Kaman Helicopters’ K-Max “unmanned aerial truck” has delivered nearly 200,000 pounds of cargo since the helicopter entered service in Afghanistan with the U.S. Marine Corps on December 17. To date, two of the pilotless, heavy-lift helicopters have logged about 100 hours in the skies over Afghanistan on cargo missions.
Training is just getting under way of the first military fixed-wing pilots to be taught to fly in Afghanistan since the early 1990s. The initiation of the first course follows the delivery of three Cessna 182T basic trainers in September, and three Cessna 208B Caravans for advanced instruction on October 22.
Stealthy helicopters and the still-secret RQ-170 Sentinel, a stealthy unmanned or optionally piloted, tailless flying wing, may have played pivotal roles in the raid on Osama Bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan on May 1.
Some in the business aviation industry leave behind their families and jobs to serve in active war zones. In the continuing AIN series intended to recognize those in our community who defend the way of life we continue to enjoy back home, senior editor David A. Lombardo spoke with Constant Aviation general manager Patrick Dougherty about his recent service in Afghanistan with the Alabama National Guard. This is Dougherty’s story.
Greg Alan Caires: Lieutenant, U.S. Naval Reserve, Public Affairs Officer - Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, International Security Assistance Force; v-p of media relations - Cobham
Some in the business aviation community leave behind their families and jobs to serve in active war zones. This month, in the first of a new AIN series intended to recognize those in our community who defend the way of life we continue to enjoy back home, senior editor David A. Lombardo spoke with Sextant Advisory principal Patrick Donaldson about his service in Iraq and Afghanistan with the Arizona Air National Guard.
Responding to mounting criticism of civilian casualties caused by air strikes, the NATO International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) tightened the rules of engagement (RoE) last July.
A report by the international Human Rights Watch (HRW) organization has put further pressure on U.S. and NATO air staffs and troops conducting air strikes in Afghanistan.
Almost half of the UK’s General Aviation Manufacturers & Traders Association (GAMTA) members have declared themselves to be less optimistic about business prospects than they were 12 months ago. In survey results published at the group’s annual conference on March 6, only 16 percent said they are now more optimistic than they were when the last survey was taken in March last year, six months after September 11.
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