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European Odyssey

Posted by on Jan 31, 2017 in Aviation Engineering, Featured | 0 comments

Two men head to Europe for a whirlwind tour of Continental powerplants, props and aircraft maintenance training.

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Made at Home

Posted by on Oct 31, 2015 in Aviation Engineering, Featured | 0 comments

Sydney-based Tugan Aircraft was one of the major operators during aviation’s halcyon years of the 1930s. As a tentative successor to the Codock, Smithy tinkered with the design to name and create the Gannet…before losing his life.

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Engineering a Healthier Future

Posted by on Sep 29, 2015 in Aviation Engineering, Featured | 0 comments

There's been a surge in interest in Australia around upgrading and extending the life expectancy of airframes which were intended for 10-20 years’ service, either for re-sale or for continued use of an aircraft past its use-by date.

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Putting the Engine in Engineering

Posted by on Mar 3, 2014 in Aviation Engineering, Featured | 0 comments

Austrian manufacturer BRP celebrates the 25th Anniversary of its astonishingly successful Rotax 912 engine. The company started the production of aircraft engines in 1973 with the first certified aircraft engine delivered in 1975.

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Our Ageing Fleet

Posted by on Aug 15, 2012 in Aviation Engineering | 0 comments

Unfortunately just as our aircraft fleet is ageing, so are our LAMEs.

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Further Thoughts on Propellers

Posted by on May 28, 2012 in Aviation Engineering | 0 comments

'may cause catastrophic blade failure’

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Intelligent Design

Posted by on May 28, 2012 in Aviation Engineering | 0 comments

'A complete aircraft is a compromise of competing ideals’

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Propellor Blade Failure

Posted by on May 28, 2012 in Aviation Engineering | 0 comments

‘blood spattered around the cabin’

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It’s a Question of Balance

Posted by on May 28, 2012 in Aviation Engineering | 0 comments

‘violent shaking can occur until the wheels stop rotating’

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Crankshaft Failures

Posted by on May 25, 2012 in Aviation Engineering | 0 comments

Several years ago there was a spate of aircraft engine crankshaft failures in Australia. There are many possible reasons for this so I will...

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Corrosion Aftermath

Posted by on May 25, 2012 in Aviation Engineering | 0 comments

Years ago when I was still a young sprog engineer, I was confronted by a fairly new Cessna 337 that had been prepared by the owner for...

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Was that a Heavy Landing?

Posted by on May 25, 2012 in Aviation Engineering | 1 comment

Back long ago in the early ‘70s when I was a young engineer, I worked for the then Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) as an ‘Aircraft...

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Having Twins is Risky

Posted by on May 25, 2012 in Aviation Engineering | 1 comment

For this article I thought we might look at something a bit different for a change – the climb performance (or lack of it) of a...

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A Material World

Posted by on May 25, 2012 in Aviation Engineering | 0 comments

So what is so different about aircraft materials and hardware, what sets them apart from the normal ‘commercial’ variety that we can...

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Mod Cons

Posted by on May 25, 2012 in Aviation Engineering | 0 comments

As an aeronautical engineer I am often asked about the correct approval process for a modification i.e. approval under CAR 35, or going the...

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CAR 35 & the Light Sport Aircraft

Posted by on May 25, 2012 in Aviation Engineering | 0 comments

From time to time during the service life of any aircraft some form of modification will be required.  Aircraft modifications are...

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Certification

Posted by on May 25, 2012 in Aviation Engineering | 0 comments

When an aircraft is designed it must be suitable for its intended purpose, that is, what the market has demanded. Of course, it must also...

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