What’s in store for the airline industry in the near future?

posted Oct 5, 2018, 8:39 AM by Scott Beale Aviation

The airline industry continues to grow and innovate with the times, driven by new technological disruptions, a renewed focus on passenger experience, and novel aircraft-manufacturing and design principles that better match the needs of modern air travel. Below are certain trends that are already changing the world of aviation.

One trend is toward putting the premium on profit-per-passenger. While cost-per-seat was the more common basis of an airline’s financial stability and profitability, this high-volume principle is now seen as detrimental to most operations. The primary reason for this is a shift in focus to better customer care and flight comfort.

Profit-per-passenger is linked to the creation of more right-sized planes that should relieve congestion and gain more intra-regional routes. This model is being bolstered by increasing local demand for more convenient, close-to-home flight options. Moreover, right-sized planes will increase overall comfort given their improved cabin design, wider seats, and better pitch.

Many airlines will work toward replacing now-antique aircraft with modern, fuel-efficient fleets. Again, this is in line with dealing both the growing need for sustainability and a perceived widespread inefficiency that is reducing per-passenger yields. The market could expect to see more single-aisle, hundred-seater planes, especially for regional flights. And this is bound to happen soon, as almost 90 percent of existing large fleets are up for retirement by 2036.

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Great Circles: A Key Aspect Of Aircraft Navigation

posted Sep 1, 2018, 11:23 PM by Scott Beale Aviation   [ updated Sep 1, 2018, 11:23 PM ]

Today, routes are calculated through specialized software that picks flight paths based on the most economical route possible, which is determined by a number of factors, including distance. Choosing the shortest distance while avoiding fees imposed by traveling in another country’s air space is often the most economical route.

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When represented in a map, the routes taken by international flights seem unusual in that they do not form straight lines, instead resembling an oddly shaped arc. This has to do with the curvature of the Earth. Because the Earth is spherical, the shortest “line” between two of its points would actually be an arc in a circle. What would look like the shortest distance in a map would be much longer due to the distortions inherent in a map.

Any line drawn on Earth would in truth be an arc in a large circle. The shortest routes between two points, however, are based on “great circles,” the largest possible circle that can be cut across a globe; this would cross the center and create two equal halves. The famous examples of these divisions in cartography are the equator and the meridian lines.

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Because a great circle approximates the circumference of the Earth, it allows any arc formed from it to connect two points in the shortest possible distance. In many cases, this creates several situations where an international flight passes through a polar region.

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The Arrival Of The Aerion As2, The World’s First Supersonic Business Jet

posted Aug 3, 2018, 2:57 AM by Scott Beale Aviation   [ updated Aug 3, 2018, 2:57 AM ]

There’s great news for commercial business travel and the aviation industry in general. The defense firm Lockheed Martin has teamed up with the aeronautical company Aerion to build AS2, the world’s first supersonic business jet.
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This is a landmark step in next-generation aircraft design that complements another advancement that should be resurrected soon, the blended body wing design. Lockheed Martin and Aerion look more to relive the days of the bygone Concorde aircraft, adding much-needed travel efficiency, luxury, and speed in an increasingly global world.

The tandem is working on the final stages of the year-long partnership, which includes engineering and certification. Aerion initially worked on the project with Airbus for the wing and airframe structures, control system, and overall layout.

Now, with Lockheed Martin’s support, Aerion is busy fine-tuning the structural design and aerodynamics. The aircraft will use laminar flow technology and fly at Mach 1.5 speed. The wing design should allow for lower fuel consumption and reduced aerodynamic drag of about 20 percent.

The plane is expected to serve as a pioneering platform for how future business jets are made. Moreover, the AS2 might just begin a supersonic renaissance when it does arrive and take dominion of the skies.
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A Closer Look At Aerial Refueling

posted Jun 28, 2018, 12:27 AM by Scott Beale Aviation   [ updated Jun 28, 2018, 12:27 AM ]

Aerial refueling, also known as tanking or in-flight refueling, refers to the process of moving aviation fuel from one military aircraft to another while in flight. The technology is based on the probe-and-drogue and flying boom refueling systems, the former more adaptable to existing planes and the latter offering quicker fuel transfer but requiring a boom operator.

