Did You Know That Airbus Aircraft Have Identical Flight Decks?

2019-11-22

According to aviation regulations, it is forbidden for passengers to visit the pilot cockpit during a flight. However, aviation fans might have this opportunity. Everyone, who has visited different types of Airbus aircraft, has noticed that all of these aircraft decks made them feel as if they were on the same aircraft. And actually, they are right – Airbus flight decks are nearly identical. The cockpits are the same across all Airbus aircraft since all Airbus aircraft production today features the same cockpit layout. Thus, all the controls and even the handling procedures and qualities are the same. It is a...

How close can a plane fly to another aircraft?

Did You Know How close can a plane fly to another aircraft?

2019-11-11

If you are a frequent traveller who enjoys a window seat, you might have noticed other aircraft while in air. Flying in the crowded skies over Europe or North America, it is quite common to see other aircraft whizzing past, either above or below. Have you ever wondered how close to each other can aircraft fly? The distance between two flying commercial aircraft may vary at different flight phases and at a different altitude ─ during a takeoff and landing or at cruise altitude. This vertical and horizontal aircraft separation is under control of the specific aviation regulations and may vary...

thick line painted on aircraft door and emergency exit edge

Did you know why there is a thick line painted on aircraft door and emergency exit edges?

2019-10-16

Every plane spotter has noticed a thick solid line marking the edges of the aircraft door and emergency exit. Have you ever heard about the importance of this aircraft design element? In the early Jet Age, when aircraft were powered by newly invented turbine engines and commercial flights had just started, several dangerous accidents happened. Many lives could not be rescued due to a simple single reason - the emergency rescue crews outside the aircraft were unable to quickly find aircraft doors and window exits in the dark or a thick smoke after a crash. Therefore, noticeable changes in aircraft colour...

DID YOU KNOW HOW PILOTS FOLLOW THE LINES ON THE GROUND?

Did You Know How Pilots Follow the Lines On the Ground?

2019-09-13

You have got on board and with the rest of the passengers are waiting for take-off. The aircraft starts rolling on the taxiway. Therefore, have you ever wondered how pilots manage to follow the lines covering a taxiway at an airport? Safe and coordinated movement of the aircraft is important and there are different tools as well as methods helping pilots to navigate on the taxiway. Firstly, there is a specific marking on the ground. There is a yellow line marking the middle of the taxiway – pilots always hold the aircraft nose wheel on this line. They use the same...

Did You Know When Pilots Started To Communicate Using Radio?

Did You Know When Pilots Started To Communicate Using Radio?

2019-08-30

There are more than 100,000 commercial flights every day worldwide. It means that millions of interactions take place between pilots and air traffic controllers. Today aviation communication seems to be a very simple thing to do, however, it was one of the most complicated things during the early stages of aviation. Do you know when radio was installed in the aircraft? Since December 17th, 1903, when the Wright brothers made their first successful flight in history, communication with pilots in the air has been a real challenge. The industry started growing and developing rapidly. What were the first signs on the...

Did You Know How The Boeing 737 Evolved?

Did You Know How The Boeing 737 Evolved?

2019-08-16

If you've taken a commercial flight in the past 50 years, there's a good chance it was on a Boeing 737. What debuted in 1967 as a 50-seat regional jet has now spawned 220-plus-seat variants capable of transatlantic travel. The 737 has carried 30 billion passengers and it is equivalent to every person in the world travel 4 times. Do you know how the Boeing 737 evolved? In 1964, Boeing began working on a 50-to-60 seat narrow-body airliner designed for trips between 50 and 1,000 miles. It would also be roughly half the size of Boeing's smallest jet at the time,...

Why do window blinds have to be open during take-off and landing?

2019-08-02

While flying, you might have been asked by a flight attendant to open the window blinds. In fact, those blinds have to be open during a take-off and landing. But why does this need to be done? The first reason is your safety. If anything happens during a take-off or landing, your eyes will already be used to the day or night light outside, thus you will be able to react more quickly. Another reason for keeping the blinds open is visibility of aircraft outside. If any problems occur with the engine or wings, the crew can see it out of those...

What's the purpose of different aircraft lights?

What’s the purpose of different aircraft lights?

2019-07-19

Each aircraft before flying through the sky must meet certain safety requirements. This also applies to aircraft exterior lighting. The main purpose of exterior lighting is to provide visibility for pilots and guide them through the sky. However, there exist different types of exterior lights that can be found on aircraft. Let’s start from the most important ones – landing lights. Landing lights are located on different sections of the wings (nose or fuselage) and are visible from a very long distance. Landing lights help guide pilots into their landing, they also can be used during a take-off. You have probably noticed...

Did You Know What EASA Is And What It Does?

Did You Know What EASA Is And What It Does?

2019-07-04

If you have an ambition to become an airline pilot or if you are a passionate aviation lover, you may have heard the name EASA. The abbreviation letters EASA stand for the European Union Aviation Safety Agency which is the centrepiece of the European Union's strategy for aviation safety. The European Union Aviation Safety Agency was established on the 12th of July, 2002 with the agency's headquarters based in Cologne, Germany. Today EASA has representational offices in Brussels, Washington, Montreal and Beijing. Do you know what the European Union Aviation Safety Agency does? The main goal and mission of EASA are to...

Why Are Aircraft Windows Round?

2019-06-20

Whether you love your window seat or choose to stay farther from the window and forget you’re flying, you have surely noticed that all airplane windows are round. However, those windows are round not only for aesthetic reasons. It's a life-saving engineering innovation. Nowadays, it's quite difficult to imagine aircraft having square windows – but this is exactly what they once had. Until the 1950s commercial aircraft had square windows. However, it turned out that aircraft with square windows were slower and flew at a lower altitude. As traveling by plane was becoming more popular and the altitude of flying was...