Posts Tagged ‘airplane’

Efficency End To End

From The Economist: ENGINES on airliners are highly efficient when they are in flight, but not when operating on the ground. When a plane is taxiing under its own power, the engines burn vast amounts of fuel. A Boeing 747 can consume a tonne of fuel and emit several tonnes of carbon dioxide during an […]

The Genius of Airline Baggage Tag Design

Slate has a great read on the design of airline baggage tags. My favorite part is the description of what the design needs to be able to deal with: Let’s look first at how an ABT is made. In the interconnected, automated, all-weather world of modern aviation, tags must be resistant to cold, heat, sunlight, […]

Air France Flight 447

Air France Flight 447 is the most puzzling crash since TWA Flight 800 because it just doesn’t make sense for the pilot to pull back and increase the angle of attack if they believed they were in a stall situation. The NY Times reports: The report offered an answer to a central puzzle: the consistent […]

Why Airplane Bathrooms Have Ashtrays

Everyone has seen that airplane bathrooms still have ashtrays, despite smoking being banned on flights for almost a generation now. Engineering Infrastructures For Humans has a great blog post explaining why (spoiler: because some people will still smoke). Even greater is the takeaway for anyone who builds anything: You don’t engineer your systems with the […]

Giant Paper Airplane

At 45 feet and 800 lbs this is one of the biggest paper airplanes ever made. It was lifted by helicopter. It traveled at up to 98 mph. Now that is one heck of a science experiment by Pima Air & Space Museum in Arizona.

How To Start A Boeing 737 Classic

Here’s an interesting video on how to start a Boeing 737-500 (classic). Lots of detail and explanation as they walk through the process. Lots of older tech there, but this is hardly a glass cockpit and aviation tech tends to be older and more tested. Via Gizmodo

Painting A Boeing 747 Is A Jumbo Job

When you see a large get it’s not terribly hard to appreciate it’s size. It’s not that hard to appreciate the amount of power needed to get it airborne. If you need a reminder, stand behind one that’s taking off. It’s pretty easy however to overlook the amount of time/effort that goes into the giant […]

Confession: I’m A Touchscreen Snob

I’m a touchscreen snob, and I bet you are too. I bet every human being is. We get upset when things don’t react as expected and we get frustrated when things aren’t instant. Statistically this page loads on average under 2 seconds and it’s likely still too long for you. It’s not just touch screens. […]

The Recirculated Air Myth

Airplanes don’t recirculate air any more than most environments you spend time in. Despite this, people frequently claim various versions of this urban legend. Some say the air when they close the door stays in the cabin until they open it on landing. Others say it’s actually coming from air canisters stored on the aircraft. […]

Google Fighter Jet

The movie Terminator is becoming more of a premonition as time goes on as I’ve suggested before. Google has taken another step closer to becoming Skynet. The company controlled by top Googlers just got it’s first Fighter Jet, a Dornier Alpha Jet. Before you know it, this April Fools joke article by InfoWorld about Google […]