Did you ever ask yourself why the plane windows are round? Whether you prefer to sit beside a window or not in your flight, after reaching your seat and putting your belongings in the overhead bin, you look around and notice the rounded edges of the window and wonder why this shape? Over years, theContinue reading “Why are the windows of planes round or curved?”
When we’re young, we just look at a plane in the sky, and our parents tell us to wave goodbye to it. If you see a plane in the sky, you will look at it right away. Some will simply gaze, while others may find something appealing and wish to travel, while still others willContinue reading “History of planespotting”
Have you ever wondered about having your own private plane?In fact, a lot of people would be interested in something like this. Because, after all, it is this type of luxury that we all aspire to, in which we can travel whenever and wherever we want without having to consider whether it is possible, whetherContinue reading “Let’s buy an airplane”
Jeppesen, which is also known as Jeppesen Sanderson, is navigational information, operations planning tools, flight planning products, and software corporation based in the United States. Pilots refer to Jeppesen’s aeronautical navigation charts as “Jepp charts” or simply “Jepps” because of their popularity. Elrey Borge Jeppesen, a pilot for Varney Air Lines, created the company inContinue reading “What is the Jeppesen?”
Many of us wonder about the cause of using the left side of the plane in boarding or deplaning the aircraft. There are many points of view about this order, some say that it is because of safety sides, and following old designs or other means of transport. In this article, we will handle someContinue reading “Do you wonder why we board and deplane from the left-hand side of the plane?”
While traveling in planes, passengers may feel some strange actions and sounds during take-off, flight, and landing. Somebody may think that these sounds of rumbling, banging, and thumping mean that something is not fine, but actually, this is normal in aircraft. Knocking before takeoff It’s a usual order to hear knocks while boarding a planeContinue reading “Where do some strange sounds come from during flight?”
Is there a set of rules for flying? Just like anything else. So, yeah, of course. It began when Boeing manufactured the first spacecraft sent to the moon by NASA in the mid-1960s. After decades of aeronautical progress, this is a remarkable achievement. These early pioneers were essential in influencing visual flight rules. So theContinue reading “Rules of the sky above us explained”
A head-up display (HUD) is a transparent display that displays information without requiring users to shift their eyes away from their normal viewing positions. The name comes from a pilot’s ability to examine the information with his head “up” and facing forward, rather than tilted down and staring at lower instruments. A HUD also eliminatesContinue reading “The Head-up Display (HUD), What Is it?”
Millions of people of all ages visit institutions such as museums and science centers each year. Many museums specialize in a particular field, such as art or natural history. The aviation industry is no exception….. An aviation museum, air museum, or air and space museum is a place that displays history of aviation photos , maps , planeContinue reading “Aviation museums”
Do planes have horns? If they have one, why haven‘t we ever heard it? Can planes hoot at each other? In this article, we will answer every question about the plane’s horns and the cases it might get used in. So first of all, do planes have horns? Well, pilots would never use horns inContinue reading “Honk! Honk! Can planes hoot at each other up in the air?”
Following the 1935 crash of the prototype Boeing B-17 (then known as the Model 299) at Wright Field in Dayton, Ohio, which killed both pilots, the concept of a pre-flight checklist was first introduced by management and engineers at Boeing Corporation, according to researcher and writer Atul Gawande. The pilots had forgotten to disconnect theContinue reading “The importance of pre-flight checks”
The wreckage from Transair Flight 810, which crashed in July of 2021, was recently recovered from the Pacific Ocean after a month-long process. The salvaged parts will later be used as important parts for a further investigation into the crash. Crash Recap On July 2nd of 2021, Transair Flight 810, operated by a 45-year-old BoeingContinue reading “Transair 737 Crash Recovered From Ocean”
Just like everything in life, airplanes also have their own ages. They retire and they move to their graveyard, the aircraft graveyard, where planes sit still and silent in a solemn scene. Why and when would an airplane move there? 1. To get maintained What we actually mean when we say an airplane dies isContinue reading “When a plane dies, where does it go? The fate of graveyard planes”
A paint issue on an airplane? That is rarely ever heard of. But recently, Qatar Airways is facing a paint issue with their Airbus A350 fleet. A fault with fast deteriorating surface paint that caused the grounding of 16 of Qatar Airways’ Airbus SE A350 jets has also compromised lightning protection on the model’s fuselageContinue reading “Qatar Airways’ A350 Having Paint Issues?”
