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Airbus Envisions a New Supersonic Transport Plane With Rocket-Like Performance

Wednesday, June 22, 2011 — David Evans

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Airbus Envisions a New Supersonic Transport Plane With Rocket-Like Performance

The notion of supersonic airline flight keeps popping up, like a perennial weed. The latest concept comes from Airbus, which envisions of all things an eco-friendly supersonic jet that will fly 100 passengers at hypersonic speeds. The Airbus concept for such an airplane was revealed at the Paris Air Show, to great excitement among the […]

Airbus Develops Back-Up Speed & Altitude Displays

Thursday, June 9, 2011 — David Evans

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Airbus Develops Back-Up Speed & Altitude Displays

If the pitot probes on Air France flight 447 were clogged with ice, and that condition set in motion the sequence that led to the crash in the Atlantic of the airplane, the accident raises the question of independent redundancy and whether or not a different method of measuring speed ought not be substituted for […]

Operators Ahead of the FAA

Wednesday, May 11, 2011 — David Evans

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At the recent National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) hearing into the crash of an ATR-42 cargo plane, not all the news was bad. (See Aviation Safety Journal, “Crash Investigation Reveals Inconsistent Oversight”) NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman revealed that feeder operator Empire Airlines and Federal Express have already taken steps recommended by the safety board: “In […]

Child Safety is Needed – Not a Statistical Stalemate on Diversion

Saturday, January 29, 2011 — David Evans

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At the recent National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) forum on child passenger restraints, NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman delivered excellent opening remarks that captured the issues. Herewith, her observations on child passenger safety on airplanes: “The Safety Board has issued 14 recommendations on child safety in aviation. Among them is a recommendation for the FAA to […]

Chemical Milling for Weight Saving

Wednesday, November 3, 2010 — David Evans

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The practice of chemically reducing aluminum structure for weight saving has been discussed in this publication recently, along with the danger of explosive decompression at the site of such milling. (See Aviation Safety Journal, “Too Much Metal Shaved Out of Airplanes?” and “Metal Fatigue Led to Fuselage Rupture”)   Herewith, a good, brief explanation of […]

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