Hello everyone. I’m sorry that I have not been able to make a new post in a while, but school has been keeping me plenty busy and I’m working part-time as well. I enjoy writing here very much, and I’m disappointed that I haven’t had the time to consistently update the site. Here’s a quick update though to give an overview of some possible future posts:
- I’d like to write about what engineering students actually do and what we learn in some of our classes. I still have a report from my Introduction to Aerospace Engineering class which was a preliminary design report for an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), so I’d like to post that and dissect our methodology and process.
- I’ll be guest lecturing the Intro to Aerospace Engineering class this month, giving the students the pilot’s perspective of things and highlighting why it’s important for engineers to know what kind of conditions the end-user of their products operates under. I’ll see if I can record the lecture and post it to YouTube.
- If I have the time to do the research, I’d also like to take a closer look at current industry events, namely the recent activity in shifting airline alliances (i.e. Qatar joining OneWorld), an update of American Airlines’ bankruptcy, progress of the Next Generation (NextGen) Air Traffic Control system integration, the impact of mergers on airfares, and more.
If there’s a topic you’re curious about, feel free to let me know and I’ll see what I can do.
Hello and thanks for taking the time to read my blog! My name is Mike, and I’m nuts about aerospace, to say the least. Through this blog, I hope to help everyone understand how the industry works (I definitely have much to learn as well), have some interesting discussions, and just enjoy writing about what is going on.
Why aerospace? Are there not more pressing issues to write about, like the budget deficit or the slow recovery of the global economy? Well, aerospace actually encompasses many issues, including the ones I just mentioned. Here are a few reasons why I am interested in aerospace and why I am writing about it:
- Even if you have never stepped a single foot onto an airplane, aerospace is still very much a part of everyone’s life. Whether it’s by the package you received via FedEx or UPS or by the industrial gas turbine that may power your home, everyone has been affected by the aerospace industry.
- Aerospace products are used in a broad array of segments. There are unique applications in the commercial market, military and defense, research, leisure, and much more.
- The aerospace industry is a large economic driver. Manufacturers like Boeing and Airbus employ tens of thousands of people, and support thousands more due to their supply chain. If you didn’t already know, Boeing is the largest exporter in the United States! Furthermore, airlines provide the average person an affordable means to travel for leisure or business.
- The aerospace industry a dynamic one; new technology is always developing that opens new doors and creates new possibilities. One good example is the Boeing 787, the first commercial jet to utilize composite materials in more than 50% of the airframe, making it a lighter and more fuel-efficient aircraft. It may be heavily delayed, but it is the catalyst to a new era in aerospace materials.
I will write about a variety of topics concerning the aerospace industry, from manufacturing to operations. I have my biases and opinions, but I will make my best effort to be impartial and provide a point of view that is based on current data and trends. I invite comments, questions, discussions, and suggestions for topics.