AviNation News: Airport Body-Scan Legislation & Aviation Science

Legislation would prohibit misuse of airport body-scan images (Feb. 9, 2011)

Sens. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) have introduced legislation that would make it a federal crime to misuse images recorded from full-body scanners used at U.S. airports.

The bill would prohibit any person with access to the scanned body images, including security personnel and travelers, from photographing or distributing those images and impose a penalty of up to one year in prison and a fine up to $100,000 per violation.

Clue to brain power of fighter pilots (Feb. 9th, 2011)

Fighter pilots may owe their ability to perform under pressure to the way their brains are wired-up, scans suggest.

A study found differences in the white matter and connections of the brain’s right hemisphere, compared with healthy volunteers who were not pilots.


Solar-powered drone stays aloft for two weeks, breaking endurance records (Feb. 9th, 2011)
A lightweight, solar-powered drone with a massive 73-foot wingspan flew above the clouds for 14 days straight, shattering long-standing aviation endurance records, according to the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale.

The international governing body for aeronautics confirmed last week that the solar-powered robotic plane, dubbed Zephyr, soared above the U.S. Army’s Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona from July 9 to July 23.


Surfaces that Keep the Ice Away (Feb. 9th, 2011)

Ice is a hazardous fact of winter life, playing havoc with roads, utility lines, buildings, and air travel. Conventional methods of getting rid of the ice, such as direct heating, applying salt, or using chemicals to trigger melting, all have liabilities: they can corrode the materials they’re applied to, and damage the environment, and they are only modestly or temporarily effective. But Harvard scientists say they have created materials that can prevent ice from forming on surfaces in the first place.

The researchers say their breakthrough, reported in the latest issue of ACS Nano, could apply not only to aviation but to road paving, construction, and power.

Five unforgettable cockpit-view videos (Feb. 9th, 2011)

(CNN) — The world always seems magical through a plane window, with the Earth looking peaceful and majestic from 35,000 feet in the air.

Now imagine seeing it in panorama, the way pilots do.

You may not ever get a chance to visit a plane cockpit in flight, but there are plenty of great online videos that show what the view is like.

Here are some of our picks:


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