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DARPA’s AI-piloted F-16 completes first flight testing program

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– The US Air Force is prepared to fly pilot-less aircraft in the upcoming year’s thanks to DARPA’s development of the newest artificial intelligence technology that will aid in operations.

-In less than three years, algorithms for artificial intelligence (AI) created as part of DARPA’s Air Combat Evolution (ACE) program have advanced from commanding virtual F-16s engaged in aerial dogfights on computer screens to commanding a real F-16 in flight.

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-The F-16 was updated and converted to a brand-new design that became known as the X-62A Variable In-flight Simulation Test Aircraft, or VISTA. An AI agent recently piloted it for more than 17 hours, marking the first time AI had operated a tactical aircraft.

-The first autonomous Black hawk helicopter demonstration flight was carried out by the US army last October. It was able to operate the unmanned Black Hawk chopper on its own and was safe and reliable for performing rescue missions as well as internal and external cargo replenishment flights. This technology, in particular, may be used in contested or limited visibility settings, giving Army commanders and aviators more options in how and when to use aircraft and pilots.

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In an effort to significantly increase the efficiency and safety of rotary and fixed-wing aircraft, Sikorsky and DARPA are collaborating to develop autonomy technology. Aircrew Labor In-cockpit Automation System, a DARPA project, is built around Sikorsky’s autonomy system, also known as MATRIX™ technology.

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-The Air Force Test Pilot School (TPS) at Edwards Air Force Base in California is where the F-16 flew numerous times over the course of several days, as per DARPA. According to a US military research organization, the flights successfully showed that AI agents can manage a full-scale fighter jet and offer live-flight data.

The ACE AI flights were part of a successful broader test event including DARPA, TPS, and the Air Force Research Laboratory, enabling multiple Defense Department organizations to work closely together with AI development contractors toward shared objectives.

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-DARPA performers EpiSci, PhysicsAI, Shield AI, and the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory flew different F-16 AI algorithms on the X-62A. The aircraft, a highly modified two-seat F-16, can be programmed to demonstrate the flight-handling characteristics of a variety of different aircraft types. VISTA was upgraded recently with the System for Autonomous Control of Simulation (SACS), making the aircraft a perfect platform to test ACE’s autonomous F-16 AI agents.

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-The two-seat L-29 jets at OPL are outfitted with sensors in the cockpit to measure pilot physiological responses, giving researchers clues as to whether the pilot is trusting the AI or not. The TPS recently hosted an ACE Trust Capstone event in late January 2023 using simulators to gauge pilot-agent alignment with follow-on trust-calibration flights in the X-62A planned for later this year.

 

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British Airways Speedbird Pilot Academy: Your Ticket to the Cockpit

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In a groundbreaking move, British Airways has officially unveiled the eagerly anticipated Speedbird Pilot Academy 2023, marking a significant milestone in the aviation industry. This exclusive program promises to propel aspiring pilots to new heights, offering an extraordinary opportunity for individuals from diverse backgrounds to embark on a career in the skies.

The Speedbird Pilot Academy, renowned for its legacy of training top-tier aviation professionals, is set to write a new chapter in the world of aviation. With a commitment to inclusivity, British Airways invites candidates from all walks of life to take part in this extraordinary journey.

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Paving the Way for Future Captains

Enrolling in the Speedbird Pilot Academy is the first step towards achieving the esteemed rank of Captain within British Airways. As a fledgling pilot, you will commence your career on the airline’s short-haul fleet, gaining invaluable experience as you embark on your aviation odyssey.

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But that’s just the beginning. As your expertise and experience burgeon, you’ll gain access to an unrivaled array of fleet types and routes, spanning both long-haul and short-haul operations, setting you on a trajectory toward a thrilling future.

Applications Closed for 2023

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The anticipation surrounding the Speedbird Pilot Academy 2023 has been palpable, and applications for this year have already closed. Nonetheless, this elite training program has not ceased to draw the attention of aviation enthusiasts worldwide.

