Flying cars, the new American bomber with nuclear abilities, anti-bird systems, an aircraft which holds up to 10 tons and a short YouTube video that will teach you how to land an airliner with no preliminary knowledge. A global point of view of this month’s events

Tal Giladi | Translation: Ohad Zeltzer Zubida

The American B-21 Bomber Revealed
The U.S Air Force revealed first photos of the new B-21 bomber. The new bomber can carry nuclear weapons, refuel in the air, has stealth abilities and two engines.

The stealth bomber will be manufactured by “Northrup Grumman” for 800 Million Dollars apiece and according to the agreement, the company committed to 100 units in the first stage and another 75-100 later. simultaneously.

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Flying for Beginners
whether you fear flying or are an aviation enthusiast you probably want to know how to prevent your plane from crashing in case the aircrew is not capable of doing so. A YouTube video that garnered tens of thousands of views explains to the masses how to land a “Boeing 737” safely without any background in aviation. The ten minute video created by a pilot from the American commercial airline “Delta” explains step by step, how to land the aircraft by using photos from the computer game “Flight Simulator”, made by Microsoft.

Even though the aircraft has an automatic landing system, there is need for human intervention in order to land, which is why Morgan doesn’t skip any detail and describes the mission’s steps from the beginning all the way to a safe landing. In the video he exhibits the aircraft’s buttons and explains exactly which ones to press when emergency strikes and explains that the first thing you’ll have to do is to contact the air traffic controllers.


The Largest Aircraft in the World
Something between a zeppelin and an airship, the “Airlander 10”, the largest aircraft in the world, took off for its first test flight this month after three years of development. The 92 meter (almost a soccer field) long, 26 meter tall and 43.5 meter wide aircraft can fly at 20,000 feet in the air at a speed of 148 kilometers per hour. The “10” in its name stands for its ability to carry a weight of ten tons, it is built of extremely strong carbon fiber and is filled with helium in order to rise in to the air. It is manufactured by the British company “Hybrid Air Vehicles” out of Bedfordshire, England and was at first designated to be a reconnaissance aircraft for the U.S Army, but is planned to be converted to a civilian aircraft. The test flight will commence once the wings and engines will be connected to the aircraft and only after 200 flight hours, the aircraft will be “qualified” for civilian flight, according to European Aviation Safety Agency instructions.

The aircraft can carry up to 50 people and can stay in the air for up to three weeks when unmanned. Additionally, the aircraft can fly in adverse weather conditions, what makes it an efficient tool for searching for survivors of natural disasters. Its unusual size and shape aren’t the only interesting details, its manufacturing project is being supported by British scientists and among them is Bruce Dickinson, the lead singer of the heavy metal band “Iron Maiden”.

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A Gaping Hole in an Airliner
What’s more surprising, the fact that a gaping hole was made in an airliner, or the fact that no one was hurt and the landing was performed safely? In early February, a Somali terrorist boarded a “Daallo Airlines” Airbus A321 traveling from Djibouti to Somalia. The terrorist then proceeded to blow himself up at about 4,200 meters altitude was thrown from the plane by the intensity of the blast, leaving a gaping hole in the aircraft behind him. Witnesses said that the terrorist’s body fell about 25 km from Mogadishu airport. Despite the gaping hole in its side, the aircraft successfully executed an emergency landing in Somalia and none of the passengers was hurt. According to suspicion, the terrorist acted on behalf of the “Al-Shabaab” organization, which is affiliated with Al-Qaeda. The investigators responsible for the case determined that the attacker chose to sit by the window adjacent to the wings, where the gas is stored, in order to cause as much damage as possible and if the explosion would have occurred at cruise altitude, the gas tanks would have ignited and exploded.

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No Entrance to Birds
An enormous, heavy aircraft which is worth a few Hundred Million NIS usually seems immune to all, certainly to a small weightless animal such as a bird – but reality proves different and a meeting of the two in the sky might be deadly. This month, “Controp”, a company which deals with electro-optical and infra-red technology, presented two new systems designed to insure civilian and military aerial safety in the Singapore Airshow.

The INTERCEPTOR is an automatic detection and tracking system designed to prevent collisions between aircraft winged creatures, isolated or in packs, in the sky, on the ground or too close to the runway. It provides real-time warning for reaction teams in the airport. The second system – SENTINEL FOD – scans the runway and other surfaces in the airport in order to detect FODs.

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Driving in the Air
Driving through the air in a car, a futuristic expectation which has been floating around us for a while, is closer than ever and now has a target date. Massachusetts-based Terrafugia, which was founded in 2006 by a team of MIT graduates is planning on selling its flying cars (X-TF) in eight years and will develop an unmanned model until 2018. So far, exclusive photos of the models have been revealed and according to the manufacturer the price of the futuristic vehicle will be 194 Thousand Dollars. But don’t get your hopes up yet, it is important to understand that the vehicle will not fly around in urban aerial space – but will be have foldable wings and be able to fly independently, land in a near airport and drive home on the road.

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