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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

This Russian amphibian aircraft can land and take off from water and land!!!

The Beriev Be-200 Altair (Russian: Бериев Бе-200) is a multipurpose amphibious aircraftdesigned by the Beriev Aircraft Company and manufactured by Irkut. Marketed as being designed for fire fighting, search and rescue, maritime patrol, cargo, and passenger transportation, it has a

Why do planes have lights on their wing tips?

You can see a green and a red light on the wingtips of an aircraft. Red is always on the left side and green on the right. In 1800s, the ship captains thought it was a good

Why don’t airplanes fly much higher than 35-38k ft?

There are many reasons why this band of altitudes are optimal for commercial flight. One reason, though, governs and it’s due to not aircraft design, but human physiology. By 10,000 feet, most people, including pilots, are feeling