tirsdag 22. mai 2018

Harry og Meghan i en E-type Jag med el. drift

Dette er som en Spitfire uten Merlin. Vakker bil; vakkert fly, men motoren da, for søren....

mandag 21. mai 2018

USS Harry S. Truman på jobb i Middelhavet - FighterSweep.com video

Picture of the Day: US Navy ‘Red Shirt’ Ordnancemen Operating on the USS Harry S. Truman

Sailors move ordnance on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman in the Mediterranean Sea, May 15, 2018, while supporting Operation Inherent Resolve.
Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Thomas Gooley

Kina opptrer aggressivt i Sør Kina Havet - BBC video

China lands bombers on South China Sea outpost for first time

by Jesse Johnson
Staff Writer

China has landed heavy bombers on one of its outposts in the South China Sea for the first time, part of an operation intended to provide “experience for Air Force bomber units to use islands as their bases,” according to the Defense Ministry.
China sent several advanced H-6K bombers from an undisclosed air base in southern China for “a simulated strike against sea targets before landing on an island in the South China Sea,” an air force statement published on the Defense Ministry’s website said late Friday.

The statement did not say where the landing drills took place, but experts confirmed that the bombers had conducted the exercises on Woody Island — China’s largest base in the Paracel chain in the South China Sea — and not the airfields it has built on reclaimed land in the disputed Spratly chain further south.
The division involved in the exercise has taken part in earlier patrols over the western Pacific Ocean and South China Sea, the statement added.
It quoted Wang Mingliang, a researcher at the People’s Liberation Army Air Force Command College, as saying that the takeoff and landing exercises on its South China Sea islands will bolster the air force’s combat capabilities in terms of dealing with maritime security threats.
Beijing has built up a series of military outposts in the South China Sea as it seeks to reinforce effective control of much of the waterway. The Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Taiwan and Brunei have overlapping claims.
It has also built seven man-made islets in the Spratlys, with three — Fiery Cross, Subi and Mischief Reefs — all boasting military-grade airfields, despite a 2015 pledge by Chinese President Xi Jinping not to further militarize them. In 2016, large jetliners from Chinese airlines carried out landings and takeoffs using airports on the three islets.
Washington has lambasted Beijing for the moves, fearing the outposts could be used to restrict free movement in the waterway — which includes vital sea lanes through which about $3 trillion in global trade passes each year — and has conducted several so-called freedom of navigation exercises in the area.
Media reports earlier this month said China had secretly installed anti-ship cruise missiles and surface-to-air missile systems on the three fortified outposts, a charge Beijing has not denied. That deployment came on the heels of China’s recent installation in the waterway of military jamming equipment, which disrupts communications and radar systems.
A Pentagon spokesman said Saturday that “the United States remains committed to a free and open Indo-Pacific.”
“We have seen these same reports and China’s continued militarization of disputed features in the South China Sea only serves to raise tensions and destabilize the region,” Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Christopher Logan said in an email.
The Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI) at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) think tank in Washington said on its website Friday that the combat radius of China’s H-6 bombers — nearly 1000 nautical miles (1,850 km) — “means even China’s basic bombers taking off from Woody Island could cover the entire South China Sea.”
The H-6K is an upgraded version of the H-6, which is itself a Chinese-built variation of the 1950s-era Soviet Tupolev Tu-16 Badger.
“Nearly all of the Philippines falls within the radius of the bombers, including Manila and all five Philippine military bases earmarked for development under the U.S.-Philippines Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement,” AMTI said. “An H-6K, with its technical upgrades giving it a combat radius of nearly 1900 nautical miles, would dwarf this radius, putting all of Southeast Asia in range of flights from Woody Island.”
It added that future deployments to the “Big 3” in the Spratlys would bring Singapore and much of Indonesia within range of even China’s lower-end bombers, while the H-6Ks could reach northern Australia — and even U.S. defense facilities on the island of Guam.
As global attention has been fixated on the North Korean nuclear crisis since early last year, China has further fortified its South China Sea islets in a bid to create fully functioning air and naval bases, experts say.
It has completed or is close to completing a number of structures, including administrative buildings, improved hangars, missile shelters, underground storage areas, and large radar and sensor arrays.
Many of its projects in the Spratlys are conducted “following the example of their prior operations in the Paracels,” said Bonnie Glaser, who heads the China Power Project at CSIS.
“So I would expect that eventually H-6K bombers will land on the Spratlys as well. The hardened aircraft shelters on the Big 3 are large enough to accommodate bombers.”
Last month, U.S. Navy Adm. Philip Davidson, the expected nominee to replace outgoing U.S. Pacific Command chief Adm. Harry Harris, described China’s increased presence in the South China Sea as “a substantial challenge to U.S. military operations in this region.”
“The only thing lacking are the deployed forces. Once occupied, China will be able to extend its influence thousands of miles to the south and project power deep into Oceania,” Davidson said in written testimony to the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee.
“In short, China is now capable of controlling the South China Sea in all scenarios short of war with the United States,” he added.
Glaser said that the moves by Beijing were part of “their own strategic plan,” and not a bid to send messages to the region or to the United States.
“They plan to gain greater control over the South China Sea and seek to do so in peacetime as well as in wartime,” she said.

