The Aero Spacelines Super Guppy is a large and wide-bodied cargo aircraft that is used for hauling outsize cargo components. The aircraft is powered by 4x Allison 501-D22C turbo-prop engines. The plane has a very strange design, almost resembling a pregnant whale. It’s actually derived from another aircraft called “pregnant guppy” due to the shape of it’s fuselage.

The aviation industry is going through a very tough time nowadays due to the global spread of the corona virus, and with its negative repercussions on the aviation industry, demand is at an all time low for air travel. Analysts say that the current effect is larger that the aftermaths of 9/11 and the 2008 depression combined.

May 2020: The corona virus pandemic has reached more than 4 Million cases world-wide and the need for medical supplies has reached an all time peak. Correspondingly, the need for cargo flights have skyrocketed as well.

So you’ve boarded an aircraft, strapped yourself in, and the crew announces to the pilot saying “Cabin crew ready for takeoff”. The plane then starts moving slowly for a while. The momentum pushes you into your seat and suddenly you find yourself in the air looking down on the airport below.

Lets see what exactly happens here: When the plane starts to move it follows ATC’s commands to taxi to the runway, navigating through the airport’s taxiways and finally reaching the runway.

Have you ever been on an airplane and wondered how many people are needed to operate this aircraft? Perhaps a pilot, a co-pilot, flight attendants and maybe a relief pilot for longer flights?

Well, there’s also an unsung hero in this whole story and he’s the flight engineer. In this article we’ll explore his role and duties.

Imagine for a second that you live in New York city and that you need to travel Los Angeles. But here’s the catch, there is no such thing as airports. What would you do? Would you choose to hop on a train for four days, drive 3 days in a rental car, or take a boat across the panama canal? Or would you just not bother with the trip anymore?

Evidently, airports are quite important in connecting not just the two coasts of the US, but also the entire world. Today, we will briefly discuss why we need airports.