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…

Plane Spotting at London City Airport July 2019 inc Flybe

BA Embraer ERJ G-LCYT BA4464 to Dublin (DUB) Alitalia Embraer ERJ EI-RNE AZ219 to Milan (LIN) Flybe Dash 8 G-JEDT BE1404 from Dusseldorf (DUS) BA Embraer ERJ G-LCYD BA3234 from Essen (ESS) BA Embraer ERJ G-LCYO BA8482 from Faro (FAO) BA Embraer ERJ G-LCYJ to Malta (MLA) Tap Express Embraer ERJ CS-TPV taxi Loganair SAAB…

That’s Why Pilots Are Terrified of Drones

So here’s what’s happening. The airport is at a standstill. Hundreds of flights are canceled. Thousands of anxious passengers are crowding near their gates. Some are pacing nervously, others try to calm down crying babies. Airlines are losing thousands of dollars for every hour of the delay. So, who or what’s to blame for all…

Life of an Airplane – Economics of planes

The airline industry collects its revenue in billions of dollars, as you can imagine. One example can be Emirates Airlines that wrote its transport revenue from passengers, cargo, and excess baggage fee wass up to 25 billion dollars in 2018 – 19. But, what is the actual profit that an airliner makes in its lifetime?…

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?…

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…

Plane Spotting Philippines–Manila Ninoy Aquino November 2019 inc a 747

Air Asia A320 RP-C8971 Z2433 from Puerto Princesa (PPS) Gulf Air A330 A9C-KE GF154 from Bahrain (BAH) Cebu A320 RP-C3263 5J886 from Cotabato Awang (CBO) PAL A321 RP-C9911 PR2040 from Caticlan Boracay (MPH) Air Asia A320 RP-C8972 Z2351 from Panglao Bohol (TAG) Indonesian Air Force B737 A-7305 Korean Air B777 HL7532 KE621 from Seoul (ICN)…