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Making The Modern Airplane

Ask a group of airline executives about what keeps them up at night and most will likely say out-of-control fuel costs. According to the International Air Transport Association, the fuel bill for all airlines topped $180 billion in 2018 – up 20.5 percent from the year prior – accounting for about 23.5 percent of the industry’s operating expenses. It’s no wonder then that many airplane makers are working on creating more fuel-efficient planes, says Christina Baker, global materials technology manager in PPG’s aerospace business.

Baker, a chemist who ran her own materials company for four years, is responsible for developing innovative materials used in aerospace window transparencies. Many of the recent technological innovations in the airline industry have been focused on fuel reduction and on creating planes that can fly longer and faster. “Those have been the big trends for the last five years,” she says. “Airlines also want to create better flying experiences.”

Keeping light out

PPG’s aerospace business is engineering several innovative products. For instance, the company developed window transparencies with PPG SOLARON BLUE PROTECTION™ UV+ blocking technology that stops over 99 percent of ultraviolet light (UV) and over 50 percent of high-energy visible (HEV) blue light from getting through. Blocking this light is important, as UV and HEV blue light exposure at cruising altitudes of 35,000 feet can be three times higher than exposure at sea level. Additionally, blocking this light can reduce maintenance costs as blocking UV light can reduce interior degradation and color fadeout.

The company also produces electrically dimmable cabin windows, which allows passengers to darken a window with a press of a button, rather than having to pull down a shade. These kinds of innovations are commonplace at PPG. “We’re always looking at how we push out where the current line is,” Baker says. “How do we jump ahead of the obvious next steps to get a breakthrough for our customers?”

Testing and more testing

Developing new products for the airline industry takes a lot of work, Baker says, in part because the sector is cautious when it comes to introducing new parts or materials. When working on innovations, PPG’s scientists follow a gatekeeper process while developing and testing different materials. The company’s design and engineering teams work closely with the scientists to ensure that new additions fit with existing airline parts and specifications.

With PPG Solaron Blue Protection™ UV+ blocking technology, Baker knew manufacturers were worried about UV rays getting through airplane windows, but no one had been talking about protecting passengers from HEV light. Once they identified that issue, PPG’s team of scientists went to work. “We’re dealing with the hottest temperatures on the ground and the coldest temperatures in the atmosphere,” Baker says. “Materials need to perform across these ranges and provide durability through the aircraft pressurization while maintaining perfect optics.”

PPG also has large facilities where parts can be tested at flying-like speeds to make sure a window doesn’t fracture – that’s a key part of the process, Baker says.

Over the next few years, the airline industry will continue to evolve, perhaps in more significant ways than it has in the past. Consumer spaceflight could become a reality, while faster and more sophisticated planes will likely come to market.

PPG is already developing materials to deploy in these more modern craft. “Some of the traditional materials won’t be the ones to provide a full solution,” she says. “For us, every new design is an exciting challenge.”

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Sad: Air France Quietly Retires First A380

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It’s another sad milestone for the Airbus A380, which hardly comes as a surprise, though…

Air France Retires First A380

Yesterday morning Air France quietly retired their very first Airbus A380, as they flew the plane from Paris to Malta, just shortly after it landed from Johannesburg. This plane had the registration code F-HPJB.

This makes Air France only the second airline in the world to retire the A380, after Singapore Airlines. So far a Singapore Airlines A380 has been scrapped, while another was taken over by Portuguese leasing company Hi-Fly (though seemingly not with much success).

The first Air France A380 to be retired was leased from Dr. Peters Group (the same company that leased Singapore Airlines their A380s), so the plane will now be stripped of the Air France livery, and then we’ll see what happens to it after that.

Air France’s A380 Retirement Plans

Unfortunately A380 production is ending in 2021, as over time we’ve learned that Emirates is the only airline delighted with the plane (and they claim other airlines just don’t use the plane correctly).

