Following the news that Botswana has taken delivery of 14 of these aircraft to be deployed on air-borne anti-poaching patrols above four major game reserves in the country, we decided to take a closer look at this little plane with the cool name.
The ‘Bat Hawk’ is type-classified as a “Light Sport Aircraft” and designed, built and supplied as a complete ready-to-fly aircraft by Micro Aviation SA in South Africa. The Bat Hawk is described by the company as an African solution for African conditions, and was developed primarily for surveillance and conservation missions.
All parts and materials are sourced in South Africa and the aircraft is entirely fabricated in the country. It is also said to be the most affordable light sport aircraft on the market – which will also make it an attractive option in Africa.
UF PRO® today announced the new Striker HT Pants- the ultimate combat pants for hot environments. With the Striker HT’s special air flow system, state of the art knee protection, high-class fabric and component combinations and lots of other unique features, UF PRO® has yet again set the benchmark for modern high-performance tactical legwear.
AIR CIRCULATION SYSTEM
The Striker HT Combat Pants are equipped with a new and very “cool” air flow system. Mesh lined openings in the groin area, together with opening knee protector pockets generate a cooling air flow in your upper leg and groin area with every step you take.
3-LAYER KNEE PROTECTION SYSTEM
The Striker HT combat pants can be upgraded with two different knee pads:
- Flex- Pads offer reliable and comfortable protection against impacts and additional cushioning while kneeling
- Solid- Pads offer protection against penetration of sharp objects
Both layers are protected with a CORDURA® face fabric which provides extreme abrasion resistance.
The UH1H Iroquois aka The Huey has been officially retired from Royal New Zealand Air Force service at Ohakea Air Base.
The Royal New Zealand Air Force’s fleet of Iroquois helicopters has provided almost 50 years of service to New Zealand and has been a stalwart of Defence Force operations since its purchase. The Iroquois is scheduled to cease flying operations with the Air Force on 01 July 2015.
Photo courtesy of Andrew Gaskin (via HeliOps Magazine).
To preserve the importance of almost 50 years of history for the aircraft with the Defence Force, one airframe will be transferred to the Army Museum at Waiouru and two airframes to the Air Force Museum in Christchurch for public display purposes.
Bill Sweetman of Aviation Week has taken a closer look at this interesting new player on the aerospace market:
“In person, the Scorpion is quite big. At 21,250 lb. max takeoff weight, it is about the size of the M-346 or a Citation Excel, it carries a 9,300 lb. useful load, and it stands well clear of the ground. As a jet, it offers much greater speed and altitude capability than a King Air or AT-6, Anderson points out.
Now that Textron owns both those aircraft, the Scorpion is not intended to compete with them. Or anything else, for that matter. The Scorpion costs more than its propeller-driven cousins but much less than a fighter: The goals were a $20 million acquisition cost and $3,000 per flight hour. Its niche is to do missions for which air forces today use fighters because that’s what they have, but where the fighter’s expensively acquired air-combat prowess and survivability are unused.”