Entries by Brian Sullivan

F/A-18E/F Super Hornet

Service: USN Speed: Mach 1.7 Range: 1,275 nm Armament: One M61A1/A2; AIM 9 Sidewinder, AIM-9X, AIM 7 Sparrow, AIM-120 AMRAAM, Harpoon, Harm, SLAM, SLAM-ER, Maverick missiles; Joint Stand-Off Weapon; Joint Direct Attack Munition; Data Link Pod; Paveway Laser Guided Bomb The F/A-18E/F Super Hornet is the U.S. Navy’s primary strike and air superiority aircraft. It […]

How Air Traffic Control Co-Ordinates Arrivals

Busy airports have aircraft landing constantly – more than one a minute at the busiest. How are all these landings controlled? The well-developed solution lies in the passing of aircraft between different air traffic control centers. By the time they arrive for approach at the airport, they should be well planned, spaced, informed and ready […]

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 […]