Over the summer Air France made the decision to retire all of their Airbus A380s by 2022. The airline has 10 of these planes in their fleet. This will make Air France the first airline in the world to retire their entire fleet of A380s.

Previously the airline had planned on phasing out some of their A380s in the next few years, but also keeping some after a refresh. They ultimately decided against this plan.

Why Did Air France Decide To Retire A380s?

What ultimately caused Air France to retire their A380s? Air France management explained that the current competitive environment limits the markets where A380s can be profitably flown, especially when you have smaller and more fuel efficient planes.

Beyond that, though:

  • Air France’s A380s have woefully outdated hard products, and refreshing the interiors of the A380s would cost somewhere around 45 million EUR per frame
  • Air France’s A380s have horrible dispatch reliability, meaning that flights with the A380s are often significantly delayed, or even canceled

Bottom Line

Air France will be retiring all 10 of their A380s in the next three years, with the first one having already been retired. It’s a sad development for what was once thought  to be the future of aviation. At the same time, given how Air France configured these planes, I can’t say it’s much of a loss.

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The 17 Most Dangerous Airports In The World And Why You Must Experience Them – Jim Dobson

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I found myself gripping the armrest as my plane attempted a landing in Africa on a remote sandy airstrip, the landing was called off and we needed to circle around several times in order to scare off several resilient giraffes that were occupying the runway. Almost a month later I made a dramatic landing in Bhutan that was like a scene out of Star Wars where my commercial airliner had to bank dramatically to fit in between the narrow, remote mountain terrain………..

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Turbulent Touchdowns – Selected (Attempted) Landings At BHX – flugsnug

Selected (attempted) landings at BHX this winter on the more difficult days for the pilots. As usual, the problems mainly come not from the wind speed and direction but sudden changes in these. A couple of the shots are actually from 2014 but emphasize the bumpiness of the approach over the City at times.

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I’m not sure if this is caused by a lack of trees or some other specific terrain features in the area, but it makes the landings there quite a bit more interesting. These landings might look scary from the outside and trust me, it’s a lot more challenging and stressful than landing in CAVOK wind calm conditions, but it’s also the most fun you can have as a pilot.”

 

 

 

 

 

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Top 10 Airplane Things You Don’t Know The Purpose Of – BE AMAZED

Airplanes have had wings, controls and some kind of motor but planes have evolved significantly. The commercial airliner you fly in now has features that Orville and Wilbur wouldn’t have dreamed of. Here are 10 things you might not know about modern aircraft. Subscribe for more!

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The History Of Boeing 747 ( Video Biography) – Largest Dams

The Boeing 747 is an American wide-body commercial jet airliner and cargo aircraft, often referred to by its original nickname, “Jumbo Jet”. Its distinctive hump upper deck along the forward part of the aircraft has made it one of the most recognizable aircraft, and it was the first wide-body airplane produced. Manufactured by Boeing‘s Commercial Airplane unit in the United States, the 747 was originally envisioned to have 150 percent greater capacity than the Boeing 707, a common large commercial aircraft of the 1960s. First flown commercially in 1970, the 747 held the passenger capacity record for 37 years.

The four-engine 747 uses a double-deck configuration for part of its length and is available in passenger, freighter and other versions. Boeing designed the 747’s hump-like upper deck to serve as a first–class lounge or extra seating, and to allow the aircraft to be easily converted to a cargo carrier by removing seats and installing a front cargo door. Boeing expected supersonic airliners—the development of which was announced in the early 1960s—to render the 747 and other subsonic airliners obsolete, while the demand for subsonic cargo aircraft would remain robust well into the future…..

 

 

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The Coolest Pilots In The World – Mind Warehouse

If you have ever traveled by plane, you know that take-off and landing are the most preoccupying moments of the entire flight. Which is not surprising at all, since up to 70 percent of all accidents happen in these moments, and sometimes only the great skills of pilots save the plane from falling and passengers from the tragedy. These conquerors of the air are so cool that they are capable of the most incredible things. Ready to take a look at some of them……

 

 

 

 

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