By S.L. Fuller | January 1, 2018
We write a multitude of articles over the course of a year. Between our daily website content and our print magazine — along with other special projects — there are many options for readers to click. But according to our analytics, there are 10 stories that were most popular among readers. These are the 10 most-read articles of 2017.
Kicking off our list is an article from the October/November issue of Avionics. "New Approaches to Developing Avionics Software" details how embedded technologies are changing the way avionics software is developed.
In May, Avionics Editor-in-Chief Woodrow Bellamy III wrote about UPS' new upgrade program for its fleet of Boeing 757s and 767s. The operator planned to bring the Boeing 787-style suite to the legacy aircraft.
In August, Southwest Airlines was preparing to receive its first Boeing 737 Max 8 under an accelerated modernization plan. Southwest would also be saying "goodbye" to its last "classic" 737s. With those aircraft retiring, the airline would remove the last non-Wi-Fi-equipped aircraft from its fleet.
In seventh place on our list of most-read articles in one from Anne Wainscott-Sargent. Appearing in the February/March issue of Avionics, this article explores electronic flight bags and their gaining popularity.
There's a new kind of pilot in the military — one that can fly from half way across the globe. In this article, we detail the daily routine of U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. James Klein, a General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. MQ-1 Predator pilot.
No surprise that breaking into the top five in this list is an article about ADS-B. As the FAA's ADS-B Out mandate creeps closer, the pressure to equip in the near future is mounting. In this article, Robert Moorman explores what general aviation aircraft owners/operators need to do to comply with the mandate.
Now that 2017 is over, we can see which aircraft did actually take to the skies. But in February, we took a cue from CNN and wrote down nine aircraft that were expected to reach milestones.
At No. 3 on our list is an article about Boeing's 777X and the new technologies it will bring to the market when it enters service. That isn't expected to be until 2020. But in this article, we get a sneak peak at what the avionics should look like.
Is it wise to take seriously every single new flying car concept that makes its rounds on the internet? Maybe not. But there are a few worth the attention. In our second most-read article of 2017, we look at seven futuristic concepts that could change the way we fly.
A big "thank you" is owed to one of our sister publications. Our most-read article of 2017 comes from reporting done by Defense Daily's Calvin Biesecker. It was revealed during an event held by another sister publication, Via Satellite, that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security was able to — successfully — hack a Boeing 757. Cybersecurity is a hot topic for a reason.