How to become an amateur pilot
By: James Clark - 495104
Ever wonder what it's like to soar the beautiful blue skies with your family, look down at your own house, go on an epic cross country flight in your retirement? Why not go for it? If you think you are too old to learn how...
By: M. Es Torrens
When people think of careers in aviation, the first jobs that come to mind are most likely pilots and flight attendants, but have you ever considered the behind the scenes work of an air traffic controller? Air traffic controllers (ATC) have the immense responsibility of...
An overview of aircraft flight control systems
By: James Clark - 495104
The flight controls of an aircraft are the essential systems that ensure aircraft stability, ease of coordinated flight, aerodynamic stability, and proper distribution of stresses related to flight. In order for a pilot nowadays with the more complex flight control systems to be confident in...
A look at the flight test process
By: James Clark - 495104
Since the beginning of the first prospects of aviation, daredevil test pilots have been at the forefront of expanding the technological development of the latest and greatest in the industry. In the old days, flight testing was mainly done by trial and error, and it...
A look at the flight test process
By: Dave Jackson
The first test flights were seat of the pants affairs performed by the best and bravest pilots. Now, many millions of dollars are at stake, possibly even the company's survival. Every detail of the program is well conceived and carried out. But the basic goals...
The structure of a fixed-wing aircraft
By: Dave Jackson
How can a machine be light enough to fly but strong enough to stay intact under great stress? How can a wing carry fuel and engines without breaking off? All while being made of beer can aluminum?One key is the material aircraft are made...
By: Allen Teal
If you have ever been near an airport as jetliners are forced against their will to reach speeds that can sustain flight, you have watched the black remnants of burned fuel pour from their engines. You have heard the roar of those jets as they...
By: Dave Jackson
Wouldn't it be awkward to have dual controls in your car? But then, wouldn't it be handy for training a new driver? Or to share the driving with a passenger? Aircraft with dual controls enable pilot training and shared control with a second pilot.Most...
The science behind airplanes
By: Dave Jackson
It's a sad fact that war is the ultimate catalyst to scientific progress. Aviation has benefited greatly from the abundance of wars and preparations for war. Combined with the enormous commercial benefits of a successful aviation industry, its no surprise to see what's happened to...
By: Dave Jackson
Do you remember how quiet the skies were in the days following the 9/11 attacks? The level of noise we endure was impossible to ignore once airplane flights resumed. Few places on the planet are completely free of the noise of airplanes, day or night...

 

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