Did You Know Which Aircraft Engine is The Biggest in the World?

2017-08-09

It is the General Electric’s GE90-115B which has a maximum diameter of 3.4 meters. It generates 115,300 pounds of thrust and is currently the biggest and most powerful turbofan engine in the world. These big engines can be found on Boeing 777 models.[caption id="attachment_20546" align="alignnone" width="685"] Photo source: next.gazeta.pl[/caption]Below you can find this powerful engine in action: ...

Did You Know: Airbus A320

2017-08-04

You have probably heard about Airbus A320 many times but have you ever wondered about the specifications of this type of Airbus aeroplane? If you feel like extending your knowledge about this aeroplane, then you should keep reading further! A320 is a narrow-body (single-aisle) jet airliner who was the first member of the A320 family – it was launched in March 1984 and first flew on 22 February 1987.[caption id="attachment_20476" align="aligncenter" width="685"] Photo: Delivery milestones from May 1974 to October 2016[/caption]The first company to get A320 delivered was Air France. The family was pioneers of digital fly-by-wire flight control systems and...

Did You Know How Much Fuel the Aeroplane Needs?

2017-07-19

Have you ever realised how pilots know how much fuel they need for an aircraft? It is not as simple as it sounds. A lot of people think that it is the same as with the car, you put fuel nozzle into a car and just load the full tank with fuel, but, actually, the situation is different with the aircraft.Photo source: crossoverhandling.com We will analyse the way pilots estimate how much fuel they need for their flight. Imagine that the plane has to fly from Warsaw to Vilnius, while choosing the airport in Riga as an alternate airport. Let’s analyse the...

Did You Know When Water Salutes are Used in the Aviation Industry?

2017-07-12

There always comes a time when a new airline or aircraft starts operating commercially. Airports celebrate such milestones with a water salute. It has already become a touching tradition in the world of aviation.[caption id="attachment_20221" align="aligncenter" width="685"] airinfo.org[/caption]However, did you know that aircraft and airlines are given a water salute not only when they enter the service at the airport for the first time? Also, aircraft and airlines are saluted when they are departing from the airport for the last time. Additionally, water cannon ceremony is held to mark the retirement of a pilot or an air traffic controller. Watch the video and...

Did You Know about the Aircraft Propulsion System?

2017-07-05

An aircraft propulsion system comprises an engine and a propeller or a propulsive nozzle which converts motion from an engine and generates thrust. NASA defines the propulsion as a machine that produces thrust to push an object forward. The thrust is generated when the engine is accelerated by gas or any other working fluid which makes the engine produce the force. The thrust generated by the propulsion system, first of all, is responsible for drag balance of the aircraft when it is cruising. Secondly, thrust from the propulsion system must exceed the drag of the aeroplane for the aeroplane to...

Did You Know That Now Planes Fly More Slowly Than They Did Before?

2017-05-17

Have you ever realised that now aeroplanes fly at slower speeds than they used to in 1960s? Specified cruising speeds for commercial airliners today range from 480 and 510 knots, compared to 525 knots for the Boeing 707. Why? The reason of this difference is more effective fuel consumption today. The efficiency of modern aeroplane peaks are at lower speeds because of the fact that engines achieve the same thrust with more air at the lower speed by routing most of the air around the engine’s turbine instead of through it. Information source: MIT School of Engineering...

Did You Know What the Most Inspirational Airports’ Slogans are?

2017-05-11

Aviation is one of the most challenging and at the same time most motivating industry in the world. It is surrounded by lots of interesting stories, myths and inspirational quotes. This time BAA Training selected the most powerful airports slogans. Read it and get inspired! Heathrow Airport Making every journey better. The fastest way. Liverpool John Lennon Airport Above us only sky. Check-in to the difference. London City Airport Get closer. A quicker way to fly. Flying but faster. Leeds Bradford Airport The perfect place to start your journey. We'll take you there. Galway Airport Connecting you. Ireland West Airport Knock We're closer than you think. London International Airport in Canada Start here. Go...

Did You Know about Aircraft Take-off Speeds: V1, Vr and V2?

2017-04-03

Whether it is a small double engine Cessna or a Jumbo jet A380, the definition of speed is the same for all types of planes.  These speeds are calculated prior to a take-off in accordance with aircraft weight, environmental factors etc.  We want to introduce the basic information about V1, Vr/Rotate and V2 speeds to you. [caption id="attachment_19370" align="aligncenter" width="685"] Photo source: lakako.com[/caption]   V1 is defined as the speed beyond which the take-off should no longer be aborted. Meaning that in case you experience any trouble with your plane before reaching V1 you would immediately abort your take-off and would apply all...

Did You Know What Qualities a Successful Pilot Needs?

2017-03-22

Every single profession requires particular abilities and personality traits, which enable a person to do his job as good as possible. Did you know the main qualities that a successful pilot needs? What personal qualities are needed for a future pilot before training? The first thing that the one needs to have is a clear view of the goal which should correlate with strong determination and stamina. This is highly important in order to get through training and succeed in finding a job.  During training a person will experience significant highest and lowest points of this theory and practise tests and exams...

Did You Know How Incredible the Fastest Aircraft in the World is?

2017-03-14

The Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird was a superfast strategic reconnaissance aircraft of the United States Air Force. It was built by Lockheed Martin and made its maiden flight in 1964. This aircraft held the record of speed for nearly 40 years. Here we introduce some top facts that make this aircraft incredible:This is the world’s fastest aeroplane which can reach speed of 2,193 miles per hour. In 1990, the SR-71 Blackbird flew from Los Angeles to Washington D.C. in 64 minutes and 20 seconds.[caption id="attachment_19178" align="aligncenter" width="685"] Photo source: SR-71 landing with parachute theverge.com[/caption]The windshield of the aircraft was made of quartz...