Aviation impacts on the environment
By: Kristen M. Anderson
The US Airways Airbus A320 that collided with a flock of birds and plunged into the Hudson River on January 15, 2009 was a small but tangible reminder of the negative impact of aviation on the environment. Wildlife is just one piece of the picture...
Why airplanes make so much noise
By: Marc Phillippe Babineau
It's a bird! It's a plane! No, really, it's a plane. From the ground, the major airliners look like birds in cruise control, riding the thermal winds with the greatest of ease. However, the truth could not be further from the illusion. Birds are quiet...
How to become an amateur pilot
By: Marc Phillippe Babineau
It's a bird! It's a plane! No, really, it's a plane. And boy, do you ever want to fly like an eagle, soar like a hawk, feel free in the wild blue yonder. Wanting to become an amateur pilot takes dedication, serious studying in avionics...
By: JC Campbell
Though not well known to many who have glanced into the world of aviation, George Cayley was truly one of the pioneers of flight, a man who developed an interest in the subject as early as ten years old. Remarkably, Cayley was born in 1773...
Commentary: Science and the scientific method
By: Sophia Ryzhikov
Scientific discovery and scientific method is the way to the futureAs any scientist can tell you, the path to the scientific discovery is a difficult one. It involves many steps, some of them including understanding and seeing clearly the big picture, making a hypothesis, proving...
The differences between FAA Part 61 and 141 flight schools
By: John W. Paulus
If you'd like to learn how to fly, you are going to very quickly get caught up in a number acronyms and abbreviations. One of the first things that you need to know when it comes to trying to pick a flight school is the...
Why airplanes make so much noise
By: John W. Paulus
If you have ever lived near an airport, you know that an airport generates a tremendous amount of noise. Of course it is the aircraft that generates these noises and it is aircraft that are, in many ways, responsible for the variety of problems associated...
An overview of the Silent Aircraft Initiative
By: John W. Paulus
The Silent Aircraft Initiative is a movement with a radical and drastic agenda. The purpose of the Silent Aircraft Initiative is to develop the concept of a design for an aircraft that would make almost no noise or that would at least produce noise that...
An overview of aircraft flight control systems
By: John W. Paulus
Aircraft flight control systems are an essential part of any aircraft. If we were without flight control systems, the aircraft would never get where it needs to go. Understanding aircraft flight control systems is essential to understanding how planes work.There are several specific components...
Nanotechnology explained
By: Sally Morem
"Eons of evolution and millennia of history have prepared this challenge and quietly presented it to our generation. The coming years will bring the greatest turning point in the history of life on Earth. To guide life and civilization through this transition is the great...

 

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