The idea behind circular runways isn’t new, but it has gotten increased attention lately. Could it be the key to increasing landing capacity nationwide, or is it just as crazy an idea as it seems?
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 more »
First helicopter capable of hovering flight with pilot: Paul Cornu’s unnamed helicopter, 1907 Height of that first flight: About 1 foot Duration: 20 seconds Fate of Cornu’s helicopter design: Abandoned Early design standoff: Dual contra-rotors vs. one plus tail rotor Early enabling technology: Swashplate for collective pitch changes First “practical” helicopter: Sikorsky VS-300 Fastest helicopter more »
First landing in a powered plane: Orville Wright, Wright Flyer, Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, December 17, 1903. First successful helicopter landing: Paul Cornu, November 13, 1907, Lisieuz, France First landing on a heavenly body: Apollo 11 Commander Neil Armstrong, Sea of Tranquility, Earth’s Moon, July 20, 1969. First landing on inflated rubber aircraft tires: more »
The answer key for the crossword puzzle found in the December 2018 issue of Plane & Pilot.
Across 1. The answer is right in front of your eyes! 5. A seal is used in one to cut drag 9. Long range (acronym) 11. Some flight crew in EMT planes 12. “American Champion” plane 13. Time saving alternative to plans 14. Worlds biggest aviation marketplace 16. Flying prefix 17. Mathematical ratio 18. “Air more »
In 1957 a Lockheed T-33 disappeared from radar over the Sierra Nevada. 54 days later, its pilot hiked out of the mountains. The drama was just beginning.
The plane was lost from radar and the Air Force couldn’t find the missing plane or pilot. The military declared Steeves dead, and that was that. Until, that is, 54 days later when Steeves emerged from the Sierra, having been found badly malnourished and still limping badly on swollen ankles.
This technique seems counter-intuitive to newbies, but it has a passionate following among experienced aviators. But does it make sense?
The Mystery/Controversy: The controversy, which has been around for at least 70 years, is this: How does one best control airspeed and glideslope on the approach? The approach in question was originally an ILS, though today LPV approaches have a glideslope (technically a “glidepath”) as well. In the seminal aviation how-to book “Stick and Rudder,” written more »
The answer key for the crossword puzzle found in the November 2018 issue of Plane & Pilot.
Across 1. Lance-like 5. What some brakes help you do 8. Waggle 9. Dutch or barrel 11. Activity when you’re riding in back 12. 65 is an important one 14. Good policy for renters 16. Hall of fame aviator Scholl 17. Most ORDinary airport 19. Don’t forget to pull this one 21. Negative prefix 22. Husky more »
Learn all about the history and development of Van's RVs with these facts.
Learn all about the history and development of Van’s RVs with these facts. Person behind RV phenomenon: Richard VanGrunsven Nicknames: “Van,” “Dick” Profession: engineer Aeronautical ratings: ATP Total time: more than 12,000 hours Origin of first RV (RV-1): modification of Stits Playboy RV-2: wooden flying wing glider (never flew) RV-3: single-seat all-metal, low wing sport more »
Learn all about the history of bombers with these facts.
Subscribe today to Plane & Pilot magazine for industry news, reviews and much more delivered straight to you! First bombing: 1911, just eight years after the first flight by the Wrights Place: Libya (Italo-Turkish War) Payload: specially designed steel bombs containing picric acid. Casualties: Zero First purpose-built bombers: 1913, Bristol T.B. 8 (British) and the Caproni more »
Who was the first to bust the so-called sound barrier? It’s not an easy question to answer.
Subscribe today to Plane & Pilot magazine for industry news, reviews and much more delivered straight to you! The Mystery? Was Chuck Yeager the first to break the so-called “sound barrier?” Or did someone, or multiple people, beat him to the sonic boom? Well, this one isn’t so much a mystery as a debate. The Backstory more »
Are you an aviation enthusiast or pilot? Sign up for our newsletter, full of tips, reviews and more! The Theory The purported hazard of the downwind turn is one of the most controversial topics in all of aviation. Despite it being widely debated for many decades, it maintains a hold on the popular pilot imagination because more »
Cool and interesting facts about old planes, airports, and more.
Are you an aviation enthusiast or pilot? Sign up for our newsletter, full of tips, reviews and much more! Oldest flyable aircraft: Two Blériot XIs Year built: 1909 Located at: The Shuttleworth Collection (UK) and the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome (U.S.) Oldest person to get a pilot’s license: Lt. Col. (ret.) James Collins Warren Age at which more »
New information has emerged in the 70-year-long search for Amelia Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan who disappeared in 1937. What does it really mean?
Are you an aviation enthusiast or pilot? Sign up for our newsletter, full of tips, reviews and more! The Mystery Does new photographic and forensic evidence answer the question of what happened to the pair of aviators, who disappeared in 1937 while on an around the world flight? The Backstory When we last wrote about the more »