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The last posted article is about the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird and what was new for the project. Comparison with other developments shows that aerospace companies lost their focus on how to do things on time and on cost. A series of links give more information on the topic.

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THE FASTEST EVER AIRCRAFT

A short description of the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird, its history and development. Comparison with other developments shows that aerospace development is going opposite to history, with new designs taking much longer than old ones, even with the engineering tools available today.

(Esse artigo também pode ser visto em portugues, clicando no título abaixo)

SR-71 - O AVIÃO MAIS VELOZ DE TODOS OS TEMPOS

 

ROLLS-ROYCE ENGINE FAILURE ON A QANTAS FLIGHT. WHEN WILL IT FINISH?

After the uncontained engine failure of a Tent 900 turbine on a Qantas A380, an intensive investigation has started to find out the causes of this and other similar incidents. Roll-Royce engines installed in Qantas aircraft seen to be presenting a higher than expected failure rate. A series of links and videos provide additional information related to these failures and failures of other powerplants.


BATTLE FOR THE COMMUTER JETS MARKET

The small jets market is just receiving new models and more designs will be reaching the market in a few years.The article presents short descriptions of the models in operation and the new designs. Prices of the models and a market forecast from manufacturers and our estimate completes this short article.


NEWER IS BETTER? NOT NECESSARILLY WITH SPREADSHEETS

The experience of migrating to a new version of Excel and finding out that, for what I use spreadsheets, it would be better to stay with the older version. Everyone using this popular spreadsheet has passed for a similar situation or will still face it.

 

WHAT WE FLY, WHAT WE WILL FLY

The article describes the narrow body aircraft flying today and the newcomers to this segment of air transport (70% of all commercial flights). A short history of the current aircraft, Boeing 737 and Airbus A320 and the designs in development (Bombardier CSeries, Comac C919 and Irkut MS-21). Embraer, by the time the article was written, has not defined its strategy. Prices of the aircraft and market forecast complete the article.

 

 

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