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NASA’s volcanic ash test studies engine health, improves safety

One of the more tragic aspects of a flight crash is the circumstantial fact that, sometimes, the pilot simply does not have control over the anomaly that causes the aircraft to fail. Ice buildup on the wings, external weather variables and other environmental elements can be decreased, even avoided, by experienced pilots who know the maneuvers or adjustments necessary to reduce their effects. Too little can often be done, however, to predict or address the issue most commonly associated with in-flight disasters — engine failure.

July 13, 2015  By CBS Los Angeles

The lack of control over a situation caused by engine failure or shutdown is a dire reality indeed, and it is responsible for the majority of aviation apprehension.

Researchers at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center, located in the deserts of Antelope Valley, north of Los Angeles, are working to eliminate, or at least alleviate, part of the engine failure factor from the aviation equation. | READ MORE


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