Category Archives: Aviation Technology

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 starting to take...

Solar Aviation

Technology is growing and changing at a rapid pace. The advancements that we have seen over just the past 10-20 years are astounding! The first solar family car was built in 2013 by students in the Netherlands. That vehicle was capable of 550 miles on one charge during sunlight. Solar buses are now being powered by solar energy, all or part of which is collected from stationary solar panel installations. Solar powered boats have mainly been limited to rivers and canals, but in 2007 an experimental 14m catamaran, the Sun21 sailed the Atlantic from Seville to Miami, and...

Could 3D Printing be Negatively Impacting the Aviation Industry?

Did you know that according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) that predictions estimate a near doubling of the 3.8 billion air travelers in 2016, to over 7.2 billion passengers to travel in the year 2035. (IATA Forecasts Passenger Demand to Double Over 20 Years). While there are a number of factors likely to contribute to this predicted uptick in air travel, definitely one of the most interesting would have to be the role played by 3D printing. You read that right: 3D printing is going to play a major role in the aviation industry and it’s going to...

The New Airspace Explorer App Sweeping the UK!

Airspace Explorer is a new app that was designed to track all types of planes. This app is distinct from other plane tracking apps because it allows people to watch a real-time aircraft during their flights on a live 3D map. This app is available on iPad and right now it is certified to track the airspace throughout the United Kingdom. Airspace Explorer provides a wide variety of information for those interested in tracking flights. Not only does it easily display information on the flights themselves and the surrounding airports, but it also provides detailed data about the airspace itself. The Airspace Explorer...

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...

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