What really happened to the Boeing 777 that changed course and disappeared with 239 souls aboard?
The Mystery: On March 8, 2014, a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 that had departed from Kuala Lumpur was bound for Beijing, China, when the captain got the radio handoff from Malaysian air traffic control to Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh Center. The captain of the 777 replied simply, “Good night. Malaysia Three Seven Zero.” Those were more »
First military use of ground controlled approach (GCA) radar: 1943 Range: 20 miles Altitude range: 10,000 feet First civilian use: 1945, LaGuardia Airport Landing rate prior to implementation: 5 planes per hour Landing rate after implementation: 15 planes per hour Transponders introduced for aviation: World War II Worst friendly fire incident of WWII: July 11, more »
Across 1 The Navy’s spectacular demonstration team, 2 words 6 State where much of the transport is by light aircraft 8 ADF’s counterpart 9 Nurses, abbr. 11 ____ K-Max helicopter 13 Initial setting on some gauges 14 NDB’s counterpart 16 Its cowl flaps give it away more »
This most spectacular plane spotter's site is even more fun from the air.
I came to Saint Martin first in 2010, for therapeutic reasons. Freshly furloughed from flying, hardly thawing between shifts working overnight maintenance on the planes I used to fly, the lady I was dating suggested some warm salt air might help. She wasn’t wrong. We spent a long weekend enjoying beautiful water, good company. A more »
We have compiled interesting facts about the history and evolution of parachutes.
We have compiled interesting facts about the history and evolution of parachutes. 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 more »
The world’s first jetliner, the de Havilland Comet, was crashing, and no one knew why.
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. more »
Check your answers for the June 2019 crossword puzzle.
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. more »
In 1938, more than 10 years after Charles Lindbergh successfully crossed the Atlantic solo in the Spirit of St. Louis, another American, Douglas Corrigan, made the crossing as well, taking off from New York’s Floyd Bennett Field and landing 28 hours and change later in Ireland, where Corrigan asked where he was. You see, Corrigan more »
Across 1. Large Florida aircraft sales and service provider 5. Major centers of airline flight patterns 7. O to a pilot 8. Rotating about the front to back axis 10. Roswell arrival 11. At OSH they’re red or yellow or green…. 12. Airline that was ADS-B pioneer 13. Prefix for plane or built 15. Every more »
The mystery Is the high-wing or low-wing configuration better? Background Discounting biplanes, canards, mid-wing models and other unusual configurations, there are two basic wing designs, high-wing and low wing. You probably have your own preference, though some pilots, us included, are agnostic on the question. This doesn’t mean that there’s not a right answer to more »
Find the answers to the April 2019 crossword puzzle from Plane & Pilot magazine.
Across 2 First modular space station 4 Guy who made a big noise with a Bell 7 What to fly when getting there is pretty standard 8 Clyde of Silverwing fame 10 Mostly used in aviation instead of SM 12 Renaissance man who designed methods of flight 14 more »
With the widespread availability of envelope protection for light planes, the question has to be asked, how safe are these technologies and how easy is it to disconnect from them in an emergency? Envelope protection got started in light GA in the 1960s, when Mooney introduced its Positive Control, manufactured by Brittain Industries from Tulsa, more »
Plane & Pilot collected many interesting facts and tidbits about the history of the Piper PA-28s.
Plane & Pilot collected many interesting facts and tidbits about the history of the Piper PA-28s. Year Piper began exploring new four-seater concept: 1953 Cherokee designers: Fred Weick, John Thorp, Karl Bergey Other notable designs from Weick: Ercoupe, NACA cowlings, Piper Pawnee ag plane From Thorp: Lockheed Neptune, Piper Sky Scooter, T-18, Wing Derringer Year more »
Seems like an easy call, right? You couldn’t be more wrong.
The Mystery: What is the biggest airplane in the world? Sounds simple, but you hear several different models being spoken about as the “biggest.” Is the term meaningless, or can there be a champ? Subscribe today to Plane & Pilot magazine for industry news, reviews and much more delivered straight to you! The Backstory: There are more »
The original jumbo jet celebrated the 50th anniversary of its first flight earlier this week.
It’s been a wild and unpredictable half century for arguably the most innovative airliner ever, the Boeing 747. Dreamt up back in the mid 1960s, the double-decker jet burst onto the scene in a way that probably only one other airliner ever has, and that one was supersonic. With the ability to carry more passengers more »
The answer key for the crossword puzzle found in the March 2019 issue of Plane & Pilot.
Across 1 Mooney ____ Ultra 5 Mnemonics based pre-landing checklist 8 High winds 9 Mnemonics based word for when you do your pre-take off checklist 10 What stealthy aircraft want to avoid being 12 The object of our obsession 14 Steep nose descent 17 Faintly lit more »
Learn all about the history and evolution of gliders.
What a glider is: Non-powered aircraft that is not lighter than air Derivation of the term “glider:” Unknown Other common term for gliding: Soaring Difference: In soaring, pilots gain altitude in flight Glide ratio: Cessna 172: 9:1 Best high-performance sailplane: Better than 70:1 Northern flying squirrel: 2:1 Steinway Piano: Infinitely poor zero:1 Methods for altitude more »