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Reverse Thrust in Airplanes and how it Functions

Used to decelerate an aircraft after landing, in the event of a rejected take-off, and/or, in some limited cases, during push-back from the gate; it is the reverse thrust. An essential deceleration mechanism in aircraft. In this article, we will discuss the mechanism of the reverse thrust, its function, variations, deployment & control, and how […]

A Battle Of Stealth: F-22 vs F-35

On one hand, you’ve got the world’s premier aircraft in air dominance, and on the other hand, you’ve got the most expensive weapons procurement program in world history. Even though the two jets have many things in common, both are still very different. The sole reason for the F-35 was to fill the void left […]

What Happened to American Airlines Flight 587

What’s the story behind the American Airlines Flight 587, the second deadliest aviation accident in the U.S.? The crash ended the lives of 265 people and 2 dogs. How did it happen? And could it have been prevented? Shortly after the tragedy of 9/11 another one occurred, it was American Airlines Flight 587, the flight […]

What Are The North Atlantic Tracks?

The North Atlantic Ocean is one of the busiest airspaces in the entire world. On average, about 1,800 flights cross the eerie ocean every day. The ocean connects two major markets, Europe and North America. Flights range from commercial to cargo to military personnel. Considering that there is minimal radar coverage above the ocean, how […]

The Deadliest Crashes in History

Air transportation is the safest way to travel, however, our world has witnessed some terrific unforgettable air crashes. In this article, we are to list the Top 10 deadliest air disasters of all time listed in an article written by Patrick Smith.

The Checks Required To Perform Aircraft Maintenance

Airplanes are one of the most complicated machines ever built by humans. People often overlook the sheer level of engineering that goes into manufacturing a metal machine that can sustain flight for several hours, cross oceans, land countless times and repeat the same procedures the next day. When boarding a modern jet airplane, it’s easy […]

Where do some strange sounds come from during flight?

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 plane […]

Emergency communication between cabin crew and flight crew

There are different vague emergency communications between the cabin crew and flight crew. Cases of evacuation and rapid deplaning in commercial air transport operations, some of misuse of terminologies from the side of crew members, cabin crew members and passengers’ poor understanding of the pilots commands causes difficult situations. In January 2021, the International Air […]

Tips to read aeronautical charts

I’ve always been fascinated by how pilots navigate the skies; isn’t that puzzling? Drivers use road maps, and signs along the way guide them in the right direction. But what about pilots in the air? They don’t have any indications telling them where to go or what obstacles they should avoid, and getting lost is […]

Early morning or Red-Eye Flight

Some people prefer early morning flights while air traveling, others prefer red-eye flight, and this differs from one traveler to another and everyone’s conditions. A red-eye flight is scheduled to take off at night and arrive at its destination in the morning the next day. This name is derived from the red-eye symptoms which are […]

Cleared for Take off | The Take Off Procedure Explained

“Cleared for Take off”, a phrase that will never be heard outside of the cockpit; instead, the cabin crew will tell you to stay in your seats, secure your seat belts, and turn off all electronic devices as the plane takes off. Take off is the phase of flight in which an aircraft transitions from […]

Which Airlines Are Evacuating People From Afghanistan?

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 to […]

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 out […]

Ballistic Aircraft Parachute

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. We […]

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. […]

The Best Airlines of 2021

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 reach […]

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 Jet […]

New Boeing 737 MAX 10 Completes Its First Flight

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 MAX […]

Iceland’s New Low Cost Carrier “Play Airlines” Reveals Their First Plane

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 Airlines […]

What Does Airworthiness Mean?

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 minimum […]

Supersonic Air Travel Returning: United Orders 15 Supersonic Jets

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 the […]

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: 205 […]

Travel Demand Skyrockets This Summer

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 the […]

Stratolaunch Plane Flies For the Second Time Ever

On April 29th of last week, Stratolaunch, the world’s largest plane by wingspan, flew for its second time ever. The Stratolaunch plane took off from Mojave Air and Space Port at 10:28 AM and stayed in the air for 3 hours and 14 minutes before returning. It reached a maximum altitude of 14,000 feet and […]

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 measure […]

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 are […]

Electrical Issues Found on Boeing 737 MAX

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 for […]

What Are Those Small Holes On Airplane Windows?

