New technology could transform any military helicopter into a remote-controlled, pilotless war machine. Designed by Sikorsky, the kit combines autonomy software and sensors allowing pilots to man the craft or stay grounded to focus on a mission. The technology is currently being tested on a S-70 Black Hawk, which has shown to top speeds at 172 miles per hour and is set to take its first fully autonomous flight by 2020. The kit combines autonomy software and sensors, giving pilots the option to man the craft or stay grounded to focus on the mission. Sikorsky, a subsidiary of Lockeheed Martin, which specializes in global security and aerospace, aims to make this autonomous technology easily retrofit on any existing aircraft.
With the possible exception of Tom Cruise, learning to fly a helicopter demands months of classroom, simulator, and in-air training. The controls feature all the logic of Bop It: Twist one hand, move the other to the left. Push one foot, then the other. Watch the instruments, but don't forget to look at the horizon. I once spent a full day working with Airbus' top instructors, and by the end couldn't even keep the chopper in level flight.
BUCHAREST, Romania – Some 3,000 ethnic Hungarians have staged a march in Romania's northwest Transylvania region to demand more autonomy. They gathered in Targu Mures, a city that is home to many ethnic Hungarians, on Saturday carrying a giant Szekler flag, a symbol of the Hungarian minority seeking greater self-determination in Romania. Participants shouted "Autonomy!" and presented a petition calling for territorial autonomy for their group. They said the request would not "affect the territorial autonomy and sovereignty of Romania." There are some 1.2 million ethnic Hungarians living in Romania, a country of 19 million.
YANGON – An ethnic guerrilla army in Myanmar said Sunday that some of the several dozen soldiers, police and civilian officials it abducted from a ferry were killed in a subsequent attack by government helicopters. A statement posted on the website of the Arakan Army, a rebel group in the western state of Rakhine, said three helicopters attacked three boats carrying the captured personnel after they were seized on Saturday, sinking two. It said some captives and members of its guerrilla force were killed. The claim could not immediately be confirmed. An Information Ministry statement said earlier that 58 people had been abducted by about 30 Arakan Army members from the boat carrying 165 civilian passengers and about 50 government personnel from Rakhine's capital, Sittwe, north to Buthidaung.