Personality Traits That Make For An Outstanding Pilot

While many children glorify pilots much like they do with teachers, firefighters, and police officers, the daily grind of being a pilot can be challenging. While flying a plane is an amazing feeling, doing it as a job comes with spending long hours sitting in a cockpit, spending nights away from your family, living outContinue reading “Personality Traits That Make For An Outstanding Pilot”

How Do Gliders Fly?

Gliders are planes without an engine. They have four forces acting on them – lift, weight (gravity), drag and thrust. Although gliders do not have their own power to provide thrust, the weight of the glider produces the thrust to keep it moving through the air by flying downwards at a shallow angle of descent.Continue reading “How Do Gliders Fly?”

Cirrus Vision Jet: The World’s Most Popular Private Jet

The Cirrus Vision Jet is a one-of-a-kind personal jet that doesn’t fit any of the pre-existing jet categories. It was built with the Cirrus pilot in mind, created to burn about half the fuel of a light jet and be cheaper than the single-engine turboprops that can’t fly as high or fast. The Vision JetContinue reading “Cirrus Vision Jet: The World’s Most Popular Private Jet”

The 7 Best Aviation Apps For Flying

If you’re looking for the best app out there to make the most of your flying, we have compiled a list of what we think are the top seven apps out there for pilots. Although most of them are subscription based, many offer trial periods or “lite” versions of the applications so that you canContinue reading “The 7 Best Aviation Apps For Flying”

Traveling To Iceland – What You Need To Know About Your Next Nordic Getaway

Iceland is now open to vaccinated travelers, including Americans, with no quarantine. As of April 6, 2021, all travelers (regardless of origin) who can show proof of a full COVID-19 vaccination or prior COVID-19 infection now have permission to enter Iceland. But before you start plotting your trip to see the still-erupting Fagradalsfjall volcano, thereContinue reading “Traveling To Iceland – What You Need To Know About Your Next Nordic Getaway”

What Factors Can Prevent You from Becoming a Pilot?

Becoming a commercial pilot is an exciting opportunity for many people who find joy in flying. While nearly anyone can get a drivers’ license, a commercial pilot license has some strict stipulations. From health concerns to random drug tests, here is a list of just some things that might prevent you from becoming a commercialContinue reading “What Factors Can Prevent You from Becoming a Pilot?”

The Rise Of Disruptive Passengers & The “No Fly” List

Shoves, shouts, flying fists and mask defiance: Bad behaviour by air travelers is reaching new heights. Just this last week, we have heard many cases of unruly and aggressive passengers getting out of control, including one incident in which the “unruly” passenger was a flight attendant himself. Social media platforms have exploded with raw videosContinue reading “The Rise Of Disruptive Passengers & The “No Fly” List”

United Airlines Plans To Bring Back Supersonic Air Travel By 2029

United Airlines has announced a firm order of 15 “Overture” jets from Denver-based aerospace company Boom Supersonic, with an option for 35 more, contingent upon the new airliner meeting United’s safety, operating and sustainability requirements. Specifications The new supersonic jet by Boom Supersonic, dubbed Overture, promises the following: Passenger capacity: 65 – 88 Length: 205Continue reading “United Airlines Plans To Bring Back Supersonic Air Travel By 2029”

How Clean Is the Air Onboard the Aircraft?

Millions of travelers are understandably concerned about flying in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak. One of the paramount issues is determining if the air on planes hastens the spread of infection. “Travel increases your chances of getting and spreading COVID-19,” says a page for travelers on the CDC’s website. Additionally, the Association of FlightContinue reading “How Clean Is the Air Onboard the Aircraft?”

The 6 Most Dangerous Airports in the World

A regular flight is scary enough for some people. While planes are still one of the safest means of travel, some airports are just more challenging than others. Here are five of the most dangerous airports in the world: 1. Lukla Airport, Nepal It is said that passengers applaud upon landing at Lukla Airport. TheContinue reading “The 6 Most Dangerous Airports in the World”

Top 10 Business Class Amenity Kits in the Skies

Airline amenity kits are nonetheless sought- after by Avgeeks and travel-enthusiasts alike. Like a bit of a small spa retreat in the skies, the First Class amenity kit provides travellers with all the essentials they may need in flight and upon landing. Think, an eye mask for better beauty sleep, a perfume for post-arrival hugs,Continue reading “Top 10 Business Class Amenity Kits in the Skies”