With the wide use of air travel, airports can become very crowded ares, the check-in queues especially, and delayed flights also contribute to this. In this article, we will discuss some of the problems that a traveler may face in the airport or on their flight. To reduce the waiting time at the security checkpoint,Continue reading “Problems You May Experience During Your Flight”
As people in Afghanistan scramble to Kabul Airport in a desperate attempt to escape the government takeover of the Taliban, several countries around the world have come together to form a rescue program for the refugees stranded in the unstable country. Countries around the world have chartered aircraft from an array of different airlines toContinue reading “Which Airlines Are Evacuating People From Afghanistan?”
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”
Also known as emergency ballistic reserve parachute, a parachute system within the aircraft systems. And here comes the question: Do all the aircraft have a parachute in their systems? Well, the answer is no. Do not confuse it with a drogue parachute designed to decrease the speed of the object or aircraft in the landing stage. WeContinue reading “Ballistic Aircraft Parachute”
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?”
As air travel demand continues to rebound in 2021, and as airlines have recovered from the pandemic last year, which airlines have been recognized as the best operators of this year? Airlineratings.com, a website that ranks airlines in many different categories, recently published its annual assessment for the best airlines this year, and to reachContinue reading “The Best Airlines of 2021”
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”
Last Friday, Boeing’s newest and largest variant of the 737 took flight for the first time. The type, named the Boeing 737 MAX 10, is an extended version of the infamous Boeing 737 MAX 8, a plane that had gained a highly critical public impression following its crashes in 2018 and 2019. The 737 MAXContinue reading “New Boeing 737 MAX 10 Completes Its First Flight”
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”
Yesterday, Icelandic startup carrier “Play Airlines” revealed several images of their freshly painted Airbus A321neo registered TF-AEW. The images showed the exterior of the aircraft sporting a vibrant red color with the word “play” written in bold white letters across the fuselage, resembling the conceptual images of the plane released back in 2019. Play AirlinesContinue reading “Iceland’s New Low Cost Carrier “Play Airlines” Reveals Their First Plane”
A word that gathers a lot of conditions that an aircraft must meet. An official definition does not exist. However, the aviation and aeronautical regulations states the minimum requirements for which the aircraft is deemed to be airworthy and this is also showed under a Certificate of Airworthiness (CofA). You may think of the minimumContinue reading “What Does Airworthiness Mean?”
This Thursday, United Airlines announced a purchase of 15 supersonic jets from the Denver-based start-up company Boom Technology. This news comes 18 years after the retirement of the Concorde and when commercial supersonic air travel was last in service. United’s proposal to buy these hyper-fast jets could finally bring supersonic air travel back into theContinue reading “Supersonic Air Travel Returning: United Orders 15 Supersonic Jets”
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”
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?”
It is “personal” because it has a crew capacity of one, only one person who is the pilot of the aircraft. Electric, low noise, capable of reaching a speed of 150 miles per hour, and how it works, it seems to be a fancy vehicle. The inventor, the aerospace engineer Mark Moore idealized the conceptContinue reading “The Puffin: A Personal Aircraft”
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”
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”
This summer of 2021, there has been a dramatic uptick in air travel and passenger demand in the aviation industry. Airports are much busier than they initially were at the beginning of the pandemic, and airlines are receiving increasingly more travelers. Parking lots at the airport are filling up with cars, and lines inside theContinue reading “Travel Demand Skyrockets This Summer”
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”
The least popular variant of the 747 has been unexpectedly brought back into commercial service after being absent for almost 2 years. A few weeks ago, Iranian based carrier “Mahan Air” reactivated one of their old 747-300s after it had been on the ground since 2015. Only 81 747-300s were ever built, and almost allContinue reading “747-300 Returns to the Skies”
The helicopter as an aircraft is not as simple as it seems, the unique flight features make the helicopter a feat of flight science. It is not just making it fly, it is making it controllable and safe. Well, this machine has a rotor system that was practically an engineering miracle. When rotating the blades,Continue reading “The Different Rotors (Helicopter)”
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”
As the Boeing 737 MAX planes have been gradually reinstated into service this past year, another problem has emerged with the infamous aircraft. Just a couple of months after the FAA approved of the aircraft’s re-entry into service, Boeing has discovered a production error in several of its Boeing 737 MAX aircraft and has called forContinue reading “Electrical Issues Found on Boeing 737 MAX”
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”
Almost 50 years ago, the first commercial supersonic jet was introduced into the world, revolutionizing air travel and opening a new chapter in the way people flew. Flying at 2 times the speed of sound and faster than the spin of the Earth, Concorde was a peak of innovation in aviation, and it allowed peopleContinue reading “Why Was the Concorde Retired?”
