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Arrested Landing – Light Combat Aircraft (Navy)
"Today is a golden letter day in the history of true "Indian" Naval Aviation. The First ever arrested landing by LCA (Navy) at the anvil of shore based test facility, INS Hansa Goa has been conducted, this will give this Indigenous platform the set and temper needed to emerge victorious as a rugged Deck landing aircraft, ready to demonstrate Aircraft Carrier Compatibility Testing on board the Indian Naval Aircraft Carrier, Vikramaditya"
After several years of flight testing and four campaigns of dedicated testing at Shore Based Test facility, today the LCA (Navy) Flight Test Team led by Commodore J A Maolankar (M) (Chief Test Pilot & LSO), Captain Shivnath Dahiya (M) (Test Pilot & LSO) & Commander J D Raturi (Test Director & Flight Test Engineer) successfully executed a text book arrested landing at the Shore Based Test Facility, INS Hansa, GOA. This arrested landing heralds the arrival of true indigenous capability and displays the professional prowess of our scientific community (Aeronautical Development Agency) embedded with design plus build capability of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (ARDC) involved in executing this land mark event.
Today’s event has put India on the world map as a nation with the capability to address a deck landing aircraft need. This is the first dot on the roadmap to an actual arrested landing onboard the INS Vikramaditya, whilst a much more rigorous and battering test program is run ashore to ensure that the aircraft is ready for the aircraft carrier, the final proof of having mastered the technology would be with an arrested landing demonstration onboard INS Vikramaditya in the near future.
Test Pilot Instructor Earns Navy’s First Army Broken Wing Award
Congratulations to Barbara Gordon (M) on receiving this prestigious award!
Read the full article HERE
Air Cdre 'Rod' Banks / Schneider Trophy / Miles M.52 Supersonic Aircraft (National Aerospace Library Sound Archive)
For your information a historic sound recording of Air Commodore Francis Rodwell 'Rod' Banks in which he describes in detail his long career in aviation and in particular his long involvement with the development of aero engines and his key role in the Schneider Trophy contests has just been added to the National Aerospace Library Sound Archive - a real 'Who's Who' of aviation personalities and historical subjects based on original recordings held in the Library's archives - and is now available to listen to via the Royal Aeronautical Society's SoundCloud web-site :-
The specific link to the recording is (just click on the arrow button to 'Play'):-
Air Cdre Banks' 1967 lecture has been released alongside recordings of lectures by Schneider Trophy pilot Gp. L. S. Snaith and a 2004 lecture by Mike Hirst on the history of the Miles M.52 supersonic aircraft project.
A quick link to the historic lectures and speeches available so far (including Sir Frederick Handley Page, Igor Sikorsky, Jeffrey Quill, Peter Twiss, Charles H. Gibbs-Smith, Andrew Brookes, Silvius Dornier, Sir Richard Glazebrook, Commander Graeme Rowan-Thomson, Keith Hayward, Sir Dermot Boyle, Philip Wills, Chris Yeo, Captain John Cecil Kelly-Rogers, Col. Al Worden, Peter Hearne, Sir George Edwards, Captain John Cecil Kelly-Rogers, John Farley, A. W. 'Bill' Bedford, H.R.H. The Duke of Edinburgh, Christopher Bartlett, Andy Sephton, Dr. Ron Smith, A. R. Collar and Sir Vernon Brown) is:-
A quick link to the extended interviews available so far (including interviews with Captain Eric ‘Winkle’ Brown, Chuck Yeager, Scott Crossfield, Handel Davies, Al White, Bill Humble, Pete Knight, Dick Johnson, Philip Lucas, Peter Bugge, Col. Emil ‘Ted’ Sturmthal, Harald Penrose, John Morton, D. P. Davies, Jeffrey Quill, John Cunningham, Sir Barnes Wallis, R. A. C. Brie, Sir Harry Ricardo, Clayton Knight, Henry Knowler, Mike Savage and Hugh Dibley) is :-
First Public Manned Demonstration of an EVTOL
On 30 August 2019, Damian Hischier (M) flew the first public manned demonstration of an EVTOL in aviation history, which makes him the first official test pilot of EVTOL aircraft.
To read the full press release, click HERE!
Martin-Baker Aircraft Company to Receive the 2019 Spirit of Flight Award
The National Aviation Hall of Fame’s 2019 Spirit of Flight Award to be Presented to
Martin-Baker Aircraft Company Limited
DAYTON, OHIO – The Board of Trustees of the National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) is pleased to announce that its coveted 2019 Spirit of Flight Award will be presented to Martin-Baker Aircraft Company Limited (MBA) during the 57th Annual Enshrinement Dinner & Ceremony to be held in Denver, Colorado at Wings Over The Rockies Air & Space Museum on September 28, 2019.
The Spirit of Flight Award qualifications include organizations that serve a special need of the nation and set high standards for excellence in the utilization of aerospace assets. Click here to read more...
Air Force pilot flies HH-60W for first time
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AFNS) --
The 413th Flight Test Squadron successfully conducted the first Air Force-piloted flight of the HH-60W Combat Rescue Helicopter July 11. The test took place at Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation Development Flight Center in West Palm Beach.
The Wright Brothers and the Early Development of Aeronautics The Wright Brothers and the Early Development of Aeronautics (National Aerospace Library Sound Archive)
For your information sound recordings of three lectures by leading aviation historians Dr. Peter Jakab, Dr. Richard Hallion and Dr. John Ackroyd describing the achievements of the Wright Brothers and the early development of Aeronautics up to that time have just been added to the National Aerospace Library Sound Archive - a real 'Who's Who' of aviation personalities and historical subjects based on original recordings held in the Library's archives - and are now available to listen to via the Royal Aeronautical Society's SoundCloud web-site :-