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Cutting Corrosion
A new miniature sensor will help the Navy cut costs and improve crew safety in the ongoing battle against corrosion. (1999-02-01)

Noise reduction
A new system developed by Hood Technology of Hood River, Ore. through the Navy's Small Business Innovation Research program controls interior noise and vibration, especially in propeller-induced sound within turbo-prop aircraft. (1999-07-01)

Nonlinear flight control
A comparison of intelligent, adaptive, and nonlinear flight control laws is the topic of a paper recently published in proceedings of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). (1999-09-09)

Carnegie Mellon researchers develop new method to monitor aircraft lifespan
Carnegie Mellon University Professor Anthony d. Rollett has developed a new computational method that may help track the lifespan of US Navy aircraft. (2006-05-05)

Micro aircraft IMPULLS improves avionic systems and sensors
Myriad sensors and systems provide modern aircraft with data for flight control. But a bird's eye perspective is also of great benefit when measuring pollutants, searching for missing persons and even in archaeological research. Postgraduate students at the Technische Universitaet Muenchen have now developed an unmanned aerial vehicle that can be deployed for many such tasks. It successfully completed its maiden flight yesterday. (2011-04-06)

Long term exposure to aircraft noise linked to high blood pressure
Long term exposure to aircraft noise, particularly during the night, is linked to an increased risk of developing high blood pressure and possibly heart flutter and stroke as well, suggests research published online in Occupational & Environmental Medicine. (2017-06-13)

System senses ice buildup on wings, alerts pilot, protects aircraft
A smart ice-management system being developed at the University of Illinois would sense the effect of accreted ice on the performance and handling qualities of an aircraft, then alert the pilot, restrict the aircraft from potentially dangerous maneuvers, and adapt the flight control system to maintain safe operation. (2001-07-02)

University of Leicester engineering modifications enhance aircraft safety
Leicester modifications effectively compensate for an inherent design limitation that has led to several disastrous crashes. (2007-02-23)

Living close to a flight path may increase the risk of high blood pressure
Being subjected daily to the noise of aircraft flying overhead may be risk factor for high blood pressure, suggests research in Occupational and Environmental Medicine. (2001-11-12)

CESAR could hail cheaper and greener small aircraft
A £280,000 grant to engineers at the University of Manchester could help spark the development of cheaper, lighter and greener small passenger aircraft. (2007-02-05)

Taking a bird's eye view could cut wildlife collisions with aircraft
Using lights to make aircraft more visible to birds could help reduce the risk of bird strikes, new research by the US Department of Agriculture has found. The study, which examined how Canada geese responded to different radio-controlled model aircraft, is the first of its kind and is published in the British Ecological Society's Journal of Applied Ecology. (2012-07-09)

Black hawks downed: Study reveals bird threat to US military helicopters
Rotary-wing aircraft, such as Apache and Chinook helicopters, play vital combat and logistical roles across the US military services, but new research in the Wildlife Society Bulletin reveals how vulnerable these aircraft are to wildlife strikes. (2014-03-03)

TU Delft demonstrates new control techniques for preventing aircraft crashes
On Wednesday Nov. 21, TU Delft will demonstrate how improved control techniques can reduce the risk of aircraft crashes. The demonstration involves reconstructing troubled flights -- such as the El Al flight which crashed in the Bijlmer area of Amsterdam in 1992 -- in a flight simulator and adding the newly developed technology. (2007-11-16)

Too little scope for development in today's aircraft technology
New technology can do much to improve certain aspects of aviation in terms of sustainable development over the next fifty years, but this will be nowhere near enough to compensate for the expected growth in air travel. This is the view of researcher Alexander de Haan, who will receive a Ph.D. at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands on Wednesday, June 27 for his research on this subject. (2007-06-26)

