Since the retirement of the Concorde and the Tupolev Tu-144, there aren't any civilian airplanes (passengers carrier or business jet) flying supersonic. I heard that Dassault and SAAB had rather advanced studies on this topic but abandoned them due to various problems.
Does anyone know if any aircraft manufacturer plans to develop one?
Since the retirement of the Concorde and the Tupolev Tu-144, there aren't any civilian airplanes (passengers carrier or business jet) flying supersonic. I heard that Dassault and SAAB had rather advanced studies on this topic but abandoned them due to various problems. Does anyone know if any aircraft manufacturer plans to develop one?
to the cloud or a remote location either in lieu of or in addition to the physical devices installed in commercial aircraft. I would think this would be an accident investigator's dream come true... have any idea if there are plans for CVR and FDR data to be transmitted and recorded to the cloud or a remote location? ...Another enthusiast question. I watch a lot of the National Geographic Channel's "Air Crash Investigation", for better or worse, and it seems accident investigators make tremendous use of the Cockpit
Based on the reading I've been doing of FAA's Next Generation Air Traffic Control (NextGen) plans, I've been wondering if and how radar systems will continue to be used for ATC as NextGen rolls out? Questions include: Is it correct to assert that radar coverage will effectively become a less precise, backup only, data feed? I am suggesting this because my understanding (which could easily be incorrect) is that ADS-B will mandated for most (everyone?) and so aircraft will be actively reporting their precise position without the need for a radar track. Will existing radar coverage eventually
The FAA will open up to flying civilian drones in 2015. Should we get pilot licenses to be ready for this? if so, is there a difference between plane or helicopter pilot license? Links related: NASA Helps Draw Up Rules for Flying Drones in the U.S FAA making plans for drone flights in U.S. U.S. colleges begin offering more drone piloting programs to keep up with domestic drone boom California bills tackle drones, personal privacy Aviation schools prepare for boom in demand for drone pilots
Do all flights need to have filed flight plans or only ones that fit certain criteria? What are the criteria?
In the olden days there used to be a navigation officer in commercial airlines who had the tasks of navigation and radio communication. But, in modern commercial airliners there is no navigation officer. Do the pilot(s) take the additional responsibility of radio communication and navigation? Or is the navigation part now done by onboard computers and systems? If the electronic navigation system fails, are there any backup plans? Are physical maps and a compass then used to determine the direction and position?
In the newest aircraft, autopilots are of paramount importance, but how are they designed? What is the hardware used to run them (I guess it is quite different from my laptop)? What is the software (language) used and what are its characteristics (regular clock counter, robust, ...)? This question concerns mainly civil aircraft since I guess that it will be hard to get answers for military ones! EDIT To make this question answerable and less broad, I would like to have answers focusing on turbojet engine aircraft used as civilian carriers (A320 seems a good candidate to me but I am opened
Are there any FAA regulations concerning wireless Bluetooth headsets in the cockpit of any aircraft? Moreover, I'm interested in finding out if the Bluetooth protocol (IEEE 802.15.1) will adversely affect any aircraft avionics in terms of radio interference or other Electromagnetic Interference (EMI). If anyone has any experience with this, thoughts and comments would be greatly appreciated.
Small civilian mini-drones such as the DJI Phantom or professional surveying drones are becoming increasingly widespread, raising concerns about the potential collision/airprox with manned aircraft (especially GA where flight altitude is typically relatively low). Have there been actual cases of collision and/or dangerous airprox reported so far? What were the consequences?
What, if any, requirements are there to maintain a private pilot certificate? For example: Do I have to renew my certificate after a period of time? E.g. annually, 5 years, 10 years Do I have... certificate tomorrow, but I didn't plan to make use of it in the foreseeable future, would it cost me more in time and money than if I waited until I had plans to use it? This is assuming I live... the certificate from expiring, or (c) that I would have to commit to a certain number of hours (instructed or solo) per year to keep the certificate.