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Plane & Pilot June 2019

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Derivation of “parachute:” From the Italian “para,” meaning “prevent,” and the French word “chute,” for fall. A device for preventing a fall. First known parachute concepts: China: Han Dynasty writer Sima Qian in a book of historical legends Qian’s parachute concept: Two big hats grasped by hand First modern parachute design: Leonardo da Vinci, 1485 Inventor of the modern parachute: Louis-Sébastien Lenormand, late 1700s, in France First successful parachute jump: Lenormand, 1783, from a balcony of Tour de la Babote Approximate height of balcony: 60 feet Outcome: Lenormand was unhurt Witnesses: Dozens First parachute jump from an aircraft: Jean-Pierre Blanchard, 1785, France Blanchard’s first “guinea pig:” A local dog, who survived the event First use of parachute as a rescue device from an aircraft: Blanchard again, when his balloon burst. The account was not witnessed. First all-silk parachute design: Andre Garnerin, 1797 First…

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737 max crisis and light airplanes

Unlike small planes, airliners hardly ever crash. Their safety record isn’t perfect, but it’s close enough to that mark that when one does go down, the world takes notice. And when one crashes, especially when it’s under mysterious or particularly horrific circumstances, the aviation world comes together at its best to figure out just how to prevent such accidents in the future. And more often than not, we’re successful in doing just that. That’s why commercial air travel on per-mile basis is the safest mode of transportation the world has ever known. Only in this case, it doesn’t appear to have happened that way. In the crashes of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 and Lion Air 610, the answers we’re coming up with to explain why those two new Boeing 737 Max planes…

2 min.
comets crashing

THE MYSTERY What was causing the crashes of the pioneering jet the de Havilland Comet. THE BACKSTORY When it comes to lists of planes, the de Havilland Comet jetliner is often mentioned prominently. It was not only the first jet airliner, but many regard it as one of the most beautiful aircraft of all time. Others note that its place in history is assured as a design with an early history of mysterious, fatal crashes. Commissioned in the early 1940s by the British government in its quest to find a fast and capable mail plane, famed designer Geoffrey de Havilland answered the call with the Comet, a jet-powered design that would likely be the first such plane in history. The idea was risky. Jet engines, while more reliable than large piston radial engines, like…

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the truth

By testing the structure of an existing Comet in a water tank under repeated pressurization cycles, the truth became clear when the fuselage of the test article came apart in an explosive decompression. This was after just over 3,000 pressurization cycles. The cause of the two planes breaking up in mid-flight was found. It was metal fatigue. Engineers redesigned the structure of the plane for what became the Comet 2, and that was the end of that issue. The company went on to produce 114 of the aircraft, ending with the Comet 4 model, which was last produced in 1959. Sadly, the Comet, even after the cause of its mystery woes was diagnosed, had a terrible safety record, with 26 hull losses during its short operational life, resulting in more than…

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cross check

ACROSS 1 A wispy cloud or a small jet 4 Aka: Pathfinder 9 Direct, ______ x 2 10 The “T” in CFIT 11 What the majority of airplanes are these days 12 Big alloy maker 14 Agency most concerned about 100LL 16 North or South ___, abbr. 17 __ Al 18 What a pilot essentially does 21 Letters you type after “K” to go to Medford 23 Euphemism for “collided” 25 The dreaded _____ ______ ______ approach, 3 words 28 __, shucks 29 State of Garrett turboprop engines on the ramp 31 Relaxes (on the controls) 34 Makes a boo-boo 35 State mostly traveled by small planes 36 Object of anxiety 37 It may be hot, cold or thin DOWN 1 Piper introduced this low-wing line in 1960 2 Instrument ___ pilot 3 Applicants’ fear about check ride 5 Having to do with planes and flying 6 The queen of Runways with 8 7 Routine plane inspection,…

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news of note

CREW DRAGON SPACE CAPSULE WRAPS FIRST MISSION SpaceX’s autonomous space capsule, Crew Dragon Demo-1, docked at the International Space Station in March and was recovered successfully upon its splash-down five days later in the Atlantic Ocean, marking the completion of the capsule’s first mission. NASA plans to utilize the capsule to carry astronauts into space, a task the U.S. has outsourced to other countries since the discontinuation of the NASA space shuttle program in 2011. GULFSTREAM CELEBRATES SUSTAINABLE FUEL SALE Gulfstream signaled its commitment to promoting sustainable fuel recently when it received its first paying customer for the sustainable alternative jet fuel produced by the company’s fuel partner, World Energy. The 20,000 pounds of alternative fuel, which produce at least 50 percent less carbon emissions than traditional Jet-A, went to power a G550. NEW…