You may have noticed those spinning white spirals in a jet engine at one point or another. But […]
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 all of them are retired. As of 2020, the only 747-300 that remained in operation was a cargo plane owned by Trans Avia Export Cargo Airlines. The return of such an uncommon plane for passenger use is certainly a rare and surprising occurrence. In this article, we will be explaining why Mahan Air brought back and revived the 747-300.
The helicopter as an aircraft is not as simple as it seems, the unique flight features make the […]
The use of the word “SQUAWK” comes from the system’s origin in WORLD WAR II- IDENTIFICATION FRIEND OR […]
If a sudden decompression were to happen inflight, each passenger and crew member would have their own oxygen […]
From its base at Hollywood Burbank Airport (BUR), Avelo plans to start service on April 28 to underserved […]
When your car runs out of fuel, the first thought that comes to your mind is to rush […]
If you ask most people who have flown, they would probably say they have seen these “pod-like” structures […]
Function: Reverse thrust is thrust projected in the opposite direction to provide an opposing, decelerating force on the […]
The wings are the most relevant parts of an airplane. They maintain the flight by the reaction forces […]
Car accidents happen everyday, thus are quite common. But what about the most reliable means of transport – […]
Lion Air, an Indonesian low cost airline used to operate the Boeing 747-400 until they were retired and […]
The 737 variant everybody feared, finally makes its return to the skies. Will it win the trust of […]
Saturday, the 9th of January, a Boeing 737-500 operated by Sriwijaya Air has gone missing just four minutes […]
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 a plane is a revolutionary invention and an astonishing breakthrough in air travel. In this article, we will explain how WIFI works on a plane and answer questions raised from this invention.
‘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 are seen scratching their heads when they see one. US’s most formidable and mysterious of weapons is the sole best-known stealth aircraft in the world, capable of dropping both conventional and nuclear payloads.
In 1996, a Douglas DC-9 aircraft operated by ValuJet Airlines took off from Miami International Airport bound for Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson Airport in Georgia. Only eight minutes later, a fire that had started during take-off, started to spread throughout the cargo hold, eventually engulfing the cabin and cockpit, which caused the electrical systems to fail. When Captain Candi Kubeck said: “We need to go back to Miami”, the crew knew that this was the turning point of life or death. While the pilots were overwhelmed by the perilous situation, the smoke gradually started to take over them while the DC-9 was in a nose dive. At this point, the crew were both unconcious. Seconds later it crashed into the Florida Everglades, killing all 110 passengers and crew on board.
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.
Two brothers oriville wright and Wilbur wright famously known as The Wright Brothers, were American aviation pioneers who were involved in inventing, building, and flying the world’s first successful motor-operated airplane. They made the first controlled, sustained aircraft flight on December 17th 1903 South of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. On the morning of December 17th, Wilbur and Orville Wright made four brief flights at Kitty Hawk with their first powered aircraft.
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 standard economy throughout as they move towards business class and first-class.
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 […]
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 threats.
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 be producing a total of five 787’s per month from the current original six
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 assured, the risk of contracting COVID-19 on an aircraft is significantly lower than the risk of contracting the virus from simple daily activities such as shopping in a store or eating in a restaurant.
It’s the year 1972, on the 29th of December, Eastern Airlines flight 401 is flying between JFK, new york and Miami Airport, Florida. Operated by a 4-month old Lockheed l-1011-1 Tristar registered as N310EA which was just delivered to the airline in August 18, 1979. It is the tenth Tristar delivered to the carrier since fleet no.310.
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, visibility should be at least 3 statute miles and distance from clouds should be 500ft below, 1000ft above, and 2000ft horizontal. So, what’s the difference between basic VFR and Special VFR? What makes it so special?
After the Wright brothers finally took off . The engineers of that time went in a hurry to try to make a plane capable of taking off and landing on water without sinking.
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 case to declare the aircraft safe.
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.
Inspired by the desire to create an airline where all Hawaiians felt welcome, Aloha Airlines served the islands […]
In the past few days, Qatari flag carrier; Qatar Airways has unveiled a new livery for the FIFA world cup which is due to be held in Doha, Qatar in 2 years time.
