Fixed-wing aircraft

December 17, 2013 - 12:45pm
Pipistrel Alpha

Today is the 110th anniversary of the first powered flight by Orville and Wilbur Wright at Kill Devil Hills in North Carolina. This anniversary is a good jumping-off point to reflect on how far aviation has come in the past 110 years.

November 21, 2013 - 3:18pm

Dassault pilots performed the first “simulated flight” of the Falcon 5X on November 13, providing insight into how the business jet will behave in flight. The Falcon “simulation bench” is closer to a flight simulator than an iron bird, according to Dassault.

November 18, 2013 - 10:22am

Having teamed up earlier this year on a project to conceive lightweight multi-purpose airplanes for passenger transportation, Russian and Austrian designers have recently revealed the first models of what they envision as low-cost 9- and 19- seat aircraft powered by two diesel engines.

October 29, 2013 - 12:03pm

Boeing has increased its estimate of the operating performance of the 737 Max, saying the re-engined narrowbody will burn 14 percent less fuel than the current 737NG consumes. In July, the manufacturer said the 737 Max with new CFM Leap-1B turbofans will be 13 percent more fuel efficient.

October 22, 2013 - 10:57am

More than five weeks since the Bombardier CSeries FTV1 flew for the first time, the airplane has flown only two more times, taking its flight hour total to eight.

October 22, 2013 - 4:00am
Shown in flight above Edwards AFB, with the test side visible, is Aerion’s phase-two test article mounted under a NASA F-15B.

Reno, Nev.-based Aerion is releasing results from recent flight tests of a natural laminar flow (NLF) wing test article this week here in Las Vegas, while the company continues to work to have its supersonic business jet enter service in 2020. The goal of these tests was to measure “real-world robustness” of supersonic NLF, which is a key technology for the Aerion SSBJ, in regards to surface quality and manufacturing tolerances.

October 2, 2013 - 5:10am
As part of its investigation into helicopter crashworthiness and accident survivability, NASA swung a Navy CH-46E like a pendulum before releasing it and allowing it to drop 30 feet to the ground. Onboard sensors and cameras recorded the deformation of the aircraft and the seat structures. Data from the experiment will be used to establish a baseline to test energy-absorbing floor structures to improve passengers’ chances of surviving a similar crash.

If you fly in a helicopter, NASA is interested in saving your posterior.

October 1, 2013 - 1:50am
Honda Jet (Photo: Matt Thurber)

As the global economic recovery slowly builds, a combination of new jet designs and block changes of existing ones is taxiing for takeoff across the size spectrum into ever-narrowing and fiercely competitive niches.

September 25, 2013 - 10:05am

Able Aerospace Services has completed the move into larger headquarters at Phoenix-Gateway Airport. The company repairs and overhauls parts for rotary-wing and fixed-wing aircraft and offers FAA-approved repair alternatives to buying new parts.

August 2, 2013 - 6:00am
Typical view at Propwash Junction Airport.

A peek behind the scenes at Disney’s Toontown Studios in Burbank, Calif., in June gave members of the aviation media an opportunity to learn how the animated movie Planes was crafted. The movie opens in theaters August 9 and was previewed at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh on August 2. Planes is the first of a planned trilogy.

 
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