The Beginnings of Commercial Flight

For a lot of people, the most important aspect of flying doesn’t even have anything to do with the plane itself. In fact, as long as they get their preferred aisle or window seat on the plane, most people don’t give it another thought. But there’s somewhere else travelers spend the same, or even more…

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The Road to Powered Flight

When you look back through history, even all the way back to the ancient Greek, you will find instances of humans trying to achieve flight. From the story of Icarus flying too close to the sun, to Leonardo Da Vinci’s notebooks full of sketches of flying machines, flight has always been a human fascination. First,…

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The Ingenuity Helicopter: Taking Flight on Mars

If you’ve been paying attention to the news lately, you’ve probably seen a lot of updates from NASA. Not only did their newest rover, Perseverance, land on Mars in February, it was carrying some precious cargo: a helicopter. With this helicopter, NASA will attempt the first powered flight not on Earth. Although its first flight…

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Why Pilots Should Also Be Aviation Mechanics

Although there has always been a kind of rivalry between pilots and aircraft mechanics, one cannot exist without the other. Aviation Maintenance Technicians (AMTs) did not actually exist yet when the Wright Brothers made their first flight, they had Charles Taylor. Charles Taylor worked in their bike shop and built the first aircraft engine, which…

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