Category Archives: Aviation Innovation

New and exciting technologies which influence aviation

Airbus Delivers 1st Made In USA Aircraft

Good news for Airbus. The first MADE IN THE USA, A321 aircraft has been completed in the Mobile, Alabama plant. 3-years ago Airbus broke ground on what used to be a WW II bomber support base in Mobile. Only 7-months after inauguration the workers in Mobile delivered the A321 to Jet Blue airlines. Since announcing the plant the Airbus market share in the U.S. climbed from 20% to 40%. 1

Commercial Supersonic Flight Returning to the Skies

The age of supersonic flight is returning to commercial aircraft. Aerion, based in Reno, NV, has confirmed an order for 20 AS20 aircraft by Flexjet. Using carbon fiber technology, the AS20 will have a 30-foot long cabin and hold 8-12 passengers. It will travel at speeds of up to MACH 1.5 or 990 mph. This cuts 3 hours off a transatlantic flight and 6 hours for a transpacific flight. Fuel burn will be high at 1,000 gallons per hours. Aerion, working in conjunction with Airbus, hopes to have the aircraft ready for flight in 2021 and FAA certification by 2023. The last Concorde supersonic flight was in 2003. AS20 Aircraft

Hmm. Beetles & Aircraft Icing!

So what do the Namib desert beetle and prevention of airplane wing icing have in common? Apparently a lot. As pilots we know that icing conditions and ice forming on the leading edge of a wing are particularly hazardous conditions. Virginia Tech scientists studied the Namib desert beetle that lives in one of the most arid regions of the world. They found that a patterned surface, similar to the one found on the beetleā€™s back, not only controlled the build-up of ice, but also prevented the spread of ice. ice 1

Flight Outfitters Flight Bags at Tailwinds.com

At Tailwinds we consider the flight outfitters pilot flight bags the best on the market right now. These flights bags were designed by a pilot for pilots. They are extremely well built and made with heavy duty materials. There are 3 styles currently available including a sling back pilot bag which allows for hands-free carrying of pilot headsets and other pilot supplies. Special promo going on now until 12/22/15 for a free pro back bag with purchase of the Pro Pilot Flight Bag. See web site for details. sm