Many of us have seen tanker trucks around when the aircraft is on the ground and think about the type of supply they are loading on the plane. Fueling servicing is only one part of Aircraft ground handling when the plane is at the terminal gate of the airport. The fuel servicing may be performedContinue reading “Fuel Servicing of Aircraft”
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”
If you’ve ever been in an airplane, you might’ve noticed that there’s a small hole in the bottom of your window. If you haven’t noticed it before, look for it next time; it’s on every plane. If you have noticed it before, you might have wondered whether it should be there and whether it wasContinue reading “What Are Those Small Holes On Airplane Windows?”
Decades ago, airplanes started to get more and more automated than ever. The result is a rise in safety on and off the ground. Autopilot was a system that was already installed on several large airplanes over the years but the introduction of ILS has changed how many see airports and landings. What exactly isContinue reading “What Is an ILS Approach?”
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?”
Have you ever wondered which type of aircraft you were going to be flying on when travelling? Were you going to fly on a relatively large plane or a small one? The answer depends on the type of route you were travelling on. Aircraft are specifically designed to operate routes of a certain distance, soContinue reading “Which Planes Are Used for Short, Medium, and Long Haul Flights?”
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”
Ever seen a fighter jet rush past you so fast that you hear a loud bang? Well, that loud bang is called a sonic boom. Now, what exactly is a sonic boom? A sonic boom is a thunder-like noise a person on the ground hears that is associated with shock waves created when an objectContinue reading “Science behind shockwaves and a sonic boom”
Everyone has ever heard about the Murphy’s Law or probably is familiar to people who has mentioned it. And everyone knows that this law is neither positive nor optimistic. In fact, the law says something that at first glance gives you some pessimism. The Murphy´s Law states “Anything that can go wrong will go wrong”.Continue reading “What’s behind the Murphy’s Law?”
Overview Last Friday, a group of nine climate change activists from the organization Greenpeace broke into Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport and painted an Air France 777-200ER green. The activists scaled the airport fence with ladders early in the morning and were able to gain access to the airport tarmac and vandalize the plane. TheContinue reading “Why Environmental Activists Broke Into Paris Airport and Painted a Plane Green”
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”
Following the engine failure of United’s 777 last week, the FAA has requested an immediate grounding of all Boeing 777 aircraft equipped with the Pratt & Whitney PW4000 engines. The particular engine comes with hollow fan blades, which are believed to be the cause for the incident last week. The FAA will be conducting thermalContinue reading “FAA Grounds Multiple Boeing 777 Aircraft”
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”
For anything in this life, there is a beginning. For aviation the beginning is considered to be a little different and unique, simply because, who in the ancient times ever thought that humans can fly?! Since humans first observed the flight of birds, birds became the idol of those humans who have been dreaming toContinue reading “The Origins of Aviation & Airlines”
How many turbine engines are on an Airbus A320? Two, right? Would you believe three? How about a Boeing 747? Four engines? Wrong again. A 747 has Five turbine engines! Hiding inside the tail of almost every airliner is an extra engine called an Auxiliary Power Unit or APU. It is a turbine engine thatContinue reading “The APU: The Hidden Engine”
Background Information Boeing’s latest aircraft, the 777-9x, is part of the new generation of twin-engine widebody jets and was first announced in 2013 in response to the Airbus A350. The flagship aircraft is marketed as the world’s largest and most efficient twin-engine aircraft, combining features of the Boeing 787 and iconic Boeing 777. It featuresContinue reading “Uncertain Future For The 777x”
Since the first vaccine against COVID19 appeared, all countries around the world were managing to compete to vaccinate their citizens. Airlines too, some airlines thought about vaccinating all of their work force and specially those who interacts with the passengers directly. Etihad’s operational crew are now vaccinated against COVID-19. It is the first airline toContinue reading “Will You Feel Safer Knowing That the Crew on Your Flight Are All Vaccinated?”
