The north magnetic pole is slowly sliding from its current locale in the far north of Canada toward Russia at a rate of something like 40 miles per year, but most of us don’t feel the repercussions of that. However, far from the frosty Canadian tundra, sunny Tampa, Fla., is feeling the magnetic shift. Tampa International Airport has closed its primary runway until January 13 to repaint the numeric designators and taxiway signage to reflect the change.
Boeing announced today that they would not hit their latest scheduling target of a first Dreamliner flight before the end of this month, needing to go back to the drawing board for structural reinforcement of a side-of-body panel. This is the latest in a series delays, and it will almost certainly push back the current first-delivery target of Q1 2010.
This hydrogen-burning hypersonic airliner could fly more than twice as fast as the 1,350mph Concorde—and its passengers would travel absolutely guilt-free
By Michael Belfiore Posted 01.23.2008 at 3:45 am 25 Comments
Modern air travel is a marvel. It's also a source of endless delay, annoyance and planet-killing greenhouse gases. A proposed hydrogen-powered hypersonic airliner could change all that. The plane is Reaction Engines's A2 concept, a Mach-5 (3,400mph) craft for 300 passengers funded in part by the European Union's Long-Term Advanced Propulsion Concepts and Technologies project (Lapcat). Lapcat wants an airliner that can fly from Brussels to Sydney in less than four hours. If built, the A2 will do just that—without producing a trace of carbon emissions.
Design trend alert: turning scrapped airplanes into architectural marvels
By Sonia ZjawinskiPosted 08.02.2006 at 2:00 am 0 Comments
What happens to airplanes when they die? Though it's fun to imagine them flying up to some big hangar in the sky, the truth is that of the 200 that are retired worldwide every year, most end up in scrap-metal graveyards. Some are even simply abandoned to rust next to landing strips, becoming the FAA equivalent of junked front-yard jalopies.