Aviation Weekly #9 – Drones For Good, Free Helicopter Training Checklist, Dream Chaser

Aviation Weekly #9 – Drones For Good, Free Helicopter Training Checklist, Dream Chaser


It’s Friday September 1st and here is Aviation
Weekly #9. In this edition: 1. Three ways in which drones are helping
save people and animals. 2. Free checklist for aspiring helicopter
pilots. 3. Development of Sierra Nevada Corporation’s
Dream Chaser reaches another milestone. Hello, my name is Ben Lovegrove and here is
this week’s round-up of aviation news from high altitude to below 400 feet. Each week
I bring you selected stories in the worlds of airlines, flight training, aviation history,
drones and UAV. Head over to Redspan.com to find out how I
can make marketing videos for your aviation business. So chocks away then. 1. Drones are being used in an increasing
number of ways and just three of those methods show their versatility. Volunteer drone pilots as well as those operated
by the emergency services have been used to spot people, pets, and livestock in need of
rescue in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. They will also be used by insurance companies who
need to inspect the extent of damage to property. In Australia, drones fitted with artifical
intelligence will be used to spot sharks near beaches. They will provide live feed to the
drone pilot and the AI can identify sharks more accurately and quickly than the human
eye. Another way in which drones are being used
is in the process of gathering data during forest fires. It’s well known that water bombing
aircraft, both propeller driven and jet, are used to fight fires but before they can fly
data must be gathered. If the fire and the local climate cause an
inversion over the fire then they may not fly at all. Fixed wing UAV are being tested
to fly through smoke to gather data that will enable the water bombing to be more accurate. 2. According to AOPA the drop-out rate among
trainee helicopter pilots is as high as 80%. It’s a sad fact that the majority of student
helicopter pilots give up before they complete the training and obtain a Private Pilots Licence. This is attributed to the fact that many are
unsure of the training path and do not receive the all necessary guidance. If you’re a student
pilot or an instructor you might have an opinion on this so add your feedback in the comments
section below this video. It is thought that student pilots are unsure
of how to evaluate all the options open to them and don’t make timely and correct decisions
in order to maintain the contininuity in their training. To address this problem 11th Dimension Helicopters
have put together a free helicopter training checklist. You can download it at the address
on the screen now 11thDimensionHelicopters.info. 3. Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Dream Chaser
reached another milestone recently with a successful lift test. It’s designed to be a reusable, pilotless
cargo vehicle that can transport material and crew into orbit. It will have autonomous
launch, flight and landing capabilities and will be able to operate on many commercial
runways around the world. With the retirement of the Space Shuttle in
July 2011 the International Space Station has been resupplied using Russian built Progress
spacecraft launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Dream Chaser has been in development for over
ten years. Once the project is complete each aircraft will be able to be reused up to fifteen
times. It’s anticipated that the Dream Chaser will enter service in 2020. That’s all for this edition of Aviation Weekly
so subscribe to my channel for the next and to catch up on any you’ve missed. This was a Redspan Solutions production. Head over to Redspan.com to find out how I
can make marketing videos for your aviation business.

Eugene Islam

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