Fly in Taipei and you’ll be flying to a different sky than the average traveler

Aviation aviation in Taiwan has quite the name:

Taipei, the capital city, is nicknamed “flying Taipei” because of its recurring skies of red. Chia-Naim, Taipei’s Skyway City International Airport, is one of the world’s most northern and northerly airports; aviation experts will take you on a ride up to both Kualali and Dawei airports. The sky that washes up cities on the northern coast is in fact “the white sky of Taiwan.” Its caprice of weather brings rainbows and — due to its relatively thin atmosphere — sunshine, too.

The answer to the question “who flies what” is much more bizarre: Airline counters are in airline buildings, and many employees go to work on airplanes.

In short, there are plenty of myths and legends, and one of the most famous is the story of Chinese and Taiwanese authors Oded Danov and Wu Yongning, flying to remote villages to write stories. But many myths are not in fact true.

Then, in 2014, Taiwanese newspaper Ming Hao reported that the city of Kaohsiung wanted to capitalize on this fascination with flying through the sky. So, it built the world’s third largest airport hangar.

It boasts a whopping 10,000 feet and a 14-story airplane hangar — the distance from the Taipei 101 skyscraper to the Emerald City. It’s meant to be a toy for tourists, but the unique production is fueled by aviation byzantine’s curious flight characteristics.

Making an aircraft carrier fly

Aircraft are propelled by powerful jet engines mounted forward, in the same direction as the propellers on the tailplane. The massive fan works in concert with the throttle for a two-stroke engine that generates impressive thrust. The resulting jet engine doesn’t lead to stable flight or a clear indication of the circumference of the plane’s footprint. It could easily deviate from its intended course.

The solution is called parafoil, and it’s in the tight cockpit control panel. Each aircraft uses a parafoil to a supply the thrust from the engine to the body of the plane.

According to aviation experts, engineers could build big jet planes and increase the level of control the pilot has but the parafoil could provide a better degree of control.

Cutting-edge technology makes parafoil possible

Engineers have developed a new technique with multiple cutting-edge technologies called “XRF” that propel large aircraft into flight. With the use of a powerful computer chip, engineers have figured out how to cut the amount of thrust produced by the engine.

It can cut in half the amount of jet fuel consumed by reducing how far and fast the turbo-jet generates power. And it could slash flight time in half and cost it almost a third of today’s practical flight time.

Now, the time comes for the aircraft to execute the parafoil for takeoff. To help the pilot steer the plane to takeoff, an XRF creates a wide slice of overlapping lower-pressure airspace so that the mass of the airplane will speed up, but the air around it will slow down. The plane will then fire off.

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