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 was […]

Which Planes Are Used for Short, Medium, and Long Haul Flights?

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, so […]

How to Find the Cheapest Airfares

Searching for the cheapest airfares online can be a long and difficult process for many flyers. Finding a cheap price and a good deal for your airfares could take hours of searching and it could impede your travel plans. Whether it’s the cheapest ticket or the most worth-it, almost everyone wishes to find the best […]

Why Environmental Activists Broke Into Paris Airport and Painted a Plane Green

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. The […]

FAA Grounds Multiple Boeing 777 Aircraft

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 thermal […]

The Origins of Aviation & Airlines

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 to […]

De-icing Airplanes

Airplanes are machines that need special requirements to properly work. Technicians make a lot of effort in order for every single aircraft be capable of flying, in fact, all the people on board rely on them – on their work, because technicians are – besides other things – responsible for people’s lives. Unfortunately, some passengers […]

Uncertain Future For The 777x

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 features […]

NACA

Have you ever wondered about the beginning of one of the most important aeronautical research institution? NACA, stands for: “National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics”, it’s an agency founded on March 3, 1915 in the United States to prioritize aeronautics during World War I. As we may know Wilbur and Orville Wright have studied aviation in […]

Will You Feel Safer Knowing That the Crew on Your Flight Are All Vaccinated?

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 to […]

The Experimental Aircraft Association

Founded by a dozen of aircraft homebuilders in 1953, the Experimental Aircraft Association became one of the most important forces in general aviation. It’s based in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, United States. Since it’s foundation, EAA has become increasingly internationally known with over 200,000 members and nearly 1,000 chapters worldwide, and it’s been established that the EAA hosts […]

Understanding Aviation SSR and Why Are They Important

When reading the title of this article, you might wonder what this article is about. SSR stands for Special Service Request and covers a wide variety of different services for any passenger. These services are any information that helps a passenger to receive a special service or highlights a special fact on this passenger. Below […]

The 3 Airline Alliances: SkyTeam, Star Alliance, Oneworld

Airline alliances have been around for a couple of decades now, and they have proven to be great marketing strategies for the aviation industry. Airline alliances bring together several different airlines around the world and encourage travelers to fly with these airlines by offering certain perks. This benefits not only the travelers, but also the […]

What are the Types of Drag?

First of all, what is Drag? Drag is the force that resists movement of of an aircraft through the air. It slows the aircraft in flight by limiting the forward speed of the airplane. There are two main types of drag: parasite drag and induced drag.

How Do Planes Stay in the Air?

In this article, I will be explaining how airplanes stay in the air in the simplest way possible. By explaining how the four forces work. So, have you ever wondered how planes stay in the air? No, it’s not magic, it’s called aerodynamics.

How Pets Travel In Airplanes?

Have you ever wondered where pets go when you bring them on an airplane? If passengers are not allowed to have pets in the main cabin, where do they go? People are usually concerned about several different things, such as the engine noise, temperature, and other factors when they bring their furry little friends onto […]

Convair Sea Dart (The only supersonic seaplane)

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 aircraft […]

Will Aviation Make a Return in 2021?

With the introduction of the COVID-19 vaccine and a possible end to this pandemic in 2021, is the aviation industry finally making a comeback in this new year? The answers are uncertain right now, but in this article, we will try to analyze and predict the future of the aviation industry. Last year, the aviation […]

What Are the Best Trainer Aircraft in the World?

