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From a specialty glass manufacturer to an orchestra, APEX welcomes more companies from different sectors into its fold. Here are some of the newest members to join the association.

2017-12-03T14:35:48+00:00 November 21st, 2017|

Awesome Prototype Planes: 1949 to 2017

Aircraft manufacturers have produced some magnificent planes throughout aviation's history, and while many have ruled the skies, some have barely left the ground. In fact, there have been a number of fascinating aviation projects that were canceled for political, financial and technical reasons. On some occasions, designers just came up against the inexorable march of technological advancement, having built the wrong plane for the times.

2018-03-05T11:56:44+00:00 November 6th, 2017|

Next-Gen Sims

The designers of flight simulators are masters of illusion. Whether it’s a procedures trainer or an “I-can’t-believe-these-visuals,” full-motion helicopter simulator, a session in a sim can stimulate, or even overwhelm the senses.

2017-09-18T18:25:09+00:00 September 15th, 2017|

Bombardier Intros Atmosphère Cabin & New Q400 Seating Configuration at Aero Perspectives Event

Bombardier’s Atmosphère cabin interior, which will launch on the CRJ series in 2018, was introduced at the airframer’s Aero Perspective media event in Mirabel, Quebec, today. Other announcements included a new 82-seat configuration for the Q400 turboprop and updates on C Series operations.

2017-09-18T15:58:09+00:00 September 12th, 2017|

Tracking Airplanes

The tragic unsolved disappearance of Malaysia Airlines MH370, and the two-year search for the black boxes from Air France AF447 has focused the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the airline industry to adopt new standards for position reporting. Starting in 2018, airlines will be responsible for tracking aircraft every 15 minutes, and by 2021, the standard will include minute-by-minute autonomous tracking of aircraft in distress.

2017-09-18T15:40:15+00:00 August 25th, 2017|

Capacity Booster

Modern commercial airliners are filled with backups to the backups, all designed to get us to our destination safely and efficiently. There are multiple autopilots and flight control systems, secondary hydraulic and electrical systems and two engines. The pilot and co-pilot are even server different meals, so should one of them come down with food poisoning, there is always a backup. Operators of communications satellites face similar demands in maintaining service, which are compounded by the orbital location of their satellites: over 22,000 miles above the equator.

2017-09-18T15:40:39+00:00 August 25th, 2017|

The Ins and Outs of Airport Runway Design

It’s said that a mile of road can only take you a mile, but a mile of runway can take you anywhere. The taxiway and runway layout of airports may look to be a confusion of concrete, but there’s a method to the striped and lit madness. Major airports with multiple runways can have a riotously complicated taxiway system. Inner and outer taxiways, some one way, some limited by aircraft size and weight, can confuse a pilot unfamiliar with an airport.

2017-09-18T15:30:42+00:00 August 23rd, 2017|