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Contrails make clouds brighter, according to new study

Most of us are familiar with the cloud-like vapor emitted by many aircraft or condensation trails, also known as contrails as we often see them appear behind the tail end of planes as they linger in the sky. Contrails form when the water in the jet exhaust mixes with the cold, wet air in the sky and then condenses into ice crystals to form a type of cirrus cloud, and this cirrus cloud is what we identify from the ground as a contrail. Scientists and aviation experts have known for a long time how these contrails form, but it was only...

Strange Plane Noses Explained

Everyone has their own fears whether it be heights, deep water, spiders or anything else. However, many people share one very common fear, the fear of flying. Especially after the tragic events of September 11, 2001, fear of flying became even more widespread and now it is hard not to be just a little bit anxious as you board a huge Boeing 737. One of the reasons that passengers have such a hard time is because there is so much unknown. How are the pilots flying the plane? How does this massive plane lift off and glide through the air?...

Women Impacting the Aviation Industry

Historically, one of the most memorable female names in the world of aviation has always been Amelia Earhart, and in today’s modern aviation industry women continue to make history and break barriers in all fields of aviation. Whether they are managing one of the most time-efficient airline operations in the world, becoming the first black, female Airline Transport pilot for helicopters in South Africa, or advancing the field of aerospace engineering, women all across the world are having a positive impact on the aviation industry. Take Lindie Bruyns for example, the 30 year old operations manager for FlySafair, a low-cost airline...

Becoming a Pilot

The first step when you are thinking about becoming a pilot is to first decide what you want to fly. FAA's rules for getting a pilot’s license are different depending on the type of aircraft you want to fly. There are a variety of different types of aircraft that you can fly, such as airplanes, gyroplanes, helicopters, gliders, balloons, or airships. If you are interested in flying ultra light vehicles, you don't need a pilot's license. Going hand in hand with what type of aircraft you want to fly, you should also think about what type of flying you want to...

Tuned Exhaust: How it Impacts your Aircraft Engine

A tuned exhaust system is an option for some aircraft piston engines. Installation of a tuned exhaust engine can result in increased engine efficiency, increased power, and better performance. To better understand how it works and differs from a traditional engine, we need to know how a traditional engine works. Your engine goes through four "strokes" during the combustion process. The Intake, Compression, Combustion, and Exhaust strokes. An "intake" valve is located at the top of the cylinder. During the intake stroke, the piston moves down the cylinder, sucking a new fuel/air mixture through the open intake valve. The intake valve...

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