Flight schools around the world use various types of trainer aircraft. In this article I will mention few of the best aircraft for training. Flight schools choose their aircraft according to what suits their training and vision. Nonetheless, all trainer airplanes are designed specifically to assist with the flight training of pilots and aircrew. Private […]

The Story of Jessica Cox

An inspirational story about the pilot, Jessica Cox, who achieved what was thought to be impossible. She was able to fly and earn her licence despite being born without arms. Even though she had her fair share of constant disappointments and difficult times, she was able to fight through and fulfil her dream.

Saudi Arabia Reopens Borders And Airspace With Qatar

This Monday evening, the nation of Saudi Arabia announced the reopening of its maritime borders and airspace with Qatar, normalizing the tensions between the two countries following a 3-year conflict. This is a major breakthrough and a huge step forward for the two countries. It is a significant event for the aviation industry in both […]

How Does WIFI Work on a Plane?

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 on […]

The B-2 Spirit: A spaceship made on earth.

‘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 is […]

The Flying Pancake

A weirdly shaped, not very aesthetic plane that looks like a saucer that can never fly. This is the Vought V-173, an American prototype with a circular airfoil with large-diameter propellers on the wingtips.

Transportation of the COVID-19 Vaccine

Ever since the introduction of the COVID-19 vaccine, the aviation industry has been playing a critical role in the transportation of this valuable asset. Countries all around the world are in urgent need of this vaccine, and the world is counting on it to put an end to the global pandemic. However, the transportation of […]

Spirit Airlines Flight Skids Off Runway in Icy Conditions

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 snowstorm […]

Do You Know the Story of “the Ghost Blimp”?

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, […]

Flying in an Uncontrolled Airspace

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.

Emirates A380 updates

Emirates has recently welcomed their first of the three Airbus A380’s which will be joining up with the carrier’s operations this month. One of them will be featuring the premium economy product. Carriers within the Gulf region have been famous for not being fans of having premium economy seats on their aircraft, instead, they prefer […]

How Airline Food Has Been Impacted By COVID-19

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 this […]

What Is the Sky Divided Into?

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?

Missile hit at Baghdad

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 of […]

787 updates and more

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 will […]

Why Flying is Safer Than Grocery Shopping During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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 rest […]

When fighter pilots need to use the bathroom

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 .

Can You Request a SVFR?

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, […]

Flying Over a Restricted Area

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?

The longest flight on a plane

It is already hard for people to be in a confined space for a few hours, imagine now being for many days and within one-meter-wide and about three meter in length of cabin interior. This is the space where it a plane was piloted to get a world record of flight endurance, specifically a Cessna […]

How planes live

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 manufacturers […]

The airport that reached Everest

Mount Everest, that mountain almost all of us know. One of the most difficult and dangerous to climb, but it is not a normal job for airplanes to carry climbers there as airport facilities are necessary. The idea of building an airport came from the Sir Edmund Hillary one of the first to reach the […]

How planes became spaceplanes

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 Rocket […]

BERLIN TEGEL:BERLIN’S MOST FAMOUS AIRPORT

Today (08/11/20) the last commercial flight will leave Berlin’s Tegel Airport (TXL) as Berlin’s new airport, Berlin Brandenburg (BER), is taking over as the Berlin’s sole hub.

The History of Flying Cars

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 back […]

Never Do These Things on a Plane

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 you […]

The Man Who Believed He Can Fly

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.

Learn about the Amazing Supermarine Spitfire

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 if […]

What Will I Fly?

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 to […]

The New Airbus A220-100 private Business Jet

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’s an Important Risk Management Tool for a Pilot?

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 flight […]

Pilots Can Suffer From Airsickness

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.

British Airways’ double delivery

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.

Questions Pilots Ask Themselves Before their Flights

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 that […]

How the aviation industry influenced motorsport.

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 can […]

Why Some Pilots Can’t Enter a Cloud

If you want a quick answer, keep scrolling down untill you reach the final 2 paragraphs. But if you want to learn about the types of clouds as well, take it step by step.

How to be a bad pilot?

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 something […]