Posts Tagged: ‘airplanes’

In the category of unique sunbathing spots is Maho Beach, on the Caribbean Island of St. Maarten, where passenger jets almost — almost — touch down right on your beach towel about every thirty minutes.

The Princess Juliana International Airport is so near to the beach that planes have to fly unusually close to the sand in order to make the runway. It’s an awkward moment for everyone.

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This video offers a great introduction to gyrocopters: The video points out that most gyrocopters come from kits, and some “can be built in just 50 hours”. Flying a gyrocopter is fairly easy, and this video (while not the greatest quality) will take you through the steps: Part 2 Some gyrocopters come with a system […]

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The Flynano airplane we discussed earlier this week brings up a great question – what is an ultralight aircraft? An ultralight aircraft in the United States is defined by the FAA through this regulation: FAR 103 If you read through that page you will find the following points: The 155-pound weight limitation has been retained […]

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The Flynano airplane has been getting incredible publicity over the last couple of days because it is such a revolutionary airplane. It is small, extremely light (70 kg/154 pounds), relatively inexpensive (less than $40K) and, in theory, anyone can fly it without a license. Here is some of the coverage: – http://dvice.com/archives/2011/04/carbon-fiber-fl.php Constructed out of […]

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Last week the world was treated to an unexpected spectacle – the sight of an airplane cabin with a big hole in it open to the sky. We can imagine that this spectacle was even more unexpected to people who were on the flight. If you saw photos or video of the hole, you may […]

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In the following article, a really interesting question is explored. The question is: Is there a better, more efficient way to launch airplanes? Electric Aviation is the Future of Transport If you think about how airplanes take off now, you can see the potential problem. The pilot positions the plane at the end of the […]

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I’m bound for PAX East this weekend. Last week, I woke up one day feeling unreasonably anxious about this week’s trip. So I decided to confront it to the extent that I could by enrolling in the frequent flyer programs of the two airlines I’d either flown or booked tickets with at that point. Then I thought, “See, that was about airplanes, and it wasn’t so bad.”

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Our modern world would not be possible without aluminum. It is a metal that is both lightweight and strong. Aluminum is the primary metal used in all modern passenger jets in the air today. The same is true of the Space Shuttle and the International Space Station – they would not be possible without aluminum. […]

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The B-17 “Flying Fortress”. It is a classic bomber from the World War II era. It was able to carry 4,500 to 8,000 pounds of bombs depending on the distance to the target. Here is a nice introduction: Top Ten Bombers- B-17 Flying Fortress Each B-17 flew with 10 crewmen who worked together as a […]

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Imagine that you would like to take satellite photos like those seen in Google Earth. The traditional way to do it, obviously, is to launch a satellite. But there are at least five problems with this approach: Satellites themselves are expensive to build Satellites are even more expensive to launch (some estimates put the cost […]

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