Friday, November 28, 2014

5 Reasons to Love Aircraft

1. They can Fly.

2. They are big.

3. The Sound of engines roaring is exciting.

4. Can travel more than the speed of sound.

5. Can cross 80,000 ft.

Next Friday folks.

Forgive me for this stupid article. :)

Chan CK

Friday, November 21, 2014

Moving the World.

In my line of work, I get to work with many things.My company is supposed to install  ATC Simulator in one of the airports. It is to teach air traffic management to kids (trainees). Anyway, this simulator has a huge 360 degree screens. This came in an whooping 10 x 3 x 4 meter crate and we had to stock it in warehouse. I happened to supervise it.

Please be informed that my knowledge in logistics suck. I mean, I have no idea how to move things; in our case big things. I had to call experts to get this thing moving. When they were moving this giant coffin looking thing, I realized how hard it is for Airbus/Boeing to move aircraft parts around. I always thought it was just manufacturing aircraft for them. But it's just a part of the story. They have to move tons and tons of fabricated metal to assemble. It has a science of its own.

Of course we all know about Beluga, the brainy looking plane. Beluga was developed in 1992 to carry wings and fuselage to main assembly factory. It was a huge success for Airbus. This month Airbus announced to manufacture a bigger Beluga to handle the insane orders. 

With all its charm and good looks, Beluga is not alone in this quest of moving world. 
We have Dreamlifter (Boeing), Antonov 225 Mriya  & Antnov 124 (Russia). Out of all these, Antonv 225 Mriya is the legendary one. This is the largest flying aircraft in the world. 

While beluga is able to carry 155t, Mriya can fly 255t. This is a beast. 

In aviation world, the ability to fly safe and get hundreds of passengers is amazing. But don't forget the aircraft that carry the heavy stuffs around. Even though it is small number of aircraft, they contribute more to this world than we know. These aircraft are much respected in aviation world. 

I know the design parameters and constrictions of aircraft. It's a herculean task to design and manufacture these kinds of aircraft. Seriously, they are just awesome. 

Let me know the legendary aircraft in your mind, leave it in the comment section.

Thank you all for reading.
Leave any advice or comment. I promise to get better at this. :)

- Chan 

Friday, November 14, 2014

Space is not easy.

There was a time when launching a rocket to space was considered a great achievement. But as time passed, as technology grew - we all just took it for granted. 

Only till recently we again realized how challenging the space is. The crash on 31st October in Mojove Desert reminds us how hard and harsh space could be. 

I believe all of our prayers are with the brave co-pilot Michael Alsbury who lost his life testing Space Ship two. Also pray for the quick recovery of Peter Siebold who survived with serious injuries.

They belong in history, will be legends who wrote rules in blood. 
We respect you. The whole industry does. Thank You.

-Chan CK

Friday, November 7, 2014

The Supersonic business jet. Aerion AS2.

Business jets are the toys of millionaires and bonus of corporate executives. Business jets are used all around the world and are priced in range of $40-$65 million a piece. Believe it or not, this market is big and competitive. As of now there are 14 models alone from different manufactures for the customers to choose from. 

To add more spice, Aerion company is planning on putting a supersonic business jet by 2021. They are not alone; Airbus is there partner. 

The aircraft is now called AS2. Check out the video below:

After the Concorde era, all aviation enthusiasts have been waiting for another supersonic aircraft. 
I don't know how far they will take this. But to make a supersonic aircraft that cruise at Mach 1.6 and costs $100 million a piece is something remarkable. 

The technology used in the aircraft assures that all is not lost with supersonic travel.

I recommend you to check their website to get a feel of future. Don't forget to check the flight comparison mode in one of the pages. Here's the link :

Let me know your thoughts. Please comment and share.