Synthetic Vision Helps Prevent Controlled Flight Into
GPS technology is being applied to older rotary-wing aircraft to
help save lives, a senior helicopter pilot based at Andrews Air
Force Base, Maryland, said this week. Air Force Col. Peter Mapes
and other pilots at Andrews will install and test advanced GPS
units in some of his squadron's UH-1N "Huey" helicopters.
Newest Air Force Recon Aircraft Has Helped Capture High-Value
Members of the 362nd Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron
serving at Joint Base Balad in Iraq recently reached 1,000 combat
sorties in the MC-12W aircraft only five months after arriving
in-theater. The MC-12 is one of the Air Force's newest platforms
for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.
Pentagon officials are working to halt spiraling costs in the
F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter aircraft program, while
ensuring competition for a new refueling tanker remains fair to all
contenders, Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III said
Says EADS-Northrop Withdrawal A "Blow" To Tanker Program
Pennsylvania Congressman John Murtha (D), chair of the House
Appropriations defense subcommittee, expressed serious concerns
about Northrop Grumman's threat to pull out of the tanker
competition over the wording of the RFP. “I can’t
imagine they can do it without competition,” he said.