Thursday, December 19, 2013

How To Recycle An Airplane

A recycled jetliner produces tons of metal and millions of dollars in parts, but a mistake could cost hundreds of lives. Here's how the company that salvaged the plane from Lost does its destructive business.P
A car's typically just parted out once and then scrapped at the end of its life, but a jumbo jet is full of thousands of valuable parts that will be salvaged or recycled numerous times. One passenger plane may transition into service transporting packages, or off to commercial service in Africa, and then the fuselage used for training purposes.
Approximately 450 large aircraft are completely scrapped and disassembled each year, according to the Aircraft Fleet Recycling Association, with another 5,900 passenger jets to be recycled by 2028 according to Boeing. Given the high prices for parts, dangerous materials, and the risk involved in recycling airplane parts it's not a job for any dismantling yard.P
"In short, it's not like the auto [recycling] business," says aviation archeologist and plane recycling expert Doug Scroggins, who was responsible for recycling the airliner that's the centerpiece for ABC's Lost and serves as managing director for ARC Aeropsace Industries. "If you sell an engine off an aircraft and it crashes, you're going to be spending a great deal of time in jail."
Click "next" to go through the process of recycling an aircraft, or go here to see this in one long post.
Transport The Aircraft To Its FInal Resting Place
Strip The Planes Of Hazardous Materials
A modern aircraft is full of toxic and even radioactive materials as well as hazardous fluids used to make the plane operate. De-icing fluid runoff has been known to turn creeks bright orangeand spraying planes with pesticides was once a common practice. Whether on-site or elsewhere, anything posing a danger to workers is carefully removed according to a strict set of regulations.
Remove The Engine
The engine is the single most valuable part of an aircraft and can be resold whole or parted out. A used engine is worth millions sold directly and many are rented out hourly for prices around $20-25,000 per monthP
"One engine has probably been on 50 airplanes," says Scroggins. "While you and I are talking, engines are being moved between airplanes, and parts are being pulled out to make better engines and then going on a wing."
Remove The Avionics And Electronics
Many of the thousands of valuable parts on a plane are the electronic bits, whether it's something as complex as the flight control computers, as important as a blackbox recorder, or as simple as the fuse for a coffee maker.
Gut The Interior
The interiors make up around 30% of the weight of a jetliner, and while the materials themselves aren't recyclable the highly specialized parts are.P
"When you're dealing with an automobile seat out of a car it may be worth $50 to $100," says Scroggins. "[With an aircraft] it can be worth as little as $450 or as much as $5,000."
Strip The Metals
A Boeing 747, once stripped, can produce 100 tons of valuable metals such as aluminum. According to AFRA, their members produce 30,000 tons of aluminum, 1,800 tons of special alloys, and 600 tons of parts every year.
Snag The Landing Gear
Surprisingly, after the engines the most valuable part of an aircraft is its landing gear. A used landing gear off of a Boeing 777 costs into the millions. But in order to get at the landing gear the plane has to be propped up on some sort of support so the gear can be stripped.
Send It To The Shredder
Once all the valuable parts of plane are gone and there's nothing left that anyone would want it's finally shredded.
But Wait, There's More
Not all planes go to the shredder. A few are saved to produce films. Stcoggings' planes have been used in films like War Of The Worlds and, most famously, the Delta Lockheed L-1011 in Lost. Other uses for a plane's shell includes training for flight attendants, pilots, and first-responders.

There are large aircraft recyclers in many countries, typically located at commercial airports or former military bases. These facilities include a runway large enough to support a jetliner and plenty of space for storing planes. Not all vehicles are immediately scrapped, but just stored until the plane's owners decide what to do with them.PP
Sources: Aircraft Fleet Recycling Association, Boeing, Honolulu Star BulletinBBC NewsP
All photos Matt Cardy/Getty Images unless otherwise noted.P

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Happy Holidays - Flight Studio Store

Happy Holidays from InterFlight Studio and Flight Studio Store.

Are you at a loss for new gift ideas this year?  Why not get your loved ones something inspired by flight?  What could be more magical than that?  InterFlight Studio & Flight Studio Store have the perfect gifts for the aviation lover in your life.  Whether you have a small child that just LOVES airplanes, or maybe you are a stuartist or pilot, no matter what your role in the aviation life, Flight Studio Store has the perfect gifts for this holiday season.

We offer the entire collection of PanAM bags, and we ship internationally!!!  We also offer the Randolph Engineering collection, and the Randolph Ranger collection.

For something a little more unique and personal, try browsing through our artists section where we have collected a number of fine art with an aviation twist.  Flight Studio Store also offers fine, luxury design pieces as well, including some pieces made from original aircraft parts.

No matter what your needs are for this holiday season, and no matter the budget, flight studio store has something to offer everyone.  Check out our online store today:

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

The Next Generation of Aircraft

InterFlight Studio knows that there will always be a new generation of aircraft, one better than the last.  And even better for them, because InterFlight Studio has recently begun designing their own products and designs for market using only the original parts from recycled aircraft.

It is a brilliant idea, to upcycle parts from a retired plane.  And what better place to imagine these enormous and modern design pieces, why not place them where they came from to start with, an airport!

It is easy to see how well the aircraft parts made into unique design pieces can work in an airport.  They can give the airport a discussion piece for everyone who walks through it.  The pieces themselves will help people to think of pleasant things while they fly/walk through the airport.  Perhaps maybe art is the way to re-teach people the positive aspects of flight.  In today's modern society, we often forget how new this technology is to the human race, and how much it changed the world we are living in today.
Today flying is associated with lots of annoyances like security checks, loud people, and long lines.  However, when people walk through an airport with multiple art and design pieces made with up-cycled aircraft parts, they begin to interact with the aircraft like most people never have before.  Instead of being bored at the airport, they will marvel in approval at the brilliant design technologies.  People will find these pieces interesting, and a way to appreciate the flights of the recent past.

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Miami Art Basel 2013

Miami's Art Basel 2013

Oscar Garcia, President of InterFlight Studio, took to the galleries to get the word out about the next great artist, especially on the aviation scene.  Richard Kai, an artist and pilot from Japan, has been making the most amazing paintings.  

Pictured Below:  Snow Covered Approach
What a beautiful view of the northern lights and the blue moon through the window of the cockpit. 

Richard Kai is inspired by city-scapes and skies.  As a former pilot of international lines and large scale planes, Richard Kai has had a lot of flying hours in the cockpit.  From memory, he has transformed those visionary experiences into oil paintings.  

When you look at one of Kai's pieces, you can easily imagine yourself as the pilot, behind a 747 about to land in one of the world's most fabulous cities.  New York, Hiroshima, Paris, London, or Hawaii, no matter what city you are landing in, the world looks beautiful from Kai's perspective.  

Dont be surprised when you see Richard Kai's work on the Miami scene.  His bright color pallet really connects with the Art Deco lifestyle of Miami, and its themes resonate with Miami's jet setting culture.  

Check out Richard Kai's work at the link here:!richard-kai/cepr

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