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  • De-icing an airplane

    When snow or freezing temperatures arrive, de-icing aircraft is essential. For what reasons? What product is used? Where is it applied? Come and see at Montreal airport.
     

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  • What's that bump on the fuselage?

    Over the last few years some commercial aircraft have a bump that has appeared on their fuselages. What it is exactly and what it is for? Read on and watch the video.
     

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  • When air traffic gets the wind up

    Sometimes in bad weather, such as high winds, airliners are completed grounded; but above what speed ? Who makes the decision? Does the limit fixed, depend on the type of aircraft?
     

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  • What is this "barking" noise we occasionally hear on certain Airbus aircraft?

    When an Airbus of the A320 family has only one engine working on the tarmac, you've probably heard a kind of noise that sounds like a dog barking; so what is this noise? Listen to it on the video and read the article to find out where it comes from.
     

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  • Altitude versus cabin altitude

    In aviation, the altitude and the cabin altitude of a ‘plane are two different things. We asked Liebherr Aerospace, aerospace equipment supplier, to explain.
     

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  • Aircraft navigation lighting signification

    All aircraft are equipped with navigation lights that are mandated internationally, but what do they signify? Watch the video.
     

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  • How to fly an aircraft ?

    Whether to maintain or change flight direction, flying a ‘plane is done about three axes: the roll, yaw and pitch. A pilot instructor describes them for us.
     

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  • What compensation for crash victims’ families ?

    After a ‘plane crash, what are the terms and amounts of compensation for the families of passengers. Forum by Caroline Cognet-Renard.
     

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  • EASA directives and recommendations : their basic differences

    The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) issues 200 recommendations and 500 directives each year, but what are the main differences between them ? The following is a brief overview.
     

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  • The jet streams on which aircraft surf

    On 7th January, a British Airways Boeing 777 flew from New-York to London in just five hours and 16 minutes, instead of the usual seven hours. An exceptionally short flight time for a subsonic commercial aircraft made possible by an exceptionally strong tail wind, in this case a jet stream, or fast flowing, narrow air current. Here’s how…
     

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  • Tarmac Aerosave or dismantling end-of-life aircraft

    When the time has come to retire after twenty years spent in the air, airliners must be dismantled, like those here at the side of Tarbes airport, in south-western France. Since 2009, Tarmac Aerosave has specialized in the dismantling of aircraft, and in so doing, has recycled fifty aircraft of all types from a variety of backgrounds.
     

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  • What is the common type rating ?

    At the end of October Airbus announced that they have obtained a common type rating for their A330’s and A350 XWB’s; but in concrete terms what does this mean? Simply put, the US and European civil aviation authorities recently decided that the piloting and handling qualities of the A330 and A350 XWB were similar enough to allow pilots of these aircraft to transfer from one to the other without having to take a full conversion course.
     

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  • Gearing up for commercial aircraft

    Between a 1937 Dewoitine D338 and, a 1957 Lockheed Starliner, the difference is obvious. On the ground, the first ‘plane inclines with its tail on the ground, the second is horizontal. Why ? Due to their "conventional" or "tricycle" undercarriage, and their development has several interesting reasons.
     

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  • ETOPS certification under the microscope

    Have you ever asked yourself, during a transatlantic flight for example, why the twin-engined ‘plane you are in does not fly directly to your destination by flying the shortest distance possible. Well it's a question of ETOPS.
     

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  • Aircraft leasing: the various options

    After having taken an overview of the commercial aircraft market for lessors, let’s now focus on the various rental options that are available to airlines, namely: ‘‘Dry lease’’ and ‘‘Wet lease’’.
     

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  • Who are these giants of aircraft leasing ?

    Last August 27th., we talked about BOC Aviation, a Chinese commercial aircraft sales and leasing company, who has placed an order with Boeing for 80 aircraft. But who are these big spenders ? How many aircraft do they have at their disposal ? Who are their clients ? What are the advantages of this business ?
     

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  • How the number of aircraft passenger doors is determined

    On the occasion of Farnborough Air Show, in lieu of the initial 189-seater, Boeing announced the launch of a greater capacity 200-seater version of its 737 MAX-8. In order to do be able to do this, strangely perhaps, they will not have to enlarge the fuselage, but simply add a pair of additional doors. How come ?
     

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  • The various flight control laws

    In an F.B.W. ( Fly by Wire ) equipped plane, there are three Flight Control Laws, providing greater or lesser pilot assistance. Jean-Michel Roy, a test pilot for Airbus agreed to decipher these various modes for us in the development simulator.
     

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  • Surface treatments : why are they necessary?

    Since the beginning of the twentieth century, aircraft parts have undergone surface treatments, but techniques have advanced. And as proof, this is the the engine manufacturer Microturbo's brand new and fully automated workshop.
     

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