Alaska Airlines Announces 48-Hour Take-Care Fare Sale

Alaska Airlines | June 23, 2020

June 23 and 24 only, Alaska Airlines is running its ‘Take-Care Fare’ flash sale, with one-way flights from select cities starting as low as $39, discovered SeattlePI. If you’ve been waiting for the right deal to come along that justifies going to visit your parents post-COVID-19, it has arrived. Alaska Airlines is bringing out some of the year’s best deals at a time when families and friends are looking to reconnect post-pandemic, and more Americans are again taking to the skies in search of a little summertime reprieve from the doldrums of daily life during lockdown.

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Vita Rescue System Completes U.S. Army Developmental Flight Testing

Vita Inclinata | November 30, 2022

The U.S. Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory (USAARL) completed developmental flight testing on the Vita Rescue System – Litter Attachment (VRS-LA) for the Product Director (PD) MEDEVAC. The VRS-LA is an anti-rotational device that can be used to increase the effectiveness and safety of MEDEVAC hoist missions. The VRS-LA was tested on both the SKEDCO Basic Rescue System and the Stokes Rescue Litter. Testing was conducted to ensure the device would perform in various operational environments. Completion of the army flight and environmental testing is an important milestone for Vita Inclinata as it moves through the airworthiness certification process. The flight-testing process put the VRS LA through a series of rigorous field tests designed to fully explore the technology's capability. Prior to flight testing, the VRS underwent extensive environmental testing designed to ensure that the system will function under even the most extreme conditions. Up next, for the VRS-LA is the user-evaluation phase. During this phase, the system will be used by soldiers in the field with the express purpose of collecting user feedback and ensuring mission effectiveness. Vita is proud to have completed developmental flight testing and looks forward to continuing our work with the Army testing team at USAARL to ensure this life-saving technology can achieve the mission of bringing soldiers home every time.

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Sikorsky and DARPA's Autonomous Black Hawk® Flies Logistics and Rescue Missions Without Pilots on Board

Lockheed Martin | November 03, 2022

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) have successfully demonstrated to the U.S. Army for the first time how an uninhabited Black Hawk helicopter flying autonomously can safely and reliably perform internal and external cargo resupply missions, and a rescue operation. Performed Oct. 12, 14 and 18 as part of the U.S. Army's Project Convergence 2022 (PC22) experiment, the flights show how existing and future piloted utility helicopters could one day fly complex missions in reduced crew or autonomous mode. This would give Army commanders and aviators greater flexibility in how and when aircraft and pilots are used, especially in limited visibility or contested environments. See demonstration photos and video. Why It Matters Sikorsky is partnered with DARPA to develop autonomy technology that will exponentially improve the flight safety and efficiency of rotary and fixed-wing aircraft. Sikorsky's autonomy system, known as MATRIX™ technology, forms the core of DARPA's ALIAS (Aircrew Labor In-cockpit Automation System) project. "We believe MATRIX technology is ready now for transition to the Army as they look to modernize the enduring helicopter fleet, and acquire Future Vertical Lift aircraft, In addition to increasing flight safety and reliability, MATRIX technology enables survivability in high tempo, high threat 21st Century Security environments where Black Hawk helicopters operate today, and DEFIANT X® and RAIDER X® helicopters could operate in the future. Uncrewed or reduced crewed helicopters could safely perform critical and lifesaving missions day or night in complex terrain and in contested battlespace." Igor Cherepinsky, director of Sikorsky Innovations. The Yuma Details During PC22 Technology Gateway, the Sikorsky and DARPA team showed how the optionally piloted Black Hawk helicopter with no humans on board can deliver a large quantity of blood product unharmed by flying low and fast above ground level using the terrain to mask its signature; resupply troops with an external load; and re-route mid-flight to evacuate a casualty. To begin the flight demonstrations, pilots flew and landed the Black Hawk aircraft, then activated the MATRIX system to give full control to the flight computer. When the pilots exited, the helicopter autonomously completed the following mission demonstrations: Long-endurance Medical Resupply: The Black Hawk aircraft flew 83 miles while loaded with 400 units of real and simulated blood – totaling 500 pounds. On reaching 40 miles from its initial take-off point, the helicopter descended into a valley as low as 200 feet above ground level at 100 knots. Cargo Delivery and Casualty Evacuation (combined mission): The helicopter lifted off with a 2,600-pound external load attached to a 40-foot sling, and flew at 100 knots for 30 minutes toward a designated landing zone. While in flight, the helicopter was redirected, simulating a scenario in which a threat needed to be neutralized near the primary landing site. Sikorsky demonstrated how a ground operator with a secure radio and tablet can take control of the uncrewed helicopter, command it to release its sling load, and then land to evacuate a casualty from a nearby location. Once the manikin on a litter was secured inside the cabin, the ground operator launched the aircraft. During the return flight, a BATDOK health monitoring device integrated with the helicopter's communications system relayed the patient's vitals in real-time to a ground-based medical team. What's Next The PC22 demonstrations were the second set of uninhabited Black Hawk flights this year. Sikorsky and DARPA will continue to work toward the transition of this technology for military operations, such as aircrew support and operations, logistics and medical resupply, casualty evacuation, and commercial applications such as firefighting, cargo and urban air mobility. About Lockheed Martin Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin Corporation is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 114,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.

