Discovering What Transpires When a Plane is Struck by Lightning

March 21st, 2017

Lightning

Imagine a sudden flash of light accompanied by a loud noise while you are travelling on an aircraft. The thought of a mid-flight aircraft being struck by lightning is intimidating but reportedly is a common occurrence. Read the rest of this entry »

The Sporty Mini-Plane, Icon A5 Makes Flying Easy

March 17th, 2017
ICON A5 - sporty aircraft

ICON A5. Credit: Icon Aircraft.

A perfect day for flying and if you feel the intense desire to be a pilot and soar into the skies, then your wait is over. The FAA-approved new Icon A5, a James Bond-style light sports car that manoeuvres on water and has a swiftness of a jet ski, is designed specifically for both first-time pilots and pros. Read the rest of this entry »

How And Why Do Planes Dump Fuel?

March 10th, 2017
air show

air show

Modern Airliners dump fuel in the face of emergencies. So, is fuel dumping safe? Is it the only way to stay aloft? Why do airliners need to dump fuel and how do they do this? Keep reading to find out more.

Why do airliners dump fuel?

Fuel is dumped to make the landing safer. Consider a fuel-laden plane which has a malfunctioning landing gear. It is obvious that touching down places higher stress on an airframe and heavy-weight landings require high touchdown speeds. So, a solution is to dump fuel (some thousands of gallons of kerosene) to land safely.

How do airliners dump fuel?

A long-haul airliner is equipped with valves which allow the releasing of fuel through the wings. The fuel is stored in the wings of a plane and the wing also has small nozzles located in it, which can jettison the fuel. The jettisoning usually takes place over the sea and the fuel is supposed to dissipate such that it poses no environmental hazard.

In December 2014, shortly after flight VS43 took off from the Gatwick Airport, England, the landing gear malfunctioned. The pilots also faced another glitch the fuel-laden airliner was too heavy to land safely. Airline pilot and author of Cockpit Confidential, Patrick Smith, explained that the maximum weight for a takeoff is usually greater than the maximum weight for a landing. With landing, usually requiring very high touchdown speeds, a solution is to dump fuel. The pilots of VS43 released gallons of kerosene over southern England to land safely at Gatwick.

Are all modern airliners capable of dumping fuel? Are the Boeing’s 747 and 777 capable of jettisoning fuel? Boeing’s 747 and 777, and the Airbus A380 and A330 are capable of jettisoning kerosene. But, not all planes are capable of dumping fuel, like some regional jets such as a Boeing 737 and Airbus A320 which are not capable of dumping fuel. Smith reiterated that the smaller jets would need to circle or land overweight, while in some planes the landing and takeoff limits remain the same.

iWOAW Celebrates 80 Years of Female Helicopter Pilots & Remits Awards

March 2nd, 2017
WOAWies put magic in girls' lives during WOAW Week.

Girls during WOAW Week. Credits: Facebook/iWOAW

The Institute for Women of Aviation Worldwide (iWOAW) hosts the 7th annual Women of Aviation Worldwide Week, during March 6-12, 2017, themed as ‘Let’s whirl, 80 years of female helicopter pilots.’ Read the rest of this entry »

Flat Beds Seats Coming to Planes in Economy Class

February 23rd, 2017
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© National magazine company ltd (Hearst UK)

Are you going to be on a long-haul flight in the economy class? The cramped seating has always been a worry and the thrilling experience of flying suddenly is dampened with discomfort and a never-ending ordeal. Here’s some good news, with an edge of technology and innovation in aero-industry, the global air passengers flying economy class will find some welcome transformations with the comfort factor at the core.

© National magazine company ltd (Hearst UK)

© National magazine company ltd (Hearst UK)

The fully flat and lie-down airplane seats featured with innovative design is all set to bring the sense of ergonomics and lavish travel to the premium economy class. Long haul flights present a discomfort and sometimes resulting in erratic sleep. This is all set to change with the new proposal from Skift, Formation Design.

The proposal presents a revamped new layout for the airplane cabins, so it is not just a new type of seat arrangement for the customers. The lie-down seats and suites could be completely customisable by the cabin crew for each flight.

So, the air passengers could expect to find the Standard, premium economy seats take the base level and the business class beds at a higher level on the top with a touch of overlap.

The design is featured to optimise on the existing space on the plane. Air passengers can now have their seat in a fully lying down position and the lavish arrangement of completely stretching out.

‘Flying bum’, the biggest aircraft Airlander in the World to Hit the Skies Again

February 17th, 2017
Credit: Hybrid Air Vehicles

Credit: Hybrid Air Vehicles

The largest aircraft in the world, Airlander 10, is all set to take to the skies once again after its test flight crash last summer. A ’Flying bum’ as it is lovingly called due to its shape, measures 92ms and is one part helicopter and part airship. Read the rest of this entry »

China’s First Commercial Trunk Liner to Enter Skies by Mid-2017

February 11th, 2017
C919 aircraft. Credit: Comac

C919 aircraft. Credit: Comac

The Comac C919, a narrow-body twin-engine jet is expected to make its first flight by mid-2017 as reported by the People’s Daily last week. The aircraft is built by the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (Comac). It is completely the country’s own design and built aircraft. Read the rest of this entry »

Tips to Grab the Best Deal on Flight Tickets

February 2nd, 2017
Credit: Public Domain/ The Pixelman

Credit: Public Domain/ The Pixelman

If you are flying on a budget, then plan a trip well in advance. Planning a trip requires a lot of preparation and research work. Read on to know how to nab the perfect holiday without burning a hole in your pocket. Read the rest of this entry »

Private Jet Charters Booming With On-Demand Availability

January 25th, 2017
Credit: Fly Victor

Credit: Fly Victor

Private jetting experience has opened a whole new market with aviation mavericks offering services which are no longer the privilege of A-listers. Within minutes you can book a charter flight on your iPhone for a hugely reasonable price. You can Uber pool and check out what’s available to the destination of your choice.  Read the rest of this entry »

Fly on Private Jet for just $29

January 19th, 2017
JetsuiteX

JetsuiteX

Commercial flying experience spells time to travel, arriving at the airport an hour before your flight, check-in time, security check up time, and so on. Now, picture a private jet experience, which can extend you comfort, a super-reasonable fare set at $29, and also allowing you to arrive just 15 minutes before departure. The good part of this private jet experience it is not reserved just for the A-listers and is definitely worth an experience. Read the rest of this entry »