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November 09, 2022

Sikorsky-DARPA Autonomous Black Hawk Flies

A Flight of None...

Lockheed Martin subsidiary Sikorsky and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) have secured the attention and interest of the U.S. Army by successfully demonstrating means by which a Black Hawk helicopter can safely and reliably perform rescue operations and internal and external cargo resupply missions—autonomously. Performed 12, 14, and 18 October as part of the U.S. Army’s Project Convergence 2022 (PC22) experiment, the unmanned Black Hawk flights illustrated how existing and future piloted utility helicopters might soon fly complex missions with reduced crews—if not altogether autonomously. Such capability would afford Army commanders and aviators greater flexibility in planning and executin

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IAI Heron UAV Approved for Flights in EU

Greek Frontex on Track to Deploy Leased UAVs for Maritime Patrol

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency, has granted a permit for the use of Israel Aerospace Industries' Heron 1 UAV to be flown in civilian airspace. The approval was granted through the Greek civilian aviation authority, allowing the system to be used as an operational aircraft in the European Border and Coast Guard Agency. The UAV flights will be carried out in European civil airspace, in accordance with civil flight procedure, with "no military intervention or control."

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Classic Aero-TV: Flying CAF 'FIFI'-Volunteers Keep American Treasure Airworthy

From 2016 (YouTube Version): Hear the Story of the CAF B-29 Named “FIFI”…

While at EAA AirVenture 2016, our ANN video crew headed out to get some shots of the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) B-29, known as “FIFI”. We met up with Steve Zimmerman, who was the aircraft commander for “FIFI” on this year’s trip to AirVenture. Zimmerman provides a great overall background of the airplane, how it flies, and what kind of original equipment it still has installed. As Zimmerman describes the various items, our camera crews do a great job of picking up exact

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