Whats in the sky?

The cold, dark night skies of February are starting to show us the first hints of spring…

Northern hemisphere

The Whirlpool Galaxy (M51)

Viewable time: All through the hours of darkness

Otherwise known as the Whirlpool Galaxy, M51 is possibly one of the most famous galaxies after the Andromeda and Milky Way galaxies. The reason for this is the beautiful photograph taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. As you can see in the picture, the larger galaxy is pulling material from the smaller in an act of celestial vandalism.

The Sombrero Galaxy (M104)

Viewable time: Mid-evening until the early hours

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On the afternoon of October 8, 1953, eight assorted aircraft came under starter’s orders at London Airport. As HRH The Duke of Gloucester waved his flag he would have witnessed a cornucopia of aircraft, including the latest military jets, an assortment of older machines and a smattering of airliners. Included in the latter was the pride of BEA — the latest Vickers Viscount turboprop.


Arrangements for the race began in 1948 and it had originally been planned to mark the centenary of the Province of Canterbury, NZ in 1950 but delays meant the race slipped until 1953. Modelled on

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Rotary wings over Bosnia

Frederic Lert reports on French and Norwegian helicopter detachments deployed to the former Yugoslavia in support of UN operations in Bosnia.

SITUATED ON THE Adriatic coastline, 6 miles (10km) from the Croatian town of Split, Divulje has always been a major naval base. During World War Two, Axis seaplanes used its facilities to patrol the Adriatic Sea, and afterwards the base was used by Yugoslav naval aviation.

Today, Divulje is an important Croatian base with a headquarters and a small Mi-8 Hip squadron. Since the start of UN operations in the former Yugoslavia, Divulje has also become a major United

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Nimrod MRA4 Trials Fleet Passes 1,000 Flying Hours

DURING ICING trials in the USA, the three-strong Nimrod MRA4 development fleet passed the milestone 1,000 flying hour mark in February. The icing certification flights are the latest step in the MRA4 trials programme and involved the first prototype, ZJ516 (PA01). The aircraft arrived at Nashville International Airport, Tennessee, on February 1 for the month-long test programme, having flown more than 4,500nm (8,325km) from the UK, via overnight stops in the Azores and Bermuda. A wide range of test conditions were experienced, with up to 2in (5cm) of ice accreted on the wings and ground conditions ranging from snowfalls to

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New Iryda Variants

FURTHER DETAILS ON the entry into Polish Air Force service of the PZL1-22 Iryda are now available — only four Irydas will be delivered during 1993, not ten as previously planned. No further options for the type are being taken up due to limited availability of the 2,425lb st (10.79kN) PZL-5 SO-3W22 powerplants.

Making its first flight at Deblin on December 22 was the first prototype of the new Model 92 Iryda, fitted with two of the new more powerful l4.7kN PZL K-15 turbojets developed by the Warsaw Institute of Aviation. The I-22M-92 prototype has been converted from the fifth

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NEFA Proposal

CONTINUING UNCERTAINTY Surrounds the European Fighter Aircraft project and despite the German government announcement in June that it was to stay with the programme until the end of the development phase. A letter dated September 16 from the German state secretary responsible for armaments to the British defence procurement minister served formal notice that Germany now intends also to withdraw from the development phase os soon as next February — the earliest permissible date under the dispute process agreed in 1988 by the participating countries.

Contractually, Germany is still obliged to either continue paying its share of expenditure or pay

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More hours in the day. Its one thing everyone wants, and yet its impossible to attain. But what if you could free up signifcant time—maybe as much as 20% of your workday—to focus on the responsibilities that really matter?

We’ve spent the past three years studying how knowledge workers can become more productive and found that the answer is simple: Eliminate or delegate unimportant tasks and replace them with value-added ones. Our research indicates that knowledge workers spend a great deal of their time—an average of 41%—on discretionary activities that ofer little personal satisfaction and could be handled competently by others. So why do they keep doing them? Because ridding oneself of work is easier said than done. We instinctively cling to tasks that make us feel busy and thus important, while our bosses, constantly striving to do more

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We took on the task of making the Konstruktor, a DIY SLR kit from Lomography, to see if we could show you how it’s done, according to the timer

Setting up our studio table, equipped with video cameras and decorative strawberries and bunting, Professional Photographermagazine’s Art Editor Becky opened the tabs on the beautifully designed box of the Konstruktor and started the stopwatch. What was supposed to take a couple of hours maximum turned into quite the epic task!

The Konstruktor from Lomography is a build-it-yourself assembly kit for a working 35mm SLR film camera. Opening the box we found


Heeresflieger – Aviation School

Kevin Wills and Hartmut Feldmann report on the German Army’s aviation centre at Bueckeburg.

LOCATED SOME 50 miles (80km) to the west of Hanover, in the Weser river valley, you will find the Heeresfliegerwaffenschule (HFIgWaS -German Army Aviation School) at its adopted home town of Bueckeburg. Host to the garrison of a famous infantry battalion during World War One, Bueckeburg was earmarked for an airfield during the mid-1940s, but World War Two ended before it could be built. In 1946 the victorious British army took over the garrison and decided to build the airfield in order to support the British

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The impact of the new ATP rule.

IT’S ALREADY HAPPENING. The so-called ATP rule took effect August 1. The impact on the industry-including those who train up-and-coming professional pilots—is apparent now.

Enacted in August 2010 in response to the February 2009 Colgan Air accident, Public Law 111-216 has significant ramifications for anyone contemplating an airline career track.

Of special note are Sections 216 and 217 of the law. Section 216 requires that all FAR Part 121 pilots hold an ATP certificate. Section 217 allows for a reduction in the minimum 1,500 flight hours required for an ATP certificate based upon

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