The idea was first introduced in the 1920s, with the first successful combat aerial refueling done during the Korean War in the 1950s. Receiver planes are topped up, so to speak, but usually leave airports with less fuel to begin with while carrying a greater payload, especially weapons during times of conflict. The process likewise aids in reducing fuel consumption for long-distance flights.

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As more modern technologies seep into the aviation industry, future boom operators will use video cameras linked to monitors inside planes for jet refueling. The formidable Stratotanker host refueling planes will gradually give way to the KC-46 Pegasus, Boeing’s modern refueling aircraft which can carry up to 120,000 pounds of fuel.

Just last year, U.S. air services provider Tempus Applied Solutions agreed to buy six aircraft from the UK Royal Air Force (RAF) to offer more commercial options for aerial refueling services. Developments like this prove very helpful to the future of aerial refueling while aiding missions being done by NATO, the U.S. Navy, and other allied air forces.

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What Is The Future Of America’s Aerospace And Defense?

posted Jun 5, 2018, 3:13 AM by Scott Beale Aviation   [ updated Jun 5, 2018, 3:14 AM ]

The best fighter jet today is the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor, a single-seat jet with twin engines that can engage air combatants as well as ground targets. It is among what people in the aviation circuit call the 5th generation of supermaneuverable aircraft. Given that this is the current peak, one has to ask what the next generation would be. Just what is the future of America’s defense aviation?

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Recently, the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory released a video that showed what the 6th generation would be as part of its Science and Technology 2030 initiative. The video showed a conceptual craft called the F-X as it demonstrated its advanced arsenal.

In the video, the F-X cuts its target in half using what looks like a high-energy laser. It is also rumored that the F-X can fly in hypersonic speeds, which is 5 times faster than the speed of sound.

What would separate the 6th generation of jets from the 5th generation is hyperconnectivity. This means that these jets will have the capacity to receive real-time data from outboard sensors. With this fast response time, it could be possible that these jets are unmanned and are controlled remotely with pinpoint accuracy. The jet will also have smart features that communicate parts that need to be replaced or serviced.

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How safe are smaller regional planes?

posted May 14, 2018, 9:07 PM by Scott Beale Aviation   [ updated May 14, 2018, 9:09 PM ]

Planes come in various shapes and sizes, from the enormous A380 airbuses to the smaller regional aircraft. But does size affect flight safety? 

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Statistically, bigger planes are safer compared to smaller regional flying crafts. However, the regional airline industry disagrees with the criticism regarding this fact. They claim that safety is the top priority of any passenger airline may it be international or regional. However, reports of past crashes were linked to human errors. 

The chance of dying in a propeller-jet plane is about one in 5 million compared to a bigger jet engine airline whose odds are one in 60 million. But regardless of these odds, traveling via planes is the safest way of going from one place to another. As they say, you are more likely to get into an accident going to the airport that have something unfortunate happen during your flight. 

Medium to large aircraft also land in bigger, well-equipped facilities compared to smaller planes that could land in private airstrips. Major airports have excellent air traffic control systems, radar systems, instrument landing facilities, and emergency equipment. Smaller aircraft, on the other hand, face more hazardous environments such as short runways, less supervision, and less staff handling the takeoff or landing procedures.

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Aviation Business: What It Means To Lease An Aircraft

posted Apr 20, 2018, 5:48 AM by Scott Beale Aviation   [ updated Apr 20, 2018, 5:48 AM ]

It’s not uncommon to find big businesses with their own business jets. This is a huge convenience for a number of reasons. However, aviation industry experts have stated that it might be more beneficial for these big companies to lease airplanes instead of buying them.

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Below are some of the reasons why leasing an aircraft may be a good idea.

The price of investment

Unless a business intends to use a jet on a daily basis, leasing it is a lot cheaper. The full price of jets will take a huge chunk out of the funds of the business, whereas only paying for the jet’s usage incurs only minimal fees.

Time constraints

Connected to the first reason, leasing a jet is especially ideal for a business that only needs to flight for a limited period. Again, this is cheaper than buying a plane, then selling it after that said period expires.

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Leasing period

Limited leasing period is one of the best reasons to rent instead of buying a jet. Companies have more options when it comes to the terms of the contract once the lease ends. They can either upgrade or end the lease altogether when they no longer need the jet, or if they can no longer afford it.

