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Did You Know Why Aircraft De-icing is Important?

2018-02-14

As winter winds bring in snow and ice, most of us know that it means getting up earlier in the morning in order to scrape off the ice from the car and get ready for the slow traffic. Just as we prep our cars, the same goes with aircraft. Airports and aircraft need to deal with the hazards of ice, snow, storm, and hail even more cautiously. Why is it important? To prevent a build-up of snow and ice on the wings and tail of an aircraft is crucial for a safe take-off. An aircraft’s wings and rear tail are engineered...

Did You Know Why A320-family is the Bestselling Narrow-body Aircraft?

2018-01-31

It is calculated that around 70% (20,242 planes) of the total demand for aircraft over the next two decades will be for the narrow-body variety, and Airbus A320-family aircraft is considered to be a winner in this market. Let’s uncover why it is the world's bestselling narrow-body aircraft: A lot of sales come from Asia-Pacific region, as it has a driving demand for low-cost carriers, or LCCs, that demand more narrow-body aircraft. It is estimated by Airbus, that 8,000 new aircraft will be acquired by the Asian Pacific airlines over the next 20 years. The A320, as claimed by Airbus, is the...

Did You Know: differences between B737CL and B737NG

2018-01-19

All around the world there is a Boeing B737 that takes off or lands about every 5 seconds. Today, the Next Generation Boeing, or better known as the more easily pronounced “NG”, has gone over to dominate the current skies. Its predecessors, the Boeing B737-300/-400/-500, now referred as “B737 Classic”, had once done the same with short haul travels. Even though the numbers of earlier models are gradually decreasing, there are still plenty being operated by airlines worldwide, so these aircraft can be easily spotted. The question is how to separate each type? One of the most noticeable differences these two...

The world’s smallest jets: BD-5 or FLS Microjet

2018-01-03

Everyone is so passionate about huge aviation machines. We have already reviewed the 10 world’s largest airplanes, introduced you with the largest flying boat ever built, the largest helicopter in the world and the biggest aircraft engine. What about the smallest inventions? Did you know what the smallest jet ever built is? If you ever hear someone talking about the smallest jet in the world it means that they are talking about a high performance, aerobatic, single seat, low-wing, all metal, jet-powered aircraft called FLS.  The FLS was originally created by a small company - Bede Aircraft in the 1970s. Therefore,...

Did You Know That One Of The Fastest Helicopters Will Have its Legacy In 2020?

2017-10-17

Eurocopter X3 was one of the fastest helicopters to achieve 472 km/h in level flight over France on June 2013 setting an unofficial speed record for a helicopter. Unfortunately, the super – fast helicopter retired in 2014. After 3 years of research and deep analysis of X3, on June 2017 at the Paris air show, Airbus Helicopters revealed a high-speed demonstrator configuration based on the X3 called Racer for Rapid and Cost-Effective Rotorcraft. Optimised for a cruise over 400 km/h, it will be 50% faster than a conventional helicopter. It is estimated to consume less fuel per distance with the speed...

Did You Know that Airbus Patented a Trap Door?

2017-09-27

Every year engineers install some new updates or gadgets to ensure passengers safety in new cars. Aviation, as the safest means of transport, constantly innovates too. Airbus, one of the biggest aeroplane manufacturers, patented rather strange aeroplane upgrades for passengers and flight crew safety. One of the examples is a patent obtained by Airbus in 2002, which involves fitting a freaking trap door in front of the cockpit’s entrance. [caption id="attachment_21035" align="aligncenter" width="685"] Photo source: vicelab.com[/caption] The trapdoor could be opened by pilots if they notice imminent danger arising from a potentially dangerous person. The suspect would fall down into a security cell...

Did You Know about the 3D Printed Components for Aeroplanes?

2017-09-21

Since the invention of a 3D printer, the World has been filled with the 3D printed components for houses, cars, and other gadgets. Now engineers have started using this invention in the aviation industry too. Some components of an aircraft body are the first to be manufactured by the 3D technology. Can you imagine metallic interior parts of planes made with the 3D printer? Alongside with aircraft parts manufacturer Strata, and as part of a long-term partnership with the United Arab Emirates, Siemens is going to develop MENA’S first 3D-printed aircraft interior parts for Etihad. [caption id="attachment_20988" align="aligncenter" width="685"] Photo source: siemens.com[/caption]...

Did You Know Which Aircraft Engine is The Biggest in the World?

2017-08-09

It is the General Electric’s GE90-115B which has a maximum diameter of 3.4 meters. It generates 115,300 pounds of thrust and is currently the biggest and most powerful turbofan engine in the world. These big engines can be found on Boeing 777 models. [caption id="attachment_20546" align="alignnone" width="685"] Photo source: next.gazeta.pl[/caption] Below you can find this powerful engine in action: ...

Did You Know: Airbus A320

2017-08-04

You have probably heard about Airbus A320 many times but have you ever wondered about the specifications of this type of Airbus aeroplane? If you feel like extending your knowledge about this aeroplane, then you should keep reading further! A320 is a narrow-body (single-aisle) jet airliner who was the first member of the A320 family – it was launched in March 1984 and first flew on 22 February 1987. [caption id="attachment_20476" align="aligncenter" width="685"] Photo: Delivery milestones from May 1974 to October 2016[/caption] The first company to get A320 delivered was Air France. The family was pioneers of digital fly-by-wire flight control systems and...

Did You Know How Much Fuel the Aeroplane Needs?

2017-07-19

Have you ever realised how pilots know how much fuel they need for an aircraft? It is not as simple as it sounds. A lot of people think that it is the same as with the car, you put fuel nozzle into a car and just load the full tank with fuel, but, actually, the situation is different with the aircraft. Photo source: crossoverhandling.com We will analyse the way pilots estimate how much fuel they need for their flight. Imagine that the plane has to fly from Warsaw to Vilnius, while choosing the airport in Riga as an alternate airport. Let’s analyse the...