Answering this question is not that challenging, actually it is very simple. However, some people are interested to know. So, what happens? Where does it go? Does it fall down on earth or what? Well, let’s keep reading.
Airbus company wanted to respond to the B747 – queen of sky, so it tried to make a better one. On 27th of April, 2005, do you know what happened? A380 made its first flight. This new plane turned out to be a revolution for the aviation industry, especially since it has unique qualities –Continue reading “Future of A380”
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?”
As known, ATA stands for “Air Transport Association”, an American organization. But when talking about it now, ATA 100 refers to a methodology of reference for numbering the aircraft documentation. Allowing the ease of understanding the procedures and topics of a specific item or part of the aircraft. Within the aviation field, this numbering systemContinue reading “ATA 100 (Aeronautical Maintenance Documentation)”
On the fateful day of December 17, 1903, the first airplane flew for a distance of 120 feet over the sands Kill Devil Hill, North Carolina. The airplane was built by Orville and Wilbur Wright in a shop not far from the place of the momentous flight. Many have tried to accomplish flight before theContinue reading “The First Airplane”
Navy Strategy, the need of a supersonic interceptor plane in time when Jet engines were not as advanced as now. The need of an aircraft that could take off from the sea or a floating deck. There were many options and ideas that came up, planes powered with propellers were still being used in aircraftContinue reading “Convair Sea Dart (The only supersonic seaplane)”
Did you know that it’s not even black? Or a box? What? But after you learn the reasons why it’s not, it’ll make sense. Here are some interesting facts about the so-called “Black Box”. It’s not Black Why not? Because it’s already difficult to find it, so it needs to be painted a brighter colorContinue reading “What Do You Know About the Black Box?”
Imagine your dinner is ready and a you cannot wait any longer to taste the delicious and spicy propeller of a Cessna. Mmmmh!
Have you ever wondered how WIFI works on a plane? How does a plane have an internet connection thousands of feet up in the sky when even a phone doesn’t have cellular data or any type of service? Furthermore, how is this connection strong enough to accommodate the hundreds of passengers onboard? Internet connection onContinue reading “How Does WIFI Work on a Plane?”
‘Is that a UFO?’ or ‘That surely is not a plane!’ are the words coming out of almost everyone when the B-2 flew past them. Although the B-2 was not a UFO, it could disappear like one in a blink of an eye. A plane, so unmatched and different that people still do date areContinue reading “The B-2 Spirit: A spaceship made on earth.”
The earth is always pulling us to its centre with its gravity, a force to which all bodies on the planet are subjected to. In the beginning of the space program of United States, reduced gravity was an important matter on the general body behavior, making this study as a key on space exploration andContinue reading “Weightless route flight”
Last Thursday on December 17th, 2020, a Spirit Airlines flight from Las Vegas to Baltimore skid off the runway due to icy weather conditions. The flight, NK696, was operating a daily service between Las Vegas, Nevada to Baltimore, Maryland with an Airbus A320.The incident occurred just hours after the region was hit by a snowstormContinue reading “Spirit Airlines Flight Skids Off Runway in Icy Conditions”
The story of the two US Navy pilots, Lt. Cody and Ensign Adams, who disappeared into thin air. After 78 years, what happened to these men remains a mystery. There were various theories and suggestions about how the scene was played in the blimp, but nonetheless, remained theories and suggestions since nothing was confirmed. Thus,Continue reading “Do You Know the Story of “the Ghost Blimp”?”
Do you know what’s it like to fly without the assistance of Air Traffic Control (ATC)? If yes, then you must’ve flown in class G airspace, if the answer is no, this article will let you know what to expact.
