The field of aviation is one of the most technology intensive industries on the planet.

How Are Aircraft Engines Tested?

Aircraft engine testing, especially on commercial flights, is top-priority to ensure safety for everyone on board. According to the FAA, more than 42,000 flights and 2,587,000 passengers traveled in the United States in 2016. Seeing exactly how many people rely on commercial aircraft for domestic transportation further emphasizes the importance of engine testing. All Weather [...]

By |February 5th, 2018|Technology|0 Comments

Flying Eye Hospital Prevents Blindness Worldwide

In the late 1960s, ophthalmologist Dr. David Patan returned to the United States after spending time abroad with a startling truth: 217 million people are visually impaired and 80% of these impairments are avoidable. Dr. Patan worked to make eye care accessible to everyone through mobile stations and educate as many people as possible on [...]

By |January 3rd, 2018|Aviation News, Technology|Comments Off on Flying Eye Hospital Prevents Blindness Worldwide

Flight Simulators: History and Function

Before a pilot gets behind the wheel of an actual plane, they often rely on technology to teach them the ropes. The technology behind flight simulators is fascinating and complex. The benefits of a flight simulator are plentiful and not necessarily for the reasons you might think. Simulators take flight Flight simulation first came about [...]

By |December 6th, 2017|Technology|Comments Off on Flight Simulators: History and Function

Aircraft Wings Need to Be More Flexible

As part of the journey to building more fuel-efficient aircraft, aeronautic engineers have extensively researched ways to modify aircraft wings and make them more flexible. Less rigid wings could be the key to these flights because the overall weight of the aircraft would decrease while flexibility would increase. NASA’s Advanced Air Transport Technology project and [...]

By |November 8th, 2017|Technology|Comments Off on Aircraft Wings Need to Be More Flexible

Boeing to Test Turbulence-Detecting Lasers on Commercial Flights

Boeing equipped its long-range 777 with a laser to discover turbulence before coming in contact with it. If the laser proves efficient, the plane, crew, and any passengers on board will be saved from a rough ride. Troublesome Turbulence Photo Credit: CBC News | Technology and Science, Ted S. Warren In-flight turbulence is [...]

By |September 25th, 2017|Aviation News, Technology|Comments Off on Boeing to Test Turbulence-Detecting Lasers on Commercial Flights

What is Airplane Mode and Why Do You Have to Use it?

So, what exactly does it mean when that little plane icon appears? Airplane mode is a setting found on many modern smartphones. Maybe you've used it before when you travel. Maybe you've heard enabling it will help save battery life on your phone. Or maybe you've never put any thought into the little airplane icon. [...]

By |August 30th, 2017|General Aviation, Technology|Comments Off on What is Airplane Mode and Why Do You Have to Use it?

NASA’s Quest to Cut Down on Flight Time

Traveling by air does wonders. It transforms long, grueling drives into manageable flights and allows people to go places impossible to reach by car. The convenience is unparalleled. However, like anything, flying does not come without frustrating features for both passengers and those on the ground. Passengers sometimes undergo lengthy commercial flights (in addition to [...]

By |August 16th, 2017|Aviation News, General Aviation, Technology|Comments Off on NASA’s Quest to Cut Down on Flight Time

Are Pilotless Planes in Our Future?

Utopia: a place of ideal perfection. Tall, bright buildings between smooth highways surrounded by green grass. Driverless cars making seamless lane changes. Computers performing jobs better than humans ever could. Appealing as this may sound, real life is a bit more… messy. Pilotless planes seem like something taken out of a Utopian society that will [...]

By |June 12th, 2017|Aviation News, General Aviation, Technology|Comments Off on Are Pilotless Planes in Our Future?

The world’s first corn-fueled air fleet: Alaska Airlines

Earlier this year, Alaska Airlines operated the first successful commercial flights using a blend of traditional jet fuel and biofuels. The idea of renewable jet fuel is not often given too much consideration among the world’s airlines – while most are aware of the excessive amounts of fuels burned every day in aircraft engines, there [...]

By |November 16th, 2016|Aviation News, General Aviation, Technology|Comments Off on The world’s first corn-fueled air fleet: Alaska Airlines

Air-to-Air | the efficient yet dangerous refueling process of American jets

It's a dangerous process -- but a necessary one. The refueling of jet planes around the globe are constantly looking to improve the technology behind air-to-air refueling. For the United States Armed Forces, there are two different methods used for this specific process: one more primarily used by the US Navy, and the other by [...]

By |November 7th, 2016|Aviation History, General Aviation, Technology|Comments Off on Air-to-Air | the efficient yet dangerous refueling process of American jets