SpaceX Raptor Rocket Engine Explodes Unexpectedly During Testing

During a recent test, a SpaceX Raptor engine blasted, joining a series of blasts at the space company’s facility. The explosion emitted a green flash, as NASASpaceFlight explains in a video, which happens when “the engine has started to eat into its copper sections.”   In the spaceflight world, it is known as RUD or a “rapid unscheduled disassembly.” Such explosions are pretty common for Elon Musk’s space company as it ejects material at the proverbial wall and checks what sticks, or explodes like in this case. Not The First…

Airlines will again check if passengers from mainland China are tested for COVID-19

To cope with the Announcement No. 621/A/SS/2022 issued by the Health Bureau today (2 December 2022), the Civil Aviation Authority has coordinated with the air carriers operating flights between Macao and mainland China to implement the measures as according to the above announcement which stipulates that all passengers departing from the mainland airports (except the Guangdong Province) should meet the COVID-19 testing requirements before they can board the flights. In addition, the air carriers will deliver the RAT kits to the passengers. AACM urges passengers to pay attention to the…

Officially Approved!.. Funding Officially Approved for Hybrid Electric Geared Turbofan

A group of aerospace technology companies has announced the formation of a collaborative consortium to develop hybrid-electric and water-enhanced turbofan technology for future aircraft propulsion systems, supported by the European Union Clean Aviation Joint Undertaking (Clean Aviation). MTU Aero Engines AG, Pratt & Whitney, Collins Aerospace, GKN Aerospace, Airbus and others aim to demonstrate the potential of these technologies to improve fuel efficiency and reduce aircraft emissions, with a goal of achieving up to 25% improvement in fuel efficiency and reduced CO2 emissions compared to today’s state-of-the-art propulsion systems for…

Rear & Wing Mounted Engines: What are the Advantages and Disadvantages?

It is rare to find rear-mounted engines in commercial aircraft these days. It’s rare to find rear-mounted engines on commercial airplanes these days. In general, all modern aircraft have wing-mounted engines. However, rear-mounted engines are still fairly common in corporate aircraft. Both of these engine configurations have advantages and disadvantages. We will now examine these advantages and disadvantages. Wing-mounted Engines Advantages Disadvantages Rear-mounted engines Advantages Disadvantages

Two people died in a plane crash at Torrance airport

Two people were killed when a small plane crashed off the side of the runway as it attempted to land at Torrance Municipal Airport on Wednesday morning, authorities said. The Torrance Police and Fire departments responded to the scene around 11 a.m., a spokesman for the Police Department said. Video from the scene showed the plane wreckage piled up just off the runway, with fire trucks and police cars parked nearby. The plane was a single-engine Arion Lightning and had two people aboard, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. The Torrance Police Department confirmed that both people died in…

FAA, wants pilots to be less dependent on computer autopilots and more concentrated on flight.

US aviation advisory addresses concerns raised follow 2013 Asiana Airlines crash. The US Federal Aviation Administration has issued new guidance calling for flight procedures and training to ensure that pilots can operate aircraft manually, without being too dependent on automated systems. The guidance comes in the form of an Advisory Circular, issued on Monday. It’s directed at aircraft operators conducting multi-crew turbojet operations and at training centers and aims to avoid situations like the Asiana Airlines crash that cost three lives, and many more injured, after an inexperienced pilot stalled the…

EB-2 IMMIGRATION PROGRAM FOR EXPERIENCED PILOTS IN THE USA

If you meet the conditions explained below, You re supposed to be in a position to apply EB-2 VISA that will result in Green Card (Permanent Residence) REQUIREMENTS (MUST MEET THREE OF THE CRITERIA LISTED BELOW)  * At least 10 years of experience as a pilot. Valid FAA, IATA or ICAO licensure ( HOW TO CONVERT EASA & ICAO ATP LICENCE TO FAA ATP A LICENSE – Flight Training Shop ). Evidence of salary in the top 70% of pilots in country of employment at some point in last 5…

Xwing Flies Cessna Caravan Autonomously

Company sees a future for autonomous cargo flights. After operating in stealth mode for the last four years, San Francisco-based Xwing said in a news release last week it has carried out a number of passenger-carrying flights from takeoff to landing using a Cessna 208B Grand Caravan. Xwing’s Autoflight System retrofits existing aircraft into optionally piloted vehicles, “by integrating with onboard flight control systems that allow the aircraft to navigate, take off and land autonomously, ensuring more cost-effective operations for logistic companies.” The system is designed to be supervised by remote operators who work…

A Former AirAsia Captain Commited Suicide After Losing His Job

A former AirAsia pilot committed suicide when he jumped from his condominium unit in Puchong, near Serdang, Malaysia, on Monday this week. According to the Serdang District Police Chief, Assistant Commissioner Ismadi Borhan, the Ex-AirAsia pilot as well as musician was depressed after he lost his job, which was his source of income. He also could not meet commitments. Borhan said:“Our initial investigations showed that the victim had fallen from the 12th floor of his condominium. We have also ruled out any foul play in his sudden death.” “According to…

FAA lists proposed changes for 737 MAX return to service

The FAA today released a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) for the Boeing 737 MAX, listing its proposed changes for the aircraft before it can return to service. Once officially published in the Federal Register, there will be a 45 day public comment period. This will be followed by additional actions by the FAA and international regulators. Finally Boeing and airlines will need to comply with the terms set forth in any final airworthiness directives before the MAX can return to service. Notice of Proposed Rulemaking The notice of proposed rulemaking is…