Why Planes Don’t Fly in Extreme Heat

“Flight 503 has been canceled. We apologize for the inconvenience.” That might come as a shocker when you’re sitting in the departure lounge looking at the gorgeous bright sunny weather outside. If there’s not a raincloud or snowstorm in sight, then what gives? Oh yeah, planes can’t fly in extreme heat! In the summer of…

Why There Are No Parachutes on Passenger Planes

Our world is like a great kettle, filled with strange theories and ordinary knowledge, seasoned with exciting discoveries. And some diced carrots. Kind of a big existential stew, if you get me. For example: recently, I discovered the existence of special, super-big parachutes… for airplanes! It got me thinking: if even an airplane can have…

The Main Reason Why Planes Get Delayed

You know this feeling of frustration when you’re about to fly to some exotic country for an unforgettable vacation, and then suddenly see that your flight is delayed? Or worse, you’re going to an extremely important business meeting, and a delay in your flight ruins it! I don’t know about you, but I’m kinda interested…

How Such Small Tires Can Land a Huge Plane

Airplanes are mysterious things: unimaginably heavy metal giants soaring through the sky, jam-packed not only with people but also all kinds of electronic gizmos, and overhead bins stuffed with their oversized luggage – and perhaps children. No not really. What confuses me the most however, is the airplanes tires. Yeah really. I mean, look at…

We Don’t See Stars from a Plane for a Simple Reason

If you’re on an overnight flight, you might have been looking forward to a gorgeous, clear view of the stars! That’s the whole reason you booked that window seat, right? But when night falls, you look out your window, and…no stars! They’re obviously still there…so what’s going on here?? Well there are a few reasons…

Retired Airline CEO Says Cheap Oil, Low Fares Here For A While

WCCO 4 NEWS. COULD FEDEX BE THE FIRST AIRLINE TO USE DRONE TECHNOLOGY TO FLY AROUND THE WORLD? FORMER DELTA CHAIRMAN AND CEO RICHARD ANDERSON THINKS SO. THE RECENTLY RETIRED AIRLINE EXECUTIVE WAS THE GUEST SPEAKER AT THE ECONOMIC CLUB OF MINNESOTA LUNCHEON TODAY. AS BILL HUDSON EXPLAINS, ANDERSON ALSO BROUGHT GOOD NEWS ABOUT FUTURE…

Modern Planes Vs. Old Planes

Travel by airplane is by far the fastest, but not the most comfortable way to go. It wasn’t always like this, though. Getting to lie down in a spacious bed-seat? Check. Full hot meals, bars, and even pianos on board? Also check. So what else has changed in the past 100 years of human flight?…

Don’t Sleep When Planes Take Off or Land, Here’s the Answer

Traveling by air can be pretty exhausting, so no wonder a lot of people choose to sleep through it. And while doing so is simply inevitable if you have a long-haul flight, you can actually put your health at risk if you doze off during take-off or landing. You see, when a plane is taking…

Why No One Should Swap Seats on a Plane

You board yet another long-haul flight and look for your seat. “26B – here we are!” You look down to see two husky dudes sitting in 26A and C. “Oh boy…” Hmm…There are plenty of empty seats around… “Time to switch places!” But not so fast! You could put the whole plane at risk! First,…

What Happens When You Hide in the Landing Gear of a Plane

It’s raining men, hallelujah, it’s raining men, amen. So goes the famous 1982 hit by The Weather Girls, It’s Raining Men. Yet for a woman in London on the 30th of June of this year, it was literally raining men- or rather a single man, who fell to his death and landed in the garden…