Based on aerodynamics and fuel efficiency design. Nasa and Boeing are studying a concept design named Transonic Truss-Braced Wing (TTBW), belonging to the Subsonic Ultra Green Aircraft Research program. Boeing has a configuration with an outstanding aerodynamic flying within Mach 0.70 – 0.80 (Transonic), a competitive speed similar to airliners. The wing plane comprises aContinue reading “TRANSONIC TRUSS-BRACED WING”
Gliders are planes without an engine. They have four forces acting on them – lift, weight (gravity), drag and thrust. Although gliders do not have their own power to provide thrust, the weight of the glider produces the thrust to keep it moving through the air by flying downwards at a shallow angle of descent.Continue reading “How Do Gliders Fly?”
The Cirrus Vision Jet is a one-of-a-kind personal jet that doesn’t fit any of the pre-existing jet categories. It was built with the Cirrus pilot in mind, created to burn about half the fuel of a light jet and be cheaper than the single-engine turboprops that can’t fly as high or fast. The Vision JetContinue reading “Cirrus Vision Jet: The World’s Most Popular Private Jet”
It is considered as another way to produce lift, and if this is attached to the wing then it is called a leading-edge extension. But, why put an extension on the wing? What kind of benefits does it bring to the plane? The leading edge extension creates vortices in a controlled way. It improves theContinue reading “Wing Strakes”
If you ask most people who have flown, they would probably say they have seen these “pod-like” structures under the wings of an aircraft. Some people assume that they hold fuel. This is not correct, but in fact, they house the workings of the inboard and outboard flaps. Within these structures, the jackscrew, carriages, gearboxes,Continue reading “Flap Track Fairings: What Are They?”
An unusual prototype with circular wing in parasol configuration, built in 1934 became a successful STOL airplane, making the way to circular wing aircraft such as the Flying Pancake the AvroCar among others. Using a fuselage from an Alliance Argo biplane and powered by a 90 hp Lambert engine. The media at that moment wroteContinue reading “Nemeth Parasol”
The wings are the most relevant parts of an airplane. They maintain the flight by the reaction forces against the air. Now, talking about the wing as a structural part of a plane, this is taken to the limit. Civil structures are tested, the aerospace structures are subject to dynamic and static forces, sometimes, untilContinue reading “Wings: Until They Break”
First of all, what is Drag? Drag is the force that resists movement of of an aircraft through the air. It slows the aircraft in flight by limiting the forward speed of the airplane. There are two main types of drag: parasite drag and induced drag.
In this article, I will be explaining how airplanes stay in the air in the simplest way possible. By explaining how the four forces work. So, have you ever wondered how planes stay in the air? No, it’s not magic, it’s called aerodynamics.
The pinnacle of excellence, and an eye-catcher; the Airbus A380 is truly a marvel. When Singapore Airlines took the A380 for its first commercial flight in 2007, there was huge excitement and noise around the world that the future of air travel had finally arrived. From hotel suites to bars in business class, all seemedContinue reading “The Ultimate Airbus which Failed to Deliver”
On the fateful day of December 17, 1903, the first airplane flew for a distance of 120 feet over the sands Kill Devil Hill, North Carolina. The airplane was built by Orville and Wilbur Wright in a shop not far from the place of the momentous flight. Many have tried to accomplish flight before theContinue reading “The First Airplane”
A weirdly shaped, not very aesthetic plane that looks like a saucer that can never fly. This is the Vought V-173, an American prototype with a circular airfoil with large-diameter propellers on the wingtips.
Do you know what’s it like to fly without the assistance of Air Traffic Control (ATC)? If yes, then you must’ve flown in class G airspace, if the answer is no, this article will let you know what to expact.
The sky is more complicated than you’ve ever thought. To a normal person, when they look up, all they see is the clear blue sky. But pilots, on the other hand, manage a complex ‘invisible infrastructure’ that allows them to operate safely in the sky. What are they?
We’ve all heard various myths, misconceptions, and conspiracy theories regarding the Devil’s Triangle. Do you believe in any of them? Personally I’ve always thought that there must be a rational reason for everything. But what makes the thought of travelling over the Bermuda Triangle so terrifying?
We already know what VFR stands for, visual flight rules, but what is Special VFR? First, let’s recap, visual flight rules (VFR) is a set of rules under which a pilot operates an aircraft in generally fair weather where the pilot can clearly see where the plane is going. Generally, the basic VFR minimums are,Continue reading “Can You Request a SVFR?”
