Baykar released the first images of their brand-new, supersonic Bayraktar Kizilelma drone prototype


05 Sep 2022

The second prototype "Bayraktar Kizilelma" drone's first photographs have been released by the Turkish Company Baykar.

2013 saw the beginning of the initial conceptual studies for Bayraktar MIUS. The project's most significant development occurred on July 20, 2021. On this day, the general public received the first design renderings and details regarding the aircraft's specifications.

The first Bayraktar Jet drone |

At the SahaExpo event on November 11, 2021, a supply agreement for AI-322F turbofan engines and an integration agreement for AI-25TLT turbofan engines were signed between Baykar and Ukrainian Ivchenko-Progress. The next prototypes were anticipated to be supersonic with AI-322F engines, whereas the initial prototypes were to feature AI-25TLT engines to travel at subsonic speeds.

What we know so far

The second supersonic unmanned aerial vehicle prototype is now set up for ground tests, which are anticipated to begin in 2023. It is to be noted that the strike drone was unveiled in August 2021.

Tech and specs

The Kzlelma is an unmanned aircraft with an AESA radar and a low-RCS supersonic airframe. Two air inlets supply the turbofan engine, which powers the aircraft. Two vertical stabilisers are used to control the yaw. The aircraft incorporates coupled-canard controls for improved main wing airflow control or greater manoeuvrability. Internal compartments will maintain the aircraft's low observability while enabling operation in contested locations.

It has a 6,000-kilogramme maximum takeoff weight (MTOW), 1,500 kg of which are usable for cargo. Data provided by the company indicates that the Kzlelma will operate at a height of 35,000 feet (10,000 m).

The aircraft's design eliminates the requirement for a catapult mechanism, enabling it to launch from and land on an amphibious assault ship like TCG Anadolu.


Capacity1500 kgLength14.7 m MTOW6000 kgPowerplant 1 × Ivchenko-Progress AI-25TLT Turbofan engine, 24.5 kN (5,510 lbf) thrust dry, 44.1 kN (9,900 lbf) with afterburnerMaximum Speed1,100 km/hCombat Range930 kmEndurance5-6 hoursService ceiling 14,000 mWikipedia

In terms of technical specs, Bayraktar Kizilelma is comparable to the American strike drone MQ-9 Reaper and is intended to take down enemy air defences, launch missiles, and support fire.


Three different variants of Kizilelma have been planned with different engine configurations.

Kizilelma-A will be propelled by an AI-25TLT engine and be able to reach nearly supersonic speeds. Kizilelma-B will use a Ukrainian AI-322F engine to travel at supersonic speeds. Finally, Kizilelma-C will use two AI-322F engines.

According to Baykar CTO Selçuk Bayraktar, the Kzlelma is anticipated to launch in 2023.



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eVTOLs may not be the only tech disruptors in aviation after all! - Say hello to the "Flying Hovercraft"


05 Sep 2022

With eVTOLs and flying air taxis touted to be the next technology disruptors in aviation, we expected flying automobiles to take over the buzz. But what if, instead of a flying car, we receive a flying "hovercraft?". Aircraft that can land on the water have existed for a long time. Say hello to the "Flying Hovercraft" from Hammacher Schlemmer, which can travel over both land and water.

What is a "Hovercraft?"

An amphibious craft that can traverse land, water, mud, ice, and other surfaces is a hovercraft, commonly referred to as an air-cushion vehicle or ACV.

Representative | CNN

Blowers are used by hovercraft to create a significant volume of air beneath the hull that is just slightly above atmospheric pressure. The hull floats above the running surface due to the lift created by the pressure difference between the ambient air above it and the higher-pressure air beneath the hull. Most hovercraft have a distinctive rounded-rectangle shape because the air is often blasted via slots or holes around the outside of a disk- or oval-shaped platform for stability reasons.

What distinguishes the "flying hovercraft" from a typical hovercraft?

The company asserts that internal combustion is the only choice because there is no electrification in the 130-hp twin-cylinder liquid-cooled turbo gasoline engine of the futuristic-looking Flying Hovercraft. The engine of the Flying Hovercraft enables it to fly up to 155 miles (250 km) at 70 mph (113 kph) and 20 feet (six metres) above the surface.

Hammacher Schlemmer

A 34-inch lift fan operating at 1,100 rpm balances the 60-inch (152 cm) wood and carbon composite propeller that the Flying Hovercraft spins. The hovercraft's skirt, which is made of resilient nylon with a vinyl coating, inflates.

Its wings and horizontal elevator allow pilots to easily jump over water- or land-based barriers up to 20'-high, unsolvable to a standard hovercraft, while operating in freshwater or saltwater and up to 30% inclines over sand, mud, grass, swamp, desert, ice, and snow.