Flights within the earth are possible taking into account our atmosphere composed of air. But when talking about flying through outer space or even an almost non-existent atmosphere or one that is composed of other gases like the planets in our solar system, propulsion methods and flight dynamics of the vehicles will be significantly affected.
The desire of vertical flight was always present, and it grew after the first successful flight of the wright flyer, but the technical limitations for reaching this did not give the needed result. Leonardo da Vinci illustrated a sophisticated “rotary-wing” similar to a helicopter, the main sketch that remain for years without any success.
A normal day like today, 14 december, 1986, the Voyager aircraft departed from Edwards Air Force Base in the Southern California using approximately 4.3 km of runway and a huge amount of fuel to fulfill the world record endurance without re-fueling and go around the world. Setting a world record that remains today it isContinue reading “The anniversary of the dream of world flight”
This year, the airline industry has been severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s been a tough year in aviation and many things have changed. One particularly interesting change that has occurred this year is the change in the food service of airlines. Food has been a key part of the flying experience, and thisContinue reading “How Airline Food Has Been Impacted By COVID-19”
February 21st 2008, Santa Barbara Airlines flight 518 is preparing for a flight to Carcass from Alberto Carnevalli Airport Merida, Venezuela. Aldino Garatina Gomez is today’s Captain (age 36). He is a flight instructor and a senior pilot in the airline with 5000 hours of experience. The First Officer is Denis Ferreira Quintal (age 28).Continue reading “Disaster after ignoring 28 seconds”
The sky is more complicated than you’ve ever thought. To a normal person, when they look up, all they see is the clear blue sky. But pilots, on the other hand, manage a complex ‘invisible infrastructure’ that allows them to operate safely in the sky. What are they?
We all wonder how a plane could fly if an engine fails, but it is more worrying if it is in the middle of miles and miles of ocean before finding a place to land safely. These same concerns were expressed by aircraft manufacturers and operators when they wanted their aircraft to cross the oceansContinue reading “One engine rule (ETOPS)”
In November 2003, Baghdad airport was the home to American troops in Iraq. The US Air force flew in daily to supply the troops and help at its best to help rebuild the country. Around and outside the airport are terrorists therefore Apache helicopters are deployed full time to check and eliminate any kind ofContinue reading “Missile hit at Baghdad”
For the past 24 months, the manufacturer Boeing has been consistently reducing its monthly production tally. While the reductions make sense, there is still a disappointment at the manufacturers announced later last week that in 2021 their current plan of production of six 787’s a month would be reduced once again. By 2021,the company willContinue reading “787 updates and more”
Many of us have seen smoke, gases or fumes in the sky and it is pretty common to see large trail intersections like clouds. While flying, each aircraft can experience condensation in different ways, but each is produced by conditions ranging from altitude to temperature.
Yes, that title is correct. Flying is safer than grocery shopping during this global pandemic. How could flying on a plane, the main cause for the spread of COVID-19, be safer than grocery shopping? It may seem unbelievable, but it’s true. Even the thought of flying during the pandemic may terrify many people, but restContinue reading “Why Flying is Safer Than Grocery Shopping During the COVID-19 Pandemic”
As we all usually know that fighter pilots work in a cramped cockpit and modern fighters do not have more person space. The developers of modern fighter jets such as the F-16 and the F-35 made the cockpit extremely small and the average height of design is around 5’10 to 6’2 and 210 pounds .
We already know what VFR stands for, visual flight rules, but what is Special VFR? First, let’s recap, visual flight rules (VFR) is a set of rules under which a pilot operates an aircraft in generally fair weather where the pilot can clearly see where the plane is going. Generally, the basic VFR minimums are,Continue reading “Can You Request a SVFR?”
