<![CDATA[Aero Geek - Blog]]>Sun, 21 Feb 2016 03:55:19 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[More interesting facts about aviation]]>Fri, 05 Feb 2016 04:56:47 GMThttp://aerogeeker.weebly.com/blog/more-interesting-facts-about-aviationThe maximum amount of fuel that a 767-400 can carry, is enough to fill 1,400 minivans.

​The 747-400, the most common passenger version in service, is among the fastest airliners in service with a high-subsonic cruise speed of Mach 0.85–0.855 (up to 570 mph)

In 2003 it was reported there was a 65% jump in the number of birds hitting engines. Thee FAA is studying this as the average jet engine can only handle a strike from birds weighing about 4 lbs. max. So lets understand this, a plane can withstand a lightning strike but not a bird??

It may comfort you to know 95.7 percent of people involved in plane crashes survive.

A average 747 has around 150-175 miles of wiring in it.

On a three hour flight the human body can lose up to 1.5 quarts of water.

On an average day, air traffic controllers handle 28,537 commercial flights, 27,178 general aviation flights (private planes), 24,548 air taxi flights (planes for hire), 5,260 military flights and 2,148 air cargo flights.

Although wings look rock solid they are designed to flex. During takeoff, the wing of the A380 will flex upward as much as 13 feet

Two million passengers in the U.S. board more than 30,000 flights every day.

<![CDATA[Is Aerospace in Decline?]]>Fri, 05 Feb 2016 04:15:49 GMThttp://aerogeeker.weebly.com/blog/february-04th-2016Over the past few years, the Bureau of Labor Statistics has collected data that tells us the field of aerospace is in decline. It's by 2% from now until 2024 but a decline is a decline. The reasoning provided is that more and more aircraft are being taken off the line, as we are 50 years from aerospace's Golden Age, but aren't there engineers to create the new planes, the new engines? How can aerospace be in decline when we still need planes to take us places? Innovation is essential in every field. You can't fly the same airplanes forever. (like north korea.. ehemp) Aerospace shouldn't be declining! It should be growing! This is the same field that takes spacecraft into space. Shouldnt space exploration mean anything? Aerospace and Aeronautics are both an essential part of our planet's future and the fact that mroe and more businesses have stopped their space missions is almost unacceptable.]]><![CDATA[Is Flying Safe?]]>Mon, 19 Oct 2015 02:06:28 GMThttp://aerogeeker.weebly.com/blog/is-flying-safeShortly after the tragedy of MH370, many started questioning the ability of cyberhackers to hack aircraft systems. Now, it's inevitable that these cyber criminals will be able to hack passenger jets that take us around the world. Reports by the EASA have shown a hacker, also a pilot was able to hack a plane's systems in just under 5 minutes. Another example, in the US, was of a cyberhacker named Chris Roberts who tweeted about hacking the plane he was flying on. He later told authorities he had taken over control of the engines of 20 previous flights he was on. 20! In addition, he claimed he was also able to issue a climb command, enabling the aircraft to increase its altitude, potentially dangerous if the capability was in the wrong hands. Thankfully, we have a safety-net, air traffic controllers who look out for planes at possible collision altitudes and the inbuilt flight computers. However, if someone can hack these flight computers as well to give a false reading, airtraffic controllers and the plane will be left in the dark, causing a catastrophic collision.

So the question is, is flying safe?

The answer is yes, for now. As of now, there are not many that can access the really important flight information systems of an aircraft. Carl Herberger, vice-president of IT security firm Radware and a former US air force cyberwarfare specialist, stated, "The question isn’t really if, but when. “The second question is what do we do about this thereafter.”
So yes, this will be a problem in the future, but right now flying is safer than driving a car. ]]>
<![CDATA[MH 370 July 2015 Update]]>Wed, 29 Jul 2015 20:01:01 GMThttp://aerogeeker.weebly.com/blog/mh-370-july-2015-updateI read an article a few hours ago about how Boeing is officially announcing they are strongly advising against flying lithium ion battery shipments. According to tests, bulk shipments of lithium batteries can cause fires that can destroy planes. That got me thinking, lithium ion batteries. Weren't those on MH370? A flight that has kept hanging off of our seats for over a year, now analysts say might take another few months or even years to find, but will this new information lead to us being able to find the aircraft?

