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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....

Aircraft With Folding Wings Is Almost Here!
25 Oct

Did You Know: Aircraft With Folding Wings Is Almost Here!

If you are interested in aircraft aviation, you might have heard about the largest passenger aircraft in the world – Airbus A380. You might also know about the fierce competition between two giant commercial aircraft manufacturers Boeing and Airbus competing in the commercial aviation industry since the 1980s. The latest response of Boeing to the largest commercial aircraft of Airbus was simply insane – Boeing is already manufacturing its 777X aircraft which will be the largest twin-engine jet out there. Once completed, the 777X is to have the widest wingspan of any aircraft: almost 72 meters. You may ask, what are the...

16 Oct

What do numbers on the runway mean?

Have you ever had a night flight when you can see the airport runway shining like a Christmas tree? Daytime flight landing may not look as charming, but you can see airport traffic signs and various signals in daylight. Airport symbols, signs and runway numbers mean nothing at all to the passengers who are not interested in aviation. At the same time, it is a secret language for pilots used to safely operate the aircraft through the airport directed towards all the different runways. Consistent airport runway numbering in airports gives pilots of all nationalities clarity when landing and taking off...

24 Sep

Did You Know: Why Can’t Pilots Wear Polarized Sunglasses?

When we imagine a pilot marching through the airport, looking as cool as Leonardo DiCaprio in Catch Me If You Can, his sunglasses are probably the first thing that comes to our mind. Aviator sunglasses provide an attractive benefit. Unfortunately, good-looking sunglasses are not the only criterion when a pilot gets to choose a new pair of flying glasses. Let’s start from the beginning. Polarized sunglasses are probably the most popular choice among each of us. They are perfect for its safety feature to eliminate glare. However, this particular feature is the reason why they are not recommended to be worn...

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...