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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]

Drone Technology for Airplane Inspection and Maintenance Drone Technology for Airplane Inspection and Maintenance

May 27, 2014 by  

British airline carrier easyJet has announced plans to introduce the use of drones as part of routine inspection and maintenance on its Airbus A319 and A320 fleet, noting that the use of drones will reduce aircraft down time, thereby cutting costs and minimizing delays. For some time now various industries have been using drones to inspect hard to reach... [Read more]

New Tiltrotor Aircraft Seeks FAA Approval New Tiltrotor Aircraft Seeks FAA Approval

May 13, 2014 by  

The value of military aircraft with both short takeoff and landing (STOL) and vertical takeoff and landing capabilities (VTOL) was recognized by the United States Department of Defense decades ago, prompting the collaboration between Boeing Helicopters and Bell Helicopter in 1983 to develop a tiltrotor aircraft. Although the resulting CV-22 Osprey took... [Read more]