To tell the truth, everyday new theories are being published about the missing airliner and only a percentage of these claims could be true. For example one  theory, several people in the Maldives claim to have seen the stricken airliner near the hours of its demise and then this morning, a part from an aircraft has washed upon the French Island of La Renioun in the Indian Ocean. If this wing is indeed a part of the aircraft, we may have real answers about what happened. After over a year and a half of waiting for answers, families will finally have the closure they've been seeking]]>
<![CDATA[America & the Gulf, The Battle for the Skies]]>Mon, 16 Mar 2015 21:13:16 GMThttp://aerogeeker.weebly.com/blog/america-the-gulf-the-battle-for-the-skiesIt's no secret that over the last two weeks or so, rivalry between gulf carrier and U.S. carriers is escalating to an all time high. Delta, United and American are making jabs at the Big Three of the industry, Etihad, Emirates and Qatar. They claim competition between the carriers is unfair, due to the fact that Gulf Airlines recieve enormous subsidies from their governments, from numbers ranging up to 42 million. All three airlines have denied recieving subsidies from their governments, but still the U.S. carriers are finding more and more ways to try and defame the Gulf. 

The fact that these carriers are extending their reach into the U.S. and therefore across the world is seriously scaring the U.S. carriers. Since the likes of Emirates, Etihad and Qatar are based on hubs, a flight into hubs of the U.S. carriers, increases the competitiion on that route, and more likely than not, the U.S. carriers lose this battle. Instead of going through 2 or more different airports to reach their destinations, hubs like Dubai offer one stop access to almost any part of the world. So, for almost everyone else, except airlines like United, this takeover by the Gulf carriers is an extremely good thing, for an economy and for comfort of passengers. 

Quoted, "Rather than harming U.S. interests as the white paper prepared by Delta, American, and United claims, Emirates’ services have increased consumer choices, filled a gap in the market by taking travelers to destinations not served by their home carriers, and helped contribute to U.S. economies, trade and tourism."(Maxon, Terry)

Trade to UAE has increased by 504% since the carriers started service to the U.S. It seems that the U.S. carriers haven't yet seen the need for a one stop hub as the Big T

hree did, and I'm sure with this recent battle they'll finally get some semblance of the message. However, we have to put into account the little struggles for American carriers and Globablization. With such a vast country, and dozens of urban settings, their goal has been to connect travelers to and from the big cities. The UAE has one or two major urban settings, max and the same goes for Qatar. Also one more thing. The U.S. hasn't focused on luxury at all. It's not even a part of their agenda. However, all three of the airlines in question offer unparalleled luxury onboard their aircrafts. From Emirates on board showers to Etihad's three room apartments, that luxury is something the U.S. carriers will never be able to compete with, and part of the reason people choose them for long haul international flights. 

So, we're sorry American airlines, you've lost this battle. The Gulf has conquered the world in terms of commerical aviation. 

<![CDATA[Boeings New Line of Aircraft]]>Sun, 08 Feb 2015 22:11:34 GMThttp://aerogeeker.weebly.com/blog/boeings-new-line-of-aircraftPicture
Boeing is developing a new series of aircraft meant to compete with the Airbus A350. This series, the 777X has two variants, the 777-8X and the 777-9X. Both of these will have brand new engines, composite wings and the newest fly by wire from the Boeing 787. So far, the biggest order for this aircraft is Emirates with 150 overall orders. 115 777-9X's and 35 777-8X's. Both planes have an incredible wing 71ft long. So long it has to fold at the ends to fit into 777 gates. The cabin is also a whole 1/2 meter wider than previous generations. The 777-8X is built for extra long range travel, 9,300 miles. The 777-9x has a longer fuselage and can hold upto 420 people.

