Stories 2016-11-25T15:29:17+00:00

When your plane touches down but doesn’t land

It's the end of a long flight as the Boeing 777 approaches the airport, a destination known for strong crosswinds on blustery days like this. Reaching for the runway, the huge plane flares, floats a little, then touches down with a wiggle. But instead of hearing the roar of reverse thrust and feeling powerful brakes start to slow the plane, the passengers are pushed back into their seats as the 777's massive and mighty GE90 turbofans quickly spool up to takeoff thrust.

December 17th, 2018|

How Airlines Are Powering Airplanes With Biofuels

It’s been 10 years since a Virgin Atlantic Boeing 747 flew from London to Amsterdam on the first test flight of an airliner powered by a mix of jet fuel and biofuels. Passenger flights in biofueled planes began three years later, and by June of this year, more than 130,000 flights had operated with what’s known more precisely as SAF, for “sustainable aviation fuel”. That isn’t to say that your next flight will be fueled by leftover oil from a deep fryer. Far from it.

December 8th, 2018|

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