Charles D'Alberto is a CEO & Founder of Perla Group International. He has vast experience in bringing startups to successful companies and pioneer in the VSAT industry having introduced many new technologies to emerging markets. An avid helicopter pilot with a passion for the aviation industry.
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Forget helicopters, the US Army is going with real-life hoverbikes - Charles D'Alberto
The US Department of Defense has struck a deal with UK-based Malloy Aeronautics to develop and build hoverbike vehicles in the States.
Malloy's current Hoverbike prototype, which is a one-third scale model, is meant to act like a helicopter, but better. It's engineered without any of the problems associated with a typical helicopter's design. A hoverbike, for instance, has guarded rotors so that it won't dice up humans or other things.
It's also more cost effective, maneuverable in tight spaces, and has options to operate it autonomously or with a human pilot. Malloy is working with US-based Survice, which specialises in defense research and development, to actually develop the hoverbike in Maryland, according to Reuters.
The developers of the hoverbike said the vehicle's low cost and size makes it ideal for operations such as search and rescue missions, first-responder situations, and getting into confined spaces. Their scale-version prototype, which you can see in the video below, includes a humanoid figure with a head-mounted camera.
Malloy and Survice will first develop a full-scale version of their protoype, then construct new prototypes that meet military requirements, and finally, they'll be able to develop hoverbikes for the US Army, which will be used as a multi-role tactical reconnaissance vehicles that support both military and humanitarian missions.
The Department of Defense is interested in Hoverbike technology, Reuters said, because it can support "multiple roles".
17 years on, Belgrade still bears the scars of war. The other side of the NATO bombs - Charles D'Alberto
Serbia is marking the 17th anniversary since the beginning of NATO's air war against the country, then a part of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.
The attacks lasted for 11 weeks and resulted in the deaths of between 1,200 and 4,000 people, according to different sources.
NATO caused heavy damage to Serbia's infrastructure, economy, schools, health institutions, media outlets, monuments of culture.
The western military alliance made the decision to attack Serbia without the approval of the UN Security Council, which represented a precedent.
The order was given to its then commander, U.S. General Wesley Clark by then NATO Secretary General Javier Solana.
Clark later wrote in his book entitled "Modern Warfare" that the planning of the war was already under way in mid-June in 1998 and was completed in August of that year.
Serbia came under attack as the culprit for "the humanitarian catastrophe in Kosovo and the failure of negotiations in Rambouillet, Paris on the future status of the province."
The Paris conference presented Serbia with the proposal to have foreign troops deployed in its territory, which was rejected. The decision not to accept foreign troops was confirmed by the Serbian Assembly, and on March 24, 1999 NATO launched its attacks.
19 countries took part in the operation, using ships in the Adriatic Sea, four air bases in Italy, supported by strategic operators who took off from bases in western Europe.
According to estimates of the Serbian government at least 2,500 people were killed (according to some sources, the total number of fatalities was almost 4,000), while more than 12,500 were injured.
The recently published official data of the Ministry of Defense of Serbia speaks about 1,008 soldiers and policemen killed, while unofficial data shows that 6,000 civilians, including 2,700 children, suffered various degrees of injuries.
The total damage done to the country's economy and infrastructure was estimated at the time at USD 100 billion.
NATO military losses in manpower and technology have never been disclosed.
The Museum of Aviation in Belgrade displays parts of the destroyed F-117 and F-16 aircraft, UAVs, and cruise missiles.
Almost all cities in Serbia came under attack several times during the war that lasted 11 weeks.
The bombing destroyed and damaged 25,000 housing units, 470 km of roads and 595 kilometers of railways.
The attacks also damaged 14 airports, 19 hospitals, 20 health centers, 18 kindergartens, 69 schools, 176 cultural monuments and 44 bridges, while 38 were destroyed.
During the aggression NATO carried out 2,300 air strikes on 995 facilities across the country, while 1,150 combat aircraft launched nearly 420,000 missiles.
