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Plane & Pilot December 2018

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whirly birds

First helicopter capable of hovering flight with pilot: Paul Cornu’s unnamed helicopter, 1907Height of that first flight: About 1 footDuration: 20 secondsFate of Cornu’s helicopter design: AbandonedEarly design standoff: Dual contra-rotors vs. one plus tail rotorEarly enabling technology: Swashplate for collective pitch changesFirst “practical” helicopter: Sikorsky VS-300Fastest helicopter ever: Eurocopter X3 experimental, 250 knotsFastest military helicopter: Boeing CH-47 Chinook, 170 knotsLargest helicopter ever: Soviet Mil V-12Weight: 213,485 pounds max takeoff weightPayload: Approximately 60,000 poundsRotors: Two main rotors, each 114 feet, 10 inches in diameterNumber built: 2Most-produced civil helicopter: Probably the Bell 206 Jet Ranger, 8,460 builtMost-produced helicopter ever: Soviet Mil Mi-8, more than 17,000Crew of Mi-8: Three—pilot, co-pilot and flight engineerUseful load: About 10,000 poundsPassengers: 23Cruise speed: 123 knotsHelicopter made famous in the 1970s on the hit TV show “M*A*S*H*:”…

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dream planes, deposits and disappointment

I’ve been fascinated by the trials and tribulations of Tesla, the electric carmaker famous and infamous for both its cars’ capabilities and limitations. A high-profile crash while one of its vehicles was being “driven” on autopilot in Florida raised concerns about the readiness of the auto-drive feature, and the recent production and delivery logistics problems for the company’s new Model 3 have vexed buyers of that new car who have been waiting for ages to get their high-tech wheels. The thing about Tesla’s woes wasn’t that I’d never seen anything like it before. It was that I’ve seen exactly those same challenges time and time again in the aviation world.One of the coolest things in the history of aviation is the personal jet. So far there have been exactly two,…

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circular runways

Round airports have been around since the early days of aviation, because that layout allowed the notoriously lightly wing-loaded planes of the day to land directly into the wind no matter which direction it was blowing. But circular runways are another thing altogether. And while the idea might seem totally crazy at first blush, there’s some serious research being done to see if circular runways could achieve increased airspace system capacity, which absolutely is limited by the number of available runway ends. With a circular runway, there would be, theoretically, an unlimited number of runway “ends” at any given airport.THE IDEAWith a circular runway, planes could approach to land from many different angles, so you could have multiple planes on approach simultaneously. And you could have planes taking off and…

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your aviation crossword

ACROSS1 The answer is right in front of your eyes!5 A seal is used in one to cut drag9 Long range (acronym)11 Some flight crew in EMT planes12 “American Champion” plane13 Time-saving alternative to plans14 World's biggest aviation marketplace16 Flying prefix17 Mathematical ratio18 “Air capital of the world”20 It’s a factor that will affect a used plane’s price23 State where flying is a major form of civilian transport24 Left tip color26 Technically, gas piston, yes, but electric, no27 This plane flew out the hangar door28 Fokker Dr.-129 Douglas and Cessna both built one31 Snoopy’s mount32 What pilots can’t do when they get invited to fly33 The founder of this company? You can call him this.DOWN1 Planes need this2 Airplanes and Plane & Pilot are this3 Gesture that’s not acceptable when…

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news of note

JETBLUE’S USE OF RENEWABLE FUEL TAKES OFFJetBlue made its first flight using renewable fuel in September when an A321 newly delivered to the airline flew using a blend comprised of traditional fuel and 15.5 percent renewable fuel. The company expects to take delivery of four additional A321s that will run on the renewable mixture by the end of the year.FOREFLIGHT DELIVERS TEXT MESSAGE FLIGHT CLEARANCESForeFlight and Satcom Direct have teamed up to provide a service that enables IFR pilots to obtain pre-flight clearances via text messaging, allowing them to forgo the traditional radio call. Pilots can currently utilize the feature at 76 airports throughout the country.RENO AIR RACES CELEBRATES 55TH EVENTBig crowds descended on Reno Stead Airport for the 55th edition of the Reno Air Races in September. Joel Swager…

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career advice: just be a pilot

For people looking for an industry with exciting jobs, high salaries and attractive benefits packages, not to mention numerous quality-of-life perks, there probably aren’t a lot of options. But there are a few, if you’ve got the right stuff and get the right training. And aviation is one such industry, and there are a lot of aviation jobs just waiting to be filled.According to studies by Boeing, Airbus and others, the need for skilled workers is immense and will continue to be so. The number of pilots the industry needs to hire over the next 20 years is a staggering figure, nearly a million, and the growth will likely be linear, without a lot of the burn and churn from previous employment spikes. Bottom line: The world’s airlines and charter…