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Did You Know How Pilots Follow the Lines On the Ground?

Did You Know How Pilots Follow the Lines On the Ground?

September 13, 2019

You have got on board and with the rest of the passengers are waiting for take-off. The aircraft starts rolling on the taxiway. Therefore, have you ever wondered how pilots manage to follow the lines covering a taxiway at an airport? Safe and coordinated movement of the aircraft is important and there are different tools as well as methods helping pilots to navigate on the taxiway. Firstly, there is a specific marking on the ground. There is a yellow line marking the middle of the taxiway – pilots always hold the aircraft nose wheel on this line. They use the same...

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Did You Know When Pilots Started To Communicate Using Radio?

August 30, 2019

There are more than 100,000 commercial flights every day worldwide. It means that millions of interactions take place between pilots and air traffic controllers. Today aviation communication seems to be a very simple thing to do, however, it was one of the most complicated things during the early stages of aviation. Do you know when radio was installed in the aircraft? Since December 17th, 1903, when the Wright brothers made their first successful flight in history, communication with pilots in the air has been a real challenge. The industry started growing and developing rapidly. What were the first signs on the...

Did You Know How The Boeing 737 Evolved?

August 16, 2019

If you've taken a commercial flight in the past 50 years, there's a good chance it was on a Boeing 737. What debuted in 1967 as a 50-seat regional jet has now spawned 220-plus-seat variants capable of transatlantic travel. The 737 has carried 30 billion passengers and it is equivalent to every person in the world travel 4 times. Do you know how the Boeing 737 evolved? In 1964, Boeing began working on a 50-to-60 seat narrow-body airliner designed for trips between 50 and 1,000 miles. It would also be roughly half the size of Boeing's smallest jet at the time,...

Why do window blinds have to be open during take-off and landing?

August 2, 2019

While flying, you might have been asked by a flight attendant to open the window blinds. In fact, those blinds have to be open during a take-off and landing. But why does this need to be done? The first reason is your safety. If anything happens during a take-off or landing, your eyes will already be used to the day or night light outside, thus you will be able to react more quickly. Another reason for keeping the blinds open is visibility of aircraft outside. If any problems occur with the engine or wings, the crew can see it out of those...

What’s the purpose of different aircraft lights?

July 19, 2019

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?

Did You Know What EASA Is And What It Does?

July 4, 2019

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?

Why Are Aircraft Windows Round?

June 20, 2019

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...

Why Hard Plane Landing in Bad Weather is Intentional?

June 12, 2019

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...

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

May 23, 2019

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...

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! ...