Three Interesting Civil Helicopters You Should Know About

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All helicopters can be broken down into two major types – military and civil – with some of them able to serve both functions. Primarily, military helicopters are used to transport soldiers, attack the opposition, search for and rescue troops or medevac injured military personnel back to a safe location. Their operation affects not only the safety of troops but of the nation. Continue reading

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How NORAD Tracks Santa Each Year

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How do we know when the little ones should be tucked into bed and when the cookies should be ready to eat on Christmas Eve? Thanks to modern technology, we can now track Santa’s flight path through the winter sky, Continue reading

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Fighting Wildfires from the Air

Wildfires are fast-moving, highly destructive forces of nature that are difficult for firefighters to control from the ground. That’s why one of the most valuable components to fighting wildfires is aerial firefighting aircraft, such as helicopters and planes that can drop fire smothering materials like water and fire-retardant foam from a safe height. Continue reading

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The Brains Behind Aircraft Cabin Design

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It’s no secret that airplane travel often leaves something to be desired. Between pre-flight check-ins, long security lines, layovers and jet lag, flying can be a tiresome experience. But one thing airlines do have control over is the experience passengers have during their flight, and that’s where the importance of aircraft cabin design comes into play. Continue reading

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Elements of an Aircraft Incident Investigation

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Despite how much safer planes are compared to trains and cars, the occasional incident may still occur. Modern aircraft are incredibly complex with lots of parts and people responsible for various aspects of the plane’s function, so accurately pinpointing what led to an aviation incident may require in-depth study, analysis and reporting. The organization responsible for investigating aviation incidents depends on the country in which the incident occurred. Continue reading

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Historic Aircraft

 

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The aircraft industry has evolved significantly since the first flights of the Wright brothers in the early 1900s. Here are some of the most famous planes from aviation’s extensive history. Continue reading

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Wright Brothers and the History of Aviation

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Orville and Wilbur became interested in aviation as flight research boomed in the late 1800s. Many pioneers of the time attempted to experiment with manned flight. Some attempted to use models as their primary form of research, Continue reading

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Working for Private and Commercial Airlines

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Earning your certification or degree in aviation engineering or mechanics opens up an entire industry to you. Depending on your personal interests and skillset, there are many places your career can take you. Continue reading

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Beginning a Career in Aviation and Advanced Manufacturing

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If you’re looking for a career in science and technology with a bright future, becoming an aeronautical technician may be the right step for you. As the technology and aerospace industries continue to grow, more and more individuals with extensive technical experience and a knack for fixing complex systems and technologies are needed to perpetuate progress. Continue reading

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Amelia Earhart and Commercial Aviation

Over centuries of innovation and experimentation, the history of aeronautics has produced a number of gifted thinkers, designers and engineers who all dreamed of flying. Today’s widespread commercial and private aviation fields wouldn’t be possible without their contributions; many even put their lives on the line. Continue reading

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