The streamlined decade

The DC-2 bore all the hallmarks of streamlining developments of the time: All-metal, stressed-skin construction, cantilever wings, retractable landing gear and cowled radial engines.

During the decade of the Great Depression, the streamlined form stood as an optimistic symbol of progress and efficiency. Streamlining was applied to cars, trains, ships, buildings, and even household appliances. This new idiom replaced the angular, art deco forms of the 1920s.

By the mid-1920s aircraft construction was in need of a new design approach. With the availability of engines with 200 to 350 horsepower, aircraft were flying faster, but not in proportion to the increase in power. With all the higher turbulent flow being experienced at higher speeds due to common design practices of the time, a reduction in drag became important to improved performance.

So in the era between the middle 1920s and middle 1930s, streamlining came into its own in aircraft design.

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Unmanned Aircraft Systems and the GA pilot

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By UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA OFFICIALS

Unmanned aircraft systems — UAS — are now in the public lexicon.

Everybody’s heard of UAS, but not everyone knows what they’re all about. That state of affairs underpins some widespread misconceptions about what UAS are, who uses them, and how they’ll affect the National Airspace.

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Hiring exceeds expectations

Advertisements for jobs in aviation increased 47% in January, February and March, compared to last year, while the number of jobs advertised in the second quarter has already surpassed last year’s numbers by 30%, according to Jeff Richards of JSFirm.com.

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Overloaded airplane crashes

This May 2010 accident report is provided by the National Transportation Safety Board. Published as an educational tool, it is intended to help pilots learn from the misfortunes of others.

Aircraft: Piper Malibu/Mirage Injuries: 2 Serious, 1 Minor. Location: Clearwater, Fla. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: A lineman who fueled the airplane observed several people loading boxes into the front and rear baggage compartments prior to the airplane’s departure. The lineman stated that the pilot’s sister expressed concern about the airplane’s weight, [Read more…]

Maine governor proclaims GA appreciation month

Maine Governor Paul LePage recently declared April “General Aviation Appreciation Month.” Maine becomes the 38th state to officially recognize the importance of general aviation and its economic impact, both locally and nationally. Across the state, general aviation airports have an annual economic output of $521 million.

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Loose fitting results in oil leak

This March 2010 accident report is provided by the National Transportation Safety Board. Published as an educational tool, it is intended to help pilots learn from the misfortunes of others.

Aircraft: Piper Arrow. Injuries: None. Location: Eliza Island, Wash. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The accident flight was the first after the airplane had undergone annual inspection. About 10 to 15 minutes into the flight, the engine experienced a total loss of power.

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