Aerodynamics

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Propeller captured in action

Article | Jul 09, 2014

German scientists have captured the first high-resolution close-ups of an aircraft propeller in flight, revealing exactly how the blades deform under flight forces.

Sikorsky aims for smooth ride

Article | Jun 18, 2014

Helicopter engineers are developing new systems with promise to significantly reduce or eliminate main rotor vibration.

Inflatable flying saucer preps for test flight over Hawaii

Article | Jun 05, 2014

A NASA team is preparing to launch a rocket-powered, saucer-shaped test vehicle into near-space from a Navy facility in Hawaii to evaluate a technology that could help pave the way for human exploration of Mars.

Lift Reserve Indicator for FAA-certified aircraft

Article | Mar 05, 2014

The FAA has approved the BendixKing KLR 10, meant to enhance safety by warning pilots of high angles of attack.

Testing slow flight limits

Article | Feb 21, 2014

A research effort under way in Europe aims to make airlines slower, at least on approach and landing.

Gulfstream jet to test wing ‘morphing’

Article | Jan 16, 2014

Wing “morphing” may be emerging as an alternative approach that would replace jointed control surfaces on aircraft with seamless, deformable surfaces.

High-altitude aerodynamics

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2013

In its simplest form, the aerodynamics surrounding an airfoil’s ability to generate lift rests on one simple concept—never exceed the critical angle of attack.

German engineers smash bugs in bid to save jet fuel

Article | Aug 12, 2013

German aerospace engineers are hunting bugs in hope of one day saving fuel.