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W.E. Johns sold his first five Biggles books to John Hamilton outright – and had no royalties. As a result of that, he lost control of those five titles.






It was then possible for the likes of the Thames Publishing Company and Dean & Son to reprint these books.

“The Camels are Coming” was partially reprinted under the title “Biggles – Pioneer Air Fighter” with some stories also being published in Biggles of the Special Air Police

whilst “The Black Peril” became “Biggles and the Black Peril”

With regard to the two Boys’ Friend Library published titles – they went separate ways

BIGGLES IN FRANCE – effectively became “Biggles of 266” published by the Thames Publishing Company and then Dean & Son, whereas

BIGGLES LEARNS TO FLY was “personally revised by Captain W. E. Johns for re-issue” by Brockhampton Press in 1955.

When Oxford University Press finished printing reprints of their 20 Biggles books in the mid to late 50’s, they allowed the rights of the 20 Oxford books to revert back to the author, W. E. Johns.
aviation  literature  copyright 
14 days ago by juliusbeezer
How spatial disorientation can trap pilots | Air Facts Journal
When we were well past ninety degrees of bank, I said to Max “I have the airplane” and, as he had been trained to do, he immediately removed his left hand from the control wheel, his right hand from the throttle, and pulled his feet well back from the rudder pedals, positively relinquishing control of the airplane to me. No big deal, just routine until I rolled the airplane back to wings level. His reaction was involuntary and violent as he crashed into the pilot’s door as the recalcitrant portion of his brain fought to remain “upright.”
physiology  aviation 
14 days ago by juliusbeezer
6 Ways Pilots Get Confused In The Clouds, And How To Prevent It | Boldmethod
There are six main types of vestibular (ear) illusions you can get in the clouds, and they're all related to the fact your eyes can't see the horizon, and your ears are telling you the wrong thing. Here's each illusion, and how to prevent them:
physiology  aviation 
14 days ago by juliusbeezer
The Trouble With India's MIG-21 Fighter Jets - The New York Times
Only a day after the second accident in Rajasthan, a serving officer of the Indian Air Force, Wing Commander Sanjeet Singh Kaila, who himself is a MIG-21 crash survivor, petitioned the courts for the scrapping of the entire fleet. Wing Commander Kaila has contended that flying the aircraft has violated his right to work in a safe environment. The wing commander was involved in a crash during a flight exercise in 2005 after his aircraft caught fire. He delayed in ejecting to safety from his burning aircraft because he was flying over a populated region...
A few months back, India’s defense minister, A.K. Antony, said that out of 29 crashes over the past three years in the Indian Air Force, 12 have been MIG-21 airframes. Two more MIG-21s have crashed since Mr. Antony put out those numbers.

Because of the MIG’s poor safety record, the aircraft has been given grim tags in the public sphere like the “Flying Coffin” and the “Widow Maker.” More than 170 Indian Air Force pilots have been killed in MIG-21 accidents since 1970. These accidents have also resulted in the deaths of 40 civilians.
aviation  safety  military  war 
february 2019 by juliusbeezer
Brexit Exposes U.K. to Worldwide Raid on Airbus Wing Production - Bloomberg
Airbus executives have hinted for months that the U.K.’s stranglehold on wing manufacturing, in place since the planemaker’s inception in 1970, isn’t guaranteed. Brexit further complicates things by threatening to add costs and complexity just as countries worldwide step up pressure on the company to win a greater share of production...
the U.K. is home to 15,000 of the company’s workers, or more than 10 percent of its overall staff. Airbus says its wing factory in the Welsh city of Broughton, a center of global aviation since it manufactured bombers during World War II, is one of its most productive. A second site in Filton, in southwest England, is mainly responsible for wing design.
aviation  Brexit 
january 2018 by juliusbeezer
The Economic Power of Direct Flights - CityLab
Airplanes, airports, and air travel have contributed to our geographic spikiness, fueling the growing concentration of population and economic activity in a small number of large, productive, and well-connected superstar cities.

