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INCORPORATING many kinds of engineering in its design and construction, modern landing gear has advanced to the stage in which almost any aircraft can be supplied with a retractable configuration which can be stowed in a space which is often limited by aerodynamic and structural constraints....
Aircraft manufacturers now demand wheels which are not only light but also have a long life capability. A typical civil aircraft project such as the Boeing 757, requires a fully approved wheel with a demonstrated life of 50,000 roll miles which equates to approximately 10,000 landings.
A feature of the recently introduced landing gear for the 300 series of the Westland W30 helicopter is the introduction of builtin crashworthiness to absorb the severe overloading caused by heavy landings.
This article is written from the viewpoint of a structures engineer who has to make the best use of the materials available, rather than that of the metallurgist who aids their production or development.
THE rotary engine, first introduced in automobiles, may be the engine of choice for business and commuter aircraft in the early 1990s.
A US Army copilot has told of a near disaster in which he was involved. For this particular operation, some courier material had to be delivered to an airfield 50 miles away as soon as possible. There were only two pilots available at the airfield, including the copilot himself and although they...
A new portable eddy current instrument now being marketed by Magnaflux Ltd features microprocessor control, a wide frequency range and large 127mm CRT display.
Piper Aircraft Corporation will resume production of its entire line of pistonpowered airpording to president Frank G. Manning.
General Electric Company of the USA, in its first sale of high bypass turbofan engines to China, has received a 40M order for CF680C2 engines to power two Airbus Industrie A310300 aircraft for the Civil Aviation Administration of ChinaShanghai.
Robert L. Clepper has been named vice presidentgeneral manager of the C17 programme at McDonnell Douglas Corporation.
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