Airport Runway Maintenance – By Drones

Airport Runway Maintenance – By Drones

Unmanned aerial vehicles have effectively helped airports control bird migration, conduct construction and maintenance surveys, and calibrate equipment. Edmonton International Airport (EIA) in Canada has used a highly specialized drone to conduct runway safety inspections. The Microdrone md4-1000 drone was...
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Future Aircraft Wings May Be Constructed From Steel Foam

Future Aircraft Wings May Be Constructed From Steel Foam

The steel CMF is a sturdy material. Popularmechanics.com reports that the researchers tested their material against aircraft aluminum in three separate categories. This tests how the wing will tolerate inclement weather. The second test checked how insects sti...
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The business of safety: how SMS can help your bottom line

SMS means integrating safety into every aspect of aviation. For someone running a small to medium sized aviation business the letters SMS, standing for safety management system can be a forbidding acronym. A small organisation can reap safety and business...
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Electronic Intrusions

The pilot of a Bell 206L-3 was talking on his cell phone during a flight that ended when the helicopter slammed into ranchland near Ancho, New Mexico, U.S., on Sept. 16, 2017, killing the pilot and destroying the helicopter, the...
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Lion Air 737 MAX Final Accident Report Cites AOA Sensor, MCAS Among Multitude of Contributing Factors

Lion Air 737 MAX Final Accident Report Cites AOA Sensor, MCAS Among Multitude of Contributing Factors

Indonesia’s National Transportation Safety Committee (KNKT) published its final 322-page accident investigation report on the October 2018 Lion Air Boeing 737 MAX flight JT610 crash, finding that it was caused by a combination of an improperly aligned ang...
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Ghost Flights – Why Operate Empty Aircraft?

Ghost Flights – Why Operate Empty Aircraft?

Despite sounding like the worst possible business move, these empty flights serve a very important role in an airline’s route plan; filling slots, moving planes and padding wallets. What are ghost flights? What do we mean by a ghost flight?...
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Southwest Airlines Needs Almost Half A Year To Return 737 MAX To Service

Southwest Airlines Needs Almost Half A Year To Return 737 MAX To Service

Southwest Airlines has said that it will need nearly half a year to get all its Boeing 737 MAX aircraft back in operation. In terms of reintroducing the aircraft, the airline has a lot to consider. It’s taking into account the...
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