So how high do planes fly? This is a question many people have asked themselves before embarking a flight trip. Looking through your airplane window at the ground and seeing the ground slowly getting farther and farther away, it’s no surprise that the question gets googled frequently. It can be somewhat unnerving to be so high up, so a clear clarification on your altitude can be somewhat reassuring. To understand just how high planes typically go up, see the simple explanation below. 

The UK Ministry of Defence is joining up with Leonardo Company, in a jointly funded programme, to develop concepts for future unmanned rotary wing aircrafts. After successful 2016 demonstrations and Phase 1 activities, they are looking to launch Phase 2 of the (RWUAS) Demonstrator Programme. With so many advancements in technologies that are now at our fingertips, the UK is looking to find exciting and innovative ways to reduce the costs and increase the capabilities in rotary wing and unmanned aircrafts. These technologies are just one of the many steps that are helping keep our military personal safe while in the battlefield. Not only does the UK have their own programme efforts, but with their rising defence budget and £178 billion Equipment Plan, they also planning on staying at the cutting edge by working with allies and industry academics alike. The specialist engineering staff at Leonard are working hard on research and development to build operational capabilities for the unmanned aircrafts. These technologies are helping to lower the risks associated with unmanned rotary aircrafts in challenging environments.

There was an article posted on Aerospace Technology which talks about how Spirit Aeronautics and Global Aerospace Design have worked together in order to solve a problem for many of the Boeing 737 operators. The two are working together in order to provide a Supplemental Type Certificate (also known as an STC) for Boeing company operators of both business and commercial sectors.

In the civil aviation industry asset management is key to running a successful and profitable business model. With parts in high demand, low in numbers and exorbitant in price, one can feasibly cut costs and increase efficiency of the entire organization by improving asset functionality and maintenance. Business Development and Sales for Aerospace & Defense at IFS, Espen Olsen believes that the Internet of Things (IoT) and augmented reality are two monumentally important technologies that will start to dramatically develop in 2017 and holds the key to unlocking the ceiling in terms of potential within your business. With aircraft sales set to triple by 20134, The Internet of Things (IoT) will drive the use of Aircraft Health Monitoring Systems (AHMS).

Northrup Grumman, the leading global security company has announced that their modified E-2D Hawkeye has completed its first flight. Northrup Grumman was awarded back in 2013 an engineering, manufacturing, and development (EMD) contract in order to design, develop, manufacture and test several sub-system upgrades in order to accommodate aerial refueling capabilities. Program Manager, E-2/C-2 Airborne Tactical Data System Program Office (PMA-231), Captain Keith Hash lauds the Northrup Grumman Aerial refueling team for their efforts in bringing this essential capability to the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye which will allow the E-2D to extend its mission times by providing longer on-station times at greater range in support of the warfighter.

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