Category Archives: Aircraft

Boeing’s History Wall

While this isn’t directly related to flying a small general aviation aircraft, the Things with Wings blog recently posted about Boeing’s Wonder Wall of its contribution to aviation. “The finished products of any company form its outward face to the … Continue reading

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True Airspeed for Fuel Management

Here’s an interesting post on Air Facts from a gentleman that studiously reviews his fuel requirements so he never comes up short: “If you look in your POH, there should be a graph describing True Airspeed, Density Altitude and Engine … Continue reading

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747 turns 45!

Is the end nigh for the 747? From the Things with Wings blog: “Never before was a civil aircraft built that came even close to its size. It revolutionized air travel because of its superior economics and size, although it … Continue reading

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Beer Delivery Drone Stopped by FAA

Now, this is innovation! There has been a lot of coverage of drones in the National Airspace, but none quite like this: From CNN: “Ice fishers in Minnesota are reeling from a recent FAA decision prohibiting beer delivery by drone. … Continue reading

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Boeing takes sides in the Super Bowl

From USA Today: “As for the test flight, it took about five hours with the cabin crew of the 747-8F piloting the jet over a swath of eastern Washington that spanned roughly 100 miles east and west as well as … Continue reading

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Ditching Certification

J. Mac McClellan takes us for a tour of what it takes to make an airplane ready to ditch: “Did you know that most transport category airplanes are approved for ditching? The idea that a normal landplane could be certified … Continue reading

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3-D Printing Comes to Aviation

The Things with Wings Blog has the story: “Additive manufacturing, or 3-D printing, is slowly but surely beginning to make its mark in the aviation business. While some envision wholesale changes in the way parts are manufactured, the practical applications … Continue reading

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Only a washer

AOPA’s Pilot Blog recently posted this about a missing washer on a China Airlines 737: “The FAA prepared an analysis of what happened to a China Airlines Boeing 737-800 on August 20, 2007, after landing at Naha Airport on Okinawa, … Continue reading

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Mach 1.4

Virgin Galactic is moving ahead with its space program. From AVweb: “SpaceShipTwo went higher and faster than it’s been before on Friday and Virgin Group President Sir Richard Branson is predicting it will reach space sometime in 2014. Branson had … Continue reading

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Windowless Cockpits on the Horizon

But what the view? From J. Mac McClellan: “The benefit would be to save the weight and structural complexity of a windshield. You have to heat a windshield and also make it strong enough to withstand large bird impact at … Continue reading

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