Entries by Brian Sullivan

FAA Rule Clears Path for Supersonic Flight Tests

by Kerry Lynch Supersonic airliner developer Boom is planning to flight test its XB-1 supersonic demonstrator to gather data that would be used in the development of the Mach 2.2 Overture airliner. (Photo: Boom Supersonic) The FAA took another step toward facilitating the development of civil supersonic aircraft with the release of a final rule today that clarifies procedures […]

US Black Hawks could see robot co-pilots in 2021

By DAVE MAKICHUK What exactly is it? The US Army and Sikorsky are converting a pair of UH-60 Black Hawks to use cutting-edge automation and fly-by-wire controls, with side-by-side formation flights, Breaking Defense reported. Sikorsky’s automation work has been partially funded for several years by DARPA, which calls the program ALIAS, Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation System. Still don’t get it? We’re […]

Why this space age airplane could change flying forever

(CNN) —It looks like a spaceship, runs on fuel that up until a few years ago experts were calling “crazy,” and has barely left the drawing board, but in the eyes of one of the world’s leading aircraft manufacturers, it’s undoubtedly the future. Not even the distant future. Airbus hopes we’ll be soaring into the […]

Nav Canada tests remote air traffic services

Nav Canada is partnering with Ottawa-based Searidge Technologies in a trial that involves flight service specialists in Saint John, N.B., providing real-time aerodrome advisory services (AAS) to Fredericton International Airport (YFC). Sitting in a darkened room at Saint John Airport, the flight service station (FSS) specialists peer at three monitors connected to eight cameras installed […]

“The F-117 force’s presence over the southwestern U.S. has greatly expanded in recent years. Now it appears to have taken on a formal aggressor role”.

The F-117 Nighthawk’s story just gets richer with age. Over the last half-decade, we have seen a consistent expansion of flying operations by the supposedly retired stealth attack jets. Although I have long posited that the F-117s that are still flying would be involved in aggressor operations, the Air Force’s demand for low-observable adversary capabilities […]

Pilots try out new helmet display in F-16V flight tests

An American-made F-16V releases flares during a military exercise in Taichung. Taiwan, on July 16, 2020. (Sam Yeh/AFP via Getty Images) JERUSALEM — Recent flight tests of the F-16V fighter jet incorporated a new version of the pilot’s helmet that introduces a visor with optical inertial trackers and is designed to provide improved durability, accuracy […]