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14 Sep

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

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...

27 Aug

Why Does In-Flight Food Taste Bad?

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...

10 Aug

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

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...

24 Jul

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

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...

18 Jul

Did You Know: The First Flight Simulator

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...

19 Jun

DID YOU KNOW: Why Do Aircraft Still Have Ashtrays?

Have you ever noticed a tiny box with a cigarette sign while being in the lavatory on a plane? Why airlines incorporate ashtrays in their aircraft if smoking has been prohibited long time ago? If you haven’t seen an ashtray in the aircraft, we will give you a hint where you can find it: just look on the entry side of the lavatory door. Don’t think that you have just found the only place where you are allowed to smoke. Right above the ashtray you may sometimes find a non-smoking sign. You might get confused but the explanation is quite clear...

6 Jun

Did You Know Where Aircraft Fuel Tanks are Located?

In order to reach necessary destinations, especially located far from the point of departure, planes are carrying enormous volumes of fuel. Notably, sometimes the weight of fuel is almost the third of the entire aircraft weight! But have you ever thought where it is stored? Inside of the WINGS. Yes, you have got it right. Most of the planes both small and big have fuel stored inside of wings. Wondering why? Here are several key reasons: Weight balance. Inside of the aircraft it is important to consider not only the configuration of the seats or location of cargo, but also keep in...

23 May

Did You Know: “Chemtrail” Conspiracy Theories – Are They Real?

Perhaps you already heard of a theory that aircrafts exhaust a chemical trail, also called “chemtrail”? Conspiracy theorists claim that it is meant to manage solar radiation, manipulate peoples, control human population, and modify the weather as well as cause illnesses and other health issues. We all have seen the white or dark trail left behind an aircraft. But what actually is it? Can it really affect our health? Let us go through some of the acclaimed “chemtrails” and explain what it is. It Comes Out of the Wingtips It does come out of the wingtips but that is no “chemtrail” – it...

8 May

DID YOU KNOW: Why Most Airplane Seats are Blue?

Have you ever wondered about the colour of airplane seats? Have you noticed most of them are blue? You may think it is all about the clouds, the sky and the whole magic of a flight. But is it true? Just think about colours and how they affect us in different situations. Probably, most of us have noticed that there are a lot of famous brand logos or even hospitals designed in blue. According to colour psychology experts, the colour blue boosts confidence and trust in many situations. As Artitudes Design, a graphic design company, specifies, “blue helps a person to...

25 Apr

Did You Know that Boeing Everett Factory is the Largest Building in the World by Volume?

The historical roots of the Everett Factory go back to the 1960s, when the Boeing 747 shook the world by making its first step into aviation. Exactly, Everett manufacturing facility is the place where Boeing super jumbos are born! It was built with a purpose to produce the 747 aircraft that became one of the greatest technological achievements of the XX century. Nevertheless, the course of aviation history was changed not only by the 747, the manufacturing facility made history itself, too. Wondering why? The building has been included into the Guinness World Records list as the largest building in the...

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