NATO also launched 1,300 cruise missiles, dropped over 37,000 cluster bombs, which killed some 200 people and wounded hundreds, and used prohibited ammunition with depleted uranium.
A third of the power capacity of the country was destroyed, two oil refineries, in Pančevo and Novi Sad bombed, while NATO forces used the opportunity to for the first deploy the so-called graphite bombs to disable the power system.
After several attempts to end the war by diplomatic means, the bombing ended with the signing of the Military Technical Agreement in Kumanovo on June 9, 1999, after which the Yugoslav Army (VJ) and Serbian police (MUP) started withdrawing from Kosovo and Metohija.
A day later, the UN Security Council adopted Resolution 1244, and some 37,200 NATO-led KFOR troops from 36 countries were deployed in the province with the task of keeping the peace, security, and ensuring the return of refugees until the widest degree of autonomy was defined for the territory.
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Saturday, March 19, 2016
The JetPack is finally here! - Charles D'Alberto
After years and years of dreaming of this kind of flight, watching programs from our childhood like 'Lost in Spac ... http://v.iew.im/Aab9CA
FlyDubai Flight FZ981crashes in Russia, killing all on board - Charles D'Alberto
Everyone on board Boeing 737-800 en route from Dubai died when it crashed and exploded into flames on landing. ... http://v.iew.im/AaWQGS
Friday, March 18, 2016
ThunderB UAV carries out 25.5h test flight - Charles D'Alberto
BlueBird's ThunderB tactical unmanned air vehicle performed a record 25.5h flight on 17 March, as part of a demon ... http://v.iew.im/Amnqqa
Thursday, March 17, 2016
Daring Canadian Prison Helicopter breakout - Charles D'Alberto
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQznPywEGB8As a helicopter hovers over a prison exercise yard, two convicts ... http://v.iew.im/Aa3fVD
F-35, the newest U.S. fighter jet, to tour airshows this summer - Charles D'Alberto
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ML2kyMMVszUAdele, Beyonce and Springsteen are planning tours this summer. Now ... http://v.iew.im/Au2tCJ
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Lockheed pushing $1 billion Mach 6 airbreather - Charles D'Alberto
Lockheed Martin’s unmanned SR-72 aircraft concept has surfaced again with renewed vigour, with company leadersh ... http://v.iew.im/Amkb67
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Pratt & Whitney Announced as Engine Provider for U.S. Air Force B-21 Bomber - Charles D'Alberto
Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III discussed the state of ... http://v.iew.im/AaQEJS
Monday, March 14, 2016
Stevensville Man Designs Lifesaving Helicopter Detection System - Charles D'Alberto
On the afternoon of Sept. 16, 2013, the tail boom of Garlick UH-1B helicopter broke away from the fuselage during ... http://v.iew.im/AauRr2
Iron Maiden 747-400 badly damaged in tug collision - Charles D'Alberto
Rock band Iron Maiden’s newly-customised Boeing 747-400 has been extensively damaged in a ground-towing acciden ... http://v.iew.im/AmJCks
Bombardier’s Challenger 650 Business Aircraft Receives EASA - Charles D'Alberto
Challenger 650 aircraft granted full type certification from the European Aviation Safety AgencyEASA-registered ... http://v.iew.im/AabwUb
Sunday, March 13, 2016
Rock'N'Roll & Aviation - I love it - Charles D'Alberto
Having spent 15 years of my life as a drummer, and heavily involved in the rock'n'roll scene in Australia, i have ... http://v.iew.im/AaYMKe
Watch a 10-engine drone transform from a helicopter into a plane - Charles D'Alberto
NASA’s Greased Lightning GL-10 is a beast of a drone (it has 10 engines!) that’s the closest thing we have to ... http://v.iew.im/AarhdY
