QinetiQ and MOD Celebrate ETPS Anniversary
QinetiQ and the UK Ministry of Defense are celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Empire Test Pilots’ School, a world leading facility for training test pilots and flight-test engineers. Established in 1943, ETPS trains flight-test professionals to lead and deliver complex, collaborative experimental trials on all types of fixed- and rotary-wing civil and military aircraft. To mark the anniversary, a number of activities took place on June 14 at the school, including a flight-test symposium with speakers from across industry and defense and a static display of fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft from the past 70 years.
Rockwell Collins and NASA Complete Comm Tests
Rockwell Collins and NASA recently completed the first in a series of risk-reduction tests that will eventually help enable unmanned aircraft systems to safely operate in the national airspace. The data-link waveform tests, performed as part of the first of three research phases on the program, simulated communication between one aircraft and one ground-based pilot station. The objective of the test was to verify the waveform’s efficient and cooperative utilization of the radio spectrum on which it operates. Further testing on this system will occur on a NASA-owned Lockheed S-3 Viking aircraft at the Eastern Iowa Airport this week.
Rostec to Develop Small Aircraft With Austrian DAI
Ural Works of Civil Aviation, a Rostec subsidiary, and Austrian Diamond Aircraft Industries have signed an agreement on joint production and design of a series of light utility aircraft (LUA) in Russia. The Russian small-aircraft industry is currently in severe crisis. This project will help solve the connection issues in remote communities and will provide sustainable development in regions that are difficult to access with surface transportation. Effective, low-cost LUAs will make domestic operations more profitable and thus will attract small air carriers without their own fleets to the market.