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Airline industry wants to get tough with engine, aircraft makers
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On the first day of its annual meeting in Miami, the International Air Transport Association heard a report from its director general on the state of the industry. Attendees also heard from the CEO of British Airways' parent company, who complained that airlines are being overcharged for supplies and equipment, including aircraft and engines.
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5 billion gallons of jet fuel saved
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Aviation Partners Inc. announced that its unique Blended Winglet Technology has saved the world's commercial and business jet operators an estimated five billion gallons of jet fuel. This represents a global reduction in CO2 emissions of over 107 billion lbs. — or almost 54 million tons. Aviation Partners' designed Winglets are now flying on more than 6,100 individual jet airplanes, and more than 20 airplane types worldwide.
How safe should flying be?
Flying low is risky. It just is. The closer you are to big, immovable objects, like bridges, mountains and unlit towers, the more likely you are to run into them by mistake. Which is why landing and taking off are inherently risky phases of flight. You do them in close proximity to terra very firma.
At the same time, the rewards of flying low can be great. Some of my favorite flights low level over the Snake River in Idaho, bouncing to a quick stop on a dirt road in the perfect dewy morning in the middle of nowhere California, just us and a few cows, and on a regular basis busting through the soup to the beautiful video-like sight of the runway lights at my intended destination. It's incredibly cool.
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Aircraft nose cone construction and maintenance
Found at the foremost point of an aircraft, a nose cone must be aerodynamic in order to reduce drag on a plane. On most commercial and military aircraft, the nose cone also houses radar and other instruments that might be used to detect meteorological phenomena, track enemy aircraft or transmit communication signals.
Because they protect sensitive instruments while allowing electronic signals to pass through, nose cones — also known as radomes — must be made from specific materials.
EPA to issue new rules for jet emissions
A move to reduce emissions from airliners burning jet fuel could roll out from the Environmental Protection Agency, according to a New York Times report. The EPA is set to announce the results of its study of the issue that began last fall. The agency is expected to conclude that emissions from aircraft harm human health by contributing to global warming. Issuing such a statement would trigger new requirements under the Clean Air Act of 1970.
Clint Eastwood to make film about Capt. Sully Sullenberger
Warner Bros. Pictures announced that the life story of Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger is coming to the big screen in a yet-to-be named motion picture that will be directed by none other than Clint Eastwood.
The film will be adapted from Sully's book, "Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters," co-written with Jeffery Zaslow.
The biopic will tell the story of "The Miracle on the Hudson" landing in 2009, when Sully and copilot Jeff Skiles successfully set their Airbus A320 down in the frigid water after striking a flock of Canada geese.
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NASA tests anti-bug aircraft coating
Aircraft of the future could be more fuel-efficient, says NASA, thanks to new non-stick coatings they recently tested that shed insect residue. By staying cleaner and bug-free, the coated wings are more aerodynamic. NASA tested five coatings recently during a two-week project in Shreveport, Louisiana, flying the Boeing 757 ecoDemonstrator. "One of the five coating/surface combinations showed especially promising results," said Fay Collier, project manager for the environmentally responsible aviation project.
FAA and GA community launch Fly Safe campaign
The FAA and general aviation groups are launching the Fly Safe national safety campaign to educate the GA community on how to prevent Loss of Control accidents this flying season. FAA Deputy Administrator Mike Whitaker officially kicked-off the #FlySafe campaign recently at a fly-in at the Frederick Municipal Airport in Frederick, Maryland.
NASA's 'flying saucer' to test supersonic landing from edge of space
Recently, after several days of weather delays, NASA is going to see what it would be like to land a giant flying saucer on Mars by launching an experimental spacecraft here on Earth: the Low Density Supersonic Decelerator.
The space agency will use a giant weather balloon to carry the LDSD to an altitude of 120,000 feet above Hawaii. There, a rocket booster will shoot the disc up even farther to 180,000 feet, getting it up to supersonic speeds. That’s about how fast a lander will be traveling during a descent to Mars.
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