Four HH-101A CAESAR Helicopters Enters Service With Italian Air Force - Charles D'Alberto
Finmeccanica has delivered the first AgustaWestland AW101 helicopter, designated the HH-101A “CAESAR”, to the ... http://v.iew.im/A5gVFT
Saturday, March 12, 2016
Pilot faulted in reality TV helicopter crash that killed 3 - Charles D'Alberto
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A helicopter pilot working on a reality television show was the likely cause of a crash that ... http://v.iew.im/AaSnnr
Friday, March 11, 2016
Technician Error Suspected in Ethiopian 787 Gear Collapse - Charles D'Alberto
Ethiopian Airlines has 13 Boeing 787s in its fleet and 8 more on order.The investigation into a March 3 nose ... http://v.iew.im/AamcKS
Thursday, March 10, 2016
Lockheed/Sikorsky Unit Wins $387M DoD Contract for UH-60M - Charles D'Alberto
Lockheed Martin Corp. 's business unit, Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., has won a modification contract from the U.S. ... http://v.iew.im/Aaf96G
“A very good tool for law enforcement” - Charles D'Alberto
The city of Los Angeles covers 1,290 km2 (468 sq mi) cradled in a basin between the Pacific Ocean and the San Fer ... http://v.iew.im/AamnnB
Variety of Defence helicopters carry out combined aviation exercise over Darwin - Charles D'Alberto
ARH Tiger and CH-47F Chinook helicopters fly over Darwin skies as part of Exercise Vigilant Scimitar that is desi ... http://v.iew.im/AaG3tA
Wednesday, March 9, 2016
UN aviation council orders real-time tracking of planes - Charles D'Alberto
The UN’s aviation agency has announced real-time tracking of airliners will be introduced to stop a disappearan ... http://v.iew.im/Aasb8K
Russia's New Helicopter Carrier to Replace Mistrals - Charles D'Alberto
Russia's projected helicopter carrier Lavina is even larger than France's Mistral.KUBINKA (Moscow Region), ( ... http://v.iew.im/AaVqUm
Plane's Parachute Saves Dad, Daughter From Disaster - Charles D'Alberto
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SM612BC4gQ0Amazing surveillance video captured the life-saving moment a plane ... http://v.iew.im/AavMeE
Tuesday, March 8, 2016
Awesome Airbus Helicopters aircraft in action 2016 - Charles D'Alberto
https://youtu.be/gdIyMuW9Q5k ... http://v.iew.im/A5cT6q
SM-6 shatters engagement distance record - Charles D'Alberto
Flight test validates missile's combat effectivenessPACIFIC MISSILE RANGE FACILITY, Hawaii, March 7, 2016 -- ... http://v.iew.im/A5c3a4
Tom Cruise taking helicopter flying lesson in Surrey - Charles D'Alberto
He's known for taking on his own stunts in movies such as Mission Impossible - and Tom Cruise is keen to expand h ... http://v.iew.im/A59wUg
Monday, March 7, 2016
Anti-Aircraft Missile Sinks Ship: Navy SM-6 - Charles D'Alberto
The former USS Reuben James was sunk in the test.The supersonic SM-6 Standard Missile, designed to shoot down ... http://v.iew.im/A5vemR
Embraer Readies Second KC-390 For Test Effort - Charles D'Alberto
Testing of Embraer’s KC-390 tanker-transport is poised to accelerate to new levels with the introduction of a 7 ... http://v.iew.im/Aa5qVk
Russia to Supply China With Nine Multirole Helicopters - Charles D'Alberto
Russia and China have signed a deal on the supply of seven Russian-made Kamov Ka-32A11BC and two Mil Mi-171E chop ... http://v.iew.im/A5TEmv
Sunday, March 6, 2016
Watch some Laser Pointing #IDIOTS get NAILED by Police - Charles D'Alberto
Pointing a Laser at an aircraft is a Federal Crime in most Western counties. These #IDIOTS are risking the lives ... http://v.iew.im/AaFqgJ
Aviation industry converge on Abu Dhabi - Charles D'Alberto
Abu Dhabi is hosting its first ever Abu Dhabi Aviation and Aerospace weekDubai: Aviation industry leaders fr ... http://v.iew.im/AaLhCS
Pave Hawk replacement finally beckons for US Air Force - Charles D'Alberto
