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Wednesday, 30 October 2019

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Mesdames, Messieurs,
Le Musée International de la Base Aérienne de Chièvres, centre important de l’histoire militaire et économique de la cité chiévroise à vu le jour en 2000.
Relatant l’Histoire de la base aérienne de son origine, de 1917 à nos jours, notre musée évolue d’années en années et de ce fait, devient une attraction importante au sein de la cité des aviateurs.
A l’origine des festivités du 100ème anniversaire de la libération de la ville et de la première présence des avions sur le site de Chièvres, le comité organisateur à démontré son engouement et son ambition de faire de ce centre, un pôle de visite incontournable.
Les divers contacts lors de cette manifestation ont été très enrichissants pour notre ASBL et ceux-ci ont permit de donner la possibilité d’un essor énorme en matière de travail de mémoire et d’histoire.
Notre situation actuelle ne nous permet cependant pas de mettre en valeur toute la richesse de notre collection, ni même d’accueillir certains objets de grande envergure.
Durant de nombreuses années, nous avons du refuser des offres et dons importants, tel que camion militaire, jeep, nous avons même dû nous défaire d’un canon de défense aérienne qui, faute de protection, s’est détruit avec le temps.
De ce fait, afin que nous puissions avancer, et encore mieux faire connaitre l’histoire, nous recherchons activement et urgemment, dans le giron de Chièvres, Bauffe, Tongres, Vaudignies, Brugelette, afin de rester proche du musée , un bâtiment, grange ou hangar fermé et sécurisé, d’une centaine de M² afin de pouvoir accueillir et rassembler en un seul et même lieu tout nos objets et pièces que nous ne pouvons exposer au sein du musée à la Maison de la Cité, par manque de place et d’accès.
Ce bâtiment nous servirait de lieu de stockage mais aussi de petit atelier d’entretien et de restauration de certaines pièces tels que véhicules et autres.
Si vous connaissez un endroit qui pourrait nous convenir ou si vous avez un bâtiment inutilisé, et que vous seriez d’accord de nous aider en nous le mettant à disposition, merci de nous contacter au 068/285560, Monsieur Leleu Daniel Président ou par mail à d.leleu@skynet.be
Dans l’attente de votre aide et de votre contact, vous remerciant d’avance pur votre bonne sollicitude, veuillez agréer nos sincères salutations.

SBAP site update on 27-10-2019

This week on SBAP web site:
Events:
Flying Legends 2019
Your preferred team was back to this major warbirds event held at Duxford in the UK.
This weekend was a non-stop ballet between Spitfires, Buchon alias bob 109, Curtiss aircraft,
bomber aircraft, First World War aircraft and many others. It was also the occasion to
meet the iconic Silver Spitfire. This was again the place to be, so follow us to discover the panel.
Presented by: Marc Arys
Pictures: Serge Van Heertum & Marc Arys

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Cobra Warrior 2019
This major exercise help annually in the UK saw for the first time the participation
of the Israeli Air Force with no less than seven 
F-15C & D models. Waddington was the hosting
base for the German, Italian and Israel delegations but many other UK airbases were involved
in this two week exercise. Follow our reporter for a one day COMAO mission
Presented by: Serge Van Heertum
Pictures: Jacques Vincent


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" Do not bite off more than you can chew "
How would an F-16 fare when pitted against the latest Russian and Chinese fighters ?
(Chris Morgan opinion on QUORA website)

Which F-16 are you taking about? What block? Which country's F-16?
If you're on about a F100-powered block 15 F-16A with AIM-9L and no targeting pod or IR etc then the answer is "fairly poorly".
If you're on about a block 60 F-16E with all the toys, F110, HMCS, AESA, OB AIM-9X, AMRAAM and the rest then the answer is "very favorably".
The venerable Viper is still a fairly compelling package. Latest block 60 plus Vipers pack a similar AESA to the one the F-35 has, can carry all kinds of the latest western smart munitions and missiles, a pilot interface much improved through a new glass cockpit, they are kinematically eye-watering, have a lot more range than previous models and are very very fast especially " transonically ". They can also use all the latest podded sensors and such and the UAE Desert Falcons have a very high end optical IR sensor that makes them absolutely deadly A2A. They are seriously capable birds, make no mistake.

