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19 Jul

What’s the purpose of different aircraft lights?

Each aircraft before flying through the sky must meet certain safety requirements. This also applies to aircraft exterior lighting. The main purpose of exterior lighting is to provide visibility for pilots and guide them through the sky. However, there exist different types of exterior lights that can be found on aircraft. Let’s start from the most important ones – landing lights. Landing lights are located on different sections of the wings (nose or fuselage) and are visible from a very long distance. Landing lights help guide pilots into their landing, they also can be used during a take-off. You have probably noticed...

Did You Know What EASA Is And What It Does?
4 Jul

Did You Know What EASA Is And What It Does?

If you have an ambition to become an airline pilot or if you are a passionate aviation lover, you may have heard the name EASA. The abbreviation letters EASA stand for the European Union Aviation Safety Agency which is the centrepiece of the European Union's strategy for aviation safety. The European Union Aviation Safety Agency was established on the 12th of July, 2002 with the agency's headquarters based in Cologne, Germany. Today EASA has representational offices in Brussels, Washington, Montreal and Beijing. Do you know what the European Union Aviation Safety Agency does? The main goal and mission of EASA are to...

Why Are Aircraft Windows Round?
20 Jun

Why Are Aircraft Windows Round?

Whether you love your window seat or choose to stay farther from the window and forget you’re flying, you have surely noticed that all airplane windows are round. However, those windows are round not only for aesthetic reasons. It's a life-saving engineering innovation. Nowadays, it's quite difficult to imagine aircraft having square windows – but this is exactly what they once had. Until the 1950s commercial aircraft had square windows. However, it turned out that aircraft with square windows were slower and flew at a lower altitude. As traveling by plane was becoming more popular and the altitude of flying was...

12 Jun

Why Hard Plane Landing in Bad Weather is Intentional?

The thought of a smooth flight is probably on every passenger‘s mind before taking off. So, what is a smooth flight? The concept usually consists of a calm and easy departure and landing as well. However, a successful landing does not depend on how smooth the touchdown was. In bad weather conditions, passengers of the plane might experience a hard landing, which does not mean that the pilot has fewer skills or is less experienced. It‘s actually done deliberately to make sure that the plane reaches the ground safely. If the pilot has to land the aircraft while it is pouring...

23 May

Did You Know What Kind Of Legal Authorities Captain Has During The Flight?

The origins of captain’s authority comes from maritime law and tradition.  A ship’s captain had absolute authority and was the unquestioned commander responsible for the ship, cargo, and crew. The same concept in aviation was applied in the early years, before 1930. Aircraft captain‘s absolute authority became essential after the advent of flying boats. Early regulations, gave the pilot in command (PIC) -while in flight - the final responsibility and authority of the aircraft and crew members. So during the flight the aircraft captain is basically a god. If the situation requires, he/she can deviate from any rule to ensure safety of the...

23 May

Design of MPL Course

Over the past years, MPL programs have been running across the globe. Established by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in 2006 and also adopted by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), this type of licence offers an alternative pathway for ab-initio student pilots to achieve the necessary competencies to act as a first officer in commercial air transportation on multi-crew aircraft. Discover the main principles of MPL training pathway in the infograph below! ...

29 Apr

Why Do Same Flights Take Different Routes?

Are you a plane spotting fan who can’t stop looking at the aircraft in the sky and keep tracking aircraft online? If this sounds like you, you probably have noticed that sometimes flights between the same destinations often use very different routes. Do you know why? Usually, when airlines plan flights, they choose the route between A and B that is the least time-consuming. The reason is simple: the shorter the distance, the less fuel is used, airlines save money. However, there are some factors affecting the choice of flight routes and why flights to the same directions take different routes. Firstly,...

12 Apr

What is a Multi-Crew Pilot Licence?

If you have an ambition of becoming an airline pilot, you may have heard about the MPL term while looking for pilot training courses and programs. Even though there were almost 40 MPL programs provided by many ATOs worldwide in 2017, this training syllabus is quite new in the aviation market and some of you might get confused about it. So, let’s make it clear! The Multi-Crew Pilot Licence (MPL) was introduced in 2006 by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) as an airline-specific alternative to the more traditional cadet route - the Airline Pilot Transport License (ATPL). The MPL program...

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29 Mar

What Are The “Remove Before Flight” Tags On The Aircraft For?

If you like watching the ground handling processes around the aircraft while waiting for your flight, you may have noticed red "Remove before flight" tags on various aircraft parts. Do you know why they are there and what these tags are for? "Remove before flight" tags themselves are just markers on the components that need to be removed. Sometimes you may see a pilot walking around, inspecting the aircraft before the take-off and removing these warnings. What are these components to be removed and what are they covering? They come as different size and shape plugs that cover various holes and openings...

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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...