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AOG explained

18 February 2014 at 15:06

How to successfully handle an AOG situation

Aircraft on Ground, or simply referred to as AOG, is an aviation maintenance term which means that there is a serious aircraft problem that prevents it from flying.  As a result, there would be an immediate need to get replacement parts in order to get the aircraft back into service.  Aside from aviation parts and materials that are urgently required to immediately restore the functionality of the aircraft, AOG also refers to spare parts and materials for OTS or “out of service”...

Printing out the future

17 December 2013 at 12:30

Printing for a long time was purely a two dimensional affair for the most of us but in the background a quiet revolution has been happening with 3D printing finally starting to enter the mainstream.

To understand what’s happening it is necessary to trace it back to it beginning.

In March 1986 Chuck Hall was granted a patent for his 1984 application entitled “Apparatus for Production of Three-Dimensional Objects by Stereolithography”, to those in the know he is credited with the invention of 3D printing.  His company 3D...

Bricking it...

25 November 2013 at 15:13

Lego is one of those things that despite how old a person is, grown adults get all misty eyed and nostalgic at the very mention of it, it plays to memories of childhood, of a creative world where we were the master.

As testament t to the enduring popularity of Lego take the tale of two former engineering students Jon Chippindall and Ian Cunningham who built a probe they called meteor which launched tethered to a balloon on the 30th of October at 10:00 am from Mold in North Wales.  In two hours it had reached an altitude of 90,000 feet...

The real next gen

29 October 2013 at 15:18


In the 1992 Film “The Lawnmower Man” we were shown a vision of a future where you could interact with an artificial 3D environment in a completely natural way, you turned your head to look around the scene – you were in the game so to speak and this new paradigm had a name – it was called virtual reality and boy was it going to be the next big thing – the public wanted it – if it could live up to its promise then the flat two dimension fixed viewport screens of the day were doomed.

But it didn’t happen,...

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