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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...

11 Apr

Did You Know How a Flight Dispatcher’s Day Looks Like?

This is a person, who has the same knowledge as a pilot when it comes to routing, weather, aircraft systems and limitations of emergency management. A person, who manages the entire inbound and outbound movement of a single aircraft. A person, who can sometimes be named as a “pilot who stays on the ground” as they both share 50/50 responsibility of safe operations of each and every flight plan. Ladies and gentlemen, let us introduce you to the flight dispatcher’s profession. As one might guess, a flight dispatcher’s day is quite busy. After logging into the terminal, they go through various...

29 Mar

DID YOU KNOW: where the word cadet comes from

From the linguistic point of view, aviation itself is a set of complicated technical terminology, including abbreviations. All these are actually not that easy to comprehend without, at least, a minimal background in this area. Keeping in mind that the amount of aviation terms is regularly expanding. Notably, with cadet programmes gaining popularity, the word cadet is becoming one of the most frequently used in the modern aviation. Although it is not officially listed in any of the aviation dictionaries. So, where does it come from? Modern English dictionaries define the word cadet as a young trainee in the armed services or...

21 Mar

Did You Know that Airbus A320 Memory Size is 2,500 Times Smaller than Your Smartphone?

In today’s aircraft all systems are integrated under Flight Management System (FMS). It is a technical brain that navigates modern airplanes safely through the skies. In many ways, it's like the GPS for a car with waypoints programmed in between the initial point and the destination. FMS allows the airplane to hook up that routing with the autopilot and maintain the heading and attitude. It's amazingly accurate. FMS database is binary, and its capacity is reported in “words”, one “word” being equal to 2 bytes. Although FMS is the critical component of the entire auto-flight system since it is responsible for...

13 Mar

Did You Know: Why do cabin crew stand with their hands behind their backs?

Whether you are an experienced flyer or just an attentive passenger, you may have noticed that cabin crew always keep their arms folded behind their backs when greeting passengers and when walking through the aircraft cabin. We all know that cabin crew job comes with a lot of responsibilities – from ensuring that the aircraft is tidy to overall safety of the passengers. And one of the responsibilities includes them to have their hands behind their back. But why is this? Simply put - it is because they are hiding a special counter. Cabin crew uses the counters to make sure the number of...

5 Mar

Did You Know How Many Series of the Boeing 737 MAX Exist?

The revolutionary Boeing 737 MAX was launched in August, 2011. Already in May of 2017 the first MAX aircraft was delivered to the launch airline, Malindo Air, and spread its wings to take off into the most successful narrow-body aircraft market. The 737 MAX is based on the earlier 737 designs, but it comes re-engined, more efficient, has better aerodynamics and airframe modifications. Nevertheless, do you know how many series of the MAX family aircraft are set to soar overhead? So, here are all of the series that will serve (or already serve) the market: MAX-7 Expected in-service date 2019. Seats (2-class): 138-153 Maximum seats:...

14 Feb

Did You Know Why Aircraft De-icing is Important?

As winter winds bring in snow and ice, most of us know that it means getting up earlier in the morning in order to scrape off the ice from the car and get ready for the slow traffic. Just as we prep our cars, the same goes with aircraft. Airports and aircraft need to deal with the hazards of ice, snow, storm, and hail even more cautiously. Why is it important? To prevent a build-up of snow and ice on the wings and tail of an aircraft is crucial for a safe take-off. An aircraft’s wings and rear tail are engineered...

31 Jan

Did You Know Why A320-family is the Bestselling Narrow-body Aircraft?

It is calculated that around 70% (20,242 planes) of the total demand for aircraft over the next two decades will be for the narrow-body variety, and Airbus A320-family aircraft is considered to be a winner in this market. Let’s uncover why it is the world's bestselling narrow-body aircraft: A lot of sales come from Asia-Pacific region, as it has a driving demand for low-cost carriers, or LCCs, that demand more narrow-body aircraft. It is estimated by Airbus, that 8,000 new aircraft will be acquired by the Asian Pacific airlines over the next 20 years. The A320, as claimed by Airbus,...