During the night of 20th of March of 2009, An Airbus A340 was to fly out of Melbourne to Dubai with 275 people on board. The flight was to depart Melbourne at 10:25 local time and the flight time was 14hrs 8mins. As the crew prepared for departure, the pilots were busy in the cockpit preparing the plane for departure.
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 172, a very popular and widely produced aircraft to date.
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 using the hands and in required cases the torchlights allowing visual communication between the crew and the personnel in ground.
US safety regulators have cleared the Boeing 737 max to fly again, lifting grounding orders which were placed in March 2019.
After the first manned flight of the Wright brothers, it did not take more than 20 years to […]
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?
Airbus Foundation has a world connection of airlines and other organizations to help and support youth and humanitarian Aids. Through out this Program, the Foundation services to Its customers to use the delivery of their new aircraft and contribute to humanitarian aid.
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.
“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 back then. It looked like a car but with wings attached, so obviously, it never flew. It was only capable of making “short hops”. The good news is that it was the first stepping stone towards the exploration of the possibility of having flying cars in the future.
The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is the most popular aircraft in the world at this time, this aircraft changed airliner flights in terms of passenger comfort solutions. The Boeing 787 Dreamliner version with twin engine, is a wide-body aircraft and consists of 50% composite materials. Because of the design it is lighter, consumes less fuel and has a longer range.
The Airbus 321P2F (passenger to Freighter), lets talk first about the A321 before conversion project.
Airbus has today released its third-quarter financial results. Like all companies across the aviation industry, the European plane manufacturer has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in addition to the sudden lack of demand for new commercial aircraft. The company said that it had incurred €1 billion of COVID-19 pandemic.
Boeing announced its third quarter result. The result shows a slump for the company and has made a loss of $3.502 billion in the first nine months of the year. However, the majority of this is made up of the results of previous quarters.
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 might be.
Yesterday (29/10/20) Kuwait’s flag carrier; Kuwait Airways took delivery of both its first and second A330-800 NEO as part of their order for eight of the aircraft.with the pandemic still ongoing ad airlines still trying to cut costs we will be looking at the advantages of taking the new fuel efficient aircraft and where the Kuwaiti carrier will be flying them.
Boeing has decreased its ambitious plans among the 737 Max deliveries, the plan was that they were able to deliver 450 aircraft. The airline now only expects to deliver about half of that, or around 225 aircraft by the end of 2021, with the remaining being delivered in 2022.
In cooperation with the University of Arizona, Boeing has tested out its cleaning methodologies using a live virus and a real aircraft. The manufacture tested cleaning with chemical disinfectant and Boeing ultraviolet wand therefore it was proven to destroy the virus.
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.
Airbus has issued over the planned production ramp-up of its single-aisle aircraft to 47 or more units a month, Airbus has told its supply-chain partners to be ready by July 2021 as it anticipates a strong recovery for the industry.
In the history of aircraft designs, the tail has served a main function other than the various configurations known now which is the stability. The horizontal tail provides longitudinal stability and pitch control and the vertical tail provides a directional stability and yaw control.
Boeing announced in an early discussion about working on a new commercial aircraft. The United States-based manufacturer has spoken with the likes of plane leasing firms and suppliers about the prospects. This plane is not the previously anticipated NMA (New Midsize Jet).
Flybe is one of the airlines that suffered during the current crisis the collapse of flybe made loss of more than 2,000 jobs, this was because of the current spread of Covid-19 early this year in Europe. Flybe is one of Europe’s largest independent regional airline operating 80% or more flights from Southampton, Exeter and Belfast City airports, but the pandemic did not end after a long 7 months with no end expected any time soon.
Boeing has reduced its 10-year market outlook for the new aircraft as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The aircraft manufacturer believes that the total market value of aerospace products and services over the next 10 years will be 11% lower than its previous estimate.
The Boeing 777X is slated to be the future of air travel. The new aircraft is a more fuel-efficient variant of the traditional 777 while also carrying more passengers thus making it the ideal replacement for not only older 777’s but also the Boeing 747. So today we will be looking at who has ordered Boeing’s latest flagship.
