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Six die in vintage helicopter crash in West Virginia
06/23/2022 10:24:13 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 57 replies
The Guardian ^ | Thu 23 Jun 2022 10.44 EDT | Gloria Oladipo
Six people died on Wednesday when a tourist helicopter used in Hollywood movies crashed in West Virginia during a vintage helicopter show where guests without pilot licenses were allowed to fly the aircraft. The Vietnam-era helicopter, which had previously appeared in movies including Baywatch, Die Hard and Outbreak, was being flown during the 7th Annual Huey Reunion, an event for historical aviation enthusiasts. Guests at the event, hosted at the Marpat Aviation school in Logan county, could pay to fly the helicopter for $250 for a 30-minute session even without having a license, according to the event page. The helicopter,...

NATO Member Estonia Says Russian Helicopter Intruded Into Its Airspace
06/21/2022 5:28:34 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 42 replies
The Drive ^
NATO member Estonia says an Mi-8 Hip helicopter belonging to the Russian Border Guard intruded into its airspace for about two minutes on Saturday night. ***** Russian warplanes fly through Lithuania’s airspace every week, its MoD said. Like the intrusion into Estonia, they usually have no pre-filed flight plans and transponders that are switched off. Last week there were eight violations, ERR reported and 13 the previous week. ***** Russian naval vessels are also apparently causing problems. The Russian ambassador to Denmark was summoned to the Danish foreign ministry on Friday after a Russian military vessel twice violated that NATO...

Moment Putin's 55th colonel was killed when his helicopter 'was blown out the sky by Ukrainian anti-aircraft missile'
06/21/2022 11:38:16 AM PDT · by marcusmaximus · 63 replies
Daily Mail ^ | 6/20/2022 | Will Stewart
Dramatic footage shows the moment a Russian colonel crashes in his helicopter after being hit with a Ukrainian missile. Lt-Col Sergey Gundorov, 51, was struck near Volnovakha in the Donbas. The military helicopter flew on after being hit with a portable surface-to-air missile. His stricken Mi-35 touched the ground before cartwheeling over a narrow strip of woodland and crashing in a fireball in a field. Flames and black smoke are seen from the explosion. A second Russian helicopter is seen firing decoy flares and apparently escapes unscathed. Gundorov is the 55th known Russian colonel to be killed in Vladimir Putin's...

Ukraine 'strikes Russian Black Sea navy tug carrying weapons to Snake Island using Western-supplied anti-ship rockets' and downs helicopter as one of Moscow's SU-25 jets crashes near border in fresh blows to Putin
06/17/2022 6:56:27 AM PDT · by marcusmaximus · 63 replies
Daily Mail ^ | 6/17/2022 | Walter Finch
Ukraine's armed forces say they have struck a Russian navy tugboat in the Black Sea with two Harpoon missiles - the first time Kyiv has claimed to have hit a Russian vessel with the Western-supplied anti-ship rockets. Ukraine's Armed Forces Strategic Communications Directorate published the information on the Telegram app, alongside a video purporting to show the strike from the air. It shows what is thought to be an anti-ship missile striking the tug Vasily Bekh at 4am as it delivered soldiers, weapons, and ammunition to hotly-contested Snake Island. Ukrainian sources later claimed ten sailors on the tug were missing...

Great News! Mars Helicopter Ingenuity Logs Flight 29
06/14/2022 1:06:26 PM PDT · by Ezekiel · 7 replies
NASA ^ | June 14th, 2022
#Date (UTC)Duration (sec) AltitudeDistanceMax Ground SpeedRoute Summary29 June 11, 2022 at 15:06[74][6] (Sol 465) 66.6 10 m (33 ft) 179 m (587 ft) 5.50 m/s (12.3 mph) Shift northwest to land at Airfield U First flight without the use of its inclinometer, and in the cold of winter as well.[75]

Navy helicopter crashes in Imperial County desert; all 4 aboard survive, Navy says
06/09/2022 9:13:20 PM PDT · by American Number 181269513 · 8 replies
San Diego Union Tribune ^ | JUNE 9, 2022 | ANDREW DYER, TERI FIGUEROA
A U.S. Navy helicopter crashed during a training mission in the Imperial County desert north of Yuma Thursday afternoon, the second military aircraft to go down in the area in two days, the Navy said. All four crew members on board survived the crash, although one sustained injuries not considered life-threatening and was taken to a hospital, according to Cmdr. Zachary Harrell, a spokesperson for the San Diego-based Naval Air Forces command. The MH-60S Seahawk helicopter is assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 3, based at Naval Air Station North Island, Harrell said. The crash was reported around 5 p.m....