By the beginning of November this year the first prototype of the MC-21-310 was completed and equipped with Russian engines PD-14. The introduction to the first flight will come true soon, relying on the multiple tests carried out, and the aircraft is in the final line of the assembly waiting for the flight tests thatContinue reading “The new prototype Irkut MC-21-310”
It is not necessary to look like a mighty fighter to be an aviation gymnast and reach incredibly high speeds. This is a light bullet that can be manned by daredevils due to the high acrobatic performance only awarded by fighter jets. Just seeing how this plane flies is shocking because of its small size.Continue reading “The smallest acrobatic microjet”
Today on November 24, 2020 the European Aviation Safety Agency has issued a Proposed Airworthiness Directive (PAD) related to the return of the 737 Max to Europe Sky. As known by many the aircraft has been grounded for 20 months. So, the experts of the European agency have been working and closely following the caseContinue reading “EASA Establishes its conditions for return the 737 Max”
White, the colour of most planes are painted. When looking at a ramp at an airport, the fact is clearly evident. The reason airlines choose this is because of several factors ranging from the cost to operational conditions.
A duct tape strip, nothing aesthetic or of quality image on a plane. Some people have noticed this tapes on their flights causing astonishment and at first glance it seems that the tape is joining paper parts, not giving confidence. People were wondering if this is a good practice, especially if we talk about somethingContinue reading “It is not just a duct tape”
As much as we hate to admit there are certain airspaces we can’t fly over. Some are considered restricted while there are others even prohibited.What’s the difference? And what happens if a pilot decides to fly over a restricted area?
What’s the story behind the second deadliest aviation accident in the U.S.? The crash that ended the lives of 265 people and 2 dogs. How did it happen? And could it have been prevented?
It is not only about piloting the aircraft but also driving to the boarding gates, that means taxiing the plane with a safe coordination to engine shutdown. How it is performed? A tool used as a standard in many air operations, the commonly known Marshalling Signals. These are intended for use by the signalman usingContinue reading “Signal to an aircraft”
US safety regulators have cleared the Boeing 737 max to fly again, lifting grounding orders which were placed in March 2019.
An airplane comes into life after a phase of high technology production which includes research and engineering designs able to respond to commercial and environmental needs. Normally, it takes a long time and production can last even up to a decade!Once the parts are designed and built, they are assembled and, usually, the main manufacturersContinue reading “How planes live”
After the first manned flight of the Wright brothers, it did not take more than 20 years to consider space flight, with the concepts and dreams of two men interested in reaching outer space. Herman Oberth, one of the founding fathers of rocketry and astronautics, and Wernher von Braun, his student, later known for helping Germany’s RocketContinue reading “How planes became spaceplanes”
When flying you’ve got two rules and it’s up to you to choose depending on your training and rating. You have VFR and IFR. What’s difference? Why is this relevant? What are your restrictions?
Friday, the 13th of November 2020 was not the best day in history of the Volga-Dnepr Company. The 30 years old AN-124 with the registration RA-82042 has been prepared for a flight from Seoul to Vienna with a planned stop in Novosibirsk. After lining up on runway 25 and taking off from the airport Novosibirsk-TolmachevoContinue reading “Emergency landing of AN-124 in Novosibirsk”
Seriously though, what is this?! The concept is stunning, and looks too good to be true. It’s called the “Sky Whale” and I can see why, it is gigantic. Honestly, before even getting into it, the plane’s design is impressive, and more importantly, it highly focuses on safety. What is so special about this aircraft?Continue reading “What is this Aircraft?”
“This is it, baby!” the last phrase said by the Captain of the Boeing 727 to Lindbergh tower just seconds before the catastrophe that claimed the lives of 144 people. What happened? How did it happen? And could it have been prevented?
I know what you’re thinking: Flying cars have a history? Do they even exist? At least that’s what I also thought, and it turns out it’s a long one. It starts in 1917 with Glenn Curtiss, who built the Curtiss autoplane, a combination between an automobile and an airplane, it was something unheard of backContinue reading “The History of Flying Cars”
Instead of the normal-looking planes we have today, did you know that a forward-swept wing aircraft existed? The Grumman X-29 is an aircraft that is surprisingly easy to fly due to its extraordinary design. According to Peter Suciu, this concept wasn’t new, as the United States and Nazi Germany previously experimented with forward-swept wings duringContinue reading “The First Forward-Swept Wing Plane to Fly at a Supersonic Speed in Level flight in the World”
People are weird, some of the things that they’ve done are just downright crazy. Who even thinks to do things like this? In this article I will write about the craziest things people have actually done on a plane and I highly suggest that the reader do not do them, no matter how tempted youContinue reading “Never Do These Things on a Plane”
Since the beginning of time, people have only dreamed about the idea of flying, thinking to themselves, will we ever know that feeling? Impossible. But it always goes down to one human being with a vision, with the idea that, yes, we can fly, let’s just start with a pair of wings, and he did.
