Really Be Hot Air (aerostats)

The future of airborne ISR may really be a lot of hot air. The first generation of a new type of unmanned platform is already being deployed. These new platforms are balloons, or more accurately aerostats. An aerostat is a tethered blimp that is filled with helium so it is lighter-than-air. Think of the old World War II barrage balloons. Except these are smart balloons with a sensor suite that can include electro-optical and infrared cameras, radar, sound and flash detectors and laser rangefinders/target designators. In addition, the ground control and intelligence center for each aerostat uses advanced computer software to do automated target recognition. The average aerostat carries a 200-500 pound payload and operates at between 1,000 and 2,500 feet. At the latter height it can find targets out to a distance of 200 kilometers. If unmolested, the aerostat can stay aloft for days.


Heavy-lifting balloons: A new type of balloon may make delivering people and provisions to inaccessible places easier

Heavy-transport helicopters, such as the Mil Mi-26 or Sikorsky S-64 Skycrane, address some of these difficulties, but their payloads are limited to 20 and nine tonnes, respectively, and the huge rotors create a powerful downdraft that makes handling that payload rather tricky.

The company is developing a piloted dirigible capable of carrying loads of up to 150 tonnes over distances as great as 2,000km (1,240 miles) at a speed of 45 knots (83kph). This would permit the craft to transport not just hefty components, but entire buildings, to remote areas. The company envisages modules ranging from rural hospitals and disaster-relief centres to luxury airborne cruise ships.

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