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Construction Physics β€’ 27559 implied HN points β€’ 31 Jan 24
  1. Developing a new commercial aircraft is incredibly expensive, with development costs exceeding billions and posing significant financial risks to companies.
  2. Aircraft manufacturers face challenges in predicting market demand and trends, with incorrect guesses leading to financial losses and potentially fatal setbacks.
  3. Given the high costs and risks involved in developing new aircraft, manufacturers often opt to revise existing models to mitigate costs, keep pilot training minimal, and maximize efficiency.
Pessimists Archive Newsletter β€’ 530 implied HN points β€’ 08 Feb 24
  1. In 1908, some dismissed the idea of flying machines heavier than air, underestimating their potential usefulness.
  2. The 'Beta Bias' is the tendency to underestimate the potential of new technologies by comparing them to established alternatives.
  3. Every nascent innovation has the potential for growth and improvement, often underestimated in early comparisons.
Photo of the Day β€’ 235 implied HN points β€’ 06 Feb 24
  1. Charles Lindbergh's fame led him to live in Europe and gather intelligence on Germany's military air power.
  2. Lindbergh faced criticism for accepting an award from Herman Goring in light of increasing antisemitism and Nazi actions in Germany.
  3. Some believed Lindbergh had Nazi sympathies due to his speeches and writings upon returning to the US.
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Breaking the News β€’ 795 implied HN points β€’ 09 Jan 24
  1. The incident with Alaska Airlines did not likely contribute to the recent string of aviation close calls, but it could reveal systemic issues.
  2. The plane experienced a panel blowout at 16,000 feet, with no passengers seated next to the gaping hole, showcasing the clean structural break.
  3. In a scenario like this, with a hole in the airplane at high speed and altitude, it would be both terrifying and extremely dangerous.
Construction Physics β€’ 208 implied HN points β€’ 31 Jan 24
  1. The aircraft industry has many enthusiasts interested in commercial aircraft aspects for fun.
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  3. There are extremely accurate flight and air traffic control simulators available.
First principles trivia β€’ 19 implied HN points β€’ 17 Feb 24
  1. The Wright brothers funded their aviation experiments largely out of their own pocket, showing dedication and perseverance.
  2. Despite receiving offers for funding, the Wright brothers chose to maintain full control over their research, emphasizing the importance of independence and vision.
  3. Through meticulous work, including building their own wind tunnel and conducting extensive test flights, the Wright brothers achieved their goal of creating a successful airplane, highlighting the value of thoroughness and persistence.
Vietnam Weekly β€’ 255 implied HN points β€’ 11 Jan 24
  1. Energy worries are mounting in Vietnam due to a possible electricity shortage from May through July.
  2. Vietnam is considering importing power from Laos and coal from neighboring countries to address energy challenges.
  3. Airlines in Vietnam are facing struggles with reduced routes, low demand, high airfares, and operational issues as the Lunar New Year approaches.
Photo of the Day β€’ 176 implied HN points β€’ 19 Jan 24
  1. A team of aviators defied the odds by flying across the Atlantic from east to west in 1928
  2. They faced challenges like broken instruments and a blizzard during the 36-hour flight
  3. Despite not flying again, the crew of the Bremen were celebrated as aviation pioneers
COVID Intel - by Dr.William Makis β€’ 3184 implied HN points β€’ 13 Mar 23
  1. United Airlines Flight 2007 from Guatemala to Chicago was diverted due to an incapacitated pilot with chest pains.
  2. This incident marks the 3rd pilot issue for United Airlines this month.
  3. The plane diverted to Houston's George Bush International Airport for the emergency.
Sustainability by numbers β€’ 208 implied HN points β€’ 26 Sep 23
  1. Aviation contributes around 3% of global emissions and is a challenging sector to decarbonize.
  2. Global passenger demand for flying has quadrupled since 1990.
  3. Future aviation emissions will depend on changes in demand, energy efficiency improvements, and adoption of low-carbon technologies.
westafricaweekly β€’ 10 implied HN points β€’ 18 Jun 23
  1. Antigua Airways was involved in exploiting Cameroonian refugees for financial gain, showcasing a shocking abuse within the airline industry.
  2. The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority and the Federal Airports Authority faced accusations of mismanagement, fraud, and negligence, posing serious risks to aviation safety in Nigeria.
  3. Whistleblowers highlighted concerning malpractices within the NCAA and FAAN, including ethnic bias, unqualified hires, and bribery, raising alarms about safety standards in the industry.
westafricaweekly β€’ 4 implied HN points β€’ 13 Jul 23
  1. The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority has suspended Max Air's 737 fleet due to safety violations.
  2. Max Air uses Boeing 737 models for local flights and 747s for Hajj pilgrim flights.
  3. Without the 737s, Max Air is now using 747s and 777s for shorter routes, impacting their operations.