Category Archives: Aviation Facts & Questions

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. Related: How Does an Aircraft Exhaust System Affect Engine Performance?  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 ...

How will Aviation mandate the existence of Drones?

Terminator, iRobot, Eagle Eye, The Day The Earth Stood Still, Ex-Machina, Transformers...the list goes on and on into pop culture displaying our fear of robots and how they will take over life as we know it in the future. Well folks, the future is here, and instead of hyper-intelligent humanlike machines, the robots we are starting to see almost daily are flight adept drones. By experiencing an extreme level of hyper-growth in a continually inflating industry, drones have become the answer to defense, filmmaking, intelligence, transportation, recreation, photography, delivery, and even on down to Christmas gifts. They’re even ...

Challenges of the Aviation Industry

Changes and challenges in the Aviation Industry: What to expect in the near future of air travel From constant fluctuations in the price of oil to unstable geopolitical climates throughout the world, you might be surprised with just how many different factors influence the success and trajectory of the aviation industry. Earlier this month at the 5th annual Global Airport Leaders Forum (GALF), aviation industry experts from around the world gathered to discuss several of the challenges and potential opportunities arising as a result of those challenges. Key issues discussed include oil prices, the economy, and facilitation of new technology ...

Top 4 reasons why takeoff is smoother in a larger plane

For those who have flown in a small airplane versus a large commercial jetliner, you know that the experience is quite different, even though all the parts are the same: takeoff, fly in the air, land. So why is it such a different experience if both planes are doing the same things? Captain Jon Cox, CEO of Safety Operating Systems explained the four key factors that contribute to the ease that someone feels in a jetliner at takeoff. 1) The weight of the plane Most people have the tendency to assume that pilots of small airplanes must not be as skilled ...

How your Teeth are Helping Build Better Planes

What does a human, a walrus and a Tyrannosaurus Rex all have in common? I bet your first guess was not the microscopic structure of their teeth enamel, but if somehow it was, you are exactly right! This fun fact was discovered by Nicholas Kotov, a professor of chemical engineering at the University of Michigan College of Engineering. DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, challenged researchers across the nation to develop a material that is strong and rigid, but can withstand frequent vibrations without cracking under the pressure. If you think about the stresses and demands on materials such ...

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