In some ways, a space rocket and a passenger aircraft fly much the same. But there is one big reason we can’t just take an aircraft into space.
Almost two years after crashing twice within five months and being pulled out of service, the Boeing 737 Max’s return to the skies has now been approved.
The Boeing 737 MAX is expected to take to the skies again following a review of the MCAS system which was responsible for two crashes in 2019.
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The Boeing 737 MAX, which has been grounded since 2019 following two fatal crashes, is expected to be cleared to fly again. An aviation law expert proposes a way to improve the certification process.
A traveller walks between empty check-in kiosks at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport in June 2020.
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Will the joy and exhilaration of travel return after the COVID-19 pandemic? Yes, but with a new value proposition built around safe and secure travel.
Aircraft cabins have been germ hotspots since long before this pandemic. More ‘microbiology literacy’ is needed among the general public for this to improve.
The airline industry has faced many crises before. But these pale in comparison to the economic hit that airlines are currently facing.
Our research showed that inflight magazines offered travellers health advice on everything from dehydration to swollen ankles, but hardly anything on avoiding catching and spreading infectious diseases.
Washing hands and coughing into your elbow can help limit the spread of infectious diseases on planes and around the globe. So why don’t passengers read about this in their inflight magazines?
Airlines will not fly when there is volcanic ash in the air above Bali’s Mt Agung.
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Volcanic ash is made of tiny crystal and rock fragments that during an eruption can reach as high as the cruising altitude of commercial aircraft, and that’s a concern for airlines.
Cabin crew can be lifesavers in any emergency.
Cabin crew play a vital role in helping passengers during any aircraft emergency. But how many do you really need on a flight?
Planes have many sensors, supplying all kinds of useful data.
A pilot and researcher knows that airplanes are full of sensors – and finds a way onboard computers can use the data to detect equipment failure and tell pilots what’s a real emergency and what’s not.
Human pilots, surrounded by automation.
Pilots get lots of assistance from automation as it is. In the future, they’ll get even more.
An American Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 lands at LaGuardia Airport in New York on March 12, 2019.
The Boeing 737 is the most produced commercial aeroplane in history – so what might have gone wrong?
A Boeing 737 taxies at Manchester Airport in the United Kingdom.
The 737 Max is the best-selling airliner ever. But two have crashed in five months, killing 346, damaging Boeing’s future and raising questions about the increasing sophistication of cockpit technology.
MIT researchers have built ion thrusters with no moving parts pave the way for silent drones.
A time-lapse image showing the plane flying across a gymnasium.
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Ionic winds – charged particles flowing through the air – can move airplanes using only electricity; no propellers or jet engines needed. The scholar who led the project explains how it works.
Perth air traffic control tower. As a pilot flies towards the destination, the air traffic control tower sends an interrogation signal. The aircraft automatically responds with a series of short pulses that let air traffic control know the identity of the plane and its altitude.
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Secondary radar is an important tool in the control of aircraft traffic, and helps make air travel safe. It was developed during dangerous times.
The importance of check lists.
One of the biggest problems with single-pilot operations is that it’s very difficult to self-diagnose errors. That’s why checklists can help.
Airbus Perlan Mission II surpasses U.
New research shows how smart aircraft can learn to use updrafts of warm air to stay in the sky.
Moviegoers familiarize themselves with the joystick that will allow them to interact with the film ‘I’m Your Man’ during its premiere on Dec. 16, 1992.
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Sound, color and special effects transformed the moviegoing experience. These inventions decidedly did not.
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And will the aviation sector implement vital lessons learned from Icelandic disruption in 2010?