Friday, March 21, 2014

Fast Five Friday: Malaysia Airlines Mystery

It has been 13 days since the mysterious and tragic disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. As an international coalition of governments and aviation officials are scrambling to piece together the details of the plane’s last flight, YOUR Alexandria Library has collected some resources to help patrons understand the complicated science of modern flight and the challenges facing searchers attempting to recover the aircraft, passengers, and crew.

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This database is a great way to gather background on the scientific implications of any major event. Use Science in Context to discover the types of complicated tools and systems involved in aeronautics and in recovery missions.

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Bibel’s book outlines how aviation officials use forensic information to investigate and prevent aviation disasters.

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YOUR Alexandria Library allows patrons access to collections of technical and scientific e-books. Titles in these collections are available for online viewing by NOVA students, faculty, and staff when they log in with a Blackboard username and password. This text discusses the various applications of modern computer based navigational and positioning systems in the modern aircraft.

TL 670.3 .K56 2008
Want to understand more about the technical history of flight? This resource gives a great overview of the advancements made in science and engineering that informs the way planes are built and flown today.

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EBSCO’s Computer and Applied Sciences Complete is a wonderful research tool for investigating the relationship between any industry and the technology it relies on to succeed. Learn more about the computing systems used aboard commercial passenger aircraft, or how advanced satellite systems are being utilized to find the missing plane using this database.

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