New Delft material concept for aircraft wings could save billions
Building aircraft wings with a special aluminium fiber combination makes them nearly immune to metal fatigue. The application of this technology, partly developed at Delft University of Technology, will lead to substantial savings. The unusual qualities of this special material can make a significant contribution to the development of truly energy-efficient, 'green' aircraft. Lower fuel consumption and reduction of maintenance costs could lead to worldwide savings as high as $100 billion. (2007-09-26)

NSF cooperating with Italy, New Zealand in search for downed plane in Antarctica
Officials with the US Antarctic Program are cooperating with their Italian and New Zealand counterparts, as well as the Rescue Coordination Centre in Wellington, NZ, in a search-and-rescue effort to locate a propeller-driven aircraft that is believed to have crashed in a remote and mountainous part of Antarctica. (2013-01-24)

A new aircraft assembly and maintenance system will enhance reliability
Researchers at the CEIT-IK4 technological center have developed an innovative support system for the assembly and maintenance of aircraft for the EADS-CASA aeronautics consortium. (2009-02-18)

Autonomous cloud seeding aircraft successfully tested in Nevada
A team of Nevada scientists and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) engineers have successfully flight tested the first-ever autonomous cloud seeding aircraft platform. Cloud seeding flare tests were deployed from Drone America's DAx8 UAS aircraft flown in Reno in early February. (2016-02-24)

Icing Still Poses Threat To Small Planes Despite Redesign Of Deicing 'Boot'
In severe conditions, the formation of ice on the wings of small commuter aircraft can compromise the safety of passengers and crew, says a University of Illinois researcher (1996-11-07)

Bering Sea flights prove viability of university's unmanned aircraft
Researchers can chalk up another accomplishment for the University of Alaska's Unmanned Aircraft Program. Based on the seal-observing performance of the program's 40-pound ScanEagles, researchers have learned the aircraft can operate in snow and light icing conditions. This feat enhances the viability of the technology, which has proven useful flying through smoke and fog during previous scientific flights. (2009-06-24)

Common Type Of Aircraft Wing Susceptible To Hazardous Icing
Researchers at the University of Illinois have identified an aircraft wing that may be hazardous to your health. The wing -- similar to the kind used on some commuter aircraft -- is highly susceptible to certain icing conditions thought to be linked to some fatal accidents. (1998-11-02)

University of Cincinnati engineers find new way to spot cracks in aging aircraft
Researchers in the University of Cincinnati College of Engineering will describe a method for detecting microscopic cracks in critical aircraft parts Tuesday, Nov. 2 during the Acoustical Society of America meeting in Columbus, OH. The method combines laser heating and ultrasonic inspections and works on both aluminum and titanium alloys. (1999-11-01)

Climate change could mean more weight restrictions and higher costs for airlines
As air temperatures rise at constant pressure, the density of air declines and this makes it harder for an airplane to take off. Increased air temperatures due to climate change could therefore present a new challenge for the aviation industry. This is according to Ethan Coffel of Columbia University in the US, lead author of a study in Climatic Change Letters which is a section in Springer's journal Climatic Change. (2017-07-13)

Lights tuned to birds' eyes may help reduce bird-aircraft collisions
A study published this week in The Condor: Ornithological Applications may have important implications for reducing bird-aircraft collisions through the customization of aircraft and runway lights to birds' visual systems. (2015-04-08)

A software to improve the design of aircraft wings
TECNALIA and AERNNOVA are working together on the ICARO project to develop multidisciplinary optimization software aimed at optimising the design of aircraft wings and thus reduce the main design variables, such as manufacturing costs and weight. (2009-04-29)

Virtual testing gives lightweight planes lift-off
A research team lead by Professor Brian Falzon has received funding from the Australian Research Council and Boeing Research and Technology Australia, based in Melbourne, to help improve the process modeling capability for manufacturing large carbon-fiber composite structures used on passenger aircraft. (2009-12-13)

