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Tornado air miss report

AN OFFICIAL REPORT by the Joint Airmiss Working Group (JAWG) into a near-miss involving on RAF Tornado F.3 and a civilian Piper PA-34 Seneca strongly criticises the air traffic controllers. The report added that the controllers involved were not to undertake screening duties until their competence had been checked — all have now been returned to duty. The incident occurred on August 19, 1992 at 4,500ft (1,350m) over RAF Waddington when four jockeys, including Lester Piggott, were flying in the Seneca from Newmarket to York. The Coningsbybased 56R Sqn Tornado F.3 was one of four temporarily resident at Waddington for

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Tornados in Combat

Chris England served as a Tornado pilot during the air war in Iraq last year. Here he gives a glimpse of how the Combat Air Wing operated at Ali Al Salem During Operation TELIC. March 20 — April 14.

THE RAF contribution to policing the Southern No-Fly Zone in Iraq had been going on since 1992, and by early January 2003 was termed Operation RESINATE. As part of the regular Tornado GR.4 commitments, 31 Sqn deployed routinely to Ali Al Salem airbase in Kuwait. That January it once again returned with eight crews to conduct medium level reconnaissance with the

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TOSHIBA 50L7355DB

£775 ★★★☆☆

The Toshiba 50L7355DB has quite the fight on its hands in such a competitive marketplace, filled with (arguably) more consistently performing competition.

It certainly looks the part, with a silver rectangular stand and black and silver bezel. It’s one of the better specified sets on test when it comes to inputs too, with four HDMI ports alongside two USB inputs and a built-in Freeview HD tuner. There’s no satellite input, though.

Set-up is a bit of a drag

Things don’t get off to a great start during set-up. Tweaking the picture to suit quickly becomes frustrating, with sluggish

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Tornado GR4 and Harrier GR9TIEC

FURTHER DETAILS have been released about the Ministry of Defence contract awarded to BAE Systems in January for upgrading the Tornado GR4 (see Communication Upgrades, March p6).

Valued at £200 million, the Capability Upgrade Strategy (Pilot) [CUS(P)] involves the design, development and integration of an upgraded secure communications system, introduction of a tactical data link, and integration of the Paveway IV precision guided bomb.

Implementation is planned in two stages; capability A covers release to service for multi-mode secure communications system (SCOT); Paveway IV precision guided bomb; and software enhancements to improve the GR4’s controls and displays. The Tactical Information

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Tornado GR.4 first flight

THE FIRST OF three development Tornado GR.4s, converted from development GR.1 XZ631/P15, made its first flight from British Aerospace’s Warton plant on May 29. GEC-Marconi equipment in the aircraft includes the HUD, cockpit symbol generator, SPARTAN passive terrain referenced navigation and terrain following system, digital map database and display, terrain following display, computer loading system, video recorder and enhanced stores management system. The company’s NVG and FUR equipment will also be integrated into the MLU aircraft.

Following its success in the Gulf War, the GEC-Marconi Avionics thermal-imaging airborne loser-designator (TIALD) pod is also to be included as part of the

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Tornado F.3s damaged by contractors

EIGHTEEN RAF TORNADO F.3s have been effectively grounded following the discovery of serious airframe damage after servicing by a private contractor. The MoD contracted out airframe modification work to increase the fatigue index of the RAF’s 97 Tornado F.3s and the first contract for 15 aircraft with BAe has already been satisfactorily completed.

The second contract for 18 aircraft was won by Airwork Services which undercut BAe’s bid of £11 million by £4 million.

The Mod has now cancelled the contract but it may cost up to £6 million per aircraft to rectify the damage.

Work on the aircraft was

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TOP-100 УТИЛИТ ДЛЯ ХАКЕРА

У каждого из нас есть джентльменский набор софта и сервисов, которые мы используем. И конечно же, он есть у людей, которые профессионально занимаются информационной безопасностью.

Когда мы задумывали сделать подборку лучших хакерских утилит, то видели единственно верный путь составить такую подборку — опросить известных white hat’ов России о том, какими программами они пользуются. Было много обсуждений, какие утилиты включать, а какие нет. Разные варианты для описаний. Но в конце концов мы получили, возможно, первый текст, над которым работало так много людей из индустрии.

Со страницы Intro хочу сказать спасибо тем людям, которые постоянно поддерживают журнал отличными материалами и поучаствовали в

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TOP TIPS FOR WORKING WITH NATURAL LIGHT.

Discover how to get great photos using only natural light

Good lighting is the key to great photography. Fortunately, there’s an abundance of natural light surrounding us. The trick is to work with it, and learn how it can be used effectively to illuminate your subjects in the best possible way.

In this feature, we will reveal what techniques, equipment and exposure settings you will need to get great shots. You will discover how to work around the sun so that your subjects stand out and your final shots look professional. There’s no need to pop up your in-built flash

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Top Ten SMARTPHONES

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HTC One

Well, look at the handsome HTC, still heading up this fop 10 in the wake of our Supertest pitting it against the Xperia Z and Samsung’s hotly anticipated Galaxy S4. The One is a masterclass in smart phone craft, from its impossibly clear 1080p screen to its stokable aluminium body, clever Sense 5 skin and Ultra Pixel camera. The S4 might be better for power users, and the xperia Z for mobile movie buffs, but the One finally drags HTC out from under the also-rans.

Super-stylish, ultra-smart and a pleasure to use, the HTC One is a

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TOP HOME CINEMA

BLU-RAY PLAYERS

Sony BDP-S790

A quite remarkable device, this Sony sounds great, has a wonderful picture in 2D or 3D and is crammed with on-demand content including Sony’s own Movies Unlimited. Its trump card is 4K video upscaling: you may not need it yet. but you soon will.

£185

★★★★★

Best for ON-DEMAND FILMS

Panasonic DMP-BDT220

It’s not the most extravagantly specified Blu-ray player around (though Panasonic’s remote-control app is a joy), but the BDT-220 has the sort of picture- and sound quality to make its price look like a misprint. And that’s our favourite kind of mistake.

£130

★★★★★

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