Category Technical

Royal Aeronautical Society

Stop Press – Thursday 28 November The evening was a great success with my son Alexander and I meeting over 120 engineering students and 180 RAeS members. Everyone was especially pleased to met and hear Carolyn and Derwyn Jones, passengers on the QF32 flight who also addressed the audience.   Their daughter Nia Jones joined […]

Bio-Mimicry of Shaking Dogs (version 2)

See also QF32 Biomimicry Richard Hammond’s Miracles Of Nature Biomimicry You don’t have to be a dog lover to be awe struck by this fantastic video of dogs shaking themselves dry.   Their seemingly simply movements generate up to 70 G accelerations that “centrifuge” the hair 70% dry in just a few seconds. Why is the […]

PFTCT – Quiz # 6 – No Winners This Week!

Question # 6 See also:   Physics for the Coffee Table (PFTCT) Situation A major city (population 5 million) is planning to build a new airport at a new location inside the city.  Two sites are proposed: one beside the ocean and one twenty kilometers  inland from the ocean. Consider the noise levels originating from aircraft […]

Clouds

Only those who fly fully appreciate the wonders that exist out the front of  the cockpit.  Our passion is fueled by the experiences of seeing and feeling many things, including the extraordinary cloud types that comprise our living atmosphere. My memories of clouds include the theory in the RAAF’s class rooms, tempered and case hardened by experiences in […]

QF32 Back Story – Rolls Royce Trent 900 – Request for Questions

I have been researching Rolls-Royce engines for decades.     I have studied the engine’s “workshop manuals”.   I visited the Rolls-Royce production and engineering facilities in Derby, UK just two weeks before my QF32 event. Yesterday I toured the Sin$700 m Rolls-Royce Seletar Campus in Singapore.   This is the first production facility for […]

QF32 Back Story – Cold Weather Operations and Christmas

Everyone has different thoughts over Christmas. I am currently sitting in cold London contemplating winter. The shortest day, or Winter solstice occurs in the Northern Hemisphere on about 21 December.   This is the day of the maximum Earth’s cooling rate, though the actual Earth’s temperature lags the “lapse rate” by about one month – […]

Back Story – QF32 page 261

I have always welcomed robust debate and constructive criticism. Matthew Squair, a very intelligent expert in risk and safety systems (and a person whom I hold in the highest regard)  raises the question:  “Is there a role for military control checks in civilian aircraft?” This question opens up a very large topic! Food for thought. […]

Back Story QF32 p 345 – A380 (Route) Specifications

A380 (Route) Specifications WARNING:  This is a very technical posting! Writes Mike Farmery (a friend)  from the UK:  I would appreciate it if you could help me with some information.   I am giving a talk at a local school very soon called ‘The Chemistry of Flying’. I would like to start it off with a […]

Slingshot Effect (QF32 p 346)

Editor’s Note I am pleased that this topic has generated much discussion in the pilot community.      Few readers understand if and why the Slingshot Effect exists which makes this topic is even more interesting.      Question QF32 reader John Reid asks: “The QF32’s appendix includes A380 specifications.   There is a statement […]

Welcome to the Big Jets Book discussion

I am writing a book about big jets My definition of the big jets are those bigger than the Boeing 737 or Airbus A320.  Large corporate jets (Gulfstream and Cessna) are also included. For aspiring aviators who are pursuing a career flying Big Jets and for commercial aviation pilots, The Big Jets book provides an […]