Norwegian og IAG - Nytt bud forberedes - ABCNyheter

Spansk avis sier IAG forbereder nytt bud på Norwegian

Luftfartskonsernet IAG forbereder et nytt bud på Norwegian, ifølge en spansk avis. Ryanair avviser at de er interessert.
Expansion skriver om det mulige nye budet, men uten å vise til noen kilder, skriver E24. Ifølge den spanske avisen forbereder det spansk-britiske konsernet et bud på 330 kroner per aksje. Det er rundt 80 kroner mer enn Norwegian-aksjen ble omsatt for på Oslo Børs fredag, og gir et samlet bud på rundt 12,3 milliarder kroner.
Nyheten kommer kort tid etter at IAG-sjef Willie Walsh sa at han ikke ser på Norwegian som noe han «må» kjøpe.
– Vi har uttrykt interesse. Om de ikke vil bli kjøpt av IAG, fint. Jeg har ikke tenkt å gjøre noe fiendtlig, det er ikke min stil, sa Walsh til Reuters på en flykonferanse.
Aktuelt: Kjos lover bedre tider for Norwegian

– En fallende kniv

Ryanairs sjef Michael O'Leary sier at det ikke er aktuelt for hans selskap å gi IAG kamp om det norske flyselskapet.
– Noen sammenligner det å investere i Norwegian med å fange en fallende kniv. Det er jeg enig i, sier O'Leary i et intervju med Bloomberg.
Norwegian omtaler uttalelsene som useriøse.

Aktuelt: Kjos lover bedre tider for Norwegian

Vil ikke satse i Norge

I forbindelse med at Ryanair la fram sitt kvartalsresultat, sa O'Leary også at det irske selskapet ikke ser på Norge og Sverige som satsingsområder, men at basen i København kan bli gjenåpnet.
– Vår satsing i Skandinavia vil være fra København og i Danmark. Det er ikke aktuelt å satse mer i Norge eller Sverige hvor de fortsetter å legge på miljøskatt på fly, sa Michael O'Leary i selskapets kvartalspresentasjon mandag ifølge Nettavisen.

lørdag 19. mai 2018

El.fly - Norge først og størst, er utsagnet til Avinorsjefen - TU

Undertegnede er en del mer kritisk, for å si det veldig mildt. Tester i utlandet, bl.a. hos velrennomerte DARPA, viser at veien, for ikke å si bakken, frem er veldig lang og bratt. Batteriene skaper problemer med kortslutninger i celler, elektriske utladninger/lynnedslag skaper problemer etc. Vil Avinor bekoste utviklingen? Neppe. Dermed må private investorer gå inn i dette tvilsomme prosjektet. OK, det vil sikkert gå i orden, men etter hvor lang tid og etter hvilke kostnader? (Red.)
Zunum er en av aktørene som jobber med å utvikle elektriske fly. 
Ill.: Zunum


Norge skal bli først og størst på elektrisk luftfart

Godt hjulpet av et ideelt kortbanenett, grønn elforsyning og en el-entusiastisk befolkning vil Avinor gjøre Norge til et pionerland.