Mars helicopter Ingenuity has a dead sensor but its team aims to keep flying
06/09/2022 8:05:59 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 25 replies ^ | Josh Dinne
As temperatures decreased over the past several weeks, operators at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Southern California began putting Ingenuity to sleep every night as a way of protecting its systems from the harsh conditions. Even so, extreme fluctuations between day and night temperatures have caused stress on Ingenuity's components, and recent diagnostics revealed a failure in the vehicle's inclinometer, one of its navigational sensors, mission team members announced in a status update(opens in new tab) on Monday (June 6). The inclinometer is responsible for supplying Ingenuity's flight software with gravimetric data prior to takeoff. This data allows Ingenuity...

Ukrainian drone obliterates Russian helicopter as troops offloading on Snake Island
05/08/2022 5:44:38 AM PDT · by marcusmaximus · 68 replies
Express UK ^ | 5/8/2022 | CLAIRE ANDERSON
Terrifying video footage captured the moment the Ukrainian Bayraktar-TB2 drone annihilated the Russian Mi-8 transport helicopter on Snake Island. In the chilling black and white footage, human figures can be seen leaving the helicopter moments before it was blown up. The video was published by the Operational Command South. They said: "We cannot stop doing this. "We are driving the enemy out of every piece of our land, even from a small island, from the sea, and even from the air." Meanwhile, another Ukrainian drone took out a Russian landing ship near Snake Island which had been supplying Vladimir Putin's...

Watch A Helicopter Catch A Rocket Returning From Space
05/03/2022 11:54:19 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 16 replies ^ | 03 MAY 2022, 12:27 | Dr Alfredo Carpineti
VIDEO AT LINK................ Rocket Lab has successfully grabbed a rocket coming down from space with a helicopter. The impressive feat is a new way to make sure that rockets don’t end up in the ocean, on the ground, or simply burning up in the atmosphere. The launch was delayed by a few days and the rocket eventually took off from New Zealand’s Mahia Peninsula at 18:49 ET on May 2. To emphasize the company’s connection to the Southern Hemisphere country, the mission was named “There and Back Again” in homage to The Hobbit. The world imagined by Tolkien has now...

Second submerged helicopter found in Lake Apopka crashed same day as the first, officials say
04/27/2022 5:24:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
CLICKORLANDO ^ | April 27, 202 | Brandon Hogan
Both pilots survived crashes, deputies sayA private company retrieving a helicopter that crashed in Lake Apopka Tuesday found another one Wednesday morning, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. Officials said the second helicopter appeared to have fallen in the lake “later in the day (Tuesday) after the first one,” adding that its pilot is safe and that the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board were notified. The view from Sky 6 showed both helicopters submerged in the water, both with their skids up, as one was floated away. According to the FAA, the first crash occurred...

Mars Helicopter Ingenuity completed its 26th flight
04/21/2022 2:49:09 PM PDT · by Ezekiel · 10 replies
NASA-JPL ^ | April 20, 2022
#MarsHelicopter can’t stop, won’t stop! Ingenuity completed its 26th flight on the one-year anniversary of its first flight on Mars. It took these four images during the flight with its navigation camera.(Image gif at above source link)***Flight -- 26 Sol -- 414 Date -- April 19, 2022 Horizontal Distance -- 360m ~ 1,181ft Max.Altitude -- 8m ~ 26ft Max. Groundspeed -- 3.80 m/s ~ 8.5 mph Duration -- 159.0 sec Route of Flight -- From Airfield Q To Airfield RComplete chart at:

Happy anniversary, Ingenuity! Mars helicopter flew for the 1st time one year ago today
04/19/2022 8:03:31 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 6 replies ^ | 4/19/2022 | Mike Wall
Ingenuity aced its "Wright Brothers moment" a year ago — and it's still going strong. One year ago today (April 19), an aircraft flew on a world beyond Earth for the first time ever. That history-making vehicle is NASA's Ingenuity Mars helicopter, which landed inside the Red Planet's Jezero Crater with the life-hunting, sample-caching Perseverance rover on Feb. 18, 2021. Just over two months later, the 4-pound (1.8 kilograms) Ingenuity made its first foray into the Martian skies, hovering about 10 feet (3 meters) above the red dirt of a site named, appropriately enough, Wright Brothers Field. With that 39-second...

Mars Helicopter Ingenuity Completes 25th Flight -- Record Length and Speed
04/12/2022 9:40:17 AM PDT · by Ezekiel · 18 replies
NASA-JPL ^ | 12 April 2022
FlightSolDateHorizontal DistanceMax. AltitudeMax. GroundspeedDuration Route of Flight mftmftm/smphsecondsFromTo25403 April 8, 2022 704 ~2,310 10 ~33 5.50 ~12.3 161.3 Airfield PAirfield Q Wikipedia:#Date (UTC)Duration (Sec)AltitudeDistanceMax Groud SpeedRouteSummary25April 8, 2022 at 16:40[163] (Sol 403) 161.3 10 m (33 ft) 708.43 m (2,324.2 ft) 5.50 m/s (12.3 mph) Shift northwest flying across northwest Seìtah and crossing the Seìtah region to land at the staging area at Airfield Q 18.45477°N 77.43058°EThe flight was the longest and traveled at the highest rate of speed so far. The mission team chose a route that avoided flying over hardware that was discarded and fell to the surface...