That’s one of the key findings of a recent study on the effects of global airports and air connectivity on economic and urban development. The study, by economists at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and the University of Zurich, examines air travel’s role in the economic performance of more than 819 cities and metro areas in 200 different countries. Using detailed data from the International Civil Aviation Organization, it looks specifically at how direct flights facilitate business links and investments between pairs of cities, with data on over half a million businesses and more than 30,000 major business events around the world.
aéroport  aviation  transport  travel 
november 2017 by juliusbeezer
Thanks, Climate Change: Heat Waves Will Keep on Grounding Planes | WIRED
“A lot of airplanes at full capacity are ill-equipped to take off on some of the world’s runways when temperatures get really high.”

The scientists looked at five common commercial airplane models—the Boeing 737-800, Airbus A320, Boeing 787-8, Boeing 777-300, and Airbus A380—and calculated how their takeoffs would be affected at 19 airports around the world, based on projected temperatures from 27 different global climate models.
aviation  climatechange  aéroport 
july 2017 by juliusbeezer
La position du CéDpa confirmée par l’Autorité de Contrôle des Nuisances Aériennes - ACIPA NDL
L’ACNUSA consacre en effet un long développement aux progrès réalisés par l’industrie aéronautique en matière de bruit : « Depuis la fin des années 1990, le bruit des avions a été divisé par deux. Et on estime que l’empreinte sonore de chaque nouvelle génération d’appareils est inférieure d’au moins 15 % à celle qu’elle remplace. En outre, presque partout, en dépit de l’augmentation du trafic, les territoires couverts par les PGS pourraient diminuer. »

Elle conclut : « La première leçon à tirer est que la situation des riverains s’améliore et continuera de s’améliorer même si le trafic doit encore augmenter. (…) Dépenser plusieurs milliards pour déplacer un aéroport (ou ses pistes !) dans le seul but de mettre fin à un niveau de nuisance qui n’existera plus dans vingt ou trente ans ne peut pas être regardé comme raisonnable. » (page 33). Si la phrase se réfère explicitement au projet de déplacement des pistes à Orly, projet jugé illusoire par l’Autorité, on ne peut évidemment s’empêcher de penser aussi à Notre-Dame-des-Landes ...

N’est-ce pas ce que nous avons dit et écrit depuis plusieurs années ?

Le deuxième point intéressant concerne la révision des Plans de Gêne Sonore, en général. Précisément parce que la réalité du bruit se modifie, l’ACNUSA demande « que soit examinée au moins tous les deux ans la pertinence des prévisions (trafic, procédures de navigation aérienne, infrastructures...) ayant servi à l’établissement du PGS. »
aéroport  pollution  environment  aviation 
june 2017 by juliusbeezer
Bilingualism in the Sky | Psychology Today
Flying is the, or one of the, safest ways of traveling so communication in English, even though it is in a foreign language for many, seems to work very well. What are the procedures that are in place to make it so efficient?

The most important aspect is the strictly regulated phraseology and communication procedures that aim at avoiding misunderstandings. That is why it is so critical that all pilots and air traffic controllers adhere to these procedures, which afford multiple occasions to catch errors.

One procedural requirement, for instance, is careful “readback” by the pilot of what the controller has said, and “hearback” by the controller. The latter is supposed to listen to the pilot’s readback and catch any readback errors.
english  aviation  safety  language  terminology  communication 
april 2017 by juliusbeezer
Use Of Alternative Jet Fuels Won't Allow For Significant Emissions Reductions, Study Finds | CleanTechnica
The problems? Other than costs, the issues are: 1) when land use change effects are factored in, vegetable oil–based feedstocks usually have a higher carbon intensity than conventional jet fuel does, and 2) with regard to agricultural waste feedstocks, the supply simply isn’t there (and won’t be there) to offset significant amounts of conventional jet fuel use.

The study was performed with the intent of evaluating the possibility of the aviation sector achieving carbon-neutral growth by or after 2020 (despite the sector’s expectation of strong growth over the coming decades).