Even the name sounds awesome, Supermarine Spitfire, no offence Boeing, you’re still my favorite aircraft, love you. Anyway, the amazing Supermarine Spitfire is a British single-seat fighter aircraft, it was used by the Royal Air Force and the other Allied countries before, during, and after WWII. It’s extremely famous, I would be really surprised ifContinue reading “Learn about the Amazing Supermarine Spitfire”
For anyone interested in flying, this article will help you gain broader understanding of the categories, class and type of aircraft to fly. Maybe you want to fly an Airbus? Maybe you want to fly a balloon? If that’s your dream, who am I to judge? So allow me to list the aircrafts according toContinue reading “What Will I Fly?”
Airbus has revealed a A220 business jet, Called the ACJ TwoTwenty or 220 business jet, it is like the Gulf Stream or Bombardier. The purpose of this design was that some owners of private Jets may need a larger private jet, hence the manufacturer’s new designation: “the xtra large biz jet.”
What is risk management? it is the vital process of making constructive and effective decisions. It includes two frequently-used tools: PAVE and the 5Ps. I chose to write, in detail, about the 5Ps checklist because I simply prefer it and feel it pays attention to the smallest detail. This checklist is crucial for the flightContinue reading “What’s an Important Risk Management Tool for a Pilot?”
In the history of aviation, the goal to fly vertically was not far away from application. The world’s first practical vertical flight other than hot air balloons was accomplished by Igor Sikorsky who was the designer and the pilot for VS-300 helicopter. The design was using a single main rotor and single tail rotor.
What is humanitarian program? The Humanitarian Delivery Flight Program was developed in 1992 as between Boeing and its customers to transport humanitarian supplies assistance around the world on newly delivered airplanes with otherwise empty cargo holds.
Motion sickness, or airsickness, is actually very common at the beginning of flight training. What is airsickness? It occurs because of the opposition between the information we receive from our eyes and the information we receive from our vestibular from our inner ear, so between what we see and what we feel.
Today, the 2nd of October 2020, UK flag carrier;British Airways took delivery of 2 aircraft.The carrier took delivery of its first Boeing 777-300ER in 6 years and its seventh Airbus A350-1000.
Pilots need to have great self-awareness; they need to understand what they’re capable of. Each flight is different, so while pilots do a thorough check of their aircraft, they must also evaluate their fitness for the flight. They must create a checklist to help them understand if whether or not they are prepared for thatContinue reading “Questions Pilots Ask Themselves Before their Flights”
It has been obvious that motorsport, especially Formula racing cars has been technologically advanced in term of every aspect even in simplest components of the car. Then for the car enthusiasts, the modern supercars are close to a replica of the F1 cars, however these are mainly only for road use and daily driving, which canContinue reading “How the aviation industry influenced motorsport.”
As airports all around the globe become nearly as dense as a seaport, the layout of them has been evolved and changed to create the momentum for the passengers to travel easily and have a better experience. The layout of the airport starting from the main entrance and ending with entering the airplane. The designsContinue reading “Airport interior layout: Boarding Procedures.”
It’s not easy being a pilot, one mistake and it’s game over. Studies have shown that certain attitudes can interfere with a pilot’s better judgment and they are called “hazardous” attitudes for a reason. What makes them a real issue is that sometimes these attitudes are part of someone’s personality and that is not somethingContinue reading “How to be a bad pilot?”
Again keep in mind that air transportation is the safest mode of travel. Now here’s a list of the Top 10 deadliest air disasters of all time listed in an article written by Patrick Smith.
The essential part of an airport is the runway which connects between both passengers and the airplane. And in the past several years the evolution in runway design has been for the sake of demand. Where many people travel around the world according to the statistics of the last year The design of the runwayContinue reading “Runway design: between present and future.”
Unimaginable, one more issue has been found in the wide-body, the 787 Dreamliner. The new problem is also related to the shimming problem this latest defect reportedly relates to the vertical stabilizer or tail fin.