Posts Tagged ‘Aviation’

First pilotless F-16

The US air force has test flown an F-16 fighter jet without a pilot on board for the first time in the latest sign of the military’s increasing reliance on drones.

The robotic F-16 flew for 55 minutes with an empty cockpit from a Florida base last week as part of a programme that would see the converted fighter jet used as a target for pilots in training, manufacturer Boeing said.

“It was really amazing to see an F-16 take off with nobody in it,” said Michelle Shelhamer from Boeing, which has adapted the plane for the US military.

The aircraft is one of six “retired” F-16 jets that would be used as aerial targets for fighter pilots training for air-to-air combat, she said.

“They’re basically built to be shot down,” she said. “It’s full-scale, real world, real life, combat training – not with a simulator or anything else.”

International Aviation Exhibition 2012

Airshow China 2012 will take place on Nov. 13-18, 2012, in Zhuhai, Guangdong, China. Since 1996, the Show has been successfully held in Zhuhai in every even-number year for eight sessions.

The China International Aviation Exhibition Center, Zhuhai, China (Zhuhai Airshow Center) occupies an area of 1,300,000 square meters, with 3 car parks and 1 chalet car park, covering 496,900 square meters and can provide 60,000 parking lots.

The static aircraft display area is 408,000 square meters. The area of afforestation reaches 300,000 square meters. The 3 exhibition halls have an area of 43,120 square meters, providing 1,800 package stands. The press center is 11,860 square meters, and it’s a modernized one for news edition, trade negotiation, academic exchange, office working, etc. There are 35 chalets, and each one is 72 square meters, totaling 2,520 square meters.

If you’re going to visit International Aviation Exhibition 2012 here is contact info:
PHONE: +86-756-336 9235 .
FAX:+86-756-337 6415.
EMAIL:zhuhai@airshow.com.cn