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Sydney seaplane crash: Aircraft was off course

Sydney seaplane crash: Aircraft was off course

World
The seaplane that crashed near Sydney on New Year's Eve killing five Britons and the pilot was off course, according to a report.A preliminary report by the Australian Safety Bureau says the aircraft was "away from the expected and standard flight path".Richard Cousins, the 58-year-old chief executive of FTSE 100 company Compass Group, died alongside his sons Will and Edward, aged 25 and 23, his fiancee Emma Bowden, 48, and her 11-year-old daughter Heather.Image:Richard Cousins, Will Cousins, Ed Cousins, Emma and Heather BowdenThe aircraft's Australian pilot, Gareth Morgan, 44, also died.The Cousins family had gone for lunch and taken the flight about 3pm to return to Rose Bay, near Sydney Harbour.Mr Cousins was due to step down from his position at Compass in March.The de Havilland Canada...
U.S. aircraft carrier set to visit Vietnam for first time since Vietnam War

U.S. aircraft carrier set to visit Vietnam for first time since Vietnam War

Business
Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Pentagon officials on Thursday announced plans to deploy a U.S. aircraft carrier to Vietnam, marking the first time a U.S. aircraft carrier has visited the country since the end of the Vietnam War.The USS Carl Vinson, a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, is scheduled to make a port call in Da Nang in March as part of its Western Pacific deployment, pending approval from officials in Vietnam.The discussion of the USS Carl Vinson sailing to the region is part of ongoing talks between Defense Secretary James Mattis and Vietnamese Defense Minister Ngo Xuan Lich amid an increase in regional security concerns as tensions rise between Vietnam and China over territorial claims in the South China Sea.The potential visit also is indicative of a growing defense relationship between the U...
GE contracted for repair services on Super Hornet, Growler aircraft

GE contracted for repair services on Super Hornet, Growler aircraft

Business
Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Naval Supply Systems Command Weapon Systems Support has awarded General Electric with a contract for services in support of the F/A-18 E-F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler.The $ 74 million contract, announced by the Department of Defense on Tuesday, is a six-month contract calling for "performance-based logistics requirements," repairs and program support.Specifically, the contract taps General Electric to support the repair of 773 F414 engine components of the F/A-18 E and F, as well as the EA-18G aircraft.The work, for the most part, will be completed at a variety of General Electric supplier locations, with some also expected to be done at the Fleet Readiness Center Southeast in Jacksonville, Fla.Work on the contract is expected to be completed by June 2018, with the Nav...
Lockheed to support Korea's Peace Krypton intelligence aircraft

Lockheed to support Korea's Peace Krypton intelligence aircraft

Business
Jan. 2 (UPI) -- Lockheed Martin was awarded a $ 33.6 million contract by the U.S. Air Force to extend support for South Korea's tactical reconnaissance aircraft and mission support equipment.The terms of the deal, announced Friday by the Department of Defense, enlists Lockheed to provide prime missions equipment and technical manuals in support of the Republic of Korea's Peace Krypton reconnaissance aircraft system.The deal is not-to-exceed more than $ 33.6 million under a cost-plus-fixed-fee and firm-fixed-price undefinitized contract. A cost-plus-fixed-fee agreement would provide Lockheed Martin with a negotiated reimbursement fee if there are potential overrun costs on the contract.Korea's Peace Krypton reconnaissance aircraft system is a militarized version of Raytheon's Hawker 800XP, ...
Laser-equipped aircraft to map England in 3D

Laser-equipped aircraft to map England in 3D

Technology
Aircraft equipped with futuristic laser scanners are to map the entirety of England in 3D to help combat flooding, cut down on fly-tipping and uncover long-lost Roman roads.The Environment Agency has unveiled ambitious plans to recreate a digital three-dimensional image of all 130,000 square kilometres of the country - including rivers, fields and national parks - by 2020.About 75% of the landscape has been mapped over the last two decades, but there is only sporadic coverage of upland areas.It is hoped the new project, which will begin before the end of winter, will fill in the gaps.Image:The data will be used to help understand flooding risks and create defence plans. Pic: Environment AgencyThe quality of the image will be substantially improved too, with the scanners able to map the cou...