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Did You Know How New Aircraft Names Are Created?

2018-12-07

Which aircraft types have you travelled by? Have you ever noticed that aircraft names are not just a combination of letters and numbers randomly assigned to the aircraft? Actually, there is a fine-tuned system behind it. Every manufacturer has a pretty rigid code for its aircraft names. Let’s start with Airbus and take a look into the Airbus aircraft names. Airbus 300 was the first aircraft produced by the company. The name was created following a simple rule: the first letter “A” stands for the company name Airbus and 300 was the number of the aircraft’s capacity. Afterwards, Airbus decided to...

Did You Know: How Does in-flight Wi-Fi Work?

2018-11-26

Have you ever wondered how your cell phone’s Wi-Fi works in the height of almost 12 kilometres and children around can watch “Shrek” on their iPads? You may have already realised that in-flight Wi-Fi availability on aircraft is increasing. And the reason for that is the decreased cost of better hardware (including its installation), which allows more airlines to upgrade to faster speeds and smaller airlines to adopt Wi-Fi for the first time. In fact, there exist two operating systems that help us to stay in touch with family and friends during a flight: ground-based and satellite. Ground-based Wi-Fi works in...

Did You Know | Why Are You Not Allowed to Walk Under the Wings of an Aircraft?

2018-11-09

Boarding a plane is a sequence of airport procedures. When you finally arrive at the plane and walk to get aboard you may notice that the area under aircraft wings is usually separated with orange cones signaling that walking under the aircraft wings is not allowed. Have you ever wondered why you are not allowed to walk under the aircraft wings when boarding? Like almost all things in aviation, this is a question of safety too. Everyone working around the aircraft receives safety training on when, where, and how to approach an aircraft. This restriction is related to several safety issues....

Did You Know: Aircraft With Folding Wings Is Almost Here!

2018-10-25

If you are interested in aviation, you might have heard about the largest passenger aircraft in the world – Airbus A380. You might also know about the fierce competition between two giant commercial aircraft manufacturers Boeing and Airbus competing in the commercial aviation industry since the 1980s. The latest response of Boeing to the largest commercial aircraft of Airbus was simply insane – Boeing is already manufacturing its 777X aircraft which will be the largest twin-engine jet out there. Once completed, the 777X is to have the widest wingspan of any aircraft: almost 72 meters. You may ask, what are the advantages...

Did You Know: Why Can’t Pilots Wear Polarized Sunglasses?

2018-09-24

When we imagine a pilot marching through the airport, looking as cool as Leonardo DiCaprio in Catch Me If You Can, his sunglasses are probably the first thing that comes to our mind. Aviator sunglasses provide an attractive benefit. Unfortunately, good-looking sunglasses are not the only criterion when a pilot gets to choose a new pair of flying glasses. Let’s start from the beginning. Polarized sunglasses are probably the most popular choice among each of us. They are perfect for its safety feature to eliminate glare. However, this particular feature is the reason why they are not recommended to be worn...

Did You Know What that Tiny Hole in the Airplane Window Does?

2018-09-14

If you've ever had a window seat on a flight, you have probably noticed a tiny hole at the bottom of the window. Every single window of the plane has the same tiny hole and actually, it is a very important safety feature. Why is it so important? Air pressure drops as you get higher. Anyone who has climbed mountains knows, at high altitude the air is less pressurised and contains less oxygen. And that’s only the height of a mountain. The plane gets much higher, where the air pressure drops much lower. Airplanes are designed to maintain air pressure at a safe level...

Why Does In-Flight Food Taste Bad?

2018-08-27

You may agree that the in-flight meals have a really bad reputation. But have you ever asked yourself a question: “Why does it tastes so bad?” Reheated meals Let’s start from the beginning. One of the main criteria for any tasty food is freshness. However, freshness is what the in-flight food lacks. Of course, spending a few extra hundreds or thousands of euros can make all the difference, as a business class could offer you several courses separately, including prawns, prosciutto, steak in black pepper cream sauce or even a French macaroon for dessert. Back in the economy class, reheated meals, packaged in...

Did You Know what is Cloud Seeding and Does it Work?

2018-08-10

Being a pilot is an exciting job whether you’re flying for an airline or… helping control the weather. Well, not really controlling it, but rather influencing it. And how can a pilot help influence the weather? By cloud seeding. But what is it? Simply put, it is a process of combining different kinds of chemical agents, such as silver iodide, dry ice and common table salt, with clouds. This chemical and salt concoction mixed with clouds should thicken the clouds and increase the chance of rain or snow. The chemicals are either shot into the clouds or released onto the clouds...

Did You Know that Boeing Was the First to Use Turbofan Engines?

2018-07-24

In early 1980s, Boeing chose the CFM56-3 to power the Boeing 737-300. It was, in fact, the very first aircraft in the world that had Turbofan engines. Before Boeing, CFM factory had not sold any jet engines and was close to abandoning their jet engine programme and closing the factory. But in 1981, Boeing jumped in and took CFM56-3, making it their sole engine for the Boeing 737 Classic. But before they agreed on ordering the engines, CFM factory had to make certain adjustments to their CFM56 engine. As the Boeing 737 wings are closer to the ground than the previous aircraft...

Did You Know: The First Flight Simulator

2018-07-18

You most likely now all about the modern full flight simulators that help future pilots learn how to fly various aircraft. But have you ever wondered, when was the first flight simulator created and who created it? It all starts with a man named Edwin Albert Link. Born in 1904 to a family where his father built and repaired organs and pianos. Edwin inherited his father’s love to tinker and soon enough began building and repairing organs and pianos of its own. Since he was little, Edwin had an eye for aviation and as soon as he could, he took his...