The USAF are upgrading their block 52 F-16 Vipers with the new APG-83 AESA and a better ECM suite. They may also get the new cockpit if there is budget to do it. The USAF uses very capable IR/optical sensors in pods and when all this is brought together, they'll be very capable birds too. More than a match for anything Russia or China have that isn't stealthy.
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[https://horizon-magazine.eu] Few aeroplanes land automatically but new systems could make this the norm

Few aeroplanes land automatically but new systems could make this the norm


By some estimates about 1% of all commercial flights use autoland, using an Instrument Landing System (ILS). Using ILS requires crosswinds of less than 46km per hour, comparable to a strong breeze, and becomes harder in adverse visibility conditions such as fog.
Modern autoland systems have other limitations. They require significant ground infrastructure in order to support fully automated landings. The runway must be equipped with radio beacons, which send signals to the aircraft to allow it to obtain accurate and reliable position information. Such systems are expensive, with few airports supporting them, while nearby obstacles like mountains make them unusable. What if there was another way?
Automatic
Heikki Deschacht from avionics manufacturer ScioTeq in Belgium is the coordinator for IMBALS, a project that’s developing what’s called the Vision Landing System (VLS). The goal of this system is to enable large passenger planes to land automatically with less need for ground-based radio beacons.
‘The end goal of the IMBALS project is to realise and validate and verify a vision-based landing system for large passenger aircraft,’ said Deschacht. This system will consist of an onboard camera system that captures images in front of the aircraft and an imaging processing platform which extracts position information to help the autopilot steer the plane to the runway, he explains.
With current ILS systems, the pilot must take control of the aircraft on the final approach. However, Deschacht says the VLS – which is switched on when the plane is lined up in front of the runway – would allow for the entire landing to be automated. Powered by algorithms that calculate the correct angle of approach, it would allow for true automated landings.
‘Only 60% of the airports being served with Airbus aircraft are equipped with ILS (ground infrastructure),’ said Deschacht. ‘And not all of those are sufficient to do autolanding. So there’s a big gap in the airports (where) autolanding is simply not possible. And that’s the gap we wanted to fill with a vision-based landing system, because we don’t rely on anything on the ground. The only thing we need are visibility conditions (that make) the runway visible for the camera sensors.’
IMBALS is currently using cameras that operate in visible light, but they are also planning to develop image processing algorithms that use infrared to enable night landings, and landings where visibility is reduced due to fog or other factors.
While the project is due to finish in 2022, Deschacht hopes the VLS could be in operation by the later 2020s. Beyond 2030, aircraft could be designed with these systems incorporated, which would not only be more capable than existing autolanding systems, but significantly cheaper as no ground-based infrastructure is required.
Infrared
Sensors of different wavelengths that can detect obstacles and avoid collisions can make automated landings safer, as well as taxi, take-off – which has not yet been done for commercial planes – and cruise. Developing such sensors to use in a variety of weather conditions is the focus of another project called SENSORIANCE.
‘We are building a system that will detect obstacles, especially in harsh environmental conditions,’ said Antonio Soler from engineering company MLabs Optronics in Málaga, Spain, the project coordinator. ‘We’re trying to improve what the pilot can see.’
The idea is to not only use infrared but sensors in other wavelengths to give the most information possible. The team looked at the sensors that were already used in the industry and worked on a way to design and develop a cheaper and more effective system to improve safety.
The sensors and a camera are located on the front of the aircraft and relay the information to the pilot. Image processing software relays what the cameras and sensors are seeing, allowing pilots to spot and avoid obstacles such as other aircraft and airport infrastructure, even in poor visibility conditions.
They expect to have a prototype ready in the next decade. ‘The objective is that every commercial plane should have some kind of enhanced vision system,’ said Soler. And combined with other systems like that of IMBALS, which would enable more widely performed automated landings, it could allow for fully automated flight in the near future.

'We’re trying to improve what the pilot can see.'
Antonio Soler, MLabs Optronics, Málaga, Spain

Safety
According to a study by Boeing in 2017, 49% of fatal plane accidents between 2008 and 2017 occurred during final approach and landing. By removing possibilities for human error through automation, the risk of accidents can be reduced to make these phases safer. ‘If we look to the recent root causes analysis of aircraft accidents, many of them have a large contribution from human error,’ said Deschacht.
He also notes that the image processing technology like VLS could eventually be used in other phases of flight too, such as take-off and taxi. ‘It’s quite a challenging job for the pilot if it’s quite a large aircraft and it’s a small (or busy) airport and there’s low visibility,’ he said. ‘It’s not a vehicle you can easily turn back if you have mistaken your exit somewhere from the taxiway or runway.’
Of course, there are also safety concerns around automation. Boeing’s automated system lies at the heart of the investigations into two crashes killing everyone on board.
Long before automated landing systems like IMBALS are even implemented there needs to be a lot of testing to ensure high safety standards, says Stephen Rice, professor of Human Factors at the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Florida, US. Testing must be done in a transparent fashion with the company, government and potential consumers.
‘If the public senses that corners are being cut, they will not fly on these aircraft,’ he said. ‘My recommendation has always been to try this out on non-passenger aircraft (e.g. cargo) and spend 5-7 years addressing potential issues before moving to passenger flights.’
Overall, the general trend in aviation is towards automation, and increasingly having the pilots oversee the aircraft and its systems. It will be important to find the right balance between automation and a well-trained human pilot, says Deschacht. To mitigate human error through automation, then systems ‘must be very, very reliable,’ he said.
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