Category Archives: Aviation Technology

Is Flying a Light Aircraft Easier Than Driving a Car?

With all the high-tech stuff big airplanes have, like autopilot and autothrottle systems, you might be thinking that flying couldn’t be that hard. Well, there may be some truth to that, but saying that it is easy discredits all the training pilots had to go through to properly fly a plane and bring it back safely to the ground consistently. In reality, there’s much more to flying than you may think.   Steering: Flying vs Driving First, if by flying, you mean just being already in the air and steering the plane, it’s probably easier. Almost all aircraft are...

Emerging technologies that may transform the aviation industry in 2021

To cope with the pandemic's damage to the aviation industry, new technologies that aim to improve passenger security and confidence are currently under study and development. The whole aviation industry would probably want to forget 2020. It was the worst year in aviation history, according to the IATA. The overall volume of passengers and number of flights dropped so much that it would take years before the industry fully recovered from the hit. Of course, the problem was the pandemic caused by COVID-19. Government-imposed travel bans and lockdowns prevented people from going anywhere. However, even as...

How Has COVID-19 Pushed Aircraft Manufacturers to Develop Better Clean-Cabin Tech?

The coronavirus pandemic dealt a massive blow to the aviation industry. With various lockdown restrictions in effect, travel has been much harder. We have seen a steep drop in the number of passengers since the onset of the virus, and the industry has yet to recover. The reason for the lack of passengers and flights, however, is not because air travel itself is unsafe. Research conducted by Boeing revealed that the cabin environment significantly reduces and removes cough particles in the air. According to Dan Freeman, Chief Director of Boeing Confident Travel Initiative, “We found people...

All-electric Cessna took its first flight as the largest zero-emission aircraft in the world

The latest milestone for aviation: the largest all-electric plane conquered the skies. A Cessna Grand Caravan was modified and turned into the world’s largest electric-powered aircraft, bringing hope to a greener future of air travel. The Cessna is a utility aircraft with a wingspan of 16 meters. The feat was achieved through the joint efforts of AeroTEC and MagniX. Originally a 14-seater turboprop aircraft, the Cessna 208B Grand Caravan was fitted with a 750-horsepower (540kW) magni500 propulsion system that powered it through its first flight. It was “flawless,” according to MagniX chief Roei Ganzarski. The “eCaravan” as they call it, flew for...

Airbus Unveils New Zero-Emission Commercial Aircraft Designs

According to a press release on September 21, Airbus presented three climate-neutral zero-emission commercial aircraft concepts whose main fuel source will be hydrogen. This in order to reduce the impact of commercial aviation on the global climate. These concepts, codenamed ZEROe, could be put into service in 2035. By decarbonizing the industry, all three zero-emission aircraft designs could provide a solution to meet aviation's climate-neutral goals.

Airbus' commitment to the environment

Since the International Air Transport Association (IATA) blamed commercial aviation for 2-3 percent of global carbon emissions, in 2009, the industry defined three goals to address climate change: improve the fuel efficiency...

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