The retirement of pilots, like many other professions, has some exceptions given the circumstances of the nature of their profession. Therefore, it is not surprising that these exceptions give rise to possible controversy.

However, there are many people who have doubts about the age up to which a pilot can continue to practice his profession. These questions are completely understandable, since there is no legal regulation that dictates a specific age, so there is some debate about the capabilities of pilots after a certain age.
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EAS Barcelona informative note

Seminar by Cpt. Jordi Manzano Puigredón

Hour: June 12th, 2021, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Spanish official time).

Venue: EAS Barcelona, Calle Rector Triadó 94 entlo, Barcelona Libre asistencia.


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Many of you wonder what are the previous studies to study for being a pilot, the most appropriate previous studies, or which branch of high school is preferable to choose in order to have enough basic knowledge to be able to become a professional pilot with guarantees of success.
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It is very common nowadays to use the airplane as a means of transportation for trips, especially if they are long. When buying airline tickets, it is not usual to look at the type of flight you are going to take, so today we explain the types of commercial flights that exist and their characteristics.

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For all those people who don’t know how to become a flight commander, they should know that they have a long way to go, it’s not just about getting a pilot’s license and having conquered sleep. Many ask: I am already a pilot, and now how can I become a flight commander? Once you obtain the Commercial Pilot License (CPL), pilots need to continue training in order to obtain other licenses and eventually become flight commanders. All these trainings that have to be carried out and the necessary procedures, we will explain in this blog.

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In this new blog, we will talk about the physical and psychotechnical tests of pilots. All those tests you have to pass to get your license. We will emphasize each test that must be passed, all the details of the process and what are the cases that may be suitable and those that would be unfit.

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In a previous article, we talked about how to help the autopilot to reduce the workload of the pilots during flight. This time we are going to emphasize the Fly-by-wire system patented by Airbus. Read more

energia solar a l'aviació

If a few years ago someone had told us that it was possible to power an airplane solely and exclusively by solar energy, we would not have believed it. Today this is already an incipient reality, at an experimental level of course, but it can mean a before and after in the history of aviation. Read more

Simuladores de vuelo: todo lo que debes saber

Those who want to learn to fly, either professionally or by testing themselves with new challenges, should know that an important part of their instruction will be carried out thanks to flight simulators.

The use of flight simulators in the training programs to obtain certain qualifications, such as instrument flight (IR), allows the student’s capabilities to be exponentially expanded in extremely diverse situations and scenarios, allowing to analyze, stop or repeat the maneuvers as many times as necessary to achieve optimal technification. Next, we explain what a flight simulator consists of, and in what situations its use is essential.

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Largest Aircraft Engines

Throughout the little more than one hundred years of aviation history, airplanes and their means of propulsion have evolved and adapted. From primitive internal combustion engines and propellers to today’s modern turboprops and turbojets, commercial aviation has gained in speed, service ceiling and efficiency.

In this installment we are not going to talk about all types of existing engines or their history, but we are going to dedicate the next few lines to describe the largest aircraft engines ever built. On the other hand, if you want to know the fuels of the aircraft of the future, we recommend you follow this link.

Ultrafan engine

The engine that tops the small ranking of the largest aircraft engines is neither more nor less than the largest engine in the world to date. It is an engine with an air intake diameter of 140 inches (more than three and a half meters), which is currently in the prototype phase. By the end of the year it will be ready to start the ground tests. In 2012 Rolls-Royce announced the beginning of the design of this engine, called Ultrafan, developing it over practically a decade to make it a reality.

To achieve the desired power, endurance and energy efficiency targets, this engine incorporates a newly architecture core that helps optimize fuel burn, while reducing polluting emissions and enabling a 25% fuel efficiency improvement. compared to the first generation of Trent engines from the same manufacturer.

To achieve its objectives, the UltraFan incorporates components with high resistance to ceramic matrix heat, and a gear system between the inlet and the high pressure turbine that will help maximize its efficiency. The blades, made of a carbon-titanium alloy, and the composite material shell help reduce weight by up to 680 kilograms per aircraft. Its entry into service is scheduled for the end of this decade.

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GE9X engine

On the other hand, it is also vitally important to highlight the GE9X, from General Electric. The construction of this engine began in 2016. It has a 3.40 meter fan and it entered service since last year, implemented in the new version of the Triple 7, the B777X. The engine provides a thrust of 105,000 lbf (470 kN).

It should be noted that, although larger engines are usually associated with higher fuel consumption, their implementation in aircraft with high cargo or passenger capacity helps to reduce their polluting effect. Thus, for example, the average consumption of an A380 (Rolls-Royce Trent 900 or GE / Pratt & Whitney GP7200 engines) with a flat load is approximately 3 liters x 100 kilometers for each passenger transported.

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JT9D engine

Although this engine is already smaller than the two previously mentioned, it is important to take it into account because its manufacturer, Pratt & Whitney, ranks third worldwide in the market for the manufacture of engines for the aeronautical industry.

This engine, also known as the “Jumbo jet” because it was recently fitted to the Boeing 747, is available in three versions. The first, with an intake diameter of 2.4 metres, has been designed to power aircraft such as the Boeing B767, Boeing B747 and Airbus A300; the second, with a diameter of 2.5 metres in its front section, has been developed for aircraft such as the Airbus A330 twinjet; and finally, the third version, with a diameter of 2.8 metres, has been designed to power the Boeing B777.

Largest Aircraft Engines

After this review of the largest aircraft engines in the world, it should be noted that, beyond their dimensions, the manufacture of these engines has been designed to work on reducing emissions and improving them for sustainability.

On the other hand, the current trend towards a reduction in the number of engines in large aircraft – after the retirement of the B747 and A340, the only four-engine currently in service is the Airbus A380 (Withdrawal of four-engine aircraft) – opens a panorama for the future composed of twin-engine aircraft with larger powertrains, but at the same time more reliable and more efficient in energy consumption, and with manufacturing processes that are more respectful with the environment. Quite a challenge from which, for the moment, it seems that Aviation is succeeding.