Aviation Tag

30 May

Gender is not a Barrier to Become a Pilot

Global percentage of female pilots is still very low. According to the International Society of Women Airline Pilots (ISWAP), commercial female pilots make only ~5% of total commercial pilots globally. As the men dominate the aviation industry, there is a wrong perception that women cannot achieve success there. Why are women so under-represented in piloting and how to change this perception? Let’s try to identify the most common gender issues in aviation and break down the stereotype of aviation as a highly gendered realm. Do men perform better compared to women? Let’s start with the most prevalent stereotype that women are weaker...

3 Jan

The world’s smallest jets: BD-5 or FLS Microjet

Everyone is so passionate about huge aviation machines. We have already reviewed the 10 world’s largest airplanes, introduced you with the largest flying boat ever built, the largest helicopter in the world and the biggest aircraft engine. What about the smallest inventions? Did you know what the smallest jet ever built is? If you ever hear someone talking about the smallest jet in the world it means that they are talking about a high performance, aerobatic, single seat, low-wing, all metal, jet-powered aircraft called FLS.  The FLS was originally created by a small company - Bede Aircraft in the 1970s. Therefore,...

25 Sep

Flight safety, discipline and importance of checklists

One of the first and main actions of pilots before a take-off is a checklist procedure, which is the key to why airline travel is the safest form of travel. There are more than 100,000 commercial passenger flights each day and the number is still rising. Nevertheless, flights remain the safest way to travel, because safety is a top priority for all companies and organizations operating in aviation industry. While technology has helped drive improvements in safety record, great strides in safety management systems and insights into human factors have also contributed significantly. Air accident investigations and aircraft safety inspections are now...