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Why don’t airplanes fly in straight lines?

What appear to be curved lines on a map are actually straight lines when viewed from the top (plan view) on globe. Great Circle Navigation: Commercial aircraft by and large fly in a straight line called great

Where do you land if your flight has a problem over the Atlantic Ocean?

Mr Harrison’s answer is quite correct.  Some years ago, the world’s aviation authorities had to decide whether flying all the way across an ocean on an aircraft with just two engines was safe.  The answer was two-fold:

World’s largest aircraft: Five interesting facts about the Antonov AN-225

Renowned as the largest aircraft in the world, the Antonov AN-225 Mriya (meaning Dream in Ukrainian) has always received red-carpet attention whenever it makes an appearance. Be it upon arrival or departure, the AN-225 is constantly pursued

When the plane takes off, why doesn’t the tail hit the runway?

It sometimes does happen. It’s called a tail-strike where the rear end of an aircraft touches the runway. It can happen during take-off if the pilot pulls up too quickly. It can also happen during landing if the pilot

How to Runway Status Lights Provide Runway Status Information to Pilots.

Runway Entrance Lights The Runway Entrance Lights system is composed of flush mounted, in-pavement, unidirectional fixtures that are parallel to and focused along the taxiway centerline and directed toward the pilot at the hold line. A specific

Why do airplanes take longer to fly West than East?

It’s interesting that you ask this – I am directly experiencing it right now as I sit on an airplane from the UK. It took 5 hours to go West-East on this journey, but is taking about

10 Most Dangerous Airport Landings in The World

10. Saba Airport – World’s Shortest Commercial Airport Runway. Located about 28 miles south of St. Maarten. The Saba International Airport has the world’s shortest commercial airport runway. It is 400 meters (1300 feet) in total length. Considered the

Why is fuel stored in the wings of aircraft?

Fuel is stored in 3 tanks, however, contrary to popular belief, the 737–800 has 5 tanks. They are – The surge tanks are not counted to the fuel capacity of the aircraft but act as a precaution,

Watch How Terrifying It Is To Land A Plane With No Training

You’re on a plane, the pilots are incapacitated, and you’ve got to land without having any clue what you’re doing. This pilot training video shows just how stressful of a time you’re going to have. BAA Training

aircraft engine starter

Spring starter A Spring Starter uses potential energy stored in a spring wound up with a crank to start an engine without a battery or alternator. Turning the crank moves the pinion into mesh with the engine’s