<![CDATA[Air Asia Speculations]]>Mon, 26 Jan 2015 22:08:45 GMThttp://aerogeeker.weebly.com/blog/air-asia-speculationsPicture
Indonesia Air Asia flight QZ 8501 went missing over the Java Sea on December 28, 2014 at 6:17 in the morning. After the shock of MH370 going missing in the same region for almost a year, people started speculating the worst. Was this aircraft another MH370? Fortunately for the families and the first wreckage was found a few hours after the crash, and definite proof of the location of the aircraft remains on December 31. But the question people are asking is what happened to the A320? So far, it seems comparably similar to Air France Flight 447 en route from Rio de Janerio to Charles de Gaulle, a A330. These aircraft were both made by the same manufacturer. Both were lost in a Intertropical Convergence Zone. In addition both of them crashed at sea, wherein debris was floating about the point of last known contact. In fact, they also both stalled mid air and the cockpit was blasting with alarms. Weather played apart in both. In the case of Air France 447, the altitude sensing pitot tubes clogged creating a false environment for the pilots. Although we are not certain about the case of Air Asia, most are sure weather played apart in the crash of the airliner, though that may not have been the only factor. An Airworthiness Directive was issued December 10, 2014, stating how control of the aircraft could be lost mid-flight because of icing on the angle of attack probes in joint with the aircraft's stall protection features. With this new addition to the air crashes of 2014, new changes will have to be made in concurrence with the Airworthiness Directive to help ensure disasters similar to this aren't a common happening. 

<![CDATA[Unknown Facts About Aviation]]>Mon, 12 Jan 2015 22:04:37 GMThttp://aerogeeker.weebly.com/blog/unknown-facts-about-aviationThere are so many weird things about aviation that no one really knows about. The parts of a plane for example. In the 2000's, a fully laden Boeing 737 crashed when the pilot and co-pilot were unconcious. The air-circulation aboard the aircraft was set to manual instead of auto, leading to all aboard to be knocked out after about half an hour. Except one. What a flight that must've been for him!

The oldest commercial jet still in service as of 2012 was 47 years old flying for Air Kenya. It was the 4th DC-9 ever built. 

An A380 superjumbo has over 4 million parts produced by over 1, 500 companies. The largest plane in the world however isnt the A380. That title belongs to the Antonov 255 cargo jet. The mighty carrier can hold other planes in its hull and boasts 6 engines. Her heaviest take off was 559, 557 pounds of cargo, with a single item on board weighing 418, 834 pounds. 

English is the international language of aviation. All pilots, flight attendants and air traffic controllers are required by international law to speak it. 

The oldest airline operating under the same title is KLM, Royal Dutch Airlines.

The pilots that flew the Concorde had to be so experienced that there are 3x as many astronauts. 

Most aircraft cruise at 35,000 feet but to put into scale how high that is compared to the Earth, if the earth was a desktop globe, the average plane at 35,000 feet would only be a 1/10 of an inch above the surface.

The windshield of a 747-400 costs as much as a BMW.

In the event of a plane crash, it's often safer to be seated in the back. According to Popular Mechanics its a 40% higher chance of survival.

Wings can bend upto 13 feet in flight. They look hard, but they are built to be flexible otherwise theyll break mid-flight.

In 1987 American Airlines saved $40,000 from removing a single olive from first class passengers salad's.

<![CDATA[MH 370: The Mystery that Haunts the World]]>Sat, 26 Jul 2014 21:01:48 GMThttp://aerogeeker.weebly.com/blog/mh-370-the-mystery-that-haunts-the-worldSince the eighth of March, 4 months ago, the world has been desperately trying to find a missing Boeing 777-200ER aircraft, yet another sting to the Boeing's record. Family and friends of the missing aboard the aircraft, crowded into Bejing Capital Airport, the original destination of the flight to greet them. Now comes the first mistake Malaysian Airlines made in the handling of this disaster. The screens at the airport read Delayed, not alarming the awaiting relatives of anything seriously wrong. 4 hours after the plane's inital dissappearance, Malaysian Airlines finally declared the striken  airliner Missing. 

