A “Malaysia Airlines” aircraft which took off from Oakland to Kuala Lumpur began flying in the opposite direction and was rerouted in the sky
The Malaysian “Rayani Air” which carried out its maiden flight this month is the first airline to abide fully to the Sharia law
This month, the Swedish Air Force received its first NH90 anti-submarine helicopter
For the first time in history a launcher has returned from space and landed safely
The U.S, Australian and Japanese Air Forces parachuted humanitarian aid packages to the Islanders of the Pacific Ocean
The U.S Air Force dropped Christmas packages for the Islanders, the “Falcon 9” was launched into space and successfully returned to earth, a Malaysian aircraft which lost its way and a new Airline which will follow the rules of the Sharia. A global view of December events
Tal Giladi | Translation: Ohad Zeltzer Zubida
When Santa Claus Arrives in a “Hercules”
There are some which parachuted packaged meals remind them of field days in military service and for some they are symbol of Christmas. Every year, the Islanders of the Pacific Ocean await the Humanitarian Aid Packages parachuted by the U.S Air Force “Hercules” aircraft, a tradition which has existed for over 60 years.
This year, the Australian and Japanese Air Forces joined the important project and dropped packages of food and toys from six aircraft, for about 20,000 Islanders. The tradition began in 1952, when an American Air Crew was positioned in the Island of Guam in the Pacific Ocean and saw a group of inhabitants waving towards them when flying over them. The crew collected food and other objects that were on the plane, attached them to a parachute and dropped it.
The packages dropped today contain books, canned goods and products such as construction materials and fishing nets which the islanders need for daily life. The aircrews stay in touch with the residents in order to understand their needs and a few weeks before Christmas, the aircraft parachute the supplies.
The tradition isn’t beneficial only for the islanders. The participation of the Australian and Japanese Air Forces in this year’s mission was an opportunity to practice military cooperation between the countries and to execute a tri-lateral training exercise.
The parachuting operation is one of the stages of a U.S Air Force Plan to strengthen ties with other Air Forces, which it carries out in exercises such as the “Red-Flag”. This cooperation will make the relationship of the allies in the Pacific Ocean region multilateral as the U.S supports, and for the American Pilots it’s a training opportunity for aerial humanitarian aid missions in the case of disasters around the world.
To infinity and Beyond
For the first time in history, a launcher has returned from space and landed safely: the SpaceX “Falcon 9” launcher was launched on a commercial mission, transfer of communications satellites into orbit. Not only did it succeed in its mission, it marked a historic success – a vertical return from Space to Earth.
The rocket reached eight times the speed of a bullet and landed. Its return from space is a significant milestone in the field of space launch as it realizes the attempt to build a reusable launcher which will launch reusable rockets. This step will lower the price of launch significantly. So far the cost of a launcher rocket such as the “Falcon 9” was $16 Million, but now the cost of a launch will amount to the cost of the fuel only, because the launcher rocket is reusable.
About a month ago, another commercial company, “Blue Origin”, also succeeded in returning a launcher through vertical landing by using the remaining fuel left in the launchers engine after the launch. The company’s launcher was designed for sub-orbital flight at the height of 100 km, while SpaceX’s launcher is designed for a higher orbital path, which makes the return of the launcher even more complex. SpaceX and Blue Origin are two, amongst other private companies, which strive to develop rockets able to carry cargo and people to space.
Engineers in most companies develop a capsule or pod which can contain people or a launcher for every rocket launched, in order to fly the rocket outside the atmosphere and then detach from it.
The problem they face which doesn’t allow the existence of reusable launchers is the fact that when the launcher detaches from the capsules, it burns up with its return to the atmosphere, which makes the return of the “Falcon 9” to earth impressive and exceptional.
A new airline has been established according to the laws of the Sharia (The Islamic Law): the new low-cost airline “Rayani Air” will serve its passengers only “Halal” meat, sound Quran prayers before takeoff and require its flight attendants and female passengers to wear Hijab’s. Additionally, serving alcoholic beverages and sale of pork meat in flight will be prohibited.
The Malaysian “Rayani Air” which carried out its maiden flight this month is the first airline to strictly and absolutely abide by Sharia law and to design its image correspondingly with the Islamic Law which is supposed to, according to the Quran, to regularize all areas of life and society of Muslims.
Other airlines have defined themselves as “Sharia Friendly” in the past by sounding prayers before takeoff, prohibiting pork meat and prevention of men and women sitting together. As of now, the company flies to five destinations and holds only two aircraft, painted green and black. Throughout this year, a second company is expected to enter the Muslim flight market – the London based “Pirans Airways” which will serve mostly London residents which will fly to Iran, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.
A “Malaysia Airlines” jet which took off from Oakland to Kuala Lumpur began flying the other way, to Melbourne Australia. When was the error discovered? Only eight minutes after takeoff did the pilot notice that the automatic pilot was flying in a direction he did not recognize. While the pressure in the cockpit gradually rose, the 300 passengers in flight MH132 didn’t know a thing and were only updated that the flight to their destination will be carried out in a different path this time.
The helpless pilot was calmed by the flight supervisors in the control tower in Oakland which immediately entered a new route for the aircraft.
Aiming for the Sea
This month, the Swedish Air Force received its first NH90 anti-sub helicopter. It is a transport helicopter which is in service of 13 countries such as Greece, Italy, Germany, Amman, Finland and soon Qatar.
It is credited with 100,000 flight hours with the model Sweden received being specially designed for its missions, including a tactical radar, an advanced sonar which detects submarines and ships by way of sound waves and a large cockpit which can contain a few people.
Nine of these helicopters will enter service in the Swedish Air Force and Four SAR helicopters will be converted to anti-submarine type with technology identical to the NH90 ASW. The Swedish Armed Forces’ complex naval operations and the Baltic Sea operational region which surrounds it are the main causes for the expansion of the anti-naval platforms.