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3 Jan

The world’s smallest jets: BD-5 or FLS Microjet

Everyone is so passionate about huge aviation machines. We have already reviewed the 10 world’s largest airplanes, introduced you with the largest flying boat ever built, the largest helicopter in the world and the biggest aircraft engine. What about the smallest inventions? Did you know what the smallest jet ever built is? If you ever hear someone talking about the smallest jet in the world it means that they are talking about a high performance, aerobatic, single seat, low-wing, all metal, jet-powered aircraft called FLS.  The FLS was originally created by a small company - Bede Aircraft in the 1970s. Therefore,...

17 Oct

Did You Know That One Of The Fastest Helicopters Will Have its Legacy In 2020?

Eurocopter X3 was one of the fastest helicopters to achieve 472 km/h in level flight over France on June 2013 setting an unofficial speed record for a helicopter. Unfortunately, the super – fast helicopter retired in 2014. After 3 years of research and deep analysis of X3, on June 2017 at the Paris air show, Airbus Helicopters revealed a high-speed demonstrator configuration based on the X3 called Racer for Rapid and Cost-Effective Rotorcraft. Optimised for a cruise over 400 km/h, it will be 50% faster than a conventional helicopter. It is estimated to consume less fuel per distance with the speed...

27 Sep

Did You Know that Airbus Patented a Trap Door?

Every year engineers install some new updates or gadgets to ensure passengers safety in new cars. Aviation, as the safest means of transport, constantly innovates too. Airbus, one of the biggest aeroplane manufacturers, patented rather strange aeroplane upgrades for passengers and flight crew safety.

One of the examples is a patent obtained by Airbus in 2002, which involves fitting a freaking trap door in front of the cockpit’s entrance.

4 Aug

Did You Know: Airbus A320

You have probably heard about Airbus A320 many times but have you ever wondered about the specifications of this type of Airbus aeroplane? If you feel like extending your knowledge about this aeroplane, then you should keep reading further! A320 is a narrow-body (single-aisle) jet airliner who was the first member of the A320 family – it was launched in March 1984 and first flew on 22 February 1987. The first company to get A320 delivered was Air France. The family was pioneers of digital fly-by-wire flight control systems and side-stick controls in commercial aircraft. The airplane is powered by two wing pylon-mounted...

24 Jul

Top 10 Names in Aviation You Must be Aware Of

Every self-respecting aviation enthusiast must know the names of people who created the industry. These are the people who became pioneers of aviation. They are the reason the history of aviation began. Jean-Francois Pilatre de Rozier It’s difficult to determine who the first man to fly truly was. Although this question raises a lot of discussions, most historians are pretty clear, though, that the first aviator in modern times was little known Frenchman by the name of Jean-Francois Pilatre de Rozier. He is credited with being the first man to ascend in a free-flying hot air balloon over Paris, in November, 1783. De...

19 Jul

Did You Know How Much Fuel the Aeroplane Needs?

Have you ever realised how pilots know how much fuel they need for an aircraft? It is not as simple as it sounds. A lot of people think that it is the same as with the car, you put fuel nozzle into a car and just load the full tank with fuel, but, actually, the situation is different with the aircraft. We will analyse the way pilots estimate how much fuel they need for their flight. Imagine that the plane has to fly from Warsaw to Vilnius, while choosing the airport in Riga as an alternate airport. Let’s analyse the situation by...

12 Jul

Did You Know When Water Salutes are Used in the Aviation Industry?

There always comes a time when a new airline or aircraft starts operating commercially. Airports celebrate such milestones with a water salute. It has already become a touching tradition in the world of aviation. However, did you know that aircraft and airlines are given a water salute not only when they enter the service at the airport for the first time? Also, aircraft and airlines are saluted when they are departing from the airport for the last time. Additionally, water cannon ceremony is held to mark the retirement of a pilot or an air traffic controller. Watch the video and see how the water...

5 Jul

Did You Know about the Aircraft Propulsion System?

An aircraft propulsion system comprises an engine and a propeller or a propulsive nozzle which converts motion from an engine and generates thrust. NASA defines the propulsion as a machine that produces thrust to push an object forward. The thrust is generated when the engine is accelerated by gas or any other working fluid which makes the engine produce the force. The thrust generated by the propulsion system, first of all, is responsible for drag balance of the aircraft when it is cruising. Secondly, thrust from the propulsion system must exceed the drag of the aeroplane for the aeroplane to...

17 May

Did You Know That Now Planes Fly More Slowly Than They Did Before?

Have you ever realised that now aeroplanes fly at slower speeds than they used to in 1960s? Specified cruising speeds for commercial airliners today range from 480 and 510 knots, compared to 525 knots for the Boeing 707. Why? The reason of this difference is more effective fuel consumption today. The efficiency of modern aeroplane peaks are at lower speeds because of the fact that engines achieve the same thrust with more air at the lower speed by routing most of the air around the engine’s turbine instead of through it. Information source: MIT School of Engineering...