Ten years ago, the US Air Force was charging full speed towards the procurement of 141 Boeing HH-47s to replace t ... http://v.iew.im/A5GWAY
Saturday, March 5, 2016
Navy to Deploy New Fighter-Launched Weapon - Charles D'Alberto
The new JSOW C-1 will allow fighter jets to track and destroy moving targets at seahttps://www.youtube.com/watc ... http://v.iew.im/AaRKvs
New hope for Apache helicopter unit in Marana - Charles D'Alberto
An AH-64 Apache helicopter takes off at the Western Army National Guard Aviation Training Site in Marana. A recen ... http://v.iew.im/A5Eqfx
Friday, March 4, 2016
Raids after suspect Swedish helicopter deal - Charles D'Alberto
Police officers have raided the headquarters of the Swedish Maritime Administration, following corruption claims ... http://v.iew.im/AaQQFA
Two passengers killed in Russian Interior Ministry helicopter's crash landing — Charles D'Alberto
VLADIMIR, March 4. /TASS/. Rescuers have found the Russian Interior Ministry’s helicopter that crashed in the V ... http://v.iew.im/A5pRhn
Helicopter Tail Rotor Strike - Charles D'Alberto
Flying in close proximity of trees and other obstacles can be deadly. This pilot was way too close, and in fact m ... http://v.iew.im/Aa5rKX
Columbus Police upgrades MD 500Es - Charles D'Alberto
The Columbus Police Department will upgrade four of its MD 500E helicopters to MD 530FsThe upgrades will be d ... http://v.iew.im/AaxEaP
Thursday, March 3, 2016
Finmeccanica AW109 Trekker helicopter performs first flight - Charles D'Alberto
A prototype aircraft took to the air for the first time at the Helicopter Division’s Cascina Costa facility (It ... http://v.iew.im/A5NwDH
K-MAX production is on schedule, says Kaman - Charles D'Alberto
Kaman announced in June last year that it was resuming production of the unique, single-seat utility helicopter. ... http://v.iew.im/A5Xxdx
Lockheed To Begin Design Of NASA’s Low-boom Supersonic X-plane - Charles D'Alberto
This is an artist’s concept of a possible Low Boom Flight Demonstration Quiet Supersonic Transport (QueSST) X-p ... http://v.iew.im/A5QjgA
Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Japan develops unmanned helicopter for use in agricultural industry - Charles D'Alberto
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kV5Eay-eX74Yamaha Motor has decided to design an unmanned helicopter 'Fazer' ... http://v.iew.im/APbuJv
LPR adds four additional Airbus H135P3 helicopters - Charles D'Alberto
Poland's emergency medical services (EMS) provider Lotnicze Pogotowie Ratunkowe (LPR) has added four additional a ... http://v.iew.im/A5BVCM
Debris in Mozambique Is Thought to Come From Malaysia Airlines Flight - Charles D'Alberto
Debris that washed up on the coast of Mozambique could be part of the wreckage from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, ... http://v.iew.im/AaFDB5
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Montenegro to sell fixed-wing fleet as focus turns to rotorcraft ops - Charles D'Alberto
The government of Montenegro has given the go-ahead for the sale of its remaining four Soko G-4 Super Galeb jets ... http://v.iew.im/A5ptcc
H160 ready to take on the market at Heli-Expo - Charles D'Alberto
Airbus Helicopters ready to sign letters of intent for the H160 Development, industrialization and customer ... http://v.iew.im/APw9Xn
Vidant helicopter’s close call with a drone is catching pilots’ attention - Charles D'Alberto
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gd0YUO8GjTwGREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Pilots’ concerns over drones in thei ... http://v.iew.im/A5e89j
4,700 medium and heavy helicopters to be sold over next decade - Charles D'Alberto
A total of 4 744 medium and heavy military rotorcraft will be produced from 2016 through 2025, according to a new ... http://v.iew.im/APsM6a
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