Schlagwort-Archive: Tornado

Annäherung mit Tornado

Ereignis, Flugverlauf
Die SR 22 durchflog die TRA in südöstlicher Richtung in FL 100. Die beiden PA-200 nutzten die TRA für Luftkampfübungen zwischen FL 100 und FL 240. Dabei kam es zu einer Annäherung zwischen einer der beiden PA-200 und der SR 22. Der geringste ermittelte Abstand betrug etwa 0,4 NM horizontal und 200 ft vertikal.


Die Störung ist auf folgende Ursachen zurückzuführen:

  • Die beteiligten Besatzungen erkannten die sich anbahnende Kollisionsgefahr zu spät, um die gefährliche Annäherung rechtzeitig verhindern zu können
  • Die PA-200 unterschritt die festgelegte Mindesthöhe
  • Das zuständige CRC-Personal reagierte zu spät und unzureichend auf die sich entwickelnde Konfliktsituation

Beitragende Faktoren

  • Freigabe von Fremdverkehr durch einen militärisch genutzten Übungsluftraum durch das CRC, ohne vorherige Koordination mit den militärischen Nutzern
  • Unzureichende Separierung zwischen militärischem Übungsverkehr und Fremdverkehr
  • Einflussnahme auf die Entscheidungsfindung durch nicht autorisiertes Personal

Quelle / vollständiger Bericht: ‚BFU‚.

The Story behind this photo

Source: ‚The aviation geek Club (Text) and BAE Heritage Collection / Kate Yates‚ (Image).

Taken in 1988 the unique photos in this post feature British Aerospace (BAe) Test Pilot Keith Hartley conducting the ‘cockpit habitability trial’ in his open-top Tornado XZ630. “In 1988, our test pilot Keith Hartley flew at 500 knots in a Tornado aircraft with the canopy off, testing the emergency escape procedures of the jet; just one example of the lengths we go to test the safety of the planes we build for the RAF.

The Panavia Tornado XZ630 was the first British pre-production aircraft which flew on March 14, 1977 and participated in weapons release trials at the Aeroplane & Armament Experimental Establishment (A&AEE) at Boscombe Down. Noteworthy Pre-production Tornados incorporated a number of refinements over earlier prototypes that would be incorporated onto production aircraft.

Former Lightning and Tornado F3 pilot Ian Black said: “While the first ten aircraft could be considered true prototypes, the first real Tornado for the RAF flew in March 1977 (XZ630) and it was quickly assigned to the A&AEE at RAF Boscombe Down in Wiltshire.”

After a successful career as a trials aircraft, Panavia Tornado XZ630 was retired to ground duties and has been the Gate Guardian at RAF Halton’s Recruit Training Squadron Parade Square since 2004. It was refurbished to resemble a GR4 from 31 Squadron, currently based at RAF Marham, and known as the ‘Goldstars’. The refurbishment was carried out by Serco contractors.

Development of the Tornado began in 1968, when the United Kingdom, West Germany and Italy initiated a collaborative project to produce a low-level, supersonic aircraft. Panavia Aircraft, a new tri-national company established in Germany, built the variable-sweep wing aircraft, and the first prototype flew on Aug. 14, 1974.

Tornado has been a vital part of air forces from the day it went into service in 1979: With a max speed of 1.3 Mach and an expansive range of integrated weaponry the Tornado is a formidable aircraft that is renowned for its ability to operate in any weather conditions, at low level at any time of the day or night. The Tornado was exported to the Royal Saudi Air Force and is still in use by them today.

Glider pilot flies around tornado

Oklahoma City native David Evans has been a pilot for about 30 years, but few things compare with what he encountered while flying his glider Sunday. Evans came face to face with a bona fide tornado — and decided to hitch a ride on the upward-moving air around it. Weather wasn’t conducive for strong thunderstorm activity or tornadoes in the Sooner State on Sunday, but Evans found a landspout, a borderline tornado that forms in a way similar to many waterspouts or dust devils. That meant it wasn’t born from a thunderstorm or cloud-based rotation, but rather developed from the ground up. It also couldn’t be spotted on radar, and there were no obvious large-scale weather features that would have clued meteorologists in to the chance for tornadoes. How do tornadoes form? This drone-based project seeks to unravel the secrets of spinning storms. “Realistically, it was more of a landspout, but we sort of have no justification as to why it occurred,” said Ryan Bunker, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Norman, Okla. “We didn’t have any answers.” Source: ‚David Evans/ Washinghton Post‘.