Splendid isolation in Israeli aviation

Going against the world trend is not possible even in the holy land. While in the real world, airlines merge and unite resources to be more efficient, in Israel three airlines are working hard to survive, each in splendid isolation. EL AL, Arkia and Israir are operating together a fleet of aircraft that normally serves one very […]

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Manned and unmanned over Israel

It’s a very complicated job and the steps are very small and cautious. The new unmanned air systems (UAS) division of the Israel civil aviation authority (CAA) is beginning to understand how complicated it is to let manned and unmanned platforms to fly in small airspace like the Israeli one. The division has been recently […]

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The Israeli open skies and the airlines

The open skies policy of the Israeli ministry of transport is affecting the number of flights to the country and this summer they will reach a peak. According to data received from the Israeli Airport Authority (IAA) this summer will demonstrate an increase in flights to and from Israel. The data shows that foreign airlines […]

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Teamwork in the sky: the Israeli challenge

The dedicated electro optical payloads developed in Israel for use on unmanned air systems (UAS) have made these aerial platforms “part of the team”. Each player in that team is a very important complementary source for real time data that is needed to create the “big picture” especially crucial in low intensity wars.    Paradox: in […]

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The Iranian “space programme” – the view from Israel

The Iranian “space programme” dictates the budget Israel has to invest in its anti-ballistic missile defence system. In recent months, the Iranians have increased their spending on the programme and Israel had no choice but to follow with help from the USA. Iran is investing huge sums of money in a space programme but intelligence […]

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Israeli F-35s – delivery timetable and the dilemma

At this moment they are “corridor talks” but they may change their nature if the situation of the US F-35 programme does not take a different angle soon, one that will restore the confidence in the projected timetable. Each piece of information about more possible delays in the delivery dates of the Lockheed Martin stealth fighter […]

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The shape of A-A missiles to come: the Israeli angle

Rafael in Israel has developed some very advanced air-air missiles. But if you want to see some future designs, that will be impossible. That is not because of secrecy considerations, but because the effort has been shifted some years ago to other missiles. The need of armed forces to defend themselves on the move has […]

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Airport on an artificial island off the Gaza coast: the plan and the reality

An airport on an artificial island off the coast of Gaza is the latest idea to completely detach the Hamas controlled Palestinian area from Israel. I’m sure that no airline is making preparations to fly to the Gaza strip, but the Israeli politicians proved again that they have a vivid imagination. In recent months the […]

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Robots of war: can they do the job?

This lab is open 24/7 and is conducting very complicated tests that sometimes turn in a matter of hours to real combat. The Middle East has become one of the largest “war laboratories” in the world. Wars fought in the region put to real test many innovative weapon systems like unmanned air systems (UAS) . […]

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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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