Week on the web 25 March

In his Ariel View blog, Arie Egozi discusses how the Israeli air force’s decision to equip its Heron 1 (Shoval) unmanned air systems (UAS) with an automatic take-off and landing system will make the task of the external pilot – take-off and landing – redundant. “This first happened in commercial aviation,” he says. “Now the trend has reached UAS.” In the Dew Line blog, Craig Hoyle highlights the inaugural flight earlier this month of the first Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II (pictured) to be assigned to a training unit at the US Air Force’s Luke air force base in Arizona. The aircraft – the 100th F-35 to have been produced – was accompanied during the flight by an F-16, one of the types that it will replace. “Aircraft 5030 is the first of an expected 144 Lightning IIs to be based at Luke, as part of the 56th Fighter Wing,” says Hoyle.

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