Jordan med en salig blanding flytyper - AIN

Jordan Displays New, Upgraded Aircraft at SOFEX Show

 - May 16, 2018, 8:12 AM
Mi-26T2 on ramp
The RJAF has received its first example of the Russian Helicopters Mi-26T2, having ordered four. (Photo: David Donald)
Spurred partly by the crisis in Syria, with which Jordan shares a long border, and partly by a need to replace and upgrade aging types, the Royal Jordanian Air Force (RJAF) is in the process of receiving new or upgraded aircraft. At the biennial SOFEX special forces show held last week at Amman’s Marka airport, no fewer than eight aircraft types made their public debuts in RJAF colors.
Dominating the static display was the RJAF’s first Mil Mi-26T2 heavy helicopter, which was delivered in January from an order for four. The T2 is the current-production version with a BREO-26 digital avionics suite and a five-screen cockpit, permitting night/all-weather operations by a flight deck crew of two, instead of the five required to fly the original design. The Mi-26 was initially attached to the RJAF’s No. 7 Squadron at Marka, which flies Super Pumas. However, No. 26 Squadron has been formed to fly the Mi-26s.

Chinese CH-4B
The purchase of the Chinese CH-4B allows Jordan to undertake armed UAV operations with weapons such as the AR-1 guided missile, carried on a wing pylon. (Photo: David Donald)

On display for possibly the first time outside China was an example of the CH-4B armed UAV, a Predator-like product of the China Academy of Aerospace Aerodynamics, itself part of the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC). An unknown number has been delivered to Jordan to No. 9 Squadron, which also flies the RJAF’s Schiebel S-100 Camcopter and Leonardo Falco UAVs.
Jordan—along with Egypt, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE—bought the CH-4B primarily because of U.S. restrictions on the sale of armed UAVs in the region. The RJAF is reportedly happy with the CH-4B, and is now talking to CASC—and the Aerospace Long March International Trade company that markets its products—regarding the acquisition of the much larger CH-5, which offers capabilities similar to those of the MQ-9 Reaper.

Iomax/Air Tractor AT-802i light attackers on ramp
The UAE donated six Iomax/Air Tractor AT-802i light attackers to Jordan. The fleet is undergoing an upgrade to allow them to carry heavier weapons. (Photo: David Donald)

Another debutant at SOFEX was the Iomax/Air Tractor AT-802i from the RJAF’s No. 25 Squadron. The aircraft was originally one of the Block 1 light attack/ISR platforms delivered to the UAE, but when the Emiratis acquired a follow-on batch of Thrush-based Iomax Archangel Block 3 aircraft, the Block 1 machines became available for donation, Jordan being gifted six in 2015.
The aircraft on show at SOFEX was the first of the six to have undergone an upgrade that raises it to Block 1B standard. A new weapons control system is installed and the underwing pylons uprated to allow the carriage of heavier weapons. In Jordan’s case, this adds 500-pound GBU-12 Paveway IIs to the existing 250-pound GBU-58s, and the ability to carry pods for laser-guided rockets in addition to the AGM-114 Hellfire missile. The remaining five aircraft are in the process of being modified in Jordan. Under a separate program, the FLIR Systems Brite Star electro-optical turret is being replaced with the L3 Wescam MX-15Di.

AH-1F Cobra on ramp
A dozen of the RJAF’s AH-1F Cobra fleet are receiving a major upgrade, the most obvious external evidence of which is the MX-15Di electro-optical turret in the nose. (Photo: David Donald)

Another Jordanian platform that is being upgraded is the Bell AH-1F Cobra. Twelve helicopters are being modified by Science & Engineering Services (SES) at Huntsville, Alabama, with a Northrop Grumman Integrated Avionics System, as used in the AH-1Z Cobra Zulus of the U.S. Marine Corps. This incorporates a fiber-optic gyro inertial system and two large L3 multifunction displays in each cockpit. The original TSU (television sight unit) is replaced with an MX-15D turret, and the old TOW missiles are replaced by Hellfires and pods capable of firing laser-guided rockets. The BAE Systems APKWS has been selected.
Two upgraded AH-1Fs have been delivered back to Jordan for training, but live-fire tests have still to be completed in the U.S. before the type can be declared operational. It will serve alongside a batch of AH-1Fs that were donated by Israel. Those systems have the Night Targeting System installed in place of the TSU.

