"One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”
In 1969 Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took the
crown for first humans to land on another planet, just as the Wright Brothers
did with flight more than a century ago now.
As a species we have conquered flying and
flight continues to evolve - with massive help from one of the world’s premier
space agencies. After wind tunnel testing in Ohio, NASA’s quiet supersonic
transport (QueSST) X-plane
is on target to start flight tests in three years time. The X-plane wears its
engines on top of the fuselage to shield human ears from the boom sound
experienced when the sound barrier is broken. NASA aims to counteract the ban on
supersonic flight by civilian aircraft over populated areas.
There'd be no evolution without pilots (for
today) so US flight training school ATP
has taken another 130 Skyhawk 172 types from Textron Aviation, augmenting the
15-unit order it placed in 2016.
There is plenty uncharted territory on earth,
too, and Canada’s CHC Helicopter
launched its super-medium helicopter programme by leasing three new Leonardo
AW189s and two Airbus Helicopters H175s from GECAS’s Milestone Aviation Group
for operations in the North Sea and Australia.
In terms of mechanical breakthroughs, flight
and space travel can only now evolve, albeit at a pace unthought of only a few
decades ago. However, where aviation can really make another massive impact is
on our own planet today. Pilots and planes can - and do - ensure that the hungry
are fed, with initiatives, such as the world food programme, which has another
breakthrough commitment: to eradicate hunger by 2030. You can donate at