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.

Lam Aviation announces demonstrated performance gains

Article | Jul 01, 2013

A new aileron design trims wing size and boosts performance in every category, Lam Aviation announced June 25.

FYI/J4F

AV8RS | Feb 01, 2013

Test your knowledge on aerodynamics, physics, and how to balance lift, drag, and engine fuel efficiency so that they all work together with this cool game from the GE Show.

Ice bridging?

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2013

Modern guidance says the condition is a fallacy

Fly-Outs: California bush pilots

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2012

Windy adventure in the Channel Islands

Avionics: AOA for GA is OK by FAA

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2012

Angle of attack indicators have long been regarded as essential in military, corporate, and airline cockpits--and a recent FAA letter could speed the adoption of these potentially lifesaving systems in light general aviation airplanes, as well.

Custom content for the Sept. 2, 2011, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' newsletter

Article | Sep 01, 2011

Training Tips: Access is everything; Flight Training News: Aerodynamics made easy; Training Products: 'Flying the Cessna Skycatcher' from King Schools; Final Exam Question: What are the right-of-way rules for aircraft operating on water?

Safety Pilot:

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2011

There is a myth among many in aviation and education that advanced math is essential to fly with any degree of safety and skill. Unfortunately, my father did not pass along his genetic gift for advanced mathematics, but that was little detriment to my becoming a pilot.

AOPA Pilot Online

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2008

Featured story: The key to ownership: Realizing the dream Ever been bit by the “For Sale” banner hanging off a prop, especially if that prop was attached to your “dream” airplane? Nothing wrong with renting, but wouldn’t it be nice to own the airplane and have control over scheduling and maintenance? You bet. “I own an aircraft” has a nice ring to it, indeed.

Answers for Pilots: Stretching your fuel dollar

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2008

Flight planning with a fuel-economy focus, and implementing efficient ground, departure, en route, and arrival procedures will result in immediate fuel savings. Other contributing factors to fuel efficiency that have a long-term, continuing impact on fuel burn, include maintenance and care of the airframe, engine, and prop, as well as aircraft modifications that reduce drag and improve aerodynamics.

Pilotage

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2007

Aviation writer Mark R. Twombly writes from southwest Florida.

Positive Force

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2007

If you're not familiar with aviation, the term vortex generator might summon visions of a mother-in-law who takes it upon herself to rearrange her daughter-in-law's kitchen within minutes after setting foot in her newly married son's home. Like our fictitious mother-in-law, vortex generators (VGs) do create turbulence.