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Aircraft Boneyard: Where “Dead” US Military Planes Get a Second Life

When US military and government planes have served their purpose, they are brought to the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group or 309 AMARG, which earned the moniker the "Boneyard." The aircraft boneyard is located in Tucson, Arizona, specifically in the Sonoran Desert, a perfect storage facility with low humidity (only 10%...

How Long Do Airplanes Last?–Factors Affecting Their Lifespan

Conventional wisdom says that, on average, airplanes are operable for 30 years before they lose their airworthiness. But the truth is, there are no clear-cut answers because their lifespan depends on a myriad of factors, including their maintenance, their intrinsic design, and how they are being used.   Are Older Planes ...

Self-Flying Cessna Plane Could Be the Future of Cargo Carriers

In February 2021, a self-flying Cessna completed a fully automated gate-to-gate flight at an airport in Concord, California, just outside San Francisco. While there was a pilot inside the utility aircraft, he didn't touch even a single control and only watched over the systems and talked with the air traffic controller.  ...

Want to Buy a Used Airplane?–Things to Keep in Mind

Before buying a used aircraft, make sure that you conduct a stringent inspection of the mechanical parts and the plane's aesthetic condition. Also, scrutinize the paperwork, especially the logbook, title, and certifications.  Buyers of used airplanes tend to overlook the supplemental type certificate or STC, which is a document showing ...

Pilot Fell Asleep for 40 Minutes Due to Hypoxia

A small aircraft pilot in Australia fell asleep for around 40 minutes mid-flight due to fatigue, lack of sleep, and mild hypoxia, according to The Guardian report last month.  The air traffic control lost contact when the Cessna aircraft flew over Brisbane and the Gold coast in July 2020, prompting authorities to ...

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