Firefly, Malaysian ATR turboprop operator, airlines will be operating 10 narrow body jets in three phases. Because the Malaysia Aviation Group (MAG) is struggling in supplementing the international flights as the Malaysian Airlines satisfy domestic demand from the north of the country. Firefly will start the jet operation using Malaysian airlines Boeing 737-800s from Penang international airport.
As we know, the 1st industrial revolution was mainly started because of the steam engine which started at 1760s. From this point the innovation in the steam engine made it to the ICE or the internal combustion engine. The ICE has revolutionized the world transportation until now. This type of engine is first type in our story of aircraft propulsion.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced a report on the proposing pilot training procedures for the Boeing 737 MAX. The report could be a significant step forward for the recertification of the aircraft, which has been grounded for over 18 months after two fatal crashes.
The basis of designing anything comes from the goal of this product. Such as the goal of an aircraft is to transport people from point A to point B in an easy and efficient way while flying in the air. Then looking on any previous or existing designs which will aid the upcoming new one. After that engineers apply the fundamentals of the science behind building up an aircraft.
For anyone interested in flying, this article will help you gain broader understanding of the categories, class and […]
Let us breakdown this title into stability and aircraft stability. We will have a glimpse on what the meaning of stability is and apply it to the aircraft. Stability is the ability to return into equilibrium state after an excitation is applied to an object.
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 and that is why a pilot goes through it thoroughly. But why is it so important? Because it helps the pilot make fundamental and careful conclusions.
The Boeing Airpower Teaming System (ATS), also known as the Boeing Loyal Wingman project, is an unnamed stealth aerial vehicle in development by Boeing Australia to perform autonomous missions using artificial intelligence.
FAA chief, Steve Dickson flew alone in the 737 Max to test the aircraft and he indicated that he is very satisfied with the 737 Max but recertification is not released yet. The agency is still working with other regulators to get the MAX in the air.
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.
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 specific flight. They have checklists for everything and for this particular assessment they have the I’M SAFE checklist to fully understand their capabilities for flight.
The GE9X one of the biggest and most powerful engine for any aircraft has been manufactured as well as developed by GE Aviation ( General Electric ) specially designed for the 777X, this engine type is now certified from the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA). The test went through 5000 hours of examination and tests to complete the certification.
The tragic incidences that occurred in the history of aviation such as the great depression in 2008, the SARS and the MERS pandemics did not affect air transport as COVID-19 did. As many airlines landed their fleet for a long time and are trying to stay still in the business.
EASA, European Aviation Safety Agency, is expecting to lift the Boeing 737 MAX ban. The whole Boeing 737 MAX family has been grounded for many months after two extreme accidents. The two incidents had the same reasons for the crash.
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 also be taken to the track.
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 designs have been filled with alot of modern technology to achieve the most comfort throughout the airport.
On September 30th, FAA administrator Steve Dickson is expected to pilot the 737 Max next week. Previously the FAA stated that Dickson personally will fly the plane before the type is recertified, and is now getting ready to act on that statement.
Airlines use a popular fuel preservative called KATHON FP 1.5 biocide to counter microbial contamination and other operational problems in refined fuel. But according to both EASA and the FAA, it is potentially unsafe for the aircraft engine.
In the design of aircraft, the configurations of the wings have been the main goal and focus for the aircraft designers to achieve the maximum aerodynamic efficiency and power reduction needed for the aircraft.
As it has been mentioned before that the landing gear holds up an important system which is the brakes. But this is not the end of the story of the braking systems such as car or automobiles because there are other components aids with landing gear brakes and here, they are:
British Airways’ new Boeing 777-300ER jets will include upgraded first-class suites with sliding doors, The move follows the launch of the carrier’s Club Suite business class product last year, which also features a sliding privacy door and which has been well received by customers.
There has been lot of excitement towards the 777X program since it was announced in 2013. Many airlines were looking forward to getting their hands on the 777-8 and 777-9 jets. However, there has been a twist in the industry this year, which has impacted the introduction of the widebodies.
