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M28 transport plane makes transatlantic flight from Poland to Ecuadorian Army

M28 transport plane makes transatlantic flight from Poland to Ecuadorian Army

Business
Sept. 10 (UPI) -- An M28 short takeoff and landing aircraft from a PZL Mielec facility in Poland owned by Sikorsky has arrived in Ecuador following a transatlantic flight. The twin-engine turboprop will provide the Ecuadorian Army's requirement for transport aircraft that can handle rough landing ground and weather. The Ecuadorian Army contracted for the aircraft in April. PZL Mielec provided the training for pilots and maintenance personnel. A Polish flight crew piloted the aircraft nearly 8,400 miles with stops in Iceland, Greenland, Canada, the United States and Central America. It was received in Shell Mera by the Ecuadorian Army. "The M28 aircraft's powerful turboprop engines, a large cabin with clamshell rear door, and the airframe rugged structural characteristics, will give the Ec...
33 passengers hospitalized after Ryanair flight depressurizes

33 passengers hospitalized after Ryanair flight depressurizes

World
Over 30 passengers were hospitalized, with some complaining about bleeding from their ears, after a Ryanair plane experienced "inflight depressurization," according to authorities. “I can safely say it was the most terrifying thing I ever experienced,” passenger Roxanne Brownlee told ABC News. A spokesperson from Ryanair said the depressurization caused oxygen masks to deploy. The plane was carrying 189 people from Dublin, Ireland, to Zadar, Croatia but made an emergency landing at Frankfurt-Hahn Airport in Germany. “The oxygen masks just fell down in front of us -- we were given no context, there was no announcement,” said Brownlee. “We were all kind of scrambling trying to put the oxygen masks on and people were screaming, crying and shouting.” ...
KC-46 tanker aircraft completes flight tests ahead of first delivery

KC-46 tanker aircraft completes flight tests ahead of first delivery

Business
July 13 (UPI) -- The KC-46 Pegasus has successfully completed its final flight tests, setting the stage for delivery of the first aircraft to the U.S. Air Force in late October. The joint Boeing and Air Force team tested the Remote Vision System and completed tanker aircraft refueling certifications for the F-16 Fighting Falcon and C-17 Globemaster III, the Air Force announced Friday. The testing also included the KC-46 being refueled by the current KC-135 Stratotanker, which fulfills minimum qualifications for delivery of the aircraft. "With this milestone complete, the test program has demonstrated a level of maturity that positions Boeing to deliver, and the Air Force to accept, an aircraft by the end of October 2018," Air Force service acquisition executive Dr. Will Roper said in a p...
Fire Scout unmanned helicopter finishes first flight tests from LCS

Fire Scout unmanned helicopter finishes first flight tests from LCS

Business
July 9 (UPI) -- A MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter finished its Initial Operational Test and Evaluation from the littoral combat ship USS Coronado, U.S. Navy officials said. The crew of the Coronado and Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 1, or VX-1, conducted combat simulations to evaluate the Fire Scout on target identification, intelligence and surface warfare, the results of which will help the Navy decide how best to use the rotorcraft. "The results, lessons learned, and recommendations reported on following this underway test period are absolutely invaluable to the future of the MQ-8C Fire Scout's mission effectiveness and suitability to perform that mission," Lt. Cmdr. Seth Ervin, the lead for the VX-1 unit on Coronado, said in a press release. The VX-1 is the test unit for the F...
How e-commerce with drone delivery is taking flight in China

How e-commerce with drone delivery is taking flight in China

Finance
LATE on a Monday morning the village of Zhangwei is quiet. Chickens scratch and cluck at the side of the road. Workers use wooden spades to spread grain on the highway to dry, using half its width so that traffic can still pass on the other side. Yet at the community centre at the village’s heart, two objects hint at a feat of ultra-modern logistics about to unfold: a circle of green astroturf laid down in the central courtyard, and a billboard on the front of the building bearing the logo of JD.com, China’s second-largest online retailer.A low whirr breaks the stillness as a spiky dot appears on the horizon. The drone arrives overhead with a roar, hovers for a moment, then lowers itself towards the green circle like a mantis, three sets of propellers churning the air into whor...