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Safety Precautions In Airplane Hangars

posted Apr 9, 2018, 1:48 AM by Scott Beale Aviation   [ updated Apr 9, 2018, 1:48 AM ]

There is an inherent risk in every place where colossal machinery can be found. Airplane hangars are no exception. Mechanics and technicians are exposed to a number of dangers within their workspace. It’s a good thing that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Occupational Safety and Health Association (OSHA) has put in place rules and regulations to make sure people working on aircraft are safe. Below are some of these guidelines.

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Protective gear

The FAA and OSHA rules and regulations cover the basic protection gear mechanics that technicians should be wearing. This includes clothFing, breathing apparatus, and eyewear (goggles). But not everyone working on aircraft wear the same thing. Those with more dangerous jobs, such as handling of hazardous chemicals have even more specialized gear.

Stations and containers

In line with dangerous chemicals, every hangar should have water stations for eye-washing, standard first-aid kits, and chemical waste containers. The bigger the hangar, the more stations, kits, and containers are required.

Fall protection

According to a survey, some of the most common accidents employees experience in a workplace happen from falls. Since technicians and mechanics working on large aircraft usually climb ladders or use scaffoldings, basic safety should be observed. Guardrails should be installed, and safety harnesses should always be checked whenever needed.

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Important Skills Acquired By Pilots Through Flying

posted Apr 5, 2018, 2:09 AM by Scott Beale Aviation   [ updated Apr 5, 2018, 2:10 AM ]

Being a professional pilot requires a unique set of skills comprising both technical and practice life skills. Here are some of those important skills they acquire after years of flying and navigating the skies.

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Flying a plane given time and resource constraints – along with a stressful factor such as turbulence – can make decision-making a challenge. Apart from making the right calls, pilots have to decide quickly.

Situational awareness

This means appreciating everything going on throughout flying, controlling, and maintaining an aircraft. Pilots are trained to have a mental picture of the location, flight conditions, configuration, and energy state of the aircraft, along with other factors affecting safety. Inadequate situational awareness could lead to loss of control, airspace infringement, or an encounter with adverse weather events.

Analytical and creative thinking at once

A seasoned pilot knows the numbers for the airplane, as well as the procedures and checklists, but also how to use them appropriately and when to deviate from them. It’s where creativity comes in.

Command, authority, and self-evaluation

An experienced pilot knows how and when to take command, not wasting time by hesitating to act when it matters. At the same time, he knows how to resolve problems and issues on his own, accepting responsibility and making sure to improve skills on the next flights.

Openness to recurrent flight training

Even successful pilots who have flown more than 50,000 hours know that they need recurrent flight training and development to further increase confidence on their skills.

Clear communication

Clear communication is necessary in almost any job, but it greatly matters for pilots, as incomplete or incorrect pilot-controller communication is a factor in many flight incidents or accidents. This communication is intended for clearance, questions, confirmation, determining things such as altitude and airspeed, and anticipated situations.

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Cheaper flights and flying cars: The advancements in the aviation industry

posted Mar 20, 2018, 5:32 AM by Scott Beale Aviation   [ updated Mar 20, 2018, 5:33 AM ]

The aviation industry has long set a goal of providing the public with flying cars, and with its latest deadline set to 2019, it may well come true. Flying rates have become cheaper as the industry improves in terms of fuel use and carbon emissions. 

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Terrafugia is a name that became one of the very first of a new crop of companies offering to develop flying cars. Thirteen years after its establishment, Terrafugia says it will finally have one in 2019. Industry sees that the reason for this final and possible deadline for the flying car is that the company was recently acquired by Geely—the Chinese automotive company that owns Volvo—for an undisclosed sum. 

Companies from different parts of the world have the same dream of developing and testing a flying car of their own, and these include Toyota, Google (Larry Page), China’s EHang, and Germany’s eVolo. A company that came close to the deal was Vahana, a subsidiary of Airbus, yet the year closed without it test-flying a prototype. 

Players in the industry are after making hybrid jets that would make domestic flights cheaper, faster, and greener. Zunum Aero carries this plan and is set to have its hybrid electric jet take flight in 2022. The industry has made stable progress in cutting its fuel consumption and carbon emissions. Planes have become lighter, the engines are now more efficient, and airlines have begun using biofuel blends and making their traffic flow management better to save money and reduce emissions. 

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