Concorde with its nose drooped partially in flight (Image: British Airways)
Civil Aviation

Concorde: History & Development

The collective ingenuity of the Anglo-French aircraft manufacturing collaboration set in motion a wave of unlimited potential. Instigated in the context of the necessary development of aviation in post-war Europe, the harnessing of supersonic power in flight began. World War II unsurprisingly limited commercial flights around the globe but despite [read more]

M1 Air Crash (Image: AAIB)
Air Safety

32 Years On: Remembering the M1 Plane Crash

At 19:52 on the evening of 8th January 1989 British Midland flight 92 took off from London Heathrow bound for Belfast International Airport. 42 minutes later 47 people on board would be dead due in part to confusion. The Boeing 737-400 (G-OBME) took off from Heathrow as normal and the [read more]

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Features

Interview: Thales Alenia Space Team

The number of off-world projects currently in development is staggering.Earlier this month China’s Chang-E 5 landed on the moon to collect up to 2kg of regolith samples and return them to Earth. This is a short mission – Get up, Get rocks, Get home – but even this takes years [read more]

Features

How to care for your Jumbo Jet

So you’ve done it. Well done. You’ve gone ahead, raised your £300k and somehow convinced an airline to sell you one of their retired 747s. Now what. Where do you put it? It’s not exactly small enough to fit in your backyard like that Harrier you bought on eBay or [read more]

Features

Mars 2020: Perseverance and Ingenuity

Our solar neighbour is a popular subject of science-fiction. Martians have been the topic of countless stories over the last century. The prospect of humanity exploring and prospering beyond the thinly veiled blue planet is our ultimate goal. After all, we only stepped outside the caves to see what was [read more]

The new digital tower control room at NATS Swanwick control centre for London City Airport is due to enter full operations service in 2019.
Features

Digital Air Traffic Control Towers

So what exactly is a “Digital Air Traffic Control Tower”? Basically it is a manned Air Traffic Controller facility that may or may not be on the airport,. It will utilise cameras, radar, radio/telephonephone communication equipment and aircraft data to enable control of airport movements. It will in essence perform [read more]

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Features

Valentina Tereshkova: A Legend in Our Time

On 16th June 1963, Soviet Cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova broke boundaries and set multiple records which, to this day, have not been broken. Valentina (Valya) Tereshkova was born 6th March 1937 in Maslennikovo, Central Russia. At the time of her birth both parents worked on farmland. Her father, Vladimir Tereshkov, was [read more]