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Airplanes vs Cars on Energy Efficiency

February 18, 2014 by  
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According to a recent report by the International Air Transport Association, the number of airplane passengers is likely to grow by a third in the next four years, to 3.9 billion. As more and more people travel greater distances…

Drone Development Moves Ahead

January 21, 2014 by  
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As the controversy regarding unmanned aerial vehicles, also known as unmanned aircraft systems or drones, for commercial use continues, the development of drones moves ahead unabated, with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently announcing its approval of six locations to carry out drone research, three of which are universities…

Innovative Aviation Designer Burt Rutan

August 27, 2013 by  
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Visitors to the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., can view the record-setting aircraft that pilots Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager flew nonstop around the world in nine days in December 1986…

Algae-oil Based Biofuel for Aviation Industry

December 18, 2012 by  
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With the increasing demand for a cleaner burning aviation fuel obtained from renewable resources, Airbus recently signed a deal at the 9th China International Air Show…

Airplane Dismantling – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

July 31, 2012 by  
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With technology constantly being upgraded, and environmental issues taking center stage, aircraft are becoming ever more sophisticated…

Harnessing Landing Power to Cut Noise and Emissions

March 13, 2012 by  
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Funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), a team of engineers from the University of Lincoln have confirmed that future aircraft could harness and store energy produced by landing gear, which could then be used to taxi the aircraft – a necessary, but very fuel-wasting, function of air travel.

Pipistrel Virus-SW914 to Circumnavigate Globe

January 17, 2012 by  
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In a collaborative project between Penn State University and Slovenian aircraft manufacturer, Pipistrel, the Virus-SW914 aircraft was launched on 8 January this year from Ljubljana, with the aim of circumnavigating the globe, a distance of around 62,000 miles, over the next two months. As the winner of NASA’s 2011 Green Flight Challenge, Pipistrel aims to demonstrate that small aircraft can play an important role in climate science.

7th Aviation Management Conference

November 29, 2011 by  
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Taking place since 2005, the Aviation Management Conference is hosted by the Aviation Management Honours programme of Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. Both students and international professionals will be contributing to the event. Research topics include Air Traffic Control, Airline Operator, Future Airport and Sustainable Regional Airports. Speakers include Prof. Antonin Kazda, Guillaume Burghauwt, Leo Trap and Dimmen Breen.

Experimental Aircraft Research

July 19, 2011 by  
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A look at the evolution of aviation reveals that many times it was flight enthusiasts and amateurs who led the way in developing foundations on which improvements could be made to transform and develop the world of aviation as it is known today. It is for these very reasons that the National Transportation Safety Board will be conducting research into the technology and innovations of amateur built and experimental aircraft. Not only will it give the board insight into the world of experimental aircraft but assist them in establishing what safety measures are being used, as well as the experience levels of these builders.

Airplanes Add to Snowfall at Airports

July 5, 2011 by  
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Researching and studying the holes that are made by aircraft in clouds, referred to as canals or hole-punches, has revealed very interesting facts for researchers. A team of researchers concentrated on six airports in particular, including the very busy Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. By looking at the effect that aircraft had on the clouds, it was found that their disruption of the clouds could lead to either snowfall or rain within a sixty mile radius around the airport. The unusual holes can therefore set off a reaction to create additional rain or snow.

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