What Happens to Planes After Retirement

Do you think that the newer an airplane, the safer the flight? Not quite. Modern commercial aircrafts are very robust. One of the oldest commercial airplanes, a Boeing 737-200, made its first flight 40 years ago and still makes 3-4 regular flights a day! But what happens to the retired aircraft? There are several options…

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,…

Why Some Planes Have Backwards Wings

When you picture an airplane, a pretty familiar shape comes to mind. A long narrow body with two main wings sticking out from the middle, a pair of smaller wings on the back end, and a tail fin in the rear sticking straight up. The wings may be straight or swept to the back, but…

What Happens When Lightning Strikes a Plane

It was a cold rainy day in October of 2016. Huge balls of hail crashed into the ground. In short, it wasn’t a good day to fly, and Wow Air Flight 404 headed from Reykjavík, Iceland to Paris, France would soon understand why… That iconic fuchsia-colored plane was struck by a massive bolt of lightning…

Why Planes Fly So Low

So you like to fly? Well, the average cruising altitude of a commercial airplane is between 31,000 and 38,000 ft. At this altitude, the air becomes thinner. As a result, aircraft can travel more easily and, even more importantly, burn less fuel. So, can’t modern planes rise even higher than that? Or even fly to…

How Planes Land with Zero Visibility in Fog

As we know, driving in fog can be a terrifying experience, but what about landing a plane in foggy weather?! How do airplanes land with no visibility, while hundreds of flights get cancelled for the same reason? Well folks, it’s time to clear the air about this mystery. First, have you ever been on an…

Why Planes Can’t Move in Reverse

I was flying to San Diego the other day, and after having nestled into my window seat, I started to watch the other airplanes taxiing around. And suddenly, I realized that I’d never seen a single plane moving backward on it’s own . So, the question was, “Can airplanes actually move in reverse?” Despite what…

Why Wings Don’t Fall Off Planes

Wings. Ah those delicious Buffalo style chicken wings. I actually had those in Buffalo. Just love em! Especially when they’re hot and spicy! You…uh ‘scuse me. Oh, not that kind of wing? The airplane kind? Got it. Alright — let’s start over shall we? Even if you don’t know anything else about airplanes, you know…

Why Planes Are So Loud Inside

So…you’ve just taken your seat on board your airliner, and your palms are sweaty, your heart is racing, and you just can’t shake your anxiety. That’s okay – a ton of people are nervous flyers! You’ll probably be paying extra close attention to every sensation and sound during your flight. Stay with me: there are…

Why Planes Don’t Fly Over Himalayas

Wouldn’t it be amazing to see the tallest mountain on the planet from an airplane window? Just imagine yourself nestled in your seat, sipping on a coffee and admiring that snow covered mountain peak! The only problem is that planes don’t fly over Mount Everest, or the Himalayan range, for that matter. But why? To…