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Aviation Innovator Rex Buren Beisel Aviation Innovator Rex Buren Beisel

September 23, 2014 by  

Designed by American aeronautical engineer Rex Buren Beisel, the Vought F4U Corsair was the first fighter aircraft with the capability of exceeding a speed of 400 mph in level flight carrying a full military load. The single engine aircraft was used extensively in World War II, allowing the Allied forces to dominate the skies in the Pacific. Between... [Read more]

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Using Prairie Grass to Prevent Bird Strikes Using Prairie Grass to Prevent Bird Strikes

September 9, 2014 by  

Conservationists are sure to give the thumbs-up to a new plan being implemented by Dayton International Airport in Montgomery County, Ohio, to plant prairie grass at airports in an effort to prevent birds colliding with airplanes. The reasoning behind the strategy is that large birds, such as geese, which can cause significant damage in a bird strike,... [Read more]

Boeing Backs Biofuel Derived From Tobacco Boeing Backs Biofuel Derived From Tobacco

August 26, 2014 by  

The aviation industry continues to strive to be in the forefront of industries with regard to managing carbon emissions. To this end the industry aims to attain carbon-neutral growth by the year 2020 as laid out in a resolution dubbed “CNG2020″, as well as working toward cutting emission by up to 50% by 2050 in comparison with 2005. Biofuels... [Read more]

Historic Aircraft: Spruce Goose Historic Aircraft: Spruce Goose

August 12, 2014 by  

One of the highlights of the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum in McMinnville, Oregon, is the historic “Spruce Goose” – the one and only Hughes H-4 Hercules ever manufactured. With a wingspan of 320 feet and measuring 219 feet long, the H-4 is the largest flying boat ever to be constructed, and although it only ever made one flight on... [Read more]

FAA Faces Multiple Challenges in Drone Regulation FAA Faces Multiple Challenges in Drone Regulation

July 22, 2014 by  

As drone technology advances, the call for regulation of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) by various parties is becoming more urgent. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has been given a deadline of September 2015 to compile rules and protocols to regulate the use of UAVs in American airspace, but recent reports suggest this deadline will not be... [Read more]

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Streamlining Air Traffic Management with GBAS Streamlining Air Traffic Management with GBAS

July 8, 2014 by  

With the aim of simplifying air traffic management and making the airport more efficient, Australia’s Sydney Airport recently unveiled its ground-based augmentation system (GBAS) manufactured and marketed by Honeywell as the SmartPath® Precision Landing System. As a joint project of Qantas and Airservices, the GBAS has been tested on more than... [Read more]

Historic Aircraft: Memphis Belle Historic Aircraft: Memphis Belle

June 24, 2014 by  

Constructed in early-1942, and delivered to the 91st Bomb Group at Dow Field, Bangor, Maine, in September of that year, the legendary Boeing B-17F Flying Fortress, Memphis Belle has a long and fascinating history. The aircraft was second B-17 to carry out twenty-five combat missions in World War II with her crew intact. After her missions in France,... [Read more]

Fascinating Tales at Carolinas Aviation Museum Fascinating Tales at Carolinas Aviation Museum

June 10, 2014 by  

Dubbed the “Miracle on the Hudson” and described as “the most successful ditching in aviation history”* the story of US Airways Flight 1549 is legendary. On January 15, 2009, the Airbus A320-200 had 150 passengers and five crew members on board when it took off at 3:27 pm EST from New York City’s LaGuardia Airport en route... [Read more]