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13 Mar

Why do many pilot seats have sheepskin covers?

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...

28 Feb

What are Sterile Flight Deck Procedures?

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
15 Feb

Did You Know: What is Area 100 KSA?

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...

1 Feb

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

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...

airplanes can land with none engine
18 Jan

Can airplanes land with none engine?

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...

3 Jan

Why do pilots say roger that?

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...

20 Dec

Travelling on Christmas: What You Need to Know

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...

7 Dec

Did You Know How New Aircraft Names Are Created?

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...

26 Nov

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

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...

9 Nov

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

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....