Stringent Criteria for Aspiring Pilots

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To be eligible for this extraordinary opportunity, candidates must meet stringent criteria:

  • Age: Applicants must be between 17 and 55 years old at the time of application and at least 18 years old to commence training.
  • Educational Qualifications: A minimum of 6 GCSEs graded A-C or 5-9, including Math, English, and a Science subject, or equivalent qualifications.
  • Language Proficiency: Proficiency in English is mandatory. Non-native English speakers must present an IELTS Level 5.5 certificate overall, with no sub-score falling below 5.5.
  • Passport and Residency: Applicants must hold a valid passport allowing unrestricted global travel and the right to live and study in the UK without the need for sponsorship.
  • Height Requirements: Aspirants’ height must fall within the range of 1.57m (5’2″) to 1.90m (6’3″).
  • Medical Fitness: Applicants must obtain and maintain a UK CAA Class 1 medical certification with no restrictions, meeting British Airways’ medical criteria.
  • Background Checks: Prior to commencing training, applicants must successfully complete referencing and pre-employment checks, including UK and international Criminal Record Checks.

A Clear Path to the Skies

The British Airways Speedbird Pilot Academy offers a clear path for aspiring aviators to transform their dreams of soaring above the clouds into a reality. With British Airways’ ambitious growth plans, the future holds a world of exciting opportunities for those who dare to reach for the skies.

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As this remarkable journey unfolds, British Airways reaffirms its commitment to diversity, inclusion, and the relentless pursuit of excellence in aviation.

Stay tuned for more updates on this exceptional aviation initiative that promises to shape the future of the industry.

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How is Bangkok Airways now weighing passengers before boarding?

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How is Bangkok Airways now weighing passengers before boarding?

Bangkok Airways is the most recent airline that asks customers to walk on a scale before boarding. The development was announced by the airlines on their Facebook page on September 14. According to the notification, the weight check survey will occur between September 15 and October 31, 2023.

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Bangkok Airways Public Company Limited is now a member of the Watchers Club, joining the ranks of other airlines. In order to precisely calculate the total weight of people and their accompanying carry-on luggage, the airline attempts to use standardized average weight data.

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The company will formally certify that the data will be kept private and will be employed solely to enhance the information on the typical average weight.

A positive response from customers is what the company is hoping for. A standard weights survey must be carried out in accordance with the international civil aviation standard regarding the use of standard passenger and baggage weights for weight and balance calculation purposes in order to ensure the safety and effectiveness of a flight and to confirm that the actual weight does not exceed the maximum take-off weight limitation.

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Before boarding a plane, passengers are weighed, and Bangkok Airways is not the first airline to do this. Korean Air has been performing passenger weight checks at airports from September. Air New Zealand conducted a similar study earlier this year.

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Norse Atlantic Airways Partners with WebCargo by Freightos

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Norse Atlantic Airways Partners with WebCargo by Freightos

Norse Atlantic Airways and WebCargo by Freightos, the top air cargo booking platform, today announced substantial cooperation to provide the European-based carrier’s capacity from the largest European Union cities for quick eBooking and payment on WebCargo.

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For technology, perishables, and other shipments, Norse Atlantic will soon enable real-time booking for WebCargo’s thousands of forwarders on its flights to and from Europe to seven destinations in the US, including Los Angeles International. It is important to remember that Norse Atlantic operates out of Miami International, the entryway to South America, for forwarders making reservations to Latin America.

Norse intends to establish capacity later this year between London and Barbados and Jamaica as well as between Oslo and Thailand, substantially extending WebCargo’s reach in Asia and the Caribbean.

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Norse Atlantic only flies Boeing 787 Dreamliners, which have a number of cutting-edge green features like 25% reduced CO2 emissions and 50% quieter operation than the aircraft of the previous generation still in service with several major airlines worldwide.

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Freight forwarders looking to book capacity on Norse Atlantic Airways, visit https://www.webcargo.co/book-air-cargo-with-norse-atlantic-airways/

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