As much as we hate to admit there are certain airspaces we can’t fly over. Some are considered restricted while there are others even prohibited.What’s the difference? And what happens if a pilot decides to fly over a restricted area?
What’s the story behind the second deadliest aviation accident in the U.S.? The crash that ended the lives of 265 people and 2 dogs. How did it happen? And could it have been prevented?
When flying you’ve got two rules and it’s up to you to choose depending on your training and rating. You have VFR and IFR. What’s difference? Why is this relevant? What are your restrictions?
Seriously though, what is this?! The concept is stunning, and looks too good to be true. It’s called the “Sky Whale” and I can see why, it is gigantic. Honestly, before even getting into it, the plane’s design is impressive, and more importantly, it highly focuses on safety. What is so special about this aircraft?Continue reading “What is this Aircraft?”
I know what you’re thinking: Flying cars have a history? Do they even exist? At least that’s what I also thought, and it turns out it’s a long one. It starts in 1917 with Glenn Curtiss, who built the Curtiss autoplane, a combination between an automobile and an airplane, it was something unheard of backContinue reading “The History of Flying Cars”
Instead of the normal-looking planes we have today, did you know that a forward-swept wing aircraft existed? The Grumman X-29 is an aircraft that is surprisingly easy to fly due to its extraordinary design. According to Peter Suciu, this concept wasn’t new, as the United States and Nazi Germany previously experimented with forward-swept wings duringContinue reading “The First Forward-Swept Wing Plane to Fly at a Supersonic Speed in Level flight in the World”
People are weird, some of the things that they’ve done are just downright crazy. Who even thinks to do things like this? In this article I will write about the craziest things people have actually done on a plane and I highly suggest that the reader do not do them, no matter how tempted youContinue reading “Never Do These Things on a Plane”
Since the beginning of time, people have only dreamed about the idea of flying, thinking to themselves, will we ever know that feeling? Impossible. But it always goes down to one human being with a vision, with the idea that, yes, we can fly, let’s just start with a pair of wings, and he did.
Even the name sounds awesome, Supermarine Spitfire, no offence Boeing, you’re still my favorite aircraft, love you. Anyway, the amazing Supermarine Spitfire is a British single-seat fighter aircraft, it was used by the Royal Air Force and the other Allied countries before, during, and after WWII. It’s extremely famous, I would be really surprised ifContinue reading “Learn about the Amazing Supermarine Spitfire”
For anyone interested in flying, this article will help you gain broader understanding of the categories, class and type of aircraft to fly. Maybe you want to fly an Airbus? Maybe you want to fly a balloon? If that’s your dream, who am I to judge? So allow me to list the aircrafts according toContinue reading “What Will I Fly?”
What is risk management? it is the vital process of making constructive and effective decisions. It includes two frequently-used tools: PAVE and the 5Ps. I chose to write, in detail, about the 5Ps checklist because I simply prefer it and feel it pays attention to the smallest detail. This checklist is crucial for the flightContinue reading “What’s an Important Risk Management Tool for a Pilot?”
Motion sickness, or airsickness, is actually very common at the beginning of flight training. What is airsickness? It occurs because of the opposition between the information we receive from our eyes and the information we receive from our vestibular from our inner ear, so between what we see and what we feel.
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It’s not easy being a pilot, one mistake and it’s game over. Studies have shown that certain attitudes can interfere with a pilot’s better judgment and they are called “hazardous” attitudes for a reason. What makes them a real issue is that sometimes these attitudes are part of someone’s personality and that is not somethingContinue reading “How to be a bad pilot?”
Again keep in mind that air transportation is the safest mode of travel. Now here’s a list of the Top 10 deadliest air disasters of all time listed in an article written by Patrick Smith.
We have all heard the phrase “we do not negotiate with terrorists”, which is the correct response in order to not give the terrorists leverage, but unfortunately a pilot cannot say that no matter how cool Jodie Dench made it sound in “The World is Not Enough” because then it will go in one ofContinue reading “Pilots Negotiate with Terrorists”
The jet age which started in the 1950s has marked many transformations in the aviation industry where the aircraft has reached high speeds. This came with challenges in reaching the aerodynamic efficiency.