The development of composite materials is considered to be one of the most important advances in aviation design since aluminum was introduced in the 1920s. Development of various composite materials has had a very positive impact on the performance, shape, reliability, weight, cost and composition of modern aircraft.
The dedicated staff of Antilles Seaplanes LLC have been diligently working on research and development leading to the production of the new “Antilles Super Goose“, a multi-purpose amphibious aircraft. Antilles Seaplanes LLC is now in a position to start accepting deposit orders for this unique airplane. The Super Goose is based on the legendary Grumman G-21 Goose which first took to the air in 1936 – an era which many consider to be the “Golden Age” of flying.
Ira Eicher started to purchase military equipment and reselling it in 1951. This led to the birth of one of America’s leading engineering companies in the aviation industry, AAR Corp. What started as a small business venture, soon grew into an aviation powerhouse that is now located in Illinois and employs an estimated four thousand workers. It has gained international status, with offices in thirteen different countries, supplying both military and commercial aviation establishments with quality products and services.
A tiltrotor aircraft uses rotating propellers that are designed to be tilted in order to achieve both lift and propulsion. This design gives the aircraft the vertical lift capability of a helicopter combined with the speed and range of a turboprop airplane, opening up possibilities for use both in the military and commercially.
Even a thin layer of ice on the wings of an aircraft can have disastrous consequences. With this is mind, ongoing research into aircraft ice detection has resulted in standards being set with regard to equipment used and preventative measures being taken. The new SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) International aerospace standard focuses on detecting ice before the airplane takes off.
The Temora Aviation Museum not only preserves the heritage of the Australian military aviation industry but it is a historical site. It was established as the No.10 Elementary Flying Training School in 1941 by the Royal Australian Air Force, and in its time it trained thousands of able pilots to defend the skies. During the Second World War, Temora played a significant role in the war efforts and was once home to approximately ninety-seven De Havilland Tiger Moth Aircrafts and ten thousand personnel. But this magnificent training facility made a name in aviation history as the last flying school of the Second World War to close its doors on 12 March 1946.
After an extensive market survey and rigorous flight testing, Cessna Aircraft Company has made the announcement that, from mid-2008, the Skyhawk 172S airplane will be available fitted with a turbo diesel engine. The new Skyhawk TD (turbo diesel) will feature a Full Authority Digital Engine Control (FADEC) equipped Thielert Centurion 2.0 liter engine to drive a composite three-blade constant speed propeller. This DOHC (dual overhead camshaft) four-cylinder inline turbo-charged engine develops 155 horsepower, is liquid cooled and certified to run on Jet-A fuel.
The National Aeronautic Association (NAA) recently honored Steve Watson for his 2006 record-setting flight in an open cockpit biplane. The 2,577 mile airplane flight from Norwood to San Diego was completed in a record time of 40 hours and 31 minutes.
The Golden Age Air Museum in Bethel, Pennsylvania, has received a most unusual donation – a 1927 Monocoupe airplane. The Monocoupe airplane is very popular among antique aircraft enthusiasts, with a number of clubs devoted to keeping this little airplane in the sky. What makes this particular airplane unique is that it has spent the past 40 years suspended from the ceiling of a restaurant known as the “Antique Airplane Restaurant”. Progress is inevitable and unstoppable however, and this unique restaurant is being torn down to make way for a new shopping centre. This particular Monocoupe was built in 1927 in Moline, Illinois, and has a colorful history that visitors to the Golden Age Air Museum can find out all about.
Bush pilots are often romanticized and portrayed in popular media as being rough and tough with a nonchalant attitude to danger and little regard for authority, flying their often un-airworthy airplanes into dangerous places. It is true that bush flying often takes pilots into remote, undeveloped and inhospitable regions of the world, however most pilots that choose this line of work appreciate the dangers and take every precaution necessary to get their cargo or passengers to their destination safely.