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Lockheed test pilot reaches 100 hours in proposed 5th generation trainer

Lockheed test pilot reaches 100 hours in proposed 5th generation trainer

Business
Nov. 8 (UPI) -- Lockheed Martin announced Wednesday that their test pilot, Lt. Col. Mark "Red" Ward, a retired U.S. Air Force officer, reached a new milestone by becoming the first pilot to reach 100 flight hours in the T-50A, Lockheed's advanced pilot training.The T-50A is aimed at training future pilots for 5th generation aircraft such as the F-22 Raptor and F-35 Lighting II."This has been a great opportunity to be involved in a project that is so important to the U.S. Air Force and the foundation for pilot training," Ward said. "It's a great plane to fly and will make an excellent trainer for generations of pilots to come."The T-50A is similar to flying the F-16, as well as the F-22 and F-35, as it "creates better pilots, in less time, for less cost by enabling student pilots to focus t...
Canada's immigrant population reaches 21.9 percent, expected to grow

Canada's immigrant population reaches 21.9 percent, expected to grow

World
Oct. 26 (UPI) -- Canada's immigrant population has risen to 21.9 percent, the highest number in more than 80 years, and it's expected to get higher, according to Canada Census figures released Wednesday.The current number marks a significant increase since 2006 when Canada's immigrant population was 19.8 percent. And it's the highest since 1921, when Canada's immigrant population was at 22.9 percent, reported the CBC.With a current total population of about 36 million, Canada allowed 1.2 million immigrants between 2011 and 2016, with approximately 30 percent arriving through the country's skilled worker program.Almost half -- 48 percent -- of Canada's immigrant population came from Asia, according to Statistics Canada numbers. Europeans accounted for 21 percent. Latin America, the Caribbea...
Obama-era solar power program reaches goal early

Obama-era solar power program reaches goal early

Business
Sept. 13 (UPI) -- A U.S. solar power initiative enacted by former President Barack Obama reached a goal for cost competitiveness three years early, the government said.The U.S. Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory said in a report that the cost to install solar power during the first quarter of the year reached a record low because of higher efficiencies, lower labor costs and the decline in the price for photovoltaic components.For utility-scale projects, those supplying energy to the nation's grid, the costs are down about 30 percent when compared with first quarter 2016."These results suggest that the DOE's SunShot Initiative, which was launched in 2011 to make solar cost-competitive with other forms of energy, has met its 2020 cost target for utility-scale solar sys...