The (aviation) chaos theory – Israeli version

The fuel contamination that grounded many international and domestic flights in Israel last week exposed a characteristic of aviation – one single problem can create chaos. It was the ash cloud in Europe last year; it was fuel contamination last week in Israel on a smaller scale. This fact will apparently not be changed, but as […]

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Virtual armour, helicopter style

   To say, it will not be an easy task in an understatement, but they will try because the threat is becoming more imminent. The talk about it at this point is in low profile, as if not to create expectations but something is going on. I can say with a great degree of confidence […]

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The planned Palestinian state – a high altitude problem

The anticipated declaration of a Palestinian sovereign state, in September, is creating some thoughts and worries about aviation issues that will no doubt need a fast solution, if indeed there is one. The two parts of the planned Palestinian state, the west bank and Gaza strip, do not have any operational aviation facilities. The west […]

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Small diameter bombs gain status

Most of the bombs carried by Israeli airforce (IAF) fighters are getting either bigger or smaller. This trend is a result of the variety of missions the IAF is called to perform. After equipping its F-15Is with small diameter bombs (SDB) the IAF is considering their use also on its F-16s. The IAF’s F-15Is that […]

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Hot market getting hotter

The crowded Israeli skies seem to lure more and more businessmen that think they have the formula to make money by offering “the right thing” to passengers. A group of Israeli aviation entrepreneurs are getting ready to join the already very competitive market. They are negotiating the purchase of two Boeing 737-300s and have applied […]

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Hit the fire on its head

Firefighting aircraft will be more capable of performing accurate “water bombing” with the help of very advanced Israeli developed electro optical payloads. It’s nice to know that this advanced and ripe technology can be used for such a purpose in addition to its other uses, mainly as a locator of targets for sophisticated weapon systems. […]

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Humans in a growing robotic combat scenario

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 This is evolution at its best. Human interface engineers are working hard these days to better integrate the variety of unmanned air systems into the arsenal of the Israeli air force (IAF). For many years they have been busy making the work of pilots more comfortable. But this has been changing . The working conditions of […]

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Israeli unmanned joint warfare – a vision becomes reality

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    As the Israeli military sees it, many missions in the very near future will be performed by joint forces of “robots” in the air, on the ground and at sea. Following the development trends of the Israeli unmanned combat systems leaves no doubt. The battlefield, and before that routine security operations, will be put […]

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Israeli GA: an urgent change of attitude is needed

The Israeli civil aviation authority (CAA) has declared more than once that its efforts are mainly focused at rearranging the issues that concern commercial aviation: namely the airlines. This in an effort to gain back the category 1 safety status taken from Israel almost three years ago. Last week, another general aviation accident claimed lives. […]

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Unmanned air systems: the inevitable slow process

Visiting Israeli manufacturers of unmanned air systems (UAS) leaves no doubt that one of their main efforts is to comply with the standards that are being built gradually, to allow the full integration of their products into a civil airspace already crowded with manned aircraft. This is not a simple task as the regulators themselves […]

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