Weekly Wrap-up Video Update 4/22/16
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Aviation Analyst Brian Foley forecasts that a significant decrease in annual pre-owned aircraft transactions is likely on the horizon. Foley estimates that the drop in aircraft transactions will occur through 2019 and bring the number of transactions from 2,200 to 1,800.
The reduction in aircraft transactions likely will increase the amount of time aircraft remain on the market and possibly suppress aircraft values as new aircraft hit the market.
Trump’s Aircraft Registration
According to FAA records, the registration for Donald Trump’s Cessna Citation X expired in January. Although the aircraft’s registration lapsed, it has been used over the last few months to take the presidential hopeful to various campaign stops that cannot support his converted Boeing 757.
When asked to comment on the situation, Trump spokesperson Hope Hicks stated the registration process “is just about complete”. No word on if a Letter of Correction was issued by the FAA or if any fines will be levied.
A British Airlines Airbus A320 collided with an object while on approach to London Heathrow Airport early this week. The item was suspected to be a UAV operating close to the airport. The A320 landed without incident and little to no damage was reported by British Airways.
After the incident, an investigation was launched to find the drone operator. The U.K. Civil Aviation Authority forbids drones from flying over 400 feet (122 meters) and near aircraft and airports.
3D Printed Ice
Boeing filed an application with the US Patent Office to create 3D printed artificial ice. The artificial ice would be used to test aerodynamic behaviors during the aircraft certification process. The ice, which would be modeled by software and printed with various shapes and textures, can adhere to the aircraft’s airfoils in sections and be removed easily.
Currently, aircraft are taken inside of a super-cooled wind tunnel. When ice accumulates, it is measured, reproduced in fiberglass and manually attached to the aircraft. Boeing hopes to reduce the time and cost associated with the icing certification process while increasing consistency during testing.
Lasers & Pilots
According to an editorial published in the British Journal of Ophthalmology, common laser pointers are incapable of causing irreversible harm to eyes when shined into the cockpit of an aircraft in flight. The study pointed to atmospheric effects, the windscreen and the FDA restricting U.S. manufacturers from creating laser pointers with energy outputs greater than 5 milliwatts (mW).
However, the editorial did underscore that laser pointers, when shined into a cockpit, can cause secondary and tertiary beams when passing through the aircraft’s windscreen. This can create a significant distraction and can cause disorientating after-images in low light situations. The study did not address manufactured laser pointers with energy levels up to 1000 mW, exceeding safety limits.
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