Category Archives: Aviation Technology

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 begin happening by next ...

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. ...

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 ...

The Jet Engine: Modern Engineering at it’s Finest

With traveling speeds of up to 600 mph and up to 35,000 pounds of thrust, the awe- inspiring power of the modern day plane powered by the jet engine is truly remarkable. Most of us take for granted the fact that at any time of day, there could be about 7,000 planes powered by jet engines transporting thousands of passengers around the continental United States! But how do these modern marvels of science and physics work, and how are they constructed to be capable of creating such force? What is a jet engine and how is it different than a car engine? A ...

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