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02 Apr 13. General Dynamics Global Imaging Technologies has introduced Data+, an elective upgrade to the Cineflex ELITE stabilized camera system that layers system-specific metadata onto Super 35 Format video, enabling advanced post-production editing. The Data+ feature will allow cinematographers to use the Cineflex ELITE for feature film production requiring computer-generated imagery (CGI) integration.
Data+ helps streamline and simplify the post-production process by allowing directors to orient CGI objects to the camera’s perspective. This enhancement provides the operator with full situational awareness by layering system metadata, including the gimbal position (azimuth/elevation), lens focus, iris zoom and timestamp, onto the Cineflex video display. The Data+ upgrade records all metadata onto separate media to facilitate efficient transfer to video editing systems. With all metadata recorded on a standard SD card, the production team can simply remove the card from the Cineflex ELITE and readily utilize the Data+ synchronous metadata with the pure Cineflex video. Data+ also provides Cineflex ELITE systems with a network-enabled Ethernet interface for simplified wireless installation. This allows users to remotely control an airborne camera system from the ground. The Data+ interface also enables the synchronization of multiple Cineflex systems on a shared network, providing increased, coordinated coverage of a desired area. Cineflex will be exhibiting at this year’s NAB Show in booth C5046 demonstrating the proven performance of the Cineflex ELITE stabilized camera system as well as the Cineflex HiDef. The Cineflex family of high-definition camera systems is delivered by General Dynamics Global Imaging Technologies, a provider of high-performance camera systems and components.

04 Apr 13. On 25th of February the TECNAM MMA received the Supplemental Type Certification (STC) from the Civil Aviation Administration China (CAAC). Wolfgang Grumeth, CEO of Airborne Technologies, said: ”With the validation in China our TECNAM MMA is now available in the most important markets. The scope of airborne data acquisition work in China is tremendous and starts from police applications up to multisensor operations in the field of geodetical and geophysical exploration. This growing market will benefit a lot from the new possibilities of this economic and multifuel twin engine platform. Our representative Amy Wang, from Shuang Yue Long Xiang Aviation Equipment (Beijing) Co. Ltd is more than happy finally being in the position to take orders. So far the STC for the TECNAM MMA has been validated by Russia, Brazil and accepted by Australia. With the validation in China, Airborne Technologies is now in the position to cover the most important markets by offering a complete
Turnkey Aircraft/Sensor package.

04 Apr 13. USAF’s A-10 aircraft conducts first test firing of APKWS II rockets. The US Air Force (USAF) has conducted the first test firing of BAE Systems’ Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System II (APKWS II) rocket from its A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft from Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, US. Carried out by the USAF’s 40th Flight Test Squadron pilots, as part of an urgent operational requirement (UOR) project for the air force and navy that started in 2009, the test firings included three sorties, and were aimed at demonstrating that the rocket can be safely launched from a fixed wing aircraft. The first sortie was conducted to test whether carrying the rocket and launcher would impact the aircraft flight, while the second witnessed firing of an unguided inert rocket to ensure safe weapon separation from the aircraft without any problems. During the third sortie, the pilots fired two armed, guided rockets at a surface target from altitudes of 10,000ft and 15,000ft respectively, with the last shot impacting the target within the two-metre requirement specifications after being fired into a 70k headwind. 40th FTS A-10 pilot major T

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