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Maryland Athletics Selects AeroVanti as its Private Aviation Partner

AeroVanti Air Club | November 23, 2022

Private aviation pioneer AeroVanti Club today announced a partnership with Maryland Athletics, its second such collaboration with a leading NCAA athletics department. In addition to flying the Maryland Terrapins, AeroVanti is the exclusive aviation partner for the University of Central Florida Knights Now that basketball season is in full swing, Maryland alumni and fans can join AeroVanti in The AeroVanti Courtside Club in the Xfinity Center. We’re thrilled to support the Maryland Athletics Department, its talented student-athletes and its hard-working coaching, support and administrative staff,” said AeroVanti Founder and CEO Patrick Britton-Harr. “AeroVanti was founded in Annapolis, Maryland, so we’ll always support our hometown teams. And with our operations and maintenance hub in Florida, we had to partner with UCF, as well. In less than two years since launching, AeroVanti has experienced 400% growth, transforming the private aviation industry, and quickly establishing itself as the leader in best-in-class private services at a fraction of the price of its competitors. A recent $100 million fleet expansion solidified its position as an industry pioneer creating an entirely new market segment in the $25-billion-a-year private aviation industry. “It’s very exciting for Maryland Sports Properties to bring AeroVanti on as a strategic partner for this season and years to come,Patrick and his team have trusted us to provide the brand exposure to the best fans and alumni in the country and we know we will deliver.” Jack Krabbe, general manager of Maryland Sports Properties. AeroVanti members are not burdened by costly initiation fees, expensive hourly rates, capped miles, or inconvenient booking restrictions like other membership-based private aviation services. In addition to being faster and more affordable than its competitors, AeroVanti’s fleet of Piaggio P180 Avantis has one-third the carbon footprint, making it the top option for the sustainability-conscious passenger. About AeroVanti Club AeroVanti Club offers its air club members an exclusive private aviation experience through individual, family, and corporate memberships. Current destinations which are rapidly expanding, span the entire USA, Canada, and the Caribbean. With its ultra-competitive pricing, flexible membership options and completely bespoke service, AeroVanti created an entirely new market segment and redefined private aviation as it exists today. AeroVanti flights are conducted in accordance with the FAA Regulation Part 91F.

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Magellan Aerospace Signs Multi-Year F-35 Lightning II Contract

Magellan Aerospace Limited | November 25, 2022

Magellan Aerospace Corporation announced today, the award of a multi-year contract from Lockheed Martin Corporation (“LMCO”) for complex machined titanium components for all three variants of the F-35 aircraft. This multi-million dollar contract will be carried out at Magellan Aerospace’s facility in Kitchener, Ontario over the period of 2023 to 2027. The contract is for shipsets of machined wing tie bars for the aircraft’s leading edge flap. Magellan’s Kitchener facility has industry-leading expertise in titanium machining operations and world-class machining capability, with an emphasis on high speed machining of hard metals such as titanium, Inconel and stainless steel. This latest contract is a continuation of a long-established relationship with LMCO on the global F-35 fighter aircraft program. Magellan’s Kitchener facility was the first international partner on the F-35 program to deliver parts to the program in late 2003. Prior to these deliveries, Kitchener had made significant investment in both equipment and technology that proved to be pivotal in securing its role on the program. Mr. Haydn Martin, Vice President, Business Development, Marketing and Contracts said, “Magellan earned a role in the industrial supply chain for the Joint Strike Fighter program early in the program as the Canadian government was a partner in the program at its inception in 1997. Magellan has benefited from the opportunity to establish advanced manufacturing technologies in our facilities and is pleased to apply these innovations to support the production of the global F-35 fleet by providing these complex structural components”. The F-35 is developed, produced, and supported by an international team of government allies and aerospace industry leaders. The F-35 Program is managed by the Pentagon’s F-35 Joint Program Office, the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Navy are all procuring and operating F-35s. There are eight international program partners — the U.S., United Kingdom, Italy, Netherlands, Australia, Norway, Denmark and Canada. Eight Foreign Military Sales customers are also procuring and operating the F-35 ­— Israel, Japan, South Korea, Poland, Belgium, Singapore, Finland, and Switzerland. Lockheed Martin serves as the prime contractor with a global supply chain of more than 1,900 companies based in the United States and in every nation acquiring the F-35. About Magellan Aerospace Corporation Magellan Aerospace Corporation is a global aerospace company that provides complex assemblies and systems solutions to aircraft and engine manufacturers, and defence and space agencies worldwide. Magellan designs and manufactures aeroengine and aerostructure assemblies and components for aerospace markets, advanced proprietary products for military and space markets, and provides engine and component repair and overhaul services worldwide. Magellan is a public company whose shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: MAL), with operating units throughout North America, Europe, and India.

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The idea of a flying military base may sound like a crazy and futuristic plot of a sci-fi movie but it's actually possible. When we are talking about a flying military base we are not referring to something like the Avengers flying aircraft carrier but something more realistic, and for sure a lot smaller.

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