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…
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…
With technology constantly being upgraded, and environmental issues taking center stage, aircraft are becoming ever more sophisticated…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The world is filled with miraculous natural wonders and events that remain unexplained. Human nature causes us to question these phenomena, and sometimes this gives rise to speculation regarding intricate government plots and unidentified flying objects. But sometimes there is a very simple explanation, which some might find disappointing, but scientists are able to make sense of through a little research and study. One of these unexplained occurrences has recently been solved, namely the mystery and not so sensational secrets of the hole-punch clouds.
The volcanic eruption in Iceland that brought the aviation industry to a standstill in April has raised new questions and kick-started new research. Thousands of travelers remain grounded and airplane companies are suffering great losses due to the threat of volcanic ash, now over Spain and Morocco. This has led to engineers and researchers to consider whether there is an alternative technology that will allow jet engines to operate in such circumstances.