M28 Skytruck on ramp
No. 3 Squadron flies two M28 Skytrucks, of which this aircraft has been upgraded to C-145 standard. The second machine is due to have been modified by the end of 2018. (Photo: David Donald)

Also on display was one of No. 3 Squadron’s two PZL-Mielec (Sikorsky) M28 Skytrucks, which are used for light utility work in support of special forces and Jordan’s Quick Reaction Force. One aircraft has undergone a conversion process that brings it to a similar configuration to that of the C-145 used by U.S. Special Operations Command. This includes additional radios, Iridium satellite phone, cargo-handling system, toughened floor, missile warning system, and countermeasures.

PC-21 on ramp
The PC-21 now handles the RJAF’s advanced trainer requirements, replacing Aviojets and a batch of Hawks that were acquired from the UAE. (Photo: David Donald)

Jordan has nearly completed a total renewal of its trainer fleet, and examples of the three new types were on show. For advanced training, the RJAF has ordered 10 Pilatus PC-21s, the first of which was delivered last August to begin the replacement of CASA C101CC Aviojets with No. 11 Squadron. In the meantime, No. 4 Squadron and the Instructor’s School have replaced their Slingsby Fireflies in the basic/instructor training roles with the Grob G 120TP. Fourteen were purchased, of which two were gifted by the German government, and they officially entered service at the King Hussein Air College in April 2017.

Grob G 120TP on ramp
The Grob G 120TP introduces students to a “glass” cockpit environment from the first day of basic training. (Photo: David Donald)

The third new type is the Robinson R44 Raven II, eight of which were bought to replace the Hughes 500D/E with No. 5 Squadron in the initial rotary-wing training role.
Through the recently established Golden Eagle Aviation Academy the RJAF also offers training to foreign air forces. This initially covers rotary-wing training with the R44s, but may be expanded to cover fixed-wing activities at a later date.

Trafikken på Sola for april - Av Jan-Petter Helgesen

Reiselivsnæringen i Rogaland bør merke seg det som fremkommer under. Et samarbeid mellom Sandnes og Stavanger for å få på plass flere utenlandsruter er positivt, men en må også gå på Avinor som ikke greier å få orden på  "Connect Norway" systemet for alle flyselskaper. (Red.)

Utlandstrafikken tørker inn på Sola

Wizzair på Sola - Foto: Ove Hunstok

Passasjertallene på Stavanger lufthavn, Sola, økte i april med 8,6 prosent i forhold til samme måned i fjor. Økningen er ikke reell. Påsken med redusert trafikk var i fjor i april, mens den i år var i mars.


Tross en oppgang i april på hele 17,3 prosent for innenlandstrafikken, er utviklingen skremmende for Sola. Trafikken til utlandet viser fortsatt negativ trend.  Antall reisende til utlandet falt med fire prosent i forhold til samme måned i 2017.

Årsaken er klar. I fjor ble Avinor og SAS enig om å føre flest mulig SAS-passasjerer til utlandet via Oslo lufthavn, Gardermoen. Dette gjør det nesten umulig å bestille europeiske flyreiser på SAS-nettet fra distriktene via Kastrup lufthavn på samme måte som før.

De fleste reisekombinasjoner er lagt opp via Oslo. Dette er både en fordyrende og mer tungvint reisemåte enn da Kastrup var den primære transittflyplass for rogalendinger.
I tillegg kommer det store antall utenlandske flyselskap som har forlatt Sola de siste årene. Borte er både Lufthansa rute til Frankfurt, British Airways til London, Icelandair til Keflavik med hurtige forbindelser til og fra Nord-Amerika, Air France-selskapet Hop til Paris og Eastern til Aberdeen. Også SAS-forretningsrute til Houston forsvant etter 15 måneders drift.

Denne sommeren er det bare lagt opp til et lite antall nye flyginger til utenlandske destinasjoner fra Stavanger. Det ungarske lavprisselskapet Wizzair har startet en rute til og fra Budapest. SAS skal fly en sommerrute til Pula i Kroatia, mens Norwegian også har sommerflyginger til Pula samt Larnaka på Kypros.

Dette programmet er syltynt sammenlignet med Bergen som har fått et stort antatt internasjonale ruter de siste årene. Det samme har Trondheim og til en viss grad Tromsø.
Bergen har for lengst passert Sola i internasjonal trafikk. Værnes utenfor Trondheim er i ferd med å gjøre det samme.

Trafikkveksten på Avinors 46 lufthavner var i april på 7,4 prosent. For årets fire første måneder er veksten for Sola på 2,7 prosent sammenlignet med samme periode i fjoråret.