Helicopter crash that killed an Army pilot was 'not an accident': report
04/06/2022 5:41:46 PM PDT · by PghBaldy · 43 replies
Business Insider ^ | April 5 | Katherine Tangalakis-Lippert
Capt. James Bellew, an Army pilot at Fort Stewart-Hunter Airfield in Georgia, was killed last week in a helicopter crash that is currently under criminal investigation, Savannah Now reported. An official statement issued March 30 from Fort Stewart-Hunter Airfield's 3rd Infantry Division confirmed the incident that killed Bellew involved two UH-60 helicopters at Wright Army Airfield, but did not share further details. On Monday, an anonymous source familiar with the investigation told the Army Times that the incident, which occurred at approximately 2 a.m., was "not an accident."

Ingenuity - The Mars Helicopter completed its 24th flight
04/05/2022 2:24:07 PM PDT · by Ezekiel · 7 replies
NASA-JPL ^ | April 5, 2022
The #MarsHelicopter completed its 24th flight on April 3. Now, Ingenuity is gearing up for Flight 25, which includes traveling 704 meters northwest – about 80 meters longer than the record-breaking Flight 9. Learn more about this intricate plan:Balancing Risks in the 'Séítah' Region - Flight 24

Ukraine Announces Million Dollars Reward Per Russian Helicopter, Fighter Jet, Warship
04/02/2022 10:19:51 AM PDT · by blam · 31 replies
Zubu Brothers ^ | 24-2-2022
Ukrainian farmers have been stealing tanks and other Russian military equipment with their tractors. Videos have surfaced online in recent weeks, and the question many have asked is what happens with all the captured war machines? It just so happens that the Ukrainian parliament (also known as Rada) passed a new measure rewarding anyone, even Russian soldiers, to turn over equipment to Ukraine for a reward. “For a helicopter – 500 thousand dollars, a tank – 100 thousand, respectively. If, for example, someone is ready to come to us by plane – it’s a million dollars,” the first vice-speaker of...

British-made Starstreak missile 'shoots down Russian helicopter in its first use in Ukraine' as Zelensky says the 'occupiers ARE withdrawing' from West
04/02/2022 4:40:07 AM PDT · by dennisw · 54 replies
but Kyiv is braced for new assault in East A British-made anti-aircraft missile shot down a Russian Mi-28N helicopter in the Luhansk region, said experts Footage showed the aircraft being cut in two as its tail was struck by the portable missile, made in Belfast The Starstreak system is a laser-guided missile that travels at more than three times the speed of sound Prime Minister Boris Johnson has repeatedly insisted the UK will provide further defensive support to Ukraine A British-made Starstreak missile is understood to have shot down a Russian helicopter in the weapon's first use in Ukraine -...

There are TWO speeds of sound on Mars - one for high-pitched noises like the zap of a laser and another for lower frequencies like the whir of a helicopter rotor,
04/01/2022 3:42:11 PM PDT · by algore · 46 replies
Daily Mail ^
There are two speeds of sound on Mars — one for high-pitched noises like the zap of a laser and another for lower frequencies like the whir of a helicopter rotor, scientists have revealed. The first audio recordings on the Red Planet were obtained by NASA's Perseverance rover after it landed in February last year and deployed its two microphones. Experts have now given their first analysis of five hours of sound picked up by the rover, which revealed a quiet planet with occasional gusts of wind where two different speeds of sound would have a strange delayed effect on...

Helicopter footage shows a huge group of more than 100 illegal immigrants using a rope to cross the Rio Grande into Eagle Pass, TX
03/31/2022 7:54:57 AM PDT · by janetjanet998 · 25 replies
twitter ^
Video from a @TxDPS helicopter shows a huge group of more than 100 illegal immigrants using a rope to cross the Rio Grande into Eagle Pass, TX. You can see how large the group was at the end of the video. Del Rio sector averaging up to 1,500 crossings *per day*.

Ingenuity Mars Helicopter: 23 flights and counting!
03/24/2022 9:10:58 PM PDT · by Ezekiel · 14 replies
NASA-JPL ^ | March 24, 2022
23 flights and counting! #MarsHelicopter successfully completed its 23rd excursion. It flew for 129.1 seconds over 358 meters. Data from Ingenuity in the new region it’s headed to will help the @NASAPersevere team find potential science targets.
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