Here’s more on the study from the ICCT: “The feedstocks that provide the largest carbon reductions in AJFs are constrained in their supply and will likely also be in demand from competing sectors such as road transport. Estimates for maximum availability of sustainable AJF feedstocks reveal that it would be impossible to substitute total jet fuel consumption with AJF up to 2050 or attain carbon-neutral growth through AJF only. Although estimated demand for jet fuel amounts to 24–37 EJ in 2050, the absolute maximum amount of lignocellulosic biofuel that could be available for the aviation sector is around 4 EJ in 2050
energy  aviation  climatechange 
april 2017 by juliusbeezer
Foreign pilots are failing at English — but so are the Brits
Native English speakers think they speak the language well enough not to need any lessons in it. In the aviation industry, that is dangerously complacent. The CAA report says that British pilots and air traffic controllers are causing misunderstandings by using slang and everyday conversational English, rather than the established terms of English as an aviation lingua franca...
native English speakers need to undergo a perceptual shift many will find hard. The report says the airline industry needs to “emphasise to native English-speaking pilots and controllers that they are not the ‘owners’ of English”.

But it is a reality. Language experts calculate that for every person speaking English as a mother tongue, there are now four speaking it as a second or additional language. Most English conversations around the world, whether in aviation, business or tourism, take place between non-native speakers.

It is not just in the airline industry that non-native speakers often find it difficult to understand Brits, Americans or Australians. Business people tell researchers that their English language conference call was going fine until a Canadian or New Zealander came on to the line.

The problem is the same one identified in the CAA report: native English speakers talk too fast, use too many metaphorical expressions and, because so many of them these days are monolingual, have no idea what it is like to operate in another language.
english  aviation  language  learning  imperialism 
april 2017 by juliusbeezer
Trump Attacks Lockheed’s F-35 Jet in Blow to Defense Stocks - Bloomberg
The $379 billion Joint Strike Fighter is the first jet created to serve the vastly different combat missions of the Air Force, Navy and Marines. Like many complicated military programs, the jet has been plagued by delays and bugs in its cutting-edge technology. The Pentagon’s top weapons tester, Michael Gilmore, has warned officials in at least four memos since August that the F-35’s development should be extended past next year because of continued deficiencies to its combat systems, weapons accuracy and air-to-ground gun.
business  military  aviation  us  politics 
december 2016 by juliusbeezer
Aviation to consume half of UK's 1.5C carbon budget by 2050
The Paris Agreement on climate change, due to enter force on 4 November, pledges to limit warming to “well below” 2C and, if possible, no more than 1.5C above pre-industrial temperatures.

In order to meet this aim, countries must make careful use of the very limited remaining carbon budget. That budget could be used up within five years, leaving the world reliant on unproven negative emissions technologies in order to draw CO2 out of the atmosphere.

Paris means the UK must raise its existing climate ambition: it will have to reach net-zero emissions, whereas its current legislated target is to cut emissions 80% below 1990 levels by 2050.

The Committee on Climate Change (CCC), the government’s official advisers, says it is too early to set a date for reaching net zero. However, the CCC notes that the 1.5C goal of Paris implies UK reductions of “at least 90% below 1990 levels by 2050”.
climatechange  aviation 
october 2016 by juliusbeezer
Should Airplanes Be Flying Themselves? | Vanity Fair
In other words, in a crisis, don’t just start reading the automated alerts. The best pilots discard the automation naturally when it becomes unhelpful, and again there appear to be some cultural traits involved. Simulator studies have shown that Irish pilots, for instance, will gleefully throw away their crutches, while Asian pilots will hang on tightly. It’s obvious that the Irish are right, but in the real world Sarter’s advice is hard to sell.
safety  aviation  technology  psychology 
october 2016 by juliusbeezer
Aircargo Asia Pacific - On-again off-again Air Austral quits Sydney
Air Austral, the French airline based in the Indian Ocean territory of Reunion, has confirmed a restructure of its network.
As part of its next schedule effective from late October, the airline will suspend its services to Sydney, Australia, Noumea, New Caledonia and the French cities of Bordeaux, Toulouse, Marseille, Lyon and Nantes.
Citing high operating costs, in particular aviation fuel, coupled with low yields on a number of international routes, the carrier believes the proposed restructure represents a sensible and responsible operational strategy in the current challenging climate.
may 2012 by juliusbeezer

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