Innovation in vertical lift flight took place as Sikorsky Aircraft announced the successful first flight of their S-97 RAIDER helicopter. This unique machine features a rigid coaxial rotor prototype designed to demonstrate a game-changing combination of maneuverability, hover ability, range, speed, endurance and survivability. During the first test flight, which lasted approximately an hour, it performed a series of maneuvers designed to test the aircraft's hover and low-speed capability. Virgin Galactic reported last week that the second SpaceShipTwo had been lowered onto its landing gear in a hangar in California. The spacecraft intended to carry paying passengers on sub-orbital flights was already in development when a tragic accident resulted in the destruction of the first SpaceShipTwo on October 31 last year during a powered test flight. In a report issued on Airborne Unlimited earlier this month, we told the story of a concern for aircraft noise in Longmont, Colorado. The complaints came from a small but vocal group of citizens that had formed together calling themselves, Citizens for Quiet Skies. Their complaint was that a local skydiving operation, known as the Mile-Hi Skydiving Center, was creating excessive noise as their Twin Otter aircraft traversed near residential areas. In a 13 page ruling last week, the Judge denied every claim brought by the plaintiffs against Mile-Hi Skydiving. According to a report, the basis for the ruling rests on a foundation in federal laws and regulations regarding airplane noise. As expected, no evidence was found that violations has taken place. All this... and MORE in today's episode of Airborne!!!
Airborne 05.26.15 is chock full of info in this Daily news episode for Tuesday, May 26th, 2015... Presented by Aero-TV veteran videographer and Airborne Host Brianne Cross, and supported by ANN CEO/Editor-In-Chief Jim Campbell, Chief Videographer Nathan Cremisino, and Aero-Journalists Tom Patton, and Earl Downs, this episode covers:
S-97 Raider Starts Flight Test Program
Second SpaceShipTwo Sits On Its Own Landing Gear
Colorado NIMBYs Defeated... For Now
Sprite UAV Targets Hikers, Outdoorsmen, Photographers
Actress Sought Help From USAF Airmen Preparing For 'Grounded' Role
Australian Air Force Pilot Flies First Partner F-35 Sortie
Security Expert Claims He Hacked Into ISS Controls
DuPage Airport Named 2015 Illinois Reliever Airport of the Year
North Dakota Road Show Demos UAVs' Many Use Cases
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