The normalisation of UAE/Israel relations took the world by surprise and with companies looking to capitalise on this new opportunities the Dubai carrier, Emirates is the next company looking to connect the two countries.
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 a person can easily shake off. That is why pilots are incredible people because not only do they study and train hard for their career, they also need to have great self-control and the ability to change major aspects of their personalities to become better pilots. So what are the 5 hazardous attitudes that if not addressed will make a bad pilot?
Singapore Changi International Airport, commonly known as Changi Airport is a significant civilian airport in addition its one of the largest transportation centres in Asia. It’s rated the world’s best airport by Skytrax, the airport has won the eighth in a row since 2013.
Most of us have faced flight delays at least once. And these delays could be one of the two situations. The first is a controllable situation which could be the performance of the maintenance team, passenger punctuality, or terminal changing. The second is not under the control of the airline such as weather conditions, malfunction of the plane which needs more hours of maintenance, security issues, or air traffic control.
Only 5% of the world population has ever been on a plane, so you can consider yourself lucky if you have ever taken a flight before. However, some privileged passengers take their air travel to a whole different level.
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.
EASA, European Union Aviation Safety Agency declared two days ago the completion of Boeing 737 MAX’s test flights in Canada. The data will be analyzed before a meeting of the Joint Operations Evaluation Board next week. The agents from the aviation authorities will evaluate the aircraft before returning it to service.
Why de-icing is important? A question that can come up to one of us. So, let us know first of all what is this process and why it is necessary.
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.
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted airlines greatly with many airlines reporting astonishing losses, with a vaccine still undergoing trials and Europe facing a second wave it seems that airlines will start to reshuffle their fleets and lay-off more staff. The Airbus A380 has been an aircraft that has been a casualty of the pandemic, we have already seen Air France retire its A380s and rumours that British Airways will retire their A380 Fleet the next airline to be considering the retirement of their A380s is German Flag Carrier, Lufthansa.
The jet age which started in the 1950s has marked many transformations in the aviation industry where the aircraft has reached high speeds. This came with challenges in reaching the aerodynamic efficiency.
For the past decade airlines are competing on how to get the most from the space inside the […]
On August 13th 2020,The UAE and Israel announced that they would be normalising relations between the two countries. The news stated that the first commercial flight between Israel and the UAE would take place on the 31st of August, Following the return flight from the UAE. It is understood that El Al (The Israeli National Carrier) will now start operating cargo flights between Tel Aviv and Dubai.
KLM ( Royal Dutch Airlines) CEO Pieter Elbers and Dean Of the faculty of Aerospace Engineering at Delta University of Technology (TU Delft) professor Henri Werij had signed a cooperative contract by manufacturing a flight concept known as V-Shaped and has the potential Shaped aircraft, which has totally different design, structure and Long distance flight.
There is no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic has affected air travel and airline industry. These effects eventually quickened the retirement of the 4 engines airliners such as the 747 and the A380. Those aircraft were always known for its features of its long-haul flights.
Saturday May 31, at 10:16 a.m. EDT, a falcon 9 rocket lifted off from launchpad 39A at Kennedy space center in Florida. However, this was no ordinary falcon 9, this was the first ever one with a human crew on board! Making history for the first time ever on a commercial vehicle.
At the Dubai Airshow in 2013, Emirates placed the largest order in the 777 order books for 150 Boeing 777-8 and -9’s. However, we don’t know too much about the aircraft so in this article we’ll be taking a look at what we do know and what Emirates management have said regarding the aircraft.
Have you ever been sitting in the airport waiting for your flight whilst watching planes of different sizes taxiing, taking – off, and/or landing infront of you? Did that ever make you wonder what type of planes are these? And how specialists differentiate between them?
Have you ever wondered how big the engines are while boarding an aircraft? Ever imagined yourself standing inside the engine as if it was a miniature room or car?
We all saw how spectacular and successful last Saturday’s SpaceX launch was, as it marked the first time in almost a decade that America has launched people into space. But before the fancy new capsules and SpaceX technology came the original space plane, NASA’s space shuttle.