Hammacher Schlemmer

Three vertical rudders and the elevator are controlled by a joystick, forward speed is controlled by a twist friction-lock throttle, and the lift fan used for hovering is controlled by a variable drive system. Lowering the lift fan's RPMs provides braking and the craft lands on composite Kevlar landing skids. Its low centre of gravity, composite fibreglass/PVC hull, and ability to fly in up to 25 mph winds and 6' waves make it an excellent vessel. The 160-mile range is provided by two nine-gallon gasoline tanks.

Hammacher Schlemmer

The only catch?

A boat licence and $190,000 are needed to purchase the Flying Hovercraft.



COVER: Hammacher Schlemmer

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Lufthansa pilots strike impacts 700 passengers at Delhi airport

Radhika Bansal

03 Sep 2022

Around 700 passengers on Friday, September 2 were stranded at the IGI airport's Terminal-3 after Germany-based Lufthansa airline cancelled two of its flights due to a pilots' strike, police said.

According to police, more than 100 people, relatives and family members of the stranded passengers gathered outside the airport and demanded refunds or alternate arrangements.

A piece of information was received on Friday, September 2 at 12:15 AM that a crowd has gathered on the main road in front of departure gate number 1, Terminal 3 IGI Airport, a senior police officer said.

Lufthansa pilots strike impacts 700 passengers at Delhi airport

The crowd which caused a traffic jam outside demanded a refund or alternate arrangement for their relatives who were present inside the terminal building, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Airport) Tanu Sharma said.

When they were told that the flights had been cancelled without any prior intimation, they became agitated. They were later pacified by the CISF and the airport staff.

Two flights of Lufthansa, one of them scheduled to depart at 2:50 AM for Frankfurt with 300 passengers, and another for Munich with 400 passengers and scheduled to depart at 1:10 AM, were cancelled, the DCP said.

Pilots staged a one-day strike to demand better pay and conditions.

Both flights were cancelled by the Lufthansa headquarters due to a one-day strike of all Lufthansa pilots demanding salary appraisals. The airline is taking steps to make alternate arrangements, police said.

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Strike by pilots

Pilots staged a one-day strike to demand better pay and conditions. Due to the strike, the airline said about 800 flights were grounded at its two biggest hubs, Frankfurt and Munich.

Due to the strike, Lufthansa's 800 flights were grounded at its two biggest hubs, Frankfurt and Munich.

During the coronavirus crisis, Lufthansa terminated agreements and started setting up a new airline with lower pay scale conditions, bypassing the collective deal.

Lufthansa said it had offered a one-time raise of 900 euros, amounting to a 5% increase for senior pilots and an 18% increase for those starting the profession.

The pilots union Vereinigung Cockpit had called for a 5.5% raise this year and an automatic above-inflation increase in 2023.

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Ramco Systems to provide ERP & MRO services to US-based GA-ASI

Radhika Bansal

03 Sep 2022

United States-based Ramco Systems Defense and Security Incorporated on Friday, September 2 said it would provide its aviation maintenance and engineering suite version 5.9 to support the SkyGuardian Global Support Solutions programme of unmanned aerial systems maker, General Atomics-Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI).

Ramco Systems Defense and Security is a wholly-owned subsidiary of aviation software provider Ramco Systems Corporation. General Atomics-Aeronautical Systems, Inc would use the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and the Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) services provided by Ramco.

This programme provides full-sustainment solutions to the MQ-9B RPA operators, allowing maximum system commonality, availability, and complete training services.

"With deep functional and technical capabilities, the solution (offered by Ramco) will integrate General Atomics-Aeronautical Systems, operations globally and enable the SkyGuardian Global Support Solutions programme to support its customers…," the statement said.

"Securing the trust of a world leader in unmanned aerial systems is a landmark achievement for Ramco, and reflects the flexibility of Ramco software in catering to this unique segment.By harnessing Ramco's innovative features, we will work with General Atomics-Aeronautical Systems to improve the operational efficiency of its SkyGuardian Global Support Solutions programme."Manoj Kumar Singh, Chief Customer Officer, Aviation, Aerospace and Defence, Ramco Systems

Ramco's Aviation Software would offer modules covering maintenance planning and execution, engineering and fleet airworthiness management, and supply chain management, among others.

Launched in 2021, the SGSS programme has been designed to support GA-ASI’s customers operating the MQ-9B. This programme provides full-sustainment solutions to the MQ-9B RPA operators, allowing maximum system commonality, availability, and complete training services.

Ramco Systems to provide ERP & MRO services to US-based GA-ASI

According to GA-ASI, the SGSS reduces the overall lifecycle cost by leveraging sustainment costs across all the MQ-9B customers. The programme allows the integration of resources to deliver procurement, management, and depot repairs to the users, especially for regional operators.

