Category Archives: Aircrafts

Piper J3 Cub

The prototype of Piper J3 Cub was built in 1937, and a year later, it was sold on the market until 1947. Meanwhile, this light aircraft has a high rectangular wing, a conventional landing gear, a 40 hp (30 kW) flat-4 piston engine, and a fuselage with a welded steel frame wrapped in fabric.  The monoplane is also equipped with a fixed-pitch propeller and has a lightweight design that makes it ideal for low-speed and short-distance performance. As a result, it is Piper Aircraft's most produced plane, with around 20,000 built in the U.S.  The Cub's popularity has been mainly attributed to its affordability, ...

Self-Flying Cessna Plane Could Be the Future of Cargo Carriers

In February 2021, a self-flying Cessna completed a fully automated gate-to-gate flight at an airport in Concord, California, just outside San Francisco. While there was a pilot inside the utility aircraft, he didn't touch even a single control and only watched over the systems and talked with the air traffic controller.  Start-up company Xwing has retrofitted a Cessna Grand Caravan 208B with a program that allows it to fly autonomously, with a remote operator monitoring the flight and only taking control if needed.  During the flight test, Xwing's control center closely watched critical data, ranging from the plane's altitude, speed, location, ...

Piper PA-18: Overview and Specifications

First introduced in 1949, the Piper PA-18 is a high-wing, two-seater monoplane powered by a Lycoming 150 hp engine. As an improved version of PA-11, it looks like a classic Cub with some minor paint modifications minus the iconic bear logo imprinted on its tail.  Around 8,500 Piper PA-18 were manufactured, with most of them used in military training, private flying, bush flying, and transportation of supplies and people.  In the fifties, the US government used this red and cream monoplane in its uranium exploration program. This small aircraft was the right fit for the job because of its impressive safety record, low- ...

All About Cessna 182: Its History and How it Holds Up Today

In 1956, Cessna Aircraft Company introduced  Cessna 182, a 1,202 kg four-seat light aircraft with a fixed landing gear that was popular among Civil Air Patrol (CAP). Over the years, it has been modified and improved to accommodate more passengers and to cover longer distances.  Related article: The History of Cessna Newer models are also faster, can carry more weight, and are equipped with a rear window. A year later, the company launched its higher-end version called Skylane equipped with wheel pants, standard radios, and full paint instead of the bare aluminum body of the previous model.  At a quick glance, Skylane and ...

What do I need to know about the Edgley Optica EA-7?

Once you have seen an Edgley Optica EA-7 before, you will never forget its iconic silhouette. This plane looks like it came straight out of a James Bond movie. Made in 1979, this British light aircraft still looks futuristic today. It was designed specifically for low-speed observation work as a cheaper alternative to helicopters.   John Edgley, the Optica designer, was a postgraduate student at the Imperial College of Science & Technology in London when he started working with the plane. The final aerodynamic design was completed in 1974 and was wind-tunnel tested in the following year. The first prototype was constructed ...

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