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Why Do Same Flights Take Different Routes?

2019-04-29

Are you a plane spotting fan who can’t stop looking at the aircraft in the sky and keep tracking aircraft online? If this sounds like you, you probably have noticed that sometimes flights between the same destinations often use very different routes. Do you know why? Usually, when airlines plan flights, they choose the route between A and B that is the least time-consuming. The reason is simple: the shorter the distance, the less fuel is used, airlines save money. However, there are some factors affecting the choice of flight routes and why flights to the same directions take different routes. Firstly,...

What is a Multi-Crew Pilot Licence?

2019-04-12

If you have an ambition of becoming an airline pilot, you may have heard about the MPL term while looking for pilot training courses and programs. Even though there were almost 40 MPL programs provided by many ATOs worldwide in 2017, this training syllabus is quite new in the aviation market and some of you might get confused about it. So, let’s make it clear! The Multi-Crew Pilot Licence (MPL) was introduced in 2006 by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) as an airline-specific alternative to the more traditional cadet route – the Airline Pilot Transport License (ATPL). The MPL program...

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What Are The “Remove Before Flight” Tags On The Aircraft For?

2019-03-29

If you like watching the ground handling processes around the aircraft while waiting for your flight, you may have noticed red "Remove before flight" tags on various aircraft parts. Do you know why they are there and what these tags are for? "Remove before flight" tags themselves are just markers on the components that need to be removed. Sometimes you may see a pilot walking around, inspecting the aircraft before the take-off and removing these warnings. What are these components to be removed and what are they covering? They come as different size and shape plugs that cover various holes and openings...

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Why do many pilot seats have sheepskin covers?

2019-03-13

Probably, most of you have seen sheepskin seat covers in almost every cockpit you have ever been to. If you are still a newbie in aviation world and haven’t tried any cockpit yet, you have surely seen those grey or white fluffy pilot seats in films. However, the reason of covering pilot seats with sheepskin is more practical than it might seem. The main function of genuine sheepskin cover is to keep pilots cool in the summer and warm in the winter – whatever the temperature in a cockpit is, sheepskin covers remain of almost the same temperature and keep a...

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What are Sterile Flight Deck Procedures?

2019-02-28

Every pilot follows a number of rules, procedures and regulations during their daily operations. One of the rules pilots follow several times during each flight is called the Sterile Flight Deck Procedures rule. Have you heard of this important rule? The term Sterile Flight Deck Procedure rule describes a period of time when the flight crew members must not be disturbed by non-flight related matters. Then pilots must entirely focus on their essential operational activities and avoid any unrelated disturbances. They are even barely allowed to talk to each other. Pilots follow this rule during the attention-requiring procedures of taking-off, landing,...

Knowledge, Skills, Attitudes

Did You Know: What is Area 100 KSA?

2019-02-15

If you are planning to become a pilot, we want to introduce you to a significant implementation to future pilot training. Meet Area 100 KSA - the subject, where K stands for Knowledge, S for Skills and A for Attitudes. With this subject, pilot training moves away from factual knowledge training toward competency-based training. Let’s start from the beginning. The need of non-technical training was born when a strong link between pilots and accidents was discovered. Following the analysis of fatal aircraft accidents worldwide (2010-2011), more than half of these accidents were primary caused by the flight crew actions. Italso showed...

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Did You Know: What Is The Spiral On The Aircraft Engine?

2019-02-01

If you are travelling frequently or if you are interested in aircraft design, you may have noticed a spiral painted on the center of the aircraft engine. Have you ever wondered what is it for? Although this spiral looks like a decorative aircraft detail, it is more than just a design element. This spiral was painted as an important safety measure. Ground Crew warning The primary function of the spiral is to warn the ground crew working around the aircraft that the engine is on and to ensure nobody comes up too close to the running engine. Working near a running jet...

Can airplanes land with none engine?

2019-01-18

Have you ever realised that the aircraft was gliding almost every flight you have ever been on? Let’s start with the technical part - the lower the power of the engine, the less fuel is burnt. When the aircraft lands, the thrust is set at its minimum, which means that the aircraft is effectively gliding with one engine shut down to save more fuel. In fact, most aircraft can fly a long distance with no engine at all. All fixed-wing aircraft have some capability to glide with no engine power. They continue to glide horizontally while landing, instead of sinking straight down...

Why do pilots say roger that?

2019-01-03

Pilots use the phrase “Roger that” when they are in the air. Have you ever thought who the Roger is and why his name appears in the conversations between pilots? The reason goes back to the very first flights. The first plane flight by Wright brothers dates back to 1903. Then they used flares, hand signals and coloured paddles to communicate while the plane was in the air as there was no such thing as radio communication. The aviation technologies developed and pilots started to use the Morse code to communicate in approximately 1915 when air-to-ground voice transmission became possible. Back then they...

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Travelling on Christmas: What You Need to Know

2018-12-20

We all know holidays add to the stress level almost each of us experience, especially when we have to travel on a Christmas Day by airplane to see our beloved ones. Then flight delays are always a hassle, as no one wants to be stuck at the airport while their family are digging into Christmas dinner. Fortunately, you are lucky enough if you are reading this article right before your flight! We will remind you and share some simple tips to reduce the holiday stress. „Worst“ Days to Travel The infographic, created by eBay, shows that the worst day to travel during the...