"General Atomics Aeronautical Systems has the unique opportunity to deploy Ramco's out-of-the-box and industry-leading aviation sustainment solutions to help meet our end goal of having the right part at the right location, at the right time and the right price point."Sam Richardson, Vice-President (Sustainment), General Atomics Aeronautical Systems

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems with the deployment of software, would be able to manage its global warehouses and enable customers to order parts and get real-time updates on the progress of maintenance and repair tasks, the statement added.

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Alliance Air pilots go on strike over salary issues

Jinen Gada

03 Sep 2022

A section of pilots of Alliance Air went on strike on Friday, September 2 over salary issues, resulting in the cancellation of some flights. Alliance Air, which is owned by the government, operates ATR planes.

In the wake of the pandemic, the salaries were cut by 60 per cent and till now, the pay has not been fully restored. One of the demands is the restoration of pilots’ salaries to the pre-COVID level.

The strike has heavily disrupted operation of the airline with nearly three-fourth of total flights cancelled. The airline operates around 120 flights per day.

Alliance Air connects 48 destinations within India with 100 departures per day.

Top airline executives said that the management will be meeting the pilots tomorrow to resolve the situation but a senior pilot said that they plan to continue the strike unless salary is restored. Alliance Air remains the only government-owned airline after Air India’s disinvestment.

"However, while every department of the airline has gone back to their pre-Covid salary and in some cases increment has been paid, pilots are still on a drastic pay cut."A pilot of the airline.

The airline is now under AI Asset Holding Company. The airline is the main airline for government’s regional connectivity scheme as it connects remote airports like Kullu, Dharamshalla and Pasighat, Tezu and Ziro in North East India.

After the disinvestment of Air India, Alliance Air is trying to revamp its independent identity refurbishing its aircraft cabin, investing in its own Information technology systems and launching a new marketing campaign as it charts its own course after the sale of Air India.

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Pre-COVID, the airline was flying to 62 destinations.

Separately, pilots of German airline Lufthansa also went on strike over pay issues. The pilots staged a one-day strike to press their demands for better pay and conditions at Germany's biggest carrier. Due to the strike, hundreds of flights were cancelled on Friday, triggering chaos around the world.

In Delhi's Indira Gandhi International airport, around 700 passengers were stranded at Terminal-3. More than 100 relatives and family members of the stranded passengers later gathered outside the airport and demanded a refund or alternate arrangements.

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Israel set to ban four-engined planes

Jinen Gada

03 Sep 2022

As of March 31, 2023, the Israel Airports Authority (IAA) will be banning four-engine planes from operating to & from Israel. Popular planes with four engines include the Airbus A340, Airbus A380, and Boeing 747.

Currently, no airlines fly four-engine planes to Israel, though there are occasionally cargo flights operated by such planes. EL AL used to fly Boeing 747s, but retired those in 2019. It’s stated that this ban is being implemented over environmental, noise, and sustainability concerns.

Israel banning planes with four engines.

With the ban in place, the four-engined planes will solely be capable of functioning to or from Israel in distinctive circumstances, and particular permission will be obtained upfront from Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport (TLV).

Whereas particulars of what exceptions will likely be allowed stay scarce, an emergency touchdown or authorities plane (similar to Air Force One) would presumably be granted permission.

“The rise in passenger and plane visitors at Ben Gurion Airport is an environmental problem. I intend to guide the Airports Authority and Ben Gurion Airport not solely within the fields of digitization but in addition to guide the setting and sustainability on the earth of aviation, stopping the touchdown of 4-engine planes at Ben Gurion Airport is one step and step one in a broader plan that’s at the moment being formulated.”Hagai Topolansky, Director Common of the Israel Airports Authority.

Planes with 4 engines are usually not at all times much less environmentally pleasant than their twin-engined counterparts. For instance, because of its giant passenger capability, the Airbus A380 has a decrease in gas burn per passenger than many twin-engined planes.

Having 4 engines doesn’t essentially imply that the plane is noisier – superior expertise implies that the engines on the trendy plane such because the Airbus A380 will be quieter than those on the older, twin-engined plane.

It’s stated that this ban is being implemented over environmental, noise, and sustainability concerns.

The IAA has already contacted airways to advise them of the upcoming ban. Nonetheless, there are at the moment no scheduled business flights into Israel utilizing the Airbus A340, Airbus A380, or Boeing 747.

Before now, El Al was among the many carriers working four-engined passenger planes into Tel Aviv, flying repeatedly to locations similar to New York (JFK) and Los Angeles (LAX).

The Israeli flag provider retired its Boeing 747-400s shortly earlier than the pandemic. Delta Air Strains additionally flew into Tel Aviv with its Boeing 747-400s, earlier than retiring the sort in December 2017.

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