Flying is, statistically, one of the safest ways to travel. Yet, despite this, when things go wrong, they go very, very wrong.But these tragic events, on occasion, have had a silver lining leading to widespread reforms in thinking and design for current and future aircraft. Here are some of the most notable plane crashes that changed the aerospace industry forever.
The engine uses paraffin and a novel nitrous oxide-oxygen mixture called Nytrox.September 14, 2020They say if you stay the course and persevere, you will succeed. This is what a bunch of students from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign discovered.The pupils had set a very lofty goal for themselves: to build a hybrid rocket engine that uses paraffin and a novel nitrous oxide-oxygen mixture called Nytrox.
The data collected by the sensors of the airplane goes to the flight data acquisition unit which is located towards the front of the aircraft, and it sends the data to the black boxes.March 12, 2014One of the first things that is asked when any airplane crashes is what caused the accident and this is when investigators looking into the accident turn to the black box, which is made up of a flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder.
We& 39;re going to explain the processes involved so that anyone could get a good understanding of the underlying principles behind jet engines.April 23, 2014You may have wondered how a jet engine works but gave up on the idea that you would be able to understand rocket science. But it& 39;s actually a simple concept to grasp and one that will impress the person by your side on your next flight.
December 07, 2015An Airbus A320 was forced to abort landing at Manchester airport after being hit by a strong crosswind. The failed landing was captured on video, you can watch the video below. A combination of gale forced wind and heavy rain caused the airbus to seesaw and lurch violently seconds before landing.
In a first, on October 21, 2019, Qantas Airlines flew non-stop from New York City to Sydney, Australia in a flight lasting 19 hours 16 minutes.Then, on November 15, 2019, Qantas flew another first: a non-stop flight from London to Sydney, lasting 19 hours, 19 minutes.RELATED: HOW WILL WE ADAPT TO FLIGHTS IN EXCESS OF 19 HOURS?
In the 1950s, people dreamed of using nuclear energy to power all manner of transport — from cars to airplanes to airships. In the U.S. the father of the nuclear reactor, Enrico Fermi, envisioned a nuclear-powered aircraft, while in the USSR, the chief designer of the Soviet atomic bomb, Aleksandr Kurchatov, thought nuclear-powered & 34;heavy aircraft& 34; could be built.
Powered by no less than 6 massive turbofan engines, the Antonov An-225 & 34;Mriya& 34; is the world& 39;s biggest operational cargo plane. She is a serial record-breaker and isn& 39;t too bad looking either.In this article, we briefly explore the plane& 39;s history and take a look at some of her vital stats.
Amsterdam Passengers Flying to Mexico Forced Back Home on an 11-Hour Journey Due to Erupting Volcano
Passengers of KLM flight KL685 returned back home from where they started.December 01, 2019When you travel with an airplane you know the ride may be long and sometimes excruciating, but it is all worth it because you reach your destination. Unfortunately, this wasn& 39;t the case for some KLM passengers that took a flight from Amsterdam to Mexico last Thursday.
The helicopter sits in harmony with all other Aston Martin vehicles.January 06, 2020Airbus and Aston Martin have entered into cooperation and it has produced one heck of a designer helicopter. The super luxurious ACH130 is a sight to behold.Design principles“We have our own set of automotive design principles but in recent years we have been learning how to apply our principles to other areas of design, such as architecture, motorcycles and now helicopters,& 34; said Aston Martin Vice President and Chief Creative Officer, Marek Reichman.
The next-generation of wireless network that will succeed 4G is set to improve connectivity between people and things. In 2020, larger deployments of 5G networks will take place across all industries, including the aviation industry. 5G connectivity means lower latency, larger bandwidths, and radios closer to the edge via smaller cells.
Boeing released internal documents going back to 2013 showing that some in the company did not prioritize safety when designing and building the embattled 737 MAX 8 aircraft, Boeing& 39;s best-selling plane.January 10, 2020Boeing released internal documents that show a & 39;cavalier& 39; attitude toward safety issues for the 737 MAX 8 aircraft.
The software glitch, which was identified by Boeing and reported to the FAA, was found in the flight-controll computer.January 18, 2020Boeing encountered yet another unexpected setback in returning the company& 39;s most popular model aircraft to service this week after it found a bug during software testing for the plane& 39;s new software update.
Boeing's Responsibility Concealed during Turkish Airlines Deadly 2009 Crash Investigation, New Report Finds
The two Boeing 737 Max crashes in 2019 may have been prevented had the 2009 investigation been publicly disclosed.January 21, 2020The 2009 crash of Turkish Airlines flight 1951 as it attempted to land at Amsterdam& 39;s Schipol Airport eerily resembled the two Boeing 737 Max aircraft crashes from 2019 where 346 people died.
The plane boasts the world’s largest and most efficient twin-engine jet.January 26, 2020On Saturday, the new Boeing 777X took flight heading to Paine Field north of Seattle. It was the aircraft& 39;s first flight.RELATED: BOEING& 39;S 737 MAX COULD BE IN THE AIR AGAIN IN EARLY 2020The new model is notably impressive due to its wings that fold up, but it actually has many other merits.
The plane reported a technical issue.February 03, 2020On Monday, a Boeing 767 aircraft flown by Air Canada going to Toronto airport had to stop for an emergency landing. The plane reported a & 34;technical issue& 34;, Spanish airport operator AENA said.UPDATE: The aircraft made a safe — but jarring — landing, just after 1:00 PM ET.
Boeing still plans to re-launch its 737 Max planes back into the skies in mid-2020.February 07, 2020Boeing Max 737 planeBoeingThe issues with the grounded Boeing 737 Max aircraft seem to be never-ending. The company has just shared the news that its engineers discovered a new software problem on its 737 Max planes.
The Boeing 777X& 39;s folding wing tips are a first for commercial aviation.February 07, 2020The first test flight of Boeing& 39;s new 777X thundered off the runway at Everett, Washington& 39;s Paine Field on Saturday, January 25, 2020, with high hopes riding on its extra-long wings.It is these carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP) wings that make the 777X special.
Using Storm Ciara& 39;s extra winds in the jet stream, the flight reached top speeds of over 1,327 kph (825 mph).February 10, 2020A British Airways (BA) flight from New York to London recently took home the record for the fastest transatlantic flight ever recorded. Reaching a top speed of 1,327 kph (830 mph), the Boeing 747 completed the entire journey in an impressive four hours and 56 minutes.
The plane looks more like an air force jet, but it could make flying much more efficient.February 12, 2020One big difference between land-based vehicles and aircraft is that there& 39;s been much less innovation for airplanes in the last few decades than there has been for cars.Aerospace company, Airbus, is looking to change that.
The FAA claims the bundles are & 34;not compliant.& 34;March 09, 2020Things continue to look grim for Boeing. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rejected Boeing& 39;s proposal to leave wiring bundles in place on the grounded 737 MAX, stating that the bundles are “not compliant& 34;, reported CNBC.