This section of the blog is dedicated to my passion in life (other than my wife), A V I A T I O N. I will post things that I have learned in my career that will hopefully shed light on certain areas that may interest you or are curious about in the industry. I have been in the industry for about 12 years now and currently work for one of the most recognizable commercial engine manufacturers in the world.
My first lesson is simple, an airplane is a fixed wing craft that is propelled forward by thrust from a jet engine or a propeller. For the purposes of this blog, I will keep it mostly to commercial, jet engine powered aircraft like the ones you typically see when you raise your head to the sky.
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There are four forces of flight that everyone should know:
- Lift – simple enough, the wings generate life that get the airplane off the ground
- Thrust – primary force that gets the craft moving forward
- Drag – occurs when airflow hits a surface and causes resistance
- Gravity or weight – we all know what gravity is
I want you to try this cheesy experiment next time you are in the car (as safely as possible of course!). When you’re driving down the road, put your hand out the window and hold it out flat with your nails pointing in the same direction as you are traveling in. Now, slowly start to lift your hand up…that’s lift. You’ll notice some resistance against your hand as well, that’s drag. Your hand is basically an airplane at this point. Cool huh! Now put your hand back in the car, you need to close on the next post.