Most of us kept track with news of MH370 for the first 2 weeks or so, but that's when people started to lose hope. 2 weeks and they couldn't find any clue as to what had happened aboard the lost flight. Most Blamed the Malaysian government for the way they handled the disaster and accused them of conspiracy, hiding vital information from the relatives of the victims. I understand where the theories are coming from but in reality, there's no way that the souls aboard Flight 370 are alive. We all wish the opposite but it's true unfortunately. I don't believe the plane crashed in the indian ocean. Another incident that was similar to this(not in magnitude of search size but search area) was Air France 447, service from Rio de Janeiro to Charles de Gaulle.

The plane entered a blindspot on Atlantic radar and when senegalese radar tried contacting the plane when it should have been in their airspace there was no response. Search and rescue teams went out into the blindspot area where AF447 should have went down, but to no avail. There was no sign of the airliner. It took 5 days to find some wreckage and another 2 1/2 years to figure out the truth of what happened. With MH370, is this going to be possible. Will we ever know what happened to the 777? We don't know the answers right now, if we ever will. As of now, people are again brought to the attention of another airliner, MH17 which was shot down over Ukranian airspace. Again, we don't know exactly who is responsible for this disaster. 
When the plane first went missing, we all screamed "Terrorists!" because of two iranians that happened to be on board. Because of the world's focus on terrorism, we have failed to realize that there are other threats that haunt our world. Most crashes in the last decade were based on pilot error and mechanical problems. Take for example Asiana from 2013 and Air France from 2008. Malaysian's biggest mistake has been not caring enough for the passenger's loved ones. their needs and worries are the most important in a disaster like this. We all know that their curiosities about what happened to their friends and family have not been satisfied. 

I hope one day this mystery will be solved and there will finally be some closure concerning what happened to the 777.

<![CDATA[The Crash of Asiana 214]]>Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:45:51 GMThttp://aerogeeker.weebly.com/blog/the-crash-of-asiana-214Picture
Asiana 214 crash landed in San Francisco International Airport on July 6, 2014 and started the damage to the Boeing 777's previously pristine fatalities record. As of a few months ago, people were forgetting the error that took the lives of three fifteen-year old teenage girls, but as March came around people started remembering again. This was completely due to the stark dissappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370, service from Kuala Lumpur to Bejing, another 777-200.What has Asiana taught us? What have any of these crashes told us? Not many people look into a crash without mystery. Where all the information is seemingly given out on a local news channel and certaintly not an incident with a smaller loss of life. However, there is no such thing as a "smaller" loss of life. Life is life. Something, or someone on that airplane caused it to go down and for there to be closure for the victims and their families, there must be blame. We start at the minutes before landing. The weather in the San Franciscan skies enough so for a visual approach, an uncommon occasion.  The 777 was scheduled to land on Runway 28L, whose vertical guidance was out of operation from June 1, therefore a precision landing wasn't possible. The captain handed over the controls to the co-pilot who had both operated a 777 and landed at San Francisco in the past but never both at the same time. After 8 hours of autopilot, the crew took over the plane for a manual descent. The autopilot was turned off-82 seconds before impact- at 1,600 feet therefore setting the throttles to idle. The co-pilot was approaching too slow and at a low height. Three seconds before impact someone in the cockpit yelled to abort landing. At this point, the landing gear was down. The nose was lifted up and the landing gear hit the sea wall, damaging the gear and the fuselage. The entire crash was due to the pilots relying far too much on autopilot. The NTSB recommended that Boeing change the manual "to prevent confusion from auto-pilot modes"According to MIT aeronautics professor R. John Hansman Jr., "an increased focus on pilot training to maintain basic piloting skills and not become too dependent on automation."Which is exactly what is happening in our skies. The pilot only has to fly for 2% of the time, takeoff and landing and even then, they have runway assists to help them find the perfect glide slope. Air crashes help us learn and this case, telling us that the modernity of our world has caused us to rely heavily on machines, when in truth we are the smarter being. Why use machines if we have ourselves?