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This article is written by Mr. Major at the invitation of the publishers of AIRCRAFT ENGINEERING as an introduction to the series that is being published during 1980, as was said in the Comment in the January issue, on the important subject of Airworthiness. Mr. Major says My comments are not...
Methods of recording data in flight have been in existence for many years, but it was not until the potential of a recording medium together with electronic systems came to be realised, that the full value of continuously acquiring a variety of parameters could be appreciated.
This is the first of a series of articles which examine the problem of future energy supplies and the likely effects on aircraft design. The energy problem is clearly a major issue which can affect the world in many ways. Aircraft design is but one small segment of the many applications of...
This is the title of the summary of the Report of the Committee of Inquiry into the Engineering Profession, and since the Committee was chaired by Sir Monty Finniston, it has now become known as the Finniston Report. The full text of the Report, containing some 65,000 words is published by HMSO,...
A study of accidents following engine failure in light twin engine aircraft showed that the most common factor in the accidents over a fiveyear period was the apparent lack of crew proficiency in response to the emergencies, the National Transportation Safety Board said today.
The National Transportation Safety Board reported on 21st December 1979, that the American Airlines McDonnell Douglas DC10 stalled, rolled and crashed after takeoff in Chicago because of partial left wing slat retraction and the loss of two cockpit warning systems all the end result of...
There can be few applications of engineering materials which are more demanding than the construction of rocket motors. Even by aerospace standards their life is short, while the loads imposed are extremely high. Moreover, performance testing tends to be difficult and expensive, yet very high...
The Federal Aviation Administration has said that a sixmonth study shows the DC10 pylon is fundamentally sound and can serve 25 years without failure unless damaged during maintenance.
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