How Airbus is Debugging the A350-XWB.
Jeff Wise, writing in Bloomberg Business Week, describes the 18-month testing process for the new Airbus A350-XWB
passenger jet. One page version (printer format).
And a bonus media offering: a somewhat functional online 3D flight simulator. [more inside]
"I'm Douglas Corrigan
," the man told a group of startled Irish airport workers who gathered around him when he landed his modified Curtiss Robin at Baldonnel Airport, in Dublin, on July 18, 1938. "Just got in from New York. Where am I? I intended to fly to California.
"What NASA will learn from dissecting Space Shuttles Atlantis
, and Endeavour
" before they transition
into retirement. (From the May 2012 issue of Smithsonian Air & Space
A released FAA investigation describes how in October last year, Senator James Inhofe
(R-OK) deliberately landed his plane on a closed runway, and then caused the plane to "hop" over terrified construction workers and their vehicles. More recently, Senator Inhofe has taken to the Senate floor
in praise of his friend (and friend of C Street
), deposed Ivory Coast strongman Laurent Gbagbo
We've discussed it before
but why not take a look at So You're Going To Fly
, a 1939 Popular Mechanics article aimed at first-time flyers.
The ring wing or annular airfoil is an aircraft design
which has been experimented with throughout
of aviation with some interesting variations
. It has served as the inspiration for several paper airplane designs
, model airplanes
of course, and a variety of children's toys
. The capabilities imagined by the French coléoptère
engineers of the 1950's and 1960's and the U.S. "flying tank"
designers are available today at least in the form of unmanned vehicles (large PDF brochure
, 6 minute video download
, 1½ minute YT news clip
). The technology has also been adapted to become the surfboard tunnel fin
and there are underwater UAVs
Ask the Pilot.
Columnist Patrick Smith
explains why you shouldn't be afraid of flying.
Is solar-powered flight getting any nearer?
As noted previously on Metafilter
, solar powered aviation has travelled a long way since the heady days of the Gossamer Penguin
. But could it actually one day power commerical flight? [more inside]
has gone missing in Nevada. Fossett has broken many aviation records, including being the first person to fly solo around the world in a balloon
and the first nonstop, solo airplane flight
around the world. A list
of all of his aviation records. He went missing during a recreational flight.
The Wright brothers may not have been the first to fly (fascinating articles on other claims: Sir George Cayley
, Richard Pearse
and Gustave Whitehead
) but they were pretty decent chaps, according to Kate Carew
in her strange 1910 interview
and delightful caricature
. '“Your $7,500 flyers,” I said to the Wright brothers, “will prove very useful, I should think, to establishing a safe and somewhat aloof aristocracy.' Perhaps less well known is the brothers' role in defending America from the Spanish
, and Fu Manchu
(Comedy Quicktime links).
All things 737
: aircraft systems
, pilots' notes
, deliveries and fleet movements
, production methods
, technical photographs
, blended winglets
, rudder news
, illustrated history
, accident reports
, Q's and A
's. Know it all? Take the quiz
Consolidated B-24 Liberator
nose art archive
of the zodiac
, dirty jokes
, self-fulfilling prophecies
, and stumpers.
(Some questionable content [NSFW-ish] and site design)
Sometimes I think the most interesting airplanes are the ones that never got built
"Your online source for aviation information and media...aviation web resources for pilots and flight enthusiasts." I'm neither a pilot nor a flight enthusiast, but still found this site interesting (especially the accidents
section, which reminded me of this previous thread
on cockpit voice recorders).
"We came down here for wind and sand, and we have got them."
Today is aviation's 100th birthday
. At 10:35am Eastern, the Experimental Aircraft Association
will attempt to re-enact the first flight
of the Wright Brothers' "marginal" aircraft
. (It's apparently very
difficult to fly -- for one thing, the pilot must keep the airspeed between 27 and 32 mph, using an engine without a throttle.) Wish I could be there in NC at the Wright Brothers National Memorial
It's utterly astounding that only 66 years -- less than a lifetime -- elapsed between Orville Wright's twelve-second, 120-foot flight and the Apollo 11
Get the plane out of the garage for me would you dear?
Not only is John Travolta a qualified pilot
(to commercial level) he has his own Boeing 707
. And what does any self respecting jetliner owner do? Buy a house with a 1.4 mile runway attached and taxi on up to the door of course...
Oh, and if you hear "Bring your Daughter to the Slaughter" blaring out from the cockpit next time you fly, don't worry it's probably just Iron Maiden
singer Bruce Dickinson
at the controls.
Concorde ends today
So what will it take
to go commercially supersonic again?
One hundred years later, the question remains: Did Pearse fly?
the passengers on our planes should have the right to bear arms
Is this guy, a former pilot, suggesting that we have a constitutional right to carry weapons aboard planes so we can defend ourselves? Is an uzzi ok or a bayonet?
is a flying HPV
. I thought they only existed in books. More fun on a still day than a Frisbee.
Link via:Velo Vision
Presenting the no-gasoline, no-pollution, no-engine personal flier
Hydrogen peroxide is used to fuel individual rocket motors at the tips of helicoptor like rotors.... James Bond eat your heart out :)
Hey! What's this thing suddenly coming toward me very fast? Very, very fast. So big and flat and round...
Are you one of those people in search of a new extreme sport? Have you considered spacediving