“Capsule ejection system for passenger aircraft
EP 1110861 A1
Nowadays, travelling by airplanes has been well established, and air accident rate is on the whole very low. However, as the number of air flights increases, accidents with the fatality of more than one hundred people have occurred. With the occurrence of such accidents, it poses fear to tens of thousands of air travellers that catastrophe may fall upon them in any flight…the crux of this invention is to provide means for blasting the airplane body apart in an accident so as to enable separate passengers cabin sections to break away automatically from the airplane. The break away passengers cabin sections will formed independent sealed units similar to unhitched train carts passing through a tunnel so as to protect the passengers who may remain sitting in each cabin..the fear of billion of air travel passengers would be dispelled.” (via)
“Hybrid emergency ejection system
US 20110233341 A1
An emergency escape sequence for a commercial aircraft is shown. Individual pods that are separable from the aircraft are ejected individually, following the separation and ejection of the upper cabin from the fuselage. Parachutes are deployed to assist in the safe descent of the pods. Airbags are also deployed to soften the landing and provide flotation in case of a water landing.” (via)
“Ejection escape system for a passenger airplane
US 6695257 B2
An ejection escape system for passenger airplane that there is a locking mechanism at the connection of the left top cabin cover, the right top cabin cover with the airplane body, there is also a locking mechanism at the connection of the left top cabin cover and the right top cabin cover, the passenger seat is an ejection escape seat, the switches for the locking mechanism and the ejection escape seat are installed in the cockpit, where the pilot can turn on the locking mechanism switch to open the left and right top cabin covers and turn on the ejection escape switch to eject the seat out of the airplane through the opening of the left and right top cabin covers.” (via)
The Big Book of Flight
It’s a good thing to have a long-standing interest and passion in a subject. It’s an even better thing if you can include aspects of that interest and passion into your day job. It is, however, another thing entirely if you can crystallize that interest and passion into a single all-encompassing, lavishly produced, confidently written 320-page book.
Rowland White had a number of trump cards up his sleeve in order to accomplish this. Firstly: a self-confessed life-long interest in aviation, and writing about it - always keeping his boyhood giddiness near the surface. Secondly: A career in book publishing. Lastly: His own career as an author of three published aviation books, most famously the exhilarating Vulcan 607.
Mix these all up, and The Big Book of Flight is the result. The simplest way to describe it would be as an aviation equivalent of The Dangerous Book for Boys - a big, chunky guide/reference book - but it is an immense creation, a “celebration” - as the publisher puts it. As with The Aviation Historian, this is what can be produced when passion and industry skills combine. The general design, matte printing, and paintings by Philip E West also make the book a tribute to the vintage British books and “boy’s own” comics of old.
It starts with a poem, and an article on the early “birdmen” - and ends with a history of drones, and a final poem. In-between is an explosion of info-graphics, stories, paintings, tributes, and lists. There are dozens of 2-6 page summaries on a huge spectra of topics - such as the history of ballooning, aerial warfare in WW2, airline food, and UFOs.
The content is passionate and fearless - as such a huge amount of topics and data is surely going to be a big magnet for the critics and pedants out there. Those that take their aviation more seriously will have possible coronary issues with various sections on aviation references in movies, music, and popular culture - but any book that references the likes of Warren Ellis, Gruff Rhys, and The Final Countdown is alllllllright by me.
In Summary: AN ESSENTIAL OBJECT
The Aviation Historian is a relatively new quarterly publication - the first issue being released in October last year.
The journal is the creation of Nick Stroud and Mick Oakey - the former Editor and Deputy Editor of the much respected Aeroplane magazine. Between them, they have come up with a National Geograpic sized, perfect-bounded gem, with digital editions also available. The 130-page size makes it only slightly bigger than a “standard” magazine, but there are only two pages of adverts inside each issue.
Their guiding principles seem to be this: a “standard” message from the editor, letters section, reviews section, a couple of short regular features - but then complete freedom to publish over a dozen articles across a wide variety of subjects, using their combined skills, experiences, and general passion for aviation.
It is the variety of the articles that make TAH a stand-out for me. Where other publications would be concerned about devoting pages to current news, concentrating on a particular era for it’s articles (including adverts aimed at that era), and keeping a certain status-quo in order to not offend an established readership, TAH - as the new and versatile kid on the block - just “goes for it”.
With a staff of only four - Mick, Nick, and their spouses - and the only contact number being a mobile phone, it feels part guerrilla publication, part fanzine, and part labor of love - but don’t be misled, as the print quality, design, and art (including illustrations by Ian Bott and Juanita Franzi) is of an extremely high standard. TAH’s editorial board includes the likes of Philip Jarrett - who will be familiar to British readers - and Dr Richard Hallion.
TAH can be considered a very British publication, but should appeal to an international audience - some of the featured articles so far including the death of Carole Lombard, NASA’s Mercury programme spacesuits, the B-35 flying wing, the history of the CIA’s "Air America", the Canadian CF-105 Arrow, and post WW2 Soviet jet technology.
In summary: RECOMMENDED
this site doesn’t really deal in aviation news and reviews - there are far more worthier, committed and professional people and portals for that job - but there have been a number of new publications over recent months that have been especially in my thoughts, so therefore deserve some love on here. They will be featured next week.
"Taken on Oct. 30 , the following awesome picture shows a B-1B “Lancer” (or “Bone”) with the 28th Bomb Wing from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, taking off for a night Green Flag sortie from Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada." (via The Aviationist)