Buy Me A Pony

Singing planes are next:

A Qantas aerospace engineer has found a way to make small planes safer and more efficient by turning their wings into flying speakers that can beat out a tune.

Incredible as it seems, there is a basis for this result. It appears the music, pumped through "thin film-like panels linked to wires" covering the wing's upper surface, makes the panels vibrate 400 times per second, producing an audible buzz.

In wind-tunnel tests at the University of NSW, "singing wings" were able to "fly" at much steeper angles – up to 22 degrees above the horizontal, compared with the normal maximum of about 17 degrees.

"It gives you more of a safety margin, and more time for the pilot to react in an emergency, such as an engine failure on take-off or a sudden wind gust," Mr Salmon said.

Amusingly, Mr Salmon also took the time to compare the results of varying types of music, in particular comparing the hard-rock Spiderbait against the more ethereal Radiohead.

"All we can say is that Spiderbait performs better than Radiohead," said Mr Salmon.

4 thoughts on “Buy Me A Pony

  1. *snortcackle*

    I don't entirely agree with that. Spiderbait and Radiohead are for different headspaces.

    Which has nothing to do with wing vibrations but that's not the point.

  2. One can only assume that the whole genre of "we're rich kids but we're going to pretend to be punk and write songs where we whine a lot" will crash a plane every time. :mrgreen:

    *suddenly wonders where a plane would end up with a Grateful Dead or Phish jam session*

  3. This could give a whole new level of prestige to bands. "Yeah? Well, you might not like my stuff, but it keeps planes in the air, man! This stuff saves lives!"

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