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Fly-by-Wire Technology Now Used in Army Utility Helicopters

first_img In use in other U.S. Defense Department aircraft for years, fly-by-wire now replaces the conventional manual flight controls in some Black Hawk helicopters with an electronic interface. In older aircraft, cables run from the pilot’s controls to various control systems such as rudders, ailerons and, in the case of helicopters, the pitch controls on the rotor blades. With fly-by-wire technology, the flight-control movements are converted to electronic signals and sent to flight control computers that use them to determine how to move the aircraft. This technology can automatically perform functions without input from the pilot. “The fly-by-wire variant of the UH-60M Black Hawk offers increased handling capability, lower maintenance burden, decreased pilot work load, and full-authority digital engine control,” Maj. Jeffrey Stvan, assistant program manager UH-60 Modernization, said. This technology greatly decreases the workload of the pilots, allowing them to focus on their surroundings and reduce fatigue, by permitting them to better control the loads. “One aim of the fly-by-wire system is to allow the pilot to keep more of his concentration outside the cockpit and on his surrounding environment,” Stvan said. Maj. Carl Ott, an Army experimental test pilot for the Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center’s Aeroflightdyanmics Directorate at Moffett Field, California, has done testing for the Utility Project Office and Sikorsky, involving fly-by-wire technology. He said fly-by-wire technology is geared toward making the aircraft highly stable and more predictable. This technology will also help troops on the ground, when a pilot can focus more on the surroundings and efficiently making deliveries and place payloads that will be a great advantage, officials added. “The fly-by-wire is an enabling technology that will allow for more advanced, adaptive, flight controls and sensors to be integrated into a helicopter making them easier and safer to fly,” Ott said. By Dialogo August 30, 2011last_img read more

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Antique extends ECQ until April 14

first_img“We are asking a little sacrifice fromthe ‘strandees’ because the ECQ is part of the prevention control implementedfor the good of everyone,” he said. “All municipal mayors of the 18 towns ofAntique are enjoined to implement an enhanced community quarantine in theirrespective territorial jurisdictions until April 14, 2020,” the EO added. They were already provided with rice,corned beef, sardines, towel, and laundry soap, among others while stayingthere. The ECQ should have ended on March 31,but the growing threat of the COVID-19 to this virus-free province was thereason of the governor to place an extension. Western Visayas has a total of 22positive cases of the virus as of March 31. The 74 stranded Antiqueños are workersfrom the world-famous Boracay Island in Malay town and other parts of Aklanprovince. SAN JOSE, Antique – The provincialgovernment here extended the implementation of the enhanced communityquarantine (ECQ) until April 14 as a higher bid to curb the spread of thecoronavirus disease 2019. This healthcare worker from the Philippine Red Cross-Antique Chapter (right) conducts hygiene promotion to the Antiqueños that were stranded in Pandan, Antique due to the coronavirus disease 2019. The stranded persons cannot yet go home to their respective municipalities until the end of the enhanced community quarantine in the province. PHILIPPINE RED CROSS-ANTIQUE CHAPTER The existing 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfewwill also remain enforced.center_img According to the new EO, all provincialborders of Antique will remain temporarily closed, along with its lone airportin this capital town and all seaports. “People going out of the Province ofAntique shall not also be allowed to enter the province until April 14,” the EOstates. For his part, San Jose Mayor ElmerUntaran urged other local government units in this province to provide morefood and other supplies to the stranded Añtiquenos. He added that it is better to let thesaid Añtiquenos stay at the evacuation centers in Pandan first until such timethat the EO will be lifted.(With a reportfrom PNA/PN) Meanwhile, provincial informationofficer Galileo Magbanua said yesterday that they are asking the 74 strandedindividuals in evacuation centers in Pandan town to be more patient since theyare not yet allowed to be given the green light to return to their respectivemunicipalities in this province. Upon the recommendation of the Inter-AgencyTask Force on COVID-19, Gov. Rhodora Cadiao issued Executive Order No. 38,series of 2020 on March 30.last_img read more

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Team River Fitness shatters canoe racing record

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisA five–man team of paddlers recently competed in the Missouri American Water Canoe Race, A 340–mile stretch from Kansas City to Saint Charles. Team River Fitness not only crossed the finish line, they set an overall new racing record. WBKB spoke with an Oscoda–native racer on the team’s big win.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Quarry 5K Run/Walk offers unique experience for a good causeNext Tackle box, valuable fishing equipment stolen at LaMarre Parklast_img read more

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