Watch passengers’ weight, save fuel

With the price of jet fuel rising, any idea to improve fuel efficiency is of great interest to airlines. An Israeli company has developed a system that will take the exact weight of passengers and feed it into the aircraft’s computer in order to save fuel and increase safety. The company has applied for patent […]

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Split the birds, save the aircraft

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has developed an innovative structural concept for protecting aircraft from damage due to bird impact. The “Bird Splitter” structure is located on the aircraft’s tail and designed to “split” an incoming bird and thereby protect aircraft structure and crucial systems. This concept was implemented on the new IAI-manufactured Gulfstream G250 business […]

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Middle East peace process and the Israeli shopping lists

A breakthrough in the current stalemate between Israel and the Palestinian authority may result in new defence grants from the USA to Israel. According to Israeli defense minister Ehud Barak, these extra funds may amount to $20 billion and that has already brought the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) to rearrange their previous shopping, or rather wish, lists […]

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Head up displays – not just for fighters

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  Head up displays (HUDs) are becoming more popular in cargo aircraft. What was in the past an almost exclusive feature in combat fixed wing and rotorcraft combat aircraft is becoming a standard in cargo aircraft that are involved in complex missions.   Elbit Systems of America, a subsidiary of Elbit systems from Israel, was […]

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Air launched decoys: the need is growing

The demand for air launched decoys is increasing and the latest generations fulfill the new demands. Israel has been using air launched decoys for years and their extensive use has eliminated any doubt: efficient decoys are a key to mission success without casualties. Decoys have gone a long way and Israel Military Industries (IMI) has […]

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Anti G-LOC diet

The Israeli Air Force (IAF) safety center is conducting research intended to find ways to minimize the hazards of accidents caused by G-LOC. G-induced Loss of Consciousness (g-loc) causes a pilot to lose awareness of the surrounding reality. G-LOC is caused by a cut in the supply of oxygen and sugar (glucose) to the brain […]

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Ben-Gurion airport security checks: the dilemma

Human rights organizations in Israel consider it a great success. They refer to the high court of justice order to the state to explain why the security checks in Ben Gurion airport are not equal to all passengers. But this may be premature, as the situation will not change significantly. For years, human rights organizations […]

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Advanced helmets: pilots’ best friends

New generations of very advanced pilot helmets are in the works in Elbit Systems’ labs in Israel. The requirements come from current users and the company is using very advanced technologies in order to answer the increasing needs. With its helmets installed in almost all types of fixed wing aircraft and rotorcraft, the company is without […]

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Big picture for Israeli air force’s combat pilots

The Israeli air force (IAF) is evaluating a system that will enable the force’s ground control units to relay data from their radar displays directly to the cockpits of fighter aircraft. The IAF is operating some major ground control units that are creating a big picture of all the aircraft flying in a very wide […]

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Israeli spy satellites: the needs, the solutions

No official word about it but it may be considered a solid fact: Israel will expedite its spy satellites programme as a result of the recent developments in Muslim countries in the Middle East. Israel years ago gained its membership in the exclusive club of countries that are capable of manufacturing spy satellites and launching […]

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