A vey interesting documentary about Ryanair and its way of operating: Save Money at ANY cost! Ryanair pilots regularly fly with less fuel than they'd like according to four Ryanair pilots in KRO's programme, 'Reporter'. They claim that to cut costs they are pressurised into taking as little fuel on board as possible. They see their participation in ' as a wake-up call. "I hope it doesn't take a crash to wake everyone up", says one of them. In 'Reporter', professional organisations call for an in-depth inquiry into the Irish airline's fuel policy
U.S. NAVY'S BLUE ANGELS IN FLIGHT - "HEAVY FUEL" PERFORMED BY DIRE STRAITS. WRITTEN BY MARK KNOPFLER.
Brooks Fuel Inc. DOUGLAS C54B-DC N44911 (c/n 10461) fires up her four Pratt & Whitney R-2000-4 radial engines in preparation of its mornings fuel delivery flight up North. (Fairbanks Airport July 2003). Accident Report: 8 May 2004 - Ganes Greek, AK In preparation for a flight to Fairbanks, the crew successfully started engines number 4,3, and 2 in succession. As the crew started engine number 1, an explosion occurred in the wing area between engines no. 1 and 2. Engine no. 1 and the remaining outboard section of the left wing separated from the rest of the wing. The crew applied engine power in the remaining engines and taxied away from the area of the explosion. The crew then stopped about mid-field and disembarked the airplane.
Story of Boeing's Hydrogen Fuel Cell Aircraft By Glenn Pew for AVweb.com Boeing has flown a manned aircraft on hydrogen fuel cell power. The full text of Boeing's release follows: MADRID, Spain, April 03, 2008 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] announced today that it has, for the first time in aviation history, flown a manned airplane powered by hydrogen fuel cells. The recent milestone is the work of an engineering team at Boeing Research & Technology Europe (BR&TE) in Madrid, with assistance from industry partners in Austria, France, Germany, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States. "Boeing is actively working to develop new technologies for environmentally progressive aerospace products," said Francisco Escarti, BR&TE's managing director. "We are proud of our pioneering work during the past five years on the Fuel Cell Demonstrator Airplane project. It is a tangible example of how we are exploring future leaps in environmental performance, as well as a credit to the talents and innovative spirit of our team." A fuel cell is an electrochemical device that converts hydrogen directly into electricity and heat with none of the products of combustion such as carbon dioxide. Other than heat, water is its only exhaust. A two-seat Dimona motor-glider with a 16.3 meter (53.5 foot) wingspan was used as the airframe. Built by Diamond Aircraft Industries of Austria, it was modified by BR&TE to include a Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) fuel cell/lithium-ion battery hybrid system to power an electric motor coupled to a conventional propeller. Three test flights took place in February and March at the airfield in OcaÃ±a, south of Madrid, operated by the Spanish company SENASA. During the flights, the pilot of the experimental airplane climbed to an altitude of 1,000 meters (3,300 feet) above sea level using a combination of battery power and power generated by hydrogen fuel cells. Then, after reaching the cruise altitude and disconnecting the batteries, the pilot flew straight and level at a cruising speed of 100 kilometers per hour (62 miles per hour) for approximately 20 minutes on power solely generated by the fuel cells. According to Boeing researchers, PEM fuel cell technology potentially could power small manned and unmanned air vehicles. Over the longer term, solid oxide fuel cells could be applied to secondary power-generating systems, such as auxiliary power units for large commercial airplanes. Boeing does not envision that fuel cells will ever provide primary power for large passenger airplanes, but the company will continue to investigate their potential, as well as other sustainable alternative fuel and energy sources that improve environmental performance. BR&TE, part of the Boeing Phantom Works advanced R&D unit, has worked closely with Boeing Commercial Airplanes and a network of partners since 2003 to design, assemble and fly the experimental craft. The group of companies, universities and institutions participating in this project includes: Austria -- Diamond Aircraft Industries France -- SAFT France Germany -- Gore and MT Propeller Spain -- Adventia, Aerlyper, Air Liquide Spain, Indra, IngenierÃa de InstrumentaciÃ³n y Control (IIC), Inventia, SENASA, Swagelok, TÃ©cnicas Aeronauticas de Madrid (TAM), Tecnobit, Universidad PolitÃ©cnica de Madrid, and the Regional Government of Madrid United Kingdom -- Intelligent Energy United States -- UQM Technologies. . http://tech786.blogspot.com avweb Boeing hydrogen fuel cell aircraft pilot dimona motor glider flying airplane alternative electric flight glenn pe
Airlines are trying to slow planes down, but just by a little bit. It's a new technique being adopted by some major carriers to save money on fuel.