Cockpit Display System Could Reduce Mid-Air Collisions
A cockpit display system being developed at Michigan Technological University would alert pilots of small planes about other aircraft in the vicinity and drastically reduce the number of mid-air collisions. (1997-04-16)

Geophysical Institute purchases unmanned aircraft system
It only weighs about 40 pounds, but the Insitu A-20, an unmanned aircraft system, will provide a hefty boost to a variety of research projects throughout Alaska. The new system purchased by the Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska Fairbanks has a 10-foot wingspan and can fly more than 20 hours at a time. The aircraft is robotic and controlled by an operator through a computerized ground control system. (2006-08-04)

Photos available: flight commemorates 70th anniversary of first flight to South Pole
Seventy years to the day after Adm. Richard E. Byrd became the first person to fly over the South Pole, a ski-equipped New York Air National Guard LC-130 landed at the National Science Foundation's Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station on Nov. 29, 1999 (local time). (1999-11-28)

The latest flight jacket gives pilots a real feel for flying
A new tactile flight jacket can prevent pilots becoming fatally disorientated when taking off in extreme conditions. The jacket gives sensory clues about the direction of the plane by prodding the pilot in the torso, say researchers in Florida. (1999-08-04)

Approaching to autonomous controlling swarm of UAVs
Formation control is a key yet fundamental step to the development of fully autonomous swarm control of UAVs. A recent research develops a new technique of controlling tightly formation UAVs, where the leading aircraft would introduce strong aerodynamical interference to the following flights. To address this issue, researchers consider the coupling effect of vortices as unknown model parameters and functions to the formation dynamics and design the adaptive control law that is capable of deal with such model uncertainties. (2017-07-23)

UAF unmanned aircraft site conducts first test flight
The University of Alaska Fairbanks flew an unmanned aircraft today in Fairbanks, the first research flight among six federally approved FAA test sites. (2014-05-05)

'Only the Wing' recounts epic quest to stabilize and control all-wing aircraft
In the late 1920s, Reimar Horten, a young German airplane enthusiast, started experimenting with flying models equipped with fuselages, stabilizers, rudders and elevators, but his life's work involved systematically removing these components from the models to try and achieve flight with only the wing. This book recounts Horten's epic quest to control the all-wing aircraft. (2011-07-29)

UAF secures up to $47 million for unmanned aircraft studies
The United States Navy has awarded the University of Alaska Fairbanks up to $47 million to test and evaluate payloads aboard small, unmanned aircraft. (2010-09-23)

Ready for takeoff
Nervous flyers and crew alike would prefer jet airliners not to vibrate so much at take off. Research published in the International Journal of Aerodynamics points to blue skies thinking that might explain the phenomenon and find ways to reduce the safety and image problems associated with this troubling aircraft noise. (2016-11-29)

Penetrating insights: NIST airframe tests help ensure better shielding for flight instruments
Recent tests by researchers at NIST will provide much needed, independent data on how electromagnetic radiation penetrates aircraft, helping to ensure continued air travel safety. (2009-08-26)

The First Parachutes For Light Aircraft Have Been Developed
The first light aircraft with built-in parachute systems are to be licensed for sale in the US. The large parachute is attached to the fuselage and will slow a stricken plane to ground safely even if it's in a full spin. (1999-03-31)

Engineers find way to lower risk of midair collisions for small aircraft
Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed new modifications for technology that helps pilots of small aircraft avoid midair collisions. The modified tools significantly improved pilot response times in making decisions to avert crashes. (2014-05-19)

University of Florida professor designs plasma-propelled flying saucer
Flying saucers may soon be more fact than mere science fiction. (2008-06-11)

Scientists to acquire gulfstream jet for climate and weather research
The National Center for Atmospheric Research announced today that it will begin negotiations to purchase and modify a Gulfstream G-V aircraft for use in wide-ranging environmental research supported by the National Science Foundation. The $80 million project includes aircraft modification and instrument development. (2001-07-23)

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