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A major new aviation event, The Skyglobe Challenge TransAfrican Air Race will see scores of private jets race around Africa, departing from Banjul, Gambia on 1 January 2016 for a 12,000 nautical mile lap of the continent.

Parasite Drag: What Is It? | Boldmethod

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So what is it, and how does it affect your plane?

If you want to understand parasite drag, you’ll need a little background on what “drag” is in general. When two masses are in contact, they resist each other’s motion. In the case of an airplane, air resists the forward motion of the airplane. So when it comes to flying, drag is the resistance of an aircraft’s movements through air….

 

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Student legally changes name because it was cheaper than changing Ryanair booking

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Student legally changes name because it was cheaper than changing Ryanair booking.

WE’VE ALL HAD a Ryanair experience, but this student’s ordeal might just take the biscuit.

The Sun reports that Adam Armstrong, 19, was due to go on holidays with his girlfriend to Ibiza next week. His girlfriend’s stepfather booked flights with Ryanair and accidentally booked Adam’s ticket under the wrong name.

You see, Armstrong’s name on Facebook had been Adam West, in an homage to the Batman actor, which his girlfriend’s stepfather saw and assumed was his real name.

Once he became aware of the error, Armstrong attempted to change his name on the ticket, but was informed by Ryanair that it would cost him £220 to do so.

And so, he did what any rational person would do and changed his name by deed poll.

After changing his name to Adam West for free, he paid £103 for a new passport and he was sorted, meaning that changing your actual name is cheaper than amending a Ryanair booking…

BBC News – Mali helicopter crash: Two Dutch UN peacekeepers die

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BBC News – Mali helicopter crash: Two Dutch UN peacekeepers die.

A Dutch UN helicopter has crashed near Gao in northern Mali, killing its two crew members, the Dutch defence ministry has said.

 

The Apache helicopter made a forced landing during a military exercise, the UN force in Mali said in a statement.

 

The Dutch armed forces chief, Gen Tom Middendorp, said: “Everything points to this being an accident.”

 

The aircraft was from the Minusma mission charged with peacekeeping since Islamist fighters were forced out.

 

One crew member survived the crash but died later of his injuries at a French field hospital, Gen Middendorp told a news conference in The Hague.

 

Gen Middendorp said an investigation into the cause of the crash was under way…

 

BBC – Future – How to design the fighter cockpit of tomorrow

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BBC – Future – How to design the fighter cockpit of tomorrow.

If you think your office needs a lick of paint and some new furniture, spare a thought for fighter pilots. Those who fly fighter aircraft like the F-16 or the Tornado are still, in effect, working in a 1970s office – because that’s when those aircraft were originally designed.

It takes a very long time to build a new fighter jet. Lockheed Martin’s F-22 Raptor is currently the only supersonic stealth fighter in active service ‒ but when the contract for the first prototype was signed in 1986, Apple’s top-of-the-range Macintosh Plus computer had a mere 1Mb memory and no hard drive. The F-22 carried out its first combat mission on 22 September this year – three days after Apple released the iPhone 6. Technology has transformed in those intervening 28 years, and nothing dates faster than yesterday’s vision of the future.

Today’s aircraft designers must guess what the world of 40 years’ time might look like – a task that even the innovators in Silicon Valley might baulk at. “At the moment, I’m looking at stuff out to at least 2040,” says Mark Bowman, chief test pilot for BAE Systems at Warton, Lancashire…

Four dead in Kentucky plane crash, girl, 7, survives: police

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Four dead in Kentucky plane crash, girl, 7, survives: police.

A small plane crashed in Kentucky late Friday, killing the pilot and three other passengers, while a seven-year-old girl apparently survived and wandered from the wreckage to find help, state police said.

The plane went down in a heavily wooded area of Lyon County, about 115 miles northwest of Nashville, Kentucky State Police said.

Authorities received a 911 call from a resident in the area who said a 7-year-old girl “had walked to his home reporting that she had been involved in a plane crash,” state police said in a statement posted on Facebook.

“The juvenile was in distress and was transported to a local hospital for non-life threatening injuries,” the statement said.

Rescue crews fanned out to look for the plane and discovered its wreckage in a wooded area, police said. Four people on-board were killed, among them the pilot, they said….

AeroMobil: Flying car

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AeroMobil: Flying car.

AeroMobil. Beautiful flying car. Beautifully integrated. Transforms in seconds from an automobile to an airplane. Gives you freedom to move.

AeroMobil is a flying car that perfectly makes use of existing infrastructure created for automobiles and planes, and opens doors to real door-to-door travel. As a car it fits into any standard parking space, uses regular gasoline, and can be used in road traffic just like any other car. As a plane it can use any airport in the world, but can also take off and land using any grass strip or paved surface just a few hundred meters long…

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