The Purpose Of Jet Engine Spirals

You may have noticed those spinning white spirals in a jet engine at one point or another. But have you ever stopped to think about why they’re there? As cute and as comical as they look, those spirals on the spinner cones are more than just for aesthetics – they are an important safety measureContinue reading “The Purpose Of Jet Engine Spirals”

Oxygen Supplies Aboard Modern Aircraft

If a sudden decompression were to happen inflight, each passenger and crew member would have their own oxygen supply. We will take a look at the systems installed for both the passengers and flight crew! Passenger’s Oxygen Supply & Canister The passenger’s oxygen supply is delivered via the overhead compartment where the oxygen-producing canisters areContinue reading “Oxygen Supplies Aboard Modern Aircraft”

The Emirates First Class Experience — A Whole New Level of Luxury

Emirates claims the title of the World’s Best Airline. Fittingly, the First Class cabin on Emirates Airlines is nonetheless a prestigious and luxurious flying experience – even being called the “hotel in the sky”. Emirates continues to surprise us in every way possible. From complete entertainment systems and gourmet meals to spas at 30,000 ft.,Continue reading “The Emirates First Class Experience — A Whole New Level of Luxury”

Avelo Airlines: The New U.S. Carrier To Enter The Market

From its base at Hollywood Burbank Airport (BUR), Avelo plans to start service on April 28 to underserved or secondary airports in the West using leased Boeing 737-800s. Tickets are now on sale at aveloair.com. Purpose & Aim Avelo has a simple purpose — to inspire travel. “People are ready to reconnect with family andContinue reading “Avelo Airlines: The New U.S. Carrier To Enter The Market”

Flap Track Fairings: What Are They?

If you ask most people who have flown, they would probably say they have seen these “pod-like” structures under the wings of an aircraft. Some people assume that they hold fuel. This is not correct, but in fact, they house the workings of the inboard and outboard flaps. Within these structures, the jackscrew, carriages, gearboxes,Continue reading “Flap Track Fairings: What Are They?”

Reverse Thrust: An Essential Deceleration Mechanism

Function: Reverse thrust is thrust projected in the opposite direction to provide an opposing, decelerating force on the plane’s direction of travel. It is used to decelerate an aircraft after landing, in the event of a rejected take off or, in some limited cases, during push-back from the gate. This system can be either hydraulicallyContinue reading “Reverse Thrust: An Essential Deceleration Mechanism”

Ireland: The Underrated Emerald Isle Yet To Be Explored

Even though COVID-19 may have halted our travel plans to get away from home. Nonetheless, people are exploring new destinations to escape to once travel opportunities start to recommence. This week we will be exploring Ireland! Ireland is a hidden gem (literally an Emerald!) when it comes to tourism. It’s luscious green landscape stays vibrantContinue reading “Ireland: The Underrated Emerald Isle Yet To Be Explored”

Ground Operations: Aircraft Marshalling & VDGS System

You’ve probably noticed on your last flight the ground personnel walking and holding their two, red safety batons directing the movement of the plane as it pulls into the gate. This is the job of the Aircraft Marshaller. When an aircraft lands and approaches the gate, a ground handling staff gives signs to the pilotContinue reading “Ground Operations: Aircraft Marshalling & VDGS System”

Static Discharge |VS| St. Elmo’s Fire

Pilots see static discharges dancing on their windscreens fairly often. As a passenger, you might be surprised or even concerned at the display. It can be very impressive, but it’s completely harmless. Let’s take a closer look at one of the coolest light shows that pilots experience on the flight deck! As an aircraft fliesContinue reading “Static Discharge |VS| St. Elmo’s Fire”

What Materials Are Used In Building Aircraft?

Modern aircraft have come a long way in terms of design and building materials. Engineers have discovered new metal and carbon-based alloys that have excellent properties for uses in aviation. Let’s take a detailed look at these interesting materials and their functions that contribute to a safe and fuel-efficient flying experience! Commonly Used Material TheContinue reading “What Materials Are Used In Building Aircraft?”

How Do Evacuation Slides Work?

You’ve all been familiar with the Evacuation Slides if you’ve flown before – either presented to you by the Flight Attendant’s safety briefing or the airline’s inflight safety video. But have you ever wondered about how they work and how they can save your life? Let’s take a look into the